Dress Sensibly for Interview

Make your first impression not just the last but, a lasting one, by dressing appropriately for a job interview. Dress code may be different for both men and women, but needless to say that what remains same for both is dressing up sensibly. Dressing for an interview is quite different from dressing up for a party or just a hangout. It largely depends on the kind of company where you are going for an interview as per the dress code set by the employer. Obviously, if you would be dressed up sensibly, then only an employer can observe you as a professional. So, let’s examine the dress code for both men and women…

Perfect Attire for Men:

  • Suit
  • Long sleeve shirt (preferably white)
  • Belt
  • Tie
  • Dark socks
  • Conservative leather shoes
  • Neat, professional hairstyle
  • Neatly trimmed nails

Perfect Attire for Women:

  • Suit
  • Skirts with coordinated blouse
  • Conservative shoes
  • Limited jewelry (best to avoid jewelry rather than cheap jewelry)
  • Hair properly tied up & tidily combed
  • Light make-up
  • Perfume
  • Neatly manicured clean nails

Three most important aspects that must be kept in mind, while dressing for an interview:

  • Comfort
  • Practicality
  • Affordability

Check list

Get your clothes ready night before the interview
Polish your shoes
Wear neutral make-up
Don’t come off as a beauty queen
Avoid showing off tattoos and piercings
Chew a cool mint or gum before interview
Carry your portfolio or briefcase

Even if the work environment is casual, you got to dress up professionally for an interview and leave a mark on the prospective employer. So, put the best show in front of your interviewer and let your sensible dressing do the wonders for you. We hope that the tips mentioned in the write-up are useful for you and can help you to crack any interview of your life.

How to Deal With a Phone Interview

A telephonic interview is usually conducted by employers or recruiters when they want to do the initial screening or have to contact out-of-station candidates. In both situations you may receive a call out of the blue and if you are unprepared, then the situation can generate panic that affects the way you conduct yourself. An upside of a phone interview is that sometimes you can even have it scheduled as per your convenience but the downside remains that you cannot see the interviewer face-to-face and have to give very concise answers. This post discusses some essential points that can lets you score well in a Telephonic Interview and make it a walk in the park.

Be Ready Before the Interview

Nothing beats the fact that preparing well in advance minimizes your chances of erroneous answers and also helps you to deal with the jitters. If there is a possibility of a telephonic interview, then prepare a list of basic questions, rehearse your answers and also summarize your basic skills and achievements.

Things like your resume, pen and paper must be kept within your reach to avoid wracking your nerves when you received the call.

Practicing for a phone interview is just like a regular interview and you can easily do it with your friends and family, who can tell you more about your behavior over the phone. If possible, record your voice during such conversations to have an idea of your tone and voice modulation while letting you know where to take pauses etc.

Tell your friends to call you at any random time in the day and ask questions posing as an interviewer. Believe me, it works!

During the Interview

Compose yourself right before you start talking. Remember, this may be in a comfortable setting for you but you should still maintain a high degree of professionalism in your voice and courtesies.

Pronounce each word clearly and talk at a moderate pace. Listen attentively as well and do not interrupt the interviewer in between. Keep a happy composure no matter what situation you are in as this will calm you nerves and project confidence in your personality.

Address the interviewer formally and avoid lengthy answers.

Giving a telephonic interview does not mean that the standard rules do not apply; you must ask questions regarding the position etc. This conveys your interest to the interviewer and also lets them remember your profile after they have conversed with numerous people for the same.

In case you are not prepared for the interview or are busy in a meeting, you can politely tell the interviewer to give you a call later. But do state that you would definitely like to have this conversation later by suggesting a suitable time for the future.

After the Interview

Thanking the interviewer while ending the conversation is considered courteous and you can even ask questions about how you fared during the interview along with the time that you will be intimated of further proceedings.

The key here is to convince the interviewer for the second round of the interview, which would bring you face-to-face with them. So, take notes about what you were asked during the interview to be better prepared for the next round. Getting the telephonic interview right is a sure bet that the employer is already considering your profile and it means that only a few things need to be worked out when you meet them.

