There’s nothing quite as nerve-racking as your first job interview, especially when you’ve moved to a city like Bangalore hoping to kickstart your dreams on a high note. You booked a PG near Manyata Tech Park when you got the call for the interview and you’re feeling confident about your success. So, all that’s left is to nail your interview and then you’ll be able to land your dream job. Right? Well, it might not be as easy as it sounds. So, we’ve got some tips and tricks that should help you ace your interview.
Research the company and the role
Since this is your first job interview, your employer is not going to expect you to have much of an idea about the company’s functioning and the role that you’re interviewing for. Which is exactly why knowing these details will help you stand out from the crowd. Make sure that you read up about the company’s interests, projects and achievements as well as the role and department that you’re interested in. This will also help you ask questions during the interview and express an interest in the company.
Clean up your socials
Just like you’re going to be looking into your future employer, they’re going to run a background check on you. Which means it’s important to ensure that your social media doesn’t contain any incriminating information that could cost you the job. Run a hygiene check on your LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter profiles as well as any other blogs or socials that are publicly available. A good trick for you to try is to Google your own name and see what comes up. This will help you ensure that your employer doesn’t find the photographs from the college ragers that are on your Facebook page.
You know what they say, it makes one perfect. Go ahead and practice your answers before your interview. It’s really easy to find a list of the most commonly asked interview questions as well as how to answer them. So, take some time and rehearse some answers for yourself. This will make you feel more confident and make it easier for you to answer on the day of the interview itself. It’s a good idea to practice this in front of the mirror so that you can check out your body language and eye contact as well.
How you present yourself is bound to say a lot about you to your employer. Make sure that you’re neatly turned in business attire. But at the same time, you don’t want to overdo it. If you’re meeting in an open-air location in peak summer, a heavy coat is unnecessary. No matter what you’re wearing, ensure that your outfit is ironed and clean. When it comes to accessories, perfume and makeup, less is more during a job interview. Save the smokey eye and red lipstick for your next party instead.
Nothing says you don’t care about getting the job like showing up late for a job interview. At the same time, you don’t want to seem like an over-eager candidate by showing up hours early. It’s best to arrive at your venue for the interview ten-fifteen minutes before your scheduled time. Make sure that you scope out the venue beforehand so that you don’t end up late or get lost. Some employers may choose to conduct the first round of interviews in one of the hotels or cafes in Bangalore rather than bringing you to the office so make sure that you verify all the details before D-day.
These are some of the most important things that you need to do to prepare for your first job interview in Bangalore. Keep them in mind, take a deep breath and good luck nailing that interview!