How to prepare for an interview (3 of 3)

In this series about job interview, we have already seen how to prepare in advance for an interview. Today we will discuss some tips regarding preparation for the actual day.

Dressing

Many people ask us what they should be wearing on interview. Is wearing a formal suit necessary or a plain shirt would do? Our advice is to wear regular formals which they would be wearing every day after joining that office. This means if you are interviewed for the post of Site Engineer then there is no necessity to wear the suit absolutely. If you are interviewed for office positions where clients visit rarely and wearing a bit casual clothes is a norm, then wearing formal plain shirt and trousers is more than enough. But if you are interviewed for the position responsible for sales of high end Luxury cars, wearing full suite is must.

Colours add a lot to your impression. Wear blue, white, grey or brown to create professional look.

For men plain full shirt with trousers are necessary. Wearing tie or suit has to be decided based on criteria discussed above. Wear black leather shoes along with black belt. Cut your hair short and shave clean. If you grow hair groom them into acceptable fashion.

For women Punjabi suits or office formals depending on the office culture and candidate’s comfort are necessary. Hair should be tied appropriately. Formal footwear depending on Industry type is advisable.

Travelling Logistics

A day before make sure you know the place you are supposed to report for the interview. If you do not know, please make sure you visit it or at least research about travelling logistics for reaching the place well in time. Figure out about distance and travelling time from your place. If you are travelling by public transport, make sure you are keeping sufficient margin.

Reach the destination about 15 minutes early to carry out formalities at security and reception counter.

Truth, Truth and Truth

On day of interview many people brag about achievements. Be reasonable. If they are really great then there is no problem in describing your achievements in quantifiable terms. Just avoid going overboard. The interviewer has already spent more years in the same industry than you have. He will catch you in few seconds and might not even let you know.

Be courteous

During interview make sure to maintain eye contact with all panelists. This ensures that nobody feels left out. Use “Thank You” and “Please” whenever required. If you are offered to drink or eat, don’t reject the offer right away but at the same time make sure that you still focus on discussion at hand than worrying about the snacks.

Do not play with mobile. Better switch it off. It shows your seriousness for the job and importance you assign to your future employer.

We have many more tips to talk about. Please visit our page on Career Building to know more. Keep rocking.

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