6 Tips to help you ace your interview: communication strategies for freshers
Landing your first interview can be an exciting time, but it can also be nerve-wracking. What do you wear? What do you say? How do you act? Don't worry, I've got you covered! In this blog post, I will discuss six tips that will help you ace your interview and set yourself up for success.
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1. Before you respond, think about it
Take a few moments to really listen, consider, and respond logically. Many newcomers believe that confidence can be gained by answering the questions immediately. They don't pay attention to the interviewer's query, or the delay in responding. This way, you'll provide incorrect/incomplete responses.
2. Keep Things Simple & Clear
Do not gab with the response. An acceptable interview response should be between 30 and 90 seconds long. Keep your answer simple and precise. In this manner, you keep the interviewer's attention while also avoiding grammatical mistakes.
3. Make eye contact and use correct body language.
In an interview, your body language will exude confidence. Shuffling papers, fidgeting with your pen or hair, and blinking excessively are all examples of poor body language. When starting any response, make eye contact for 5 seconds and keep your hands on the table/use them to gesture. A small smile at the start and end of the interview will earn you brownie points.
4. Use Specific Examples - the use of general phrases is a big no-no.
Show, not tell. If you say, "I am creative and innovative," give an example or two to support it. Have you completed a class project/started a business/raised funds for a festival/volunteered/founded a blog? Show what your talents are capable of.
5. Be positive, but also honest
Make sure you know what you've stated in your CV and cover letter. In your answers, keep to the details you've provided. Being self-assured also entails being true to who you are and what you know. If you start over-explaining or giving phoney responses, the interviewers will notice and only question you further. Be truthful and give your best guess at an answer if possible.
6. Prepare a few questions in advance for the interviewer.
Frequently, new graduates are unsure what to ask the interviewer at the conclusion of the interview. This can set you apart; be prepared with questions such as - "What growth opportunities does your firm provide?"
Landing your first interview can be a nerve-wracking experience, but with these six tips, you'll be able to ace it! Make sure you listen carefully to the interviewer, keep your responses concise and simple, use correct body language, and prepare some questions in advance. Being honest and confident will show the interviewers that you're ready for the job. Good luck!