Tips for Interview Follow-Ups

So you are finally done with the interview and looking forward to the much anticipated response from the concerned people that will decide your fate. It is interesting to note how so many people think that once an interview is over, then the ball is entirely in the court of the interviewers. Well, reality could not be any farther from this, as in most instances a candidate is able to increase his/her chances of getting a apposition through a smart follow-up.

So today, we will discuss a few Do’s and Don’ts of a follow up, to let you have a clear idea of how a simple task like this can give you the much desired edge over others.

Tip 1
The first step of a follow-up starts right after the interview is over, where you can ask the interviewer by when they will be taking the hiring decision.

A follow-up is not another task but a calculated tactic that puts you a step ahead of other candidates, especially if there were a sizable number of candidates that appeared along side you.

Tip 2
The key is to be proactive without appearing needy for the position. There are subtle ways by which you can let the interviewer know about your interest for the position and the company.

Tip 3
Get in touch with your references to let them know that they might expect a call anytime.

Tip 4
Get the names of the interviewers right and if possible, their contact numbers by asking for a business-card.

Tip 5
First contact should be made by a formal letter or rather a thank you card that shows your gratitude for being considered for the position. Do this for every person present on the interview panel and for every interview given by you. Keep the odds in your favor. Also remind the interviewer about your profile and mention your keenness for the position.

Tip 6
There is no specific or set time for calling if you do not get the feedback on your letter but ideally waiting for a week’s time is sufficient before establishing contact once again.

Tip 7
While talking to the interviewer for a follow-up; sound as much professional and polite as possible. The first question to be asked should be concerning the hiring decision. If the answer is yes, then you can get to know who has been hired for the position. But if the answer is no then you can ask that when can you give a follow-up call again or whether there is a chance of a second interview.

Tip 8
While doing follow-up with different companies, do not forget to keep the process of job-hunting active. You do not want to miss out on other opportunities just because you are confident about getting selected at one place.

Tip 9
While discussing your position with your future employer, you can definitely mention other job offers and capitalize on them to negotiate on your profile and salary.

Tip 10
Remember, for every person that you make a contact with, it is important to have a fruitful relation irrespective of whether they are able to help you out presently or not. You never know when a contact might come handy.

The basic premise of a follow-up is based on establishing a network that will give you the required edge in your career. Make the most of this strategy to keep yourself ahead, not just after an interview but also for your succession throughout your career.

How to Deal With Exit Interviews

Yes, you must be wondering what exactly is an exit interview? Never attended an exit interview? Well an exit interview is the opposite of a job interview. An exit interview is an interview conducted by the organization of a departing employee. These interviews are generally conducted by a neutral department within the company like the Human Resource Department. If the interview is conducted by a neutral party, the departing employee would be more candid in answering questions about the company and stating the reasons for his or her departure.

Exit interviews are conducted mainly to find out the reasons for the employee’s departure. These interviews also help an organization in assessing their working conditions and in forming new policies to retain their present and future employees. Some of the most popular questions asked in an exit interview are:

  • Primary reason for leaving
  • Most satisfying aspect of your job
  • Least satisfying aspect of your job
  • Was training at job adequate
  • Were you happy with the pay and incentives
  • About your supervisors
  • How you feel about the company and what you like and dislike about the company
  • Did you face any discrimination in the company
  • Would you join the company again
  • Your overall opinion about the company

These questions, though quite easy and straightforward, require astute answers so that they are not insulting or degrading to the company’s reputation. Here are some pointers which you should keep in mind if you ever have to face an exit interview.

  • Preparation before appearing for the interview is very important. An exit interview is as important as a recruitment interview. Decide what you will say in the interview beforehand to avoid any misunderstandings later.
  • Do not use derogatory remarks against the company, your employers or your colleagues. If you are dissatisfied with someone in the company, explain that problem in the form of a situation rather than targeting that particular person.
  • Exit interview is the time when you can actually share your thoughts and opinions about the company. Whatever experience or knowledge you have gained in your job, you can transfer it to your employers.
  • Be calm and composed. It is just like any other interview so just relax and answer the questions as truthfully as possible without degrading anyone.

Appearing in exit interviews is not compulsory in all organizations but if you ever have to face one you should be aware of the do’s and don’ts of such interviews.

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