How to Pass the First Round of Your Job Interview

Didn’t get a call back after the interview?  Maybe you knew everything you were asked but the way you answered wasn’t convincing enough or maybe you just didn’t dress up for it. There are numerous reasons that on the basis or your interview determine whether you bagged that job or not. We are enlisting five common issues that prompt hiring managers to take you out of the race.

YOU COME OFF AS A POOR CULTURAL FIT:

  • You have to know the environment of the organisation you’re applying for.
  • You might look your professional best in that smart suit and closed-toe shoes if you’re sitting for an interview for a conservative, corporate role. But dressing up all formal in a free-wheeling casual company might suggest that you won’t fit around in the company.

Instead:

  • Study the work culture of the company you are applying for.
  • It’s important for you to give off the vibes that you’re a great fit for the role you’re applying for, also you can easily adapt to the company’ culture.

YOU’RE AN INTERRUPTER:

  • Sometimes we’re so convinced about our abilities that we want the interviewer to get the hint of just how much we know. In a quest to dazzle the interviewer we start interrupting him/her.
  • It may also happen out of nervousness.
  • In any case, chances that you’ll crack this one are fairly low.

Instead:

  • Asking questions is good but not to the point where it starts to be a little uncomfortable for the interviewer. Of course you won’t know when that happens.
  • Try remembering the easy acronym PIE or passionate, interested and engaged.

YOU REEK OF NEEDINESS:

  • You need the job that’s why you’ve applied for it. Just don’t let that neediness leak out of you and let the interviewer see.
  • If the hiring manager catches even a whiff of desperation, she may view you as a less appealing candidate than someone who comes across like they won’t live or die by this decision.

Instead:

  • Try to stay calm and confident throughout your interaction.
  • Try to show that you’ll be a valuable asset to the organization and that you don’t need the job any more than the organization needs you.
  • Show interest and appreciation

YOU GIVE THE VIBE THAT ON BOARDING YOU WILL BE EXTENSIVE:

  • Unless you’re an entry level fresher or the profile says that you’ll be trained don’t go in and explain how trainable you are.

Instead:

  • Highlight your positive aspects that you are a quick learner and adaptable.

YOU ARE A WIIFM (What’s In It For Me?) CANDIDATE:

  • If you start by listing your requirements rather than letting the hiring managers know how they’ll benefit if they hire you, there are chances that you may not be hired.

Instead:

  • Unless you are convinced that the organization is interested in you, keep your requirements to yourself.

And finally, don’t forget to thank your interviewers in a genuine and swift manner after every single meeting.

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