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How to Prepare for an Interview

Madhura Pandit
The word 'interview' intimidates many people. But, a good preparation will help you to face the interviewer confidently and be successful. Here are a few preparation tips that will be helpful to you.
Interview is a face-to-face, question and answer session between two people, the interviewer and the interviewee, and is meant for acquiring information and also to know the views of the interviewee.
Most of the time there are more than one interviewers and that can scare the interviewee. The interviewee has to make maximum positive impact on the interviewers in a short period. Hence, it is very important for him to prepare himself thoroughly for the interview. There are specific tips and techniques to follow.

Tips to Prepare for a Job Interview

1. Resume

You should have your resume ready and within easy reach in your handbag or briefcase. Do not waste time hunting for the resume when asked for during the interview. Always remember that the CV is the first thing the interviewer will ask for. The same goes for your documents if you are required to get them along.

2. Update Knowledge

The first thing to do is to have detailed knowledge about the company/institution/school you have applied for. It is better to brush up the knowledge of your own subjects. You will make a bad impression if you are found to lack knowledge on your own subject. You should also have information about current affairs and recent issues related to your subjects.

3. Dress Smartly

Remember the old cliche, first impression is the last impression. Therefore, if you want to make a good impression, you need to dress decently and appropriately for an interview.
The last thing you want, during an interview, is to be embarrassed by your outfit. Do not be overly dressed and remember that this is not the place where you can try new fashion.

4. Be Confident and Clear

You have to be clear about the views that you express. You must confidently answer the questions asked by the interviewer. You must also remember one thing, that if you are not sure about anything, say it directly. You should not lie or exaggerate.
Honesty is greatly valued in an interview. You may be bound to feel nervous but do not show it with nervous movements of hands or difficulty in speech. Answer the questions that you are sure of and you can take your time to answer. Do not rush into giving an opinion or blurting out an answer.

5. Manners

Manners are very important and they will surely make a mark. Remember that punctuality counts a lot during interviews. Ask permission before entering the room and also before sitting down. You should greet the interviewer before the beginning as well as at the end of the interview.
Also, do not hesitate to look into his eyes while speaking, as this shows your confidence. You should also sit and talk in an upright posture. After the end of the interview, you must thank the interviewer and leave.

Preparing for an Interview at the Last Minute

Before facing the interviewer, try to find out his name and position. You should also read the morning newspaper or listen to the radio to have yourself updated on the current issues.
There are a few common interview questions that are asked in most of the interviews. For e.g, what are your strengths, why do you think you are the suitable candidate for the job, etc. Make sure to prepare answers for these questions.
If you are called for an interview, do not be worried. Follow these tips and go for the interview confidently. Good luck!