18 Tips to Handle Any Job Interview Successfully

This is a guest article by Megha S. – A Career Counselor.

Interviews have always been a nerve racking experience. A situation where you are judged on your performance for a job. Everybody gets the jitters when it comes to interviews. Relax! Don’t panic. You need to overcome the nervousness.

Job Interview Tips and advice Applicable for Any Job Seeker Looking for a Dream Job.

No matter which career path you want to choose below are the best tips to help you land your dream job.

1. Always do your homework well before walking into an interview. Make sure you have complete knowledge about the company and the role.

2. Know yourself. Remember first impression is the last impression. Demonstrate your capabilities and qualities and how well you can serve them. Don’t be overconfident and aggressive.

3. You should know your competency and transferable skills. Competency skills are the skills matching your job profile and transferable skills which you acquired through other jobs, personal activities.

4. Social networking sites like Facebook, Orkut, Linkedin can be used for work opportunities and conversing with other people improving your interpersonal skills.

5. Be clear about what you want to achieve in life and about your career objective. It will keep you focused. You don’t have to do anything for the heck of it.

6. Your CV is vital for a successful interview. Never bluff, include all your skills and experience to give you a competitive edge.

7. Prepare well for an interview. You can make notes of interview questions which are most likely to be asked. Practice your answers. This will boost your confidence.

8. Work on your communication skills. Remember having a good technical knowledge without effective interpersonal skills will not take you anywhere. Be expressive and a good conversationalist. Dazzle the interviewers with eloquent speech.

9. Make sure you can support your strengths by giving examples. You can prepare before but don’t falter while talking. It will not create a good impression.

10. When asked about your weaknesses acknowledge them. If you are not able to describe, it signifies that you lack self awareness. You can’t be perfect in everything.

11. Always be presentable while dressing for the interview. Your attire should be according to the role, culture and yourself. Please no tacky and brash clothing and accessories. You don’t need to be glammed up.

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12. Spend time on personal grooming. This will keep you calm. You don’t have to present yourself as a person full of nervous energy and fidgets.

13. On the D day, relax. Be comfortable and wear a smile. And Voila! You will definitely crack the interview.

14. Your body language is very important. Your facial expressions, hand movements, posture, voice and pace should send the same message.

15. Don’t forget to make an eye contact. Your voice should be enthusiastic and do not stammer. Lack of enthusiasm will put off the interviewers.

16. Keep all your documents well organized in a folder. Also be on time, preferably 15 minutes before so you get time to settle down and calm your nerves.

17. Interview manners are very important. Bad manners will definitely be a turn off. Don’t bang the door, shake handily firmly, ask if you can take a seat, sit up straight and do not slouch.

18. When asked about remuneration. You don’t have to be blunt. Instead you can say that you expect a fair raise in terms of qualifications and experience proportionate with peers.
Now that you have some good interview tips. Be confident, gear up and don’t let yourself down. Remember this is not the end of life if you don’t get through to the process. It’s just an interview. Good Luck!



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51 comments ↓

#1 Karthik on 02.27.11 at 7:31 pm

superb tips. key to interview is home preparation and confidence.

#2 suhas on 02.28.11 at 4:51 am

Nice points mentioned.thanks for sharing across.

#3 Tester on 02.28.11 at 11:42 am

Great ideas dude!

#4 Ajit on 02.28.11 at 4:59 pm

Superb essential, helpfull tips……….
Thanks for this…

#5 Shruti on 02.28.11 at 7:26 pm

Social networking will play major role in future. Companies are preferring their employees to refer candidates instead of running advertisements on job sites.

Nice and to the point tips must read for all job seekers. thanks.

#6 Kiran k on 03.05.11 at 12:04 pm

Hi,
I’m struggling to get job in testing despite of required expertise. Don’t know whts going wrong but everytime i fail to clear the final rounds. may be I have the required skills in testing but don’t have other skills like communication. ur points are very clear simple and effective for me.

#7 lak on 03.07.11 at 9:45 am

useful one.

#8 Girish on 03.10.11 at 4:51 am

Thanks a lot Megha this is really helpful.

#9 Gaurav Khanna on 04.07.11 at 12:57 pm

Can anyone suggest how to test a newsletter section?? I am testing newsletters but I want the perfection so that it will help for the best product. Will be thankful for the suggestions :)

#10 shantnu on 04.09.11 at 10:03 am

Thanks Megha, really very useful tips .

