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Interview Tips

Dress for the Interview Always dress according to the occasion & going for an interview demands Formal Dressing. Make sure you are wearing tidy clothes. Dressing conservatively helps. Be there on Time For a any interview always keep a few minutes spare & reach well before time. Try and use the washroom & freshen yourself up before walking in the room. Entering Always seek permission of the interviewer while entering the room. Make a firm hand shake and wish the interviewer. Radiate your confidence with smile. Be prompt while answering the questions with aplomb. Body Take the sit thanking the interviewer. Sit erect & alert. Maintain soft eye contact with the interviewer. Speak with confidence and assurance. Be enthusiastic and responsive. Be precise & upfront While answering questions be precise. Hit the nail on the head. In minimum words, let the interviewer know that you know what he is asking. Avoid lengthy argument or discussion. If you do not know a particular thing, best be upfront. Beating about the bush with a good interviewer will get you nowhere. Show your interest Give due respect to the interviewer & constantly keep yourself alert & interested. Do not smoke or chew gum during interviews. Do not slouch in the chair, tap your feet, play with eyeglasses, pencil, or fidget nervously. First things first & Last things Last While asking questions, do not ask direct questions about salary or other benefits at the beginning of the interview. Rather ask questions on Job profile, responsibilities, growth prospects initially. Do your homework before the interview Learn about the company as much as you can. Visit their site, see the products, name of founder etc& then relate to the job requirement. Don't forget the basics Prepare and rehearse common questions and answers. For example - Tell us something about yourself? What was the nature of your job? What can you do for this company? Three reasons, why should we be hiring you? What special skills did you acquire? What where your Targets? What did you achieve? What was your day was like on your job? What were your strengths? Weaknesses? Why are you considering leaving your present job? Why are you interested in this company and how can you contribute? AND lastly but not the least Industry References. Have the names & contact numbers handy. Talk about your achievement If you have done better than others, worked hard, make it count. Highlight your achievements. If interested, show it. If you are keen for the job, let the interviewer know that you are keen for the job. That way he will surely give you a priority & over others who he is not sure of. Always keep your option open Even if you feel not interested in the job, do not tell it to the interviewer. Be courteous. It will only help you. You can thank him & tell him that you will need to sleep over it & will revert soon. Who knows you may actually change you mind the next day. Say Thanx While concluding the interview, thank the interviewer for the time and consideration given you. Ask when you should meet again to discuss the position further. It often takes several interviews to obtain the job offer. Ask for a business card and give yours in return. Don’t show Desperation never show your desperation for the job. You may lose the job & even if you get it, you will definitely lose your negotiating power. Besides the company is looking for achievers & not beggars. Salary Negations Tip Negotiate With Understanding Remember when the negotiations are over, you’ll have to work with the person with whom you’re negotiating. Besides your future success may depend on that person. So, while you want to negotiate the best possible deal, you need to do so in a way that doesn't damage your image. At the same time, the employer's primary concern isn’t negotiating the least expensive compensation package it can get away with. Rather, their focus will be on getting you to accept the job. Understand Your Needs and Those of the Employer To be successful in this type of negotiation, you need to examine your priorities. What do you really want? Are you comfortable with a low salary and lots of perks? Understanding your needs will also help you determine the type of company you want to work for. For example, a family-owned company may be able to offer a competitive salary and a large bonus based on results. A start-up new venture company, on the other hand, may not be able to offer market salary, but could be in a position to offer you stock options. By recognizing what an employer can and can’t do, you’ll be able to determine what issues you should press. Set Your Price Expect employers to try to purchase your talent and experience at a discount. That's what employment and compensation negotiations are: a simple "buy-and-sell" matter. And as the seller, you must set an asking price going in. Some interviewees carry along a lot of money in their wallets to feel valuable during negotiations. Be Strictly Professional Even if you admire the person you're negotiating with, remember that it's a business transaction, not a personal exchange. Separate the salary and employment issues you're discussing from how you feel about the person who wants to hire you. Remember that the outcome of your discussion will affect your family's well-being. Some executives put a family picture in their shirt or suit pocket and touch it occasionally during meetings as a reminder to stay on track, no matter how persuasive the employer is. Understand The Dynamics Of The Particular Negotiations Sometimes you’ll have skills that are in great demand. And sometimes, you may be one of several qualified candidates the company would be happy to hire. Sizing up the situation and understanding the relative position of each party will help you determine when to press your advantage and when to back off. Never Lie, But Use the Truth to Your Advantage It’s not only wrong to lie, but in employment negotiations, it’s ineffective. If you lie during negotiations, sooner or later you’re likely to be caught. Once you are, even if you don't lose the offer, you’ll be at a tremendous disadvantage, and your credibility will always be suspect. On the other hand, total candor won’t be rewarded. You’re under no obligation to blurt out everything you know. You can determine what you want to say and how you want to say it, and try to put everything in its most positive light. Rehearse it the night before in front of the mirror. Use Positive Language Never say "never" or "no" to an employer's offer. If the company is resisting your requests, use neutral-sounding words to describe your position by saying that you find the offer "disappointing," "unfortunate," "surprising" or "unacceptable." You also might try asking an employer to reconsider its offer, or ask for additional time to consider the terms to keep the door open to favorable changes. The point is to avoid words that make you sound angry or unwilling to negotiate further. The process should continue until you arrive at a satisfactory agreement, unless you blow it prematurely. Remember negotiations should leave you and the prospective employer happy, ultimately you will have to work together, and all this will have bearing on your future relationship. Use Uncertainty To Your Advantage The more information you convey to a potential employer about your bottom line, the more likely it will limit what you get. Before making an offer, a company typically tries to determine what it will take for you to accept the position. With that information, the prospective employer will be able to determine the minimum package it needs to offer. While they may not offer you as little as they can get away with, if you’ve divulged too much information, they likely won’t offer you as much as they might have otherwise. By disclosing exactly what your current compensation is or exactly what it would take to get you to leave your job, you’ll force a potential employer to make its best offer. Focus On Your Goals Not Victory Many times in negotiations, the act of winning becomes more important than achieving your goals. And it’s also important not to make your future boss feel as if he’s lost in the negotiations. You’ll have gained little by negotiating a good deal if you alienate your future boss in the process. Know When to Quit Bargaining The one sure way to lose everything you’ve obtained is to be greedy. There comes a point in every negotiation when you’ve achieved everything you could have reasonably expected to gain. While most companies will want to treat you fairly and make you happy, few companies want to hire a greedy hanger on. This may even cause the offer to fall through, or mar your image. Employment is an ongoing relationship. Job negotiations are the starting point for your career with a company. Get too little and you’re disadvantaged throughout your career there; push too hard and you can sour the relationship before it begins. Get Written Confirmation Getting something in writing provides closure and prevents any misunderstandings between you and an employer. Take charge of this process by writing a letter spelling out the details of the deal you've agreed to while they're fresh in your mind after the interview. It prevents misunderstandings that might result from poor memories, changed circumstances or, at times, bad faith on the part of an employer.