When you are a student preparing for your first interview, it sure can be tough time. The reason for the nervousness is the uncertainty of doing things for the first time. Also, it compounds because of self-doubt, fear of rejection and feeling intimidated. This is why students tend to make a big deal about interviews that they give.
This exact behavior can be detrimental for your prospects in the said interview. You can only ace an interview if you are in control of yourself and your surroundings during the interview. There is actually no need to be nervous because even though an interview is about judgement of your skills and your personality fit, it has more to do with how composed you are and how you can communicate effectively with your interviewers.
If you are prepping for your first interview, we want to give you a few tips which can help you go through the experience in a comfortable manner.
1. Subject knowledge
This is a given. You must be always prepared with what you have learned in your degree course. When I say that you should be prepared, please do not take it to mean that you have to go through all your books and reread every little thing. You should instead be crystal clear with all the concepts in your area of study. If you have genuine interest for your major, I am sure that you will already know what I am talking about. Spend a week or two, just going through all the fundamentals and then the advanced concepts so that you refresh all the stuff you have studied so far.
2. Practice your diction
Communicating effectively is the biggest part of the interview. If you feel nervous about speaking in front of a bunch of people, I suggest that you should go ahead and practise your speaking by yourself or in front of a mirror. It will help you understand your speaking nuances and thus help you to identify areas where you can improve. Practising with a friend can also be a great help. Remember, communicating effectively doesn’t mean that you use complicated vocabulary as a rule. Instead, strive to communicate your thoughts in the simplest manner possible, so that everyone can follow what you are saying.
3. Treat an Interview like a Conversation
Many students and freshers have this idea that an interview is a grilling session just like their vivas. That is simply not the case. You are meeting an interview panel for the first time. They don’t know you and you don’t know them. There are no preconceived expectations. Imagine if you are meeting some people for the first time, how would you go about having a meaningful conversation with them? Would you be stressed while doing that? No. Similarly, you do not need to be stressed about talking to your interviewers.
When in a conversation, you try to direct the flow of the conversation towards points that you want to talk about. Similarly, you can also direct the flow of the interview by logically bring about talking points and take it along the way that you want in a respectable manner.
4. Do some background research
When you know which company you are interviewing for, it make absolute sense to research the company and its activities before hand. You should know the history, their business, their strengths, their weaknesses, their culture etc. All this data is readily available on the internet these days, especially when it comes to popular companies which have been doing really well. Make full use of it. This research will also help you construct and ask some meaningful and relevant questions to the interviewers. Remember, an interview is a conversation, so asking questions to the interview panel is totally fine.
5. Be confident
Confidence is a mandatory requirement. If you are not confident during the interview, the odds are not in your favour. Remember, you have to impress your interviewers with your wit and your thinking. That requires confidence in yourself and quick thinking. If you suffer from self-confidence issues, then you have to solve them before you go out for a job interview. Meditation, exercise, positive conversations and personal happiness are very important to being confident.
It is important to note that whatever you wear at an interview does not define you as a person. It is a matter of being comfortable. If wearing formal clothes makes you confident, then go for it. But if you are the most comfortable in a pair of jeans and a tshirt, I believe that you should go ahead and wear those. There are many companies who will not tolerate casual wear but if you can show them why you matter and not your clothes, I am sure logical people will see your point. If the interviewers are displeased with the way you are dressed without any particular logic, then you should not take up that job anyway.
I hope you will use these tips and prepare well for your interview. Remember, there are many opportunities out there and one single interview does not mean the world. If it goes well, then great but if it doesn’t then then are always many awesome ones waiting around the corner. Just keep your eyes open.