As I sit down to write this article with a hot cappuccino besides me, I recall the mistakes I made and the number of rejections I faced during the early stages of my professional career. I am pretty sure everyone of us have some interesting stories to share about the failures and ways to overcome it. Having said that, lets start from level zero — for any person the next step after finishing a degree is to land in a job. But, Is getting hired by a company easy? We believe your answer will be yes as you read through the entire article.
It’s very difficult to accept rejections, especially during the early stages of our career. While rejections start growing, we tend to shift the blame like never before — We blame our parents, our education, our interviewer sitting opposite us, the company we attend interview for etc. and the reasons keeps growing. Don’t worry, I completely support you and would like to keep my ears open for all excuses you throw for not landing in your dream job. Of the excuses you give, some may look reasonable and some may not. But I have only one question for you before — “Why did you fail?” or to be more clear “Did you give your 100% in every interview?” As a job seeker you may look out for possible answers but we are here to help you. Here are some of the which will be useful to crack your next interview.
Get there on time :
There was an instance, where a candidate was scheduled for an interview with me at my office for 10:00 AM but the interesting part is I had scheduled meeting with my CEO at 10:30 AM and was waiting for the candidate to step in so that I could have a quick chat and proceed. At about 10:15 AM, he stepped into our office all sweaty and I was left with no other option but to call him inside and start the interview immediately . After 5 minutes of chat he suddenly fainted, after giving him all the first aid measures, when I asked him as to why he collapsed, he started giving me long list of excuses.
Being punctual is the first step to earn the credibility of the employer. Some employers don’t care even when you are late for an Interview, but as a jobseeker unnecessary tension builds up within yourself which may spoil your entire day and end up losing your dream job. It is even worse if you are one among a group of 10, whose interview has been scheduled on the same day for the same position, Someone else might take your job and leave happily while you are a leftover of excuses. As a jobseeker, it is more important to align your priorities and I believe that “Career comes first”.
Having said all these things, there are cases where even after taking all the efforts you may be late but it’s fine !!! Make sure to inform the employer as to why you are going to be late.
So guys the next time if you have been scheduled for an Interview or even for a small meeting, tell yourself that “Whatever be the case, I will make it on time”.
What to wear
Following a proper dress code creates a discipline within ourselves and for the organization too. I know dress code has become a debatable topic since the recent startups have started incorporating “no dress code” policy which has been widely accepted and adopted by lot of companies too. While it may sound great, on an interview perspective it’s always good and advisable to make yourself presentable with a decent set of formals. When I say formals, it can be plain or striped shirt with matching pants. Whether you are attending an interview for a startup or an MNC, groom yourself with a nice set of formals which gives you the confidence and may also add up on your impression with the employer.
Patience is the key
According to a recent reports, As of 2018 the total amount of people unemployed in India has gone up by 3.5%, which is about 18.6 million. While the rate of unemployment is going up on one side, the seriousness to get a job among job seekers has seriously disappeared. Recently we had a plan of hiring fresher's for our organization and Invited a couple of fresh graduates from colleges to our office premises. We had about 30 Candidates who turned up, out of which a plenty of them came up to me asking the same question “How much longer will it take for the interviews to get completed?”. Not only the fresher's but also the experienced candidates ask the same question a lot of times.
When a company is planning for a huge hiring, they are pushed to conduct walk-in drives to fill in the required number of positions. As a jobseeker it is very much essential to understand that and take up the willingness to attend the interviews, if not you always have the choice of telling them “No, I don’t have the time”. When you are really serious about getting into the job, developing patience is one of the most essential key. Meeting your prospective employer for the first time for an interview and asking them as to how long will take to complete the interview will create a very bad impression upon yourself.
Do you remember The Pursuit of Happyness Movie? Chris Gardner has to work hard for an year with utmost patience to land in his dream job as a Stock Broker. Having said all these, it’s time for you to prepare yourself in developing patience.
Stop Blaming, Start Analyzing
I would like to recall an interesting incident which happened a couple of weeks ago, I was a part of the interviewing panel and I had this candidate who was sitting in front of me very tensed and was stammering for every question asked. I felt really bad for him and asked “Is this your first Interview?” and he gave me a stunning reply “No sir, this is my 10th Interview”. I asked him what went wrong in all these interviews and he said “I don’t know”. I was really shocked and surprised with his answer
“Are we seriously missing something?”. Learning from our mistakes is considered to be one of the key steps to excel in our professional career. But failing to do it is like walking in a no man’s land. After interviewing a considerable amount of candidates I analyzed a few problems and of which the one tops the list is of-course Communicate or Convey in an understandable accent to the person sitting opposite to you. While reading this, if you feel that this particular problem has been haunting you for a long time, then its high you find a solution. Likewise, every time you complete an interview just sit and analyze where and how did you do, if possible take a piece of paper and note down the mistakes you did and improvements you have done each time. I am sure that cultivating this habit will help you to succeed in your career on all aspects.
Prepare yourself for the game:
You might think what would be the difference between the topics you have read above and the topic under which you’re reading now. Am I beating around the bush? Definitely not!! The topics which I have covered before are the basic prerequisites before facing an interview, but this topic is all about the Do’s and Don’ts while facing the interviewer.
It’s really important to think while you speak in an interview. It is also very important to be precise and clear in terms of the language you use and the things you try to express. Don’t be a loquacious person, the interviewer may lose interest on you and at a certain point of time he may even stop listening to you.
It is very essential for the job seeker to know about the company before stepping into the interview. While we have lot of online resources like the Company Website (Whatever company you are applying for), Google, Wikipedia, etc. which helps you to know more about the company and the history. Just because the job role fits you, doesn’t mean that you can apply without knowing about the company. It is very important to know the history of the company, get to know their founders background, understand what they do, services or products they offer etc.
There are even many more points that can be added to the topic above, I listed these two since these are very essential things to be done before attending an interview. We shall also have a separate blog post on this in the near future.
Don’t Overcook your resume:
Resume is a single document that builds trust in the employer and makes them think he/she may be the right person for the job. I would like to share a funny incident that happened a couple of months back — There was a candidate, a fresh graduate who stepped inside my room for the job interview. While I was going through his CV I found that he is a follower of Swami Vivekananda principle. — I found this as a unique description in his resume and out of curiosity I asked him as to “When was Swami Vivekananda born” and he surprisingly replied “I don’t know”. After listening to his answer, the ironic part was that the interview was conducted on the same day when Swami Vivekananda was born.
A resume should be “A Paper of Facts” and not “A Paper of lies”. Make sure to mention things which you have done or learnt, rather than the ones which you are learning or not even have attempted to do in your career.
I believe the above listed six secrets may help you find a suitable job.
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