Clearly stated objective targeting the job looking for Work history in a chronological order and highlights of your educational background Focus on your professional skills and achievements Usage of job specific keywords and industry jargons that get you noticed How good are you in touch with the latest trends and developments

Prepare for the interview

Avoid wearing new shoes (squeaking noises) and do practice wearing your tie Be punctual – don't be late or even too early, read up about the company,

What business they are into, growth trends, diversification etc. Read your own resume - be sure that you don't have to look into your resume to recall details during the interview. Make sure you know the full name and designation of the person interviewing you, remember to make a note of your previous or current salary with all its components, Dress appropriately in simple, comfortable clothes that reflect your personality



Make Good First Impression

Wish the interviewer(s) cheerfully and with a smile, A firm handshake is an indicator of how you are feeling. If you are a lady, then some male employers might not make the first move, but go ahead and initiate the handshake Wait till you are asked to sit down Look the person in the eye, do not appear too nervous or overconfident.

Your body language usually conveys more than what you are saying. Don't slouch or lean forward too much, try to curb nervous mannerisms eg. fidgeting or biting your finger appear comfortable, confident and interested in securing the job

During the Interview

Stress on what you can contribute to the organisation. Remember that the employer is in control of the interview Don't be too long-winded – say what you want to convey in crisp sentences and use terms that would convey your job & achievements Complete your sentences - don't answer just yes or no What you don't know can be learned – tell them if you don't know something, but give instances of how quick a learner you are do not boast. People on the other side are shrewd and can generally see through you.

At the same time talk about achievements giving due credit to others when talking about yourself and your aspirations, do not sound vague or do not say that you don't know something You should be very clear and precise about what you want to do, where you want to go etc If you don't understand a question, ask for clarification, don't answer vaguely Don't talk about your personal problems, why you need the job etc Don't get personal – even if you know the interviewer personally Don't be overconfident or too nervous Don't badmouth your previous employer - you could do the same in the case of the prospective customer Don't complain about politics, a bad boss or a poor salary - your reasons for change should be higher responsibilities, location etc Don't ask about salary before the offer is made Strike a balance between what you actually are and what you want to be – don't paint a picture of yourself as somebody who is not concerned about money, social status etc.

Don't be in a hurry to complete the interview, Ask questions at the end of the interview – it could be about the company, the job or the next stage of the interview process. It will be an indicator of your interest in the position Send a thank-you letter – outlining your interest in the job and why you are qualified for it



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