Tips for a successful interview

1. Research about the company – Make sure you thoroughly research about the company as that will give you some important insights about the company & the job. It will also help craft some customized responses to certain interview questions.

2. Wear the right attire – Dress up for success. Choose the right combination of clothes & accessories to wear for your interview. If ever in doubt – it’s always a good idea to call & ask the HR about it well in advance so you can be well dressed. You have to look sharp as that’s one of the first thing the interviewer observes about you.

3. Arrive on time – Get to the place at least 10 minutes prior to the start of your interview. Arriving too early could also throw a red flag & could mean that you are desperate for the job. If possible, do a test run a day prior so you know which route to take to arrive on time.

4. Bring a few copies of your resume & samples of work – Make sure to carry at least 3-4 copies of your resume as you never know if the interviewers have a copy of it on hand for their review. Professionals like fashion designers & others will also have to carry samples of their work. This will also show that you are well prepared.

5. Carry a folder which has all the essentials – Bring a smart looking folder which has copies of your resume, a note pad along with a pen & your business cards.

6. Don’t forget your mobile phone – Take your mobile phone with you so that you can call in case you have any issues with the directions. Also, don’t forget to either switch your phone off or change to silent mode before the interview as it can be distracting if you receive a phone call.

7. Prepare the right questions for the interviewer – A successful interview is when you ask smart questions back to the interviewer. (More details on what questions to ask the interviewer on Page 4)

8. Have the perfect answer for weakness questions – There are ways to answer even the weakest questions with a flair to make a positive impression. (More info about this one on Page 5)

9. Body language is an important factor – One of the key factors that makes or breaks an interview is body language. Factors such as a brisk handshake, body posture while being interviewed, etc., are observed to understand about a person. Body language can tell a lot about a person. (More info about this one on Page 6)

10. Ask relevant questions during the interview process – Interview is not a one-way traffic. You have the power to make it interesting by asking great questions about the company, the job you are being interviewed for, goals of the company, etc. This will not only ensure a great conversation but will also show the interviewer that you are truly interested in the job.

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