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Now that you have been invited for an interview – What can you do before the interview? What should you do during the interview? This is especially relevant to candidates in the 3-8 years’ work experience range, do pay attention to the pointers below and see how your chances improve –

In my previous post the focus was on preparing a winning profile that will get your profile more views and shortlists. In case you missed it, please do give it a read

Let’s look at some simple things you can do to ensure higher chances of being shortlisted and sought after.

“All I’m armed with is research.” -Mike Wallace

Research is by far the most neglected area observed amongst the younger applicants. Get ahead of the competition, spend a few minutes researching the company, its operations, it’s leadership team, product portfolio, competitors, etc.,

Knowledge about the company indicates genuine interest.

“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.”  – Milton Berle

Irrespective of whether it is a telephonic or Skype or in person meeting, doesn’t hurt to ask who you would be meeting, lookup the name on LinkedIn and find common interests, connections, etc.,

Knowing who you will be meeting helps you prepare better for the interview.

“Success is where preparation and opportunity meet.” – Bobby Unser

Many questions interviewers ask are often repeated – tell me about yourself – why do you want to change – what is your salary expectation – strength & weaknesses – where do you see yourself in 3 years’ time, etc., write down these questions and your responses on a paper – edit your response till you are satisfied. Look at the paper before every interview.

“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” – Theodore Roosevelt

A smile, a firm handshake and a confident greeting is a great beginning. Don’t be rushed, wait for the interviewer to stand still and then extend your hand and say your name clearly.

Avoid giving out your business card, accept the interviewers card and take a moment to read the card.

“Stare, pry, listen, eavesdrop. Die knowing something. You are not here long.” – Walker Evans

Before you launch into answering any question, confirm if you understood the question correctly, confirm the kind of response the interviewer is expecting.

Take a moment to formulate your response, do seek interviewer feedback to ensure you are on the right track.

“Time is what we want most, but what we use worst.” – William Penn

Always ensure you keep an eye on the time, idle talk leaves you with limited time to show case your knowledge and skills.

Job change is an important tool to fuel your career growth, every interview you attend could be the next big step in your career, a little bit of attention to detail and a little bit of time invested in preparation could mean the difference between success and failure.

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