HOW TO FACE YOUR FIRST INTERVIEWMay 24th, 2009 Posted by VFreshers
There is always a first time for everything in life and so be it with interviews.
Going for the first interview for Fresher Graduates can be a real daunting experience.You need to be prepared and rehearse a few lines of what you are going to say before you go ahead for the interview.
This will give you a lot of confidence to be able to face the sea of faces looking at you from the other end of the room.
Besides these of course you should do several other things too. They are:
- Ensure that you are early. There can be nothing as off putting for the interviewer then to see someone arrive inside the interview room puffing and panting. Give yourself an extra half an hour to settle down, look around and catch your breath. You don’t want to add on to the stressful situation by not keeping time management in mind for sure.
- Dress appropriately. See that you are dressed formally, with closed shoes and overall good hygiene. Choose colors that are light. Do not wear a strong perfume and a cap into the room.
- As soon as you are inside the room greet everyone there. Try to use their names if you know it. Remember the formal way of greeting is the title and the last name or surname and never the title and the first name. For instance do not address the person as Mr. Vinod. Rather he should be called Mr. Reddy if that is his last name.
- Do not take over the conversation. Keep in mind that the interviewer is in the jockey’s seat and must lead the conversation and not you. Listen attentively when he is speaking. Comprehend the questions carefully and answer only what is relevant, if you are asked for your father’s name do not tell him your grandfather’s name too. Try and sell yourself well in those few minutes that you have in front of him. Showcase your skills, knowledge and attitude as far as possible.
- Try to figure out whether the questions asked are open ended or close ended ones. In the case of open ended questions speak in depth citing examples. For close ended questions answer a yes or no only, and maybe a sentence or two to add on to it.
- Remember the acronym CAR which stands for circumstances, action and result. When you are asked to describe anything use the acronym to describe it. It will have a great impact and make the interviewer notice what you are saying.
- Highlight your achievements and get to say about how they will value add to the employer. Make the interviewer realize what you can do for the organization. If there are any failures under play them and when brought up state them as good learning experiences from which you can move on.