How To Master The Art Of Interview Etiquette

indexHave you just passed out of a full time MBA Gurgaon and about to make your foray into the big, bad corporate world? As you are well aware, one of the first hurdles that you need to cross is the dreaded “job interview”. Are you worried about making a good impression on the selector panel while remaining composed under heavy-duty interrogation?

Don’t despair, you are not alone. Millions like you go through the same fears. It’s all about mastering a few tips and tricks that will get you through the interview with flying colours.

First impressions are the ones that stay

They say that in personal encounters, first impressions are made within the first five seconds. In job interviews, you have about thirty seconds to make a pleasant first show. That image is what will stay with your interviewers.

The moment you enter the building, switch off your cell phone. Come ten minutes early