Trouble Acing That Interview? Let’s Change That!
The process of recruitment has changed a lot with time and today it doesn’t simply mean hiring for skills, it means bringing onboard someone with not only suitable qualification and skill set but with the right kind of attitude as well.
Attitude means –
- Enthusiasm to excel in job
- Motivation to learn new skills
- Emotional intelligence to cope up with failure
- Self-learner, taking initiatives
- Temperament to handle feedback and cooperate with team members
A good attitude is key for an organisation to supercede their performance.
It doesn’t mean skills and qualifications are not vital, skills can be taught but attitude comes from within. It has to be cultivated either from the start like from your family, teachers or from your organisation’s leaders, mentors and managers who portray positive examples of good and solution oriented behaviour.
For someone who talks to young aspirants day in and out, I feel there is a need to spread awareness about how important attitude can be in your success as an interviewee.
Sharing some insights below :
ISN’T STANDING OUT A GOOD THING?
“Efficiency is doing things right and Effectiveness is doing right things” –Peter Drucker
As said, “Perception is reality”. How you present yourself in the interview gives a perception about your personality and attitude.
Here are a few tips to prepare for a successful interview:
This plays an integral role. Understand the industry and what your profile demands or if in doubt, the best practise is to call the Human Resources.
For example – “If you are going for an interview for a software company, the best practise is to go in formal attire. If you come in jeans and casual shirt with rugged shoes, it will put a perception that you are taking things very lightly and are not bothered to get the job”.
Do your homework:
Check out the company’s website and read about its history, management, products and achievements. Interviewers want to know that you are interested in more than just a job. Also, understand if your future aspirations match to what company is offering you and then apply for a role accordingly.
For example – In the interview, if a candidate mention’s to me that he has gone through CauseCode Technologies website and learnt that we deal with Grails, AngularJS technologies and this is what he is interested in working, it gives a good impression ofthe candidate’s will to really get the job.
Well formatted resume:
A good resume is a “**advertisement of your personality and attitude”** and it always holds a chance of priority over others.
A well-formatted resume –
- Should have neat font and style, so it’s easy to read
- Should be as precise as possible (Ideally a one-page resume)
- Tells about candidate’s will to take an effort to stand out, perfection, attention to detail etc, which eventually shows what kind of attitude a person will carry on the job.
Also, always carry a hard copy of your resume in the interview.
PUT YOUR BEST FOOT FORWARD
Don’t showcase yourself as needy and greedy:
When it comes to the most undesirable discussion that is “**Salary Negotiation”**, everyone is looking for a good and profitable deal at the end. But you need to put forward your expectations the right way or else you will look more focused on money than the job. Employers are looking for someone whose motivating factor is not only money instead the attributes of the job you are interested in.
So take care of few things –
- Do not put forward your salary expectations at the first place.
- Keep this as a later point of discussion once you stand on the final selected list.
- Do a market study as to what kind of pay is being offered for similar kind of roles and profiles in the industry and what percentage of raise can you expect from the employers. Just don’t put forward unrealistic expectations.
- Do not give unrealistic reasons for salary hike.For example – Giving a reason like – “I am going to get married, so managing finances will be a problem, so looking for a salary hike”.
Saying No is not a bad thing:
In case you don’t know an answer to anything in the interview, you should be clever enough to say no smartly instead of giving a wrong answer or say anything vague.
For example – If an interviewer is asking you about having experience in a particular technology and you don’t know much about it, so you can say, “I am right now exploring this skill so just have an idea about it but don’t have detailed or hands on experience”
And if you are not comfortable giving such answers, the best practice is to say “No”, that you don’t know about this skill set but is looking for an opportunity to learn it.
Relevancy is important:
You should mention only those skill sets in your resume which you can back with your knowledge and experience in the interview.
BE IRRESSISTABLE AND ATTRACT INQUISITIVENESS
“An interview is like sales, where you are selling yourself to a company”
You need to put all the best points forward about yourself, your professional background and skills and highlight your achievements in the interview. People generally misinterpret communication skills to talking fluently in English.
Rather effective communication means –
- The use of professional speech, speaking clearly and slowly so that it’s understandable and speaking confidently and enthusiastically.
- Speaking about your skills, experience, and achievements, more than personal information and how you can contribute more and your eagerness to have that job.
- Maintain poise and confidence and don’t sound aggressive or overconfident. The way you put your words matter a lot as in they should show your passion, interest, eagerness towards the role and the organisation.
- Being proactive in speaking about your profile rather than assuming a recruiter must have read all the details in his/her resume because by asking to brief about self, the recruiter judges a lot about your attitude.
- Be precise and be conscious enough to speak what is relevant and required.
“Remain Focused, Concise and Authentic in the interview”
VISIBILITY CREATES OPPORTUNITIES
The shift in the hiring strategy to “Hiring for Attitude”, makes the role of social media very important. This is a whole big topic of discussion which I would speak in my next blog but at this point, I would like to highlight that a good and complete social profile is like “Personal Branding”. A social profile says a lot about you, that if you are meticulous, aware, real or fake, talented, attention to detail etc.
So, below are few tips for creating an impressive social profile –
- Share details related only to your work experience and achievements.
- Put up a presentable and clear profile picture with an interesting profile headline saying what you are currently doing or can offer.
- Using a first person language is a must that means use “I”. You are selling yourself to the corporate world, so it has to be your observation, your experience, and insights. Never use a language as if a third person is writing about you.
- Share your honours and awards and upload pics if there.
- Add if you have any certifications.
- Share your other professional links.
For example – GitHub, Personal blog, Stackoverflow, Personal website
Hopefully, my insights would prove helpful to you all and land you up in a place where you would like to be.