Preparing for an Interview is not as simple as answering a bunch of questions. It is about making a good impression, having the right attitude and convincing decision makers that you are the perfect fit.
Rather than attending an interview without adequate preparation, which can prove to be an expensive mistake and can prevent you from achieving professional success in future, you can ace the interview if you plan in advance and think about the many aspects of a successful interview.
We have created a helpful checklist for you to follow during the run up to D-Day.
1. Read The Job Description Thoroughly:
Before deciding to apply, you must read the job description carefully, multiple times, to gauge if it is the right job for you. It is important to know what to expect from the job. The job description typically gives you an understanding of the skills required, job responsibilities and the kind of employee they expect you to be. Your interviewers may ask you to share your understanding of the role, so it is good to be prepared. Having an idea about the company and the job will help you decide how to present yourself and can give you an edge over other applicants. Nitte (Deemed to be University), is the best university in Karnataka because we invest a lot of time and energy in pre-placement training. Sending out placement brochures, organising campus recruitment and pooled interview drives are just a few of our activities. We constantly engage with potential employers to ensure ample job opportunities for students.
Before considering the interview process, you must know if your qualifications are aligned with your employer’s expectations. An academic job interview
will go smoothly only if you can demonstrate that you have adequate technical
knowledge and understand the field. Nitte (Deemed to be University) arranges workshops, industrial visits and internships for students from engineering and management streams. We also offer work shadowing opportunities like compulsory rotatory internship or house surgeonship, rural posting for medical, dental and paramedical students, in order for them to acquire all the necessary skills and credentials required by employers.
3. Do your research:
It is important to know more about the company, prior to the interview. Company culture, management style and your office environment will influence job satisfaction in the long run. So, ensure that you do your research by looking up the company on all social media platforms. Check out the conversations they are having with their audience, the content they put out and get a sense of the company’s
core values and how they treat their employees. GlassDoor is a good
platform to consider while researching the company. Company culture is specific to that particular company. This for an employee can be the whole thought process that they have to align themselves with. Which is why it is important to find a company whose values match with yours. Nitte (Deemed to be University) is considered the best university in Karnataka because we provide services that foster both the intellectual and emotional development of students so they are able to become great team players, no matter where they go.
Your resume is basically who you are, on paper. It is essential for the company that the qualities that they are looking for are found in your resume. Which is why your resume should be made according to the job description.
Grammatical errors must be avoided and the document should look professional with only relevant information. Ensure you have a copy of the resume when you attend an interview. Be familiar with your own resume and be prepared to talk about your accomplishments, if asked. Nitte (Deemed to be University)’s placement cell helps students in resume preparation and guides students to have a professional outlook in their academic job interviews.
5. Interview Questions:
As much as you try, everything about the interview cannot be anticipated but to be on the safer side it is advised to be prepared to answer the most common questions. They are mostly directed at yourself, your experience in other places or a technical question regarding the job. You don't want to be taken aback by any question so carefully plan out the points that you will use to address each question.
Some commonly asked questions are:
Why do you want to work for this company?
What are your interests’ career wise?
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
What are your strengths and weaknesses?
Nitte (Deemed to be University) conducts mock interviews, guest lectures and webinars in order for students to be prepared for any kind of questions.
6. Be Ready with Questions of Your Own:
Employers tend to appreciate thoughtful follow up questions from potential candidates. This shows that the person is genuinely
interested in learning more about the company and the role. You should take time to write down a list of questions that you would like to ask the interviewer.
Some examples of these are:
What would my day look like if I were to be hired?
What kind of training would I get initially?
What is the culture of the company?
What skills will I be expected to acquire?
7. Presentation Matters:
At first glance you should convey a professional air and appear to be reliable and serious about the opportunity that lies ahead. Your demeanor during the interview, your clothes and the way you carry yourself all matter and can help you create a positive first impression. Begin by planning what you will wear, ahead of time and keep all the necessary documents ready. Secondly, indulge in some form of self- care before the interview to deal with nerves. Make travel arrangements, be on time and greet everyone you meet in the interview location with a smile. Even during a video interview or a phone interview it is necessary to wear formal attire in order to be physically and mentally ready for the interview. Nitte (Deemed to be University) helps mould students to be professional and proactive people right from their university days which makes it easy for them later one.
8. Head in the right place:
Interviews are stressful but it is also important to be calm while facing the interviewer. Be mindful and confident. Brush up on your skills and know your story inside out. Practice speaking to yourself in the mirror and use body language to convey interest and engagement. The day before the interview is the time to pull yourself together in order to be the best version of yourself. Ensure you get a good night’s rest so you are fresh and alert on the day of the interview. A common complaint from employers is that fresh graduates lack emotional maturity. At Nitte (Deemed to be University), we help students cultivate discipline, excellent team-work, effective communication, leadership, critical thinking, problem solving and managerial abilities, which prove invaluable in the long run.
After the interview, follow up with a thank you note reiterating your interest in the company on whatever medium you were communicating previously. And try to relax and congratulate yourself on a good job done, as you hope for the best. We wish you a happy and successful interview!