Hello…, Welcome. You have come to the right place. You must have got an email or a call letter for an interview….right?. How do you feel right now..? Are you happy and excited, or are you nervous? If you are happy, excited and will remain the same, even on the Interview day, then you do not have to read any more. You will get through the interview. Problem with some people are that they will be excited as soon as they get the invitation, but will become very nervous as the interview day approaches. This is where the trouble starts.
Whatever your situation is, do not be nervous. You might need this job very badly as you are in heavy debt, or might need it to pay your bills, or even if the firm that has called you for an interview is the one that you wanted to join for a long time. Let it be anything. Once you are nervous, then your chance of succeeding in the interview will be reduced to a great extent.
Let me narrate an incident that I had to go through a few years before. A start-up company heard about me (The firm that I was working was also a start-up, and I had 8 years of experience), and called me for an interview. Actually it was a direct telephonic call from the firm and was not an e mail. I was in a good position and was happy in the firm that I was working in, when I got this call.
After two days, I attended the start-up company’s interview, asked for a high salary and a placement near my home town. They agreed for everything that I had asked for and I got the Job. Just thinking that even if I do not do well in this interview, I am not going to lose anything was the one that helped me here. But the story does not end here.
Few days after this interview I got another mail from one big corporate firm asking me to attend their interview. I had sent my resume to this firm a month before and had actually forgotten about it. The interview was on the same day that I was supposed to leave for my home town for the new job. This was a big one for me. I never had high grades in Engineering and this call from such a big firm surprised me. I had an impression that, even if I attend this interview, I will not be selected. So why go through it? I was confused and did not know what to do. I decided not to attend the interview.
I was able to settle everything with my old firm within a week and was ready to go home. I had packed my bags and even parcelled my vehicle. My train was at 8.00pm and the interview was at 4.00pm. Actually I was so happy that I would be leaving to my home town in few hours. It was boring from morning doing nothing but sitting inside the room alone. Around 2.00pm, I felt, ok what I am I going to lose by attending this Interview? So I went to a nearby Internet café, took some print outs and started out to attended this one. The technical interview was conducted by a person who was highly qualified. I could not answer most of the questions that were asked. I was able to answer a few.
Then I got a chance to ask questions to the interviewer. I utilized this chance very well. Since this was a start up, and as the firm that I had worked before was also a start-up, when I joined, I was able to ask him lot of questions. This impressed him. It was because; all the questions that I asked him were genuine ones. He in fact was very interested in answering each and every question. Hence if you get a chance to ask questions to your interviewers then don’t be frightened. Utilize this chance very well. They will be very happy to answer your questions and would also be impressed.
But if you are a fresh graduate and do not know much about the job that is going to be assigned to you, then just ask a few questions and make sure you do not make a fool of yourself. The questions you ask should not back fire.
So the Technical interview was over and I got through it. Next it was HR’s turn. I asked for a high Salary (Very high). He just looked at me and was surprised that I was asking for such a high salary. He went back to the Technical person who interviewed me, consulted him and came back. His response was that I will be posted in Head office and not in the same city. I said NO. I am not interested.
Surprisingly after chatting for some time, he accepted it. He asked me to come and collect the Appointment letter after half an hour. Again I told him NO, I cannot wait for half an hour as my train was at 8.00pm. He asked me to come after 10 minutes and collect the letter. Actually I was surprised and confused. Everything that I said was being accepted and did not know what to do. One advantage was that this Company was a big one and the Salary that I negotiated was very high. But the other point was that I will not be able to work near my home town which I wanted very badly. I collected the letter and left for my home town in the evening.
As I had to report to duty only after 15days,I had enough time to take a decision. The decision that I took was to join this big Corporate Company. It turned out to be a good decision.
What do you think helped me here? The mind-set. I accept I had a job, hence did not feel the need for another one. Another point was that I was going home after a long time. I was excited and happy. What I am talking here is the mind-set that I had while going for the interview. It was like, it is fine if I get this Job, and it is also fine if I don’t get it. I repeat, I had this attitude as I had a good job in hand. I would have been nervous if I did not have a Job. The name of the corporate company alone would have made me nervous.
Here I was able to have this mindset only because I had a Job. I am just informing you to have this kind of mind set while you are going to attend an Interview. I know it is not easy. It depends on your circumstances. But try it.
Please note, I did not excel in the interview. I was an average person with low grades in Engineering. But the interview board selected me because,
I was not nervous.
I had the attitude that,” If you do not select me, it is your loss, not mine.”
This does not mean that you need to be arrogant.
Nor does it mean that you need to act like you are the only person in the world who
is best suited for this post.
If you act as if you are the only best person on this planet, you can be sure that
the loss will only be yours.
What I intend to say is that, be confident, not arrogant.
Do not be over confident.
Be brave, be calm. Do not provide an impression to the interviewer that you need this job very badly. It gives an upper hand for them. Make them feel that they need you, and not the other way. Just showing others that you are excited and feeling nervous within yourselves will not help. That would be cheating yourself.
Just imagine, how you would feel, if you are going to watch your favourite game in a stadium. You will feel excited … right? Will you feel nervous..? I hope not. You will have an excitement even though you do not know what the result would be. Right….?
Have that kind of excitement. You are sure to succeed.