People come and ask me:
How can I put that last mark in the interview?
After showing that I am a person with VALUES; I have performed well in my STUDENT years; how can I assure the interviewer that I am a PROFESSIONAL as well?
We had already discussed some important parts of INTERVIEW Preparation. Let me make YOUR Job easy here:
YOU AS A PROFESSIONAL
For most of YOU, it is going to be your first job, for rest it may not be the first one. In either of the case, it is only expected that YOU follow a PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT.
What is a Professional conduct?
How am I supposed to behave and react?
It broadly has three parts:
- Non- Verbal Cues – the way YOU give gestures
- Verbal Cues – the way YOU speak
- YOUR ATTITUDE towards learning
YOUR DRESSING SENSE – Stand in front of the mirror and ask yourself:
Do YOU look like an officer in a bank?
If the answer is Yes, YOU have nailed it. If not, YOU should reconsider your attire.
BEFORE ENTERING THE INTERVIEW ROOM:
Do you seek permission before entering the interview room?
WHILE YOU ENTER THE INTERVIEW ROOM:
The way you walk in the interview room…
Do you greet each and every interviewer on the other side of the table by bowing a bit?
Do you wait for them to offer the seat and keep standing or you just grab and sit?
If they don’t offer the seat to YOU, then what do you do?
Keep standing for a few seconds, look at them, if they still don’t offer the seat, then politely seek their permission – JURY! May I take the seat?
Thank them when they offer it.
WHEN YOU ARE IN THE INTERVIEWEE SEAT
How are you sitting in there?
Is your posture right?
Back straight; with your palms on your lap facing downwards!
Do you look confidently in the eyes of Interviewer while answering the questions or listening to him?
Is your tone polite?
Are your answers coherent and make sense?
Ensure YOUR thoughts are clear and YOU stick to what YOU said earlier.
How do you behave when they push you and stress YOU by scolding YOU or asking any stupid/difficult question?
If you are not getting any answer to a genuine question, say politely I am not able to recall at this point of time. Be calm and smile a bit. The interviewer gets the notice YOU are not stressed even though they are trying to do so. For Silly question, simply SMILE!
WHEN IN THE END, THEY ASK YOU, DO YOU HAVE ANY QUESTION?
Do ask some relevant question. Make sure you don’t bluntly say NO. Be prepared for this question while interview is ON. Take a clue form the discussions YOU had with them during the interview.
ONCE THEY SAY – IT IS ALL!
Say Thank You, stand up bow a bit once and say Good Day Jury!
Move confidently out of the room. Make sure you leave the door slowly. You shouldn’t bang it while leaving.
THE ATTITUDE POINT
An important part of being professional is the kind of ATTITUDE YOU have.
By ATTITUDE I mean:
Do YOU have the urge to learn more, particularly in the Job field they are going to hire YOU…one way to show YOUR urge to learn is simply by showing in the interview what YOU are learning in that field…What all YOU are reading and discussing about!
They also try to judge YOU on YOUR EXPECTED ATTITUDE towards fellow employees, YOUR seniors and juniors. Understand the Organization Culture YOU are going to be interviewed for. That helps!
The author is a management Graduate from a premier B School.
He has worked for nearly 3 years in the industry.
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