#11 nisha on 05.12.11 at 9:35 am

thanks for sharing

#12 Yojana Kamatkar on 05.15.11 at 9:17 am

Gr8 tips. It will be always helpful to us.

#13 SANTOSH KUMAR TIWARI on 05.17.11 at 7:05 am

please u see me way.My english spoken is low leveal .and i am not know testing .and try to testing field job,can i sussesces in this fild.please adive me my eamail id.

thanks .

#14 ambarish on 05.17.11 at 1:50 pm

gr8 tips………Am hpy that i had spend few minutes usefully today:)

#15 Penna on 05.28.11 at 4:41 pm

Thanks alot gr8 tips… :)

#16 Prashant on 06.01.11 at 8:52 am

Thanks megha for such a useful tips!

#17 thirugnanam on 06.08.11 at 9:05 am

very useful tips ………thanks

#18 Renu on 06.21.11 at 8:31 am

Good Article.

#19 balireddy on 06.28.11 at 2:10 pm

very good sagution thank for all

#20 KALYAN CHAKRAVARTHY on 07.11.11 at 9:47 am

Very helpful tips for interview. Thank u very much

#21 Divya on 07.11.11 at 5:43 pm

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#23 nagarjun reddy on 10.28.11 at 3:16 pm

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#24 santosh on 01.03.12 at 6:07 am

superba

#25 Mohammed on 01.11.12 at 5:44 am

thanks

#26 rakesh on 01.16.12 at 1:14 pm

Really, its very useful for all freshers and the contents are really good to apply! Keep the good work..going..

#27 karan on 01.28.12 at 3:46 pm

its great tips for fight an interview

#28 Narayana Chowdam on 02.19.12 at 12:53 pm

Really good points about how to get job…

#29 amit on 03.21.12 at 11:41 am

such a nice tips……….thnxxxxxxxx

#30 harini on 05.13.12 at 1:44 pm

Really its amazing and very important guidelines to freshere as well as experianced professionals.Have a good luck.

#31 jyoti on 05.24.12 at 6:16 am

superlike!!!!! it is very useful for all freshers, thanks a lot

#32 diya on 05.28.12 at 6:25 am

thanks for your ideas!!!!!

#33 Reenu on 06.25.12 at 10:55 pm

>”nerve racking experience”

The word you intended to use is “wracking” not racking

#34 mahaboob on 07.18.12 at 9:55 am

HI ALL,

THE TIPS ARE REALLY USEFULL

#35 vishnu on 07.22.12 at 3:57 am

thanks for sharing

#36 surya on 09.28.12 at 7:50 pm

Wonderful tips..

#37 venu on 10.07.12 at 5:29 pm

ur advices are terrific……………
they are definitely helpful to reach my goal…………
thank u……. and can u send more tips on interview handling to my mail id…?

#38 Sonal on 11.01.12 at 11:07 am

Hi,
Nice & very helpful tips. Thanks…

#39 raghavan on 11.06.12 at 7:16 am

this is really superve tips for the attendin the interviews

#40 Sandeep on 11.22.12 at 8:19 am

ur advices are terrific……………
they are definitely helpful to reach my goal…………
thank u……. and can u send more tips on interview handling to my mail id…?

#41 rahul. on 12.08.12 at 8:42 am

thank u sweet heart. Best tips 2 crack the interview.luv u

#42 shilpa on 12.12.12 at 6:46 am

Very good tips very helpful for freshers mainly.

#43 Prahallad on 12.19.12 at 6:53 am

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#44 MADHU on 12.25.12 at 7:00 am

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#45 Nagalakshmi on 12.29.12 at 3:57 am

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#46 satish on 01.24.13 at 7:53 am

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#47 ashutosh kr. tiwari on 02.09.13 at 8:39 am

i want to take interview in software

#48 akhil on 06.29.13 at 12:15 pm

hi,
thanks for your ideas..!!!

#49 Chandrashekhar on 09.24.13 at 6:10 pm

Thr is no second thought abt tips realy cool…

#50 prethive on 01.27.14 at 11:10 am

nice tips………….thanks a lotttttttttttt

#51 charan on 02.04.14 at 7:53 am

hi i am 2013 B.E(CS) fresher ,i have given some 3 interviews up-til now..some two i went for second round but not got selected.. and i was attended last month one face to face interview they took about half an hour, in that two persons firing question at a time ..then i suddenly got nervous.. and so not did interview well ..so i felt very bad on that day.. my question is i will do some interviews good and some interviews not so good..so suggest me few tips to improve.

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