Job interviews can never be similar. They are conducted in different patterns, environment and legislates. However, there are certain hacks and tips that will help you produce positive vibes. Due to less jobs, the competition always ends up being extra tough and most of us simply miss out because of not following a certain protocol.
According to popular belief and growing experience, interviews are the most vital part of securing a job, especially in our beautiful country.
Shughal has a compiled a list of the ‘Dos and Don’ts’ for giving a job interview in Pakistan.
1. Spend time researching on the company and position you’ve been called up for.
If you have applied for a multinational, Google their approach and policies. It is best you know what you’re going to be up against. Use personal reference to know about the company.
2. The night before your interview, a good night’s sleep and rest is compulsory!
You do not want to exhaust yourself by staying up and ending up being plain lazy, with dark circles.
3. Dress to impress: you need to put effort on how you look and present yourself in the formal manner.
a) Well groomed hair (facial too)
b) Perfectly pressed shirt
c) Clean and polished shoes
4. The perfect interview time: Tuesday, 10:30 am.
If you get the chance, strike it immediately. Pick 10:30am, on a Tuesday. Wonder why? Simple, because it’s not the first or last day of the week and the time is well before lunch, well after breakfast.
5. Arrive before time: you need to be at the work location at least 10 minutes early and make yourself comfortable.
Employers think of time as money and if you waste their time, you’re out of the hunt. Arriving late appears to very disrespectful to the employer.
6. Greet the interviewers with respect, seek permission, sit professionally and smile accordingly.
The gestures of your body play a vital part whilst giving an interview. The way you shake their hand, the stance of your sitting position and your facial expressions.
7. DO NOT FORGET TO SWITCH YOUR PHONE OFF/SILENT!
The utter disrespect would provoke if your cell starts ringing in the middle of the interview. That, hands down, takes you out.
8. The tone of your voice: shouldn’t be too high, shouldn’t be too low.
Remember, these things might not matter much to you but your employers notice EVERYTHING! You need to remain calm and speak in a medium pitch.
9. Only speak of what you know! Don’t touch topics that will leave you exposed.
Speak with confidence and passion but know your boundaries. Some aspirants make the mistake of going beyond their intellectual or knowledge borders – ending up being cross questioned to an extent where they remain zipped.
10. “Sorry Sir/Ma’am, what you speak of is out of my knowledge – it would be my good luck if you shared with me too!”
That is for when you are cross-questioned and run out of answers. The trick is, humble yourself and aim at their hearts by being extremely polite.
11. As the interview ends, greet them with respect and a smile, no matter how the interview went!
Sometimes it’s the little things in interviews that click, even if the whole session has fallen apart. That final confident look in your eye will play a vital role. Thank them for their time.
12. Build a seldom relationship with whoever you come across at the workplace.
Give your greeting Salam to anyone in the lobby, hallway, any corner of the office you walk past. A gentle smile does the trick too. Who knows? You might have to come back the next day 😉
Hope you found these basic tips interesting as they can help you go a long, long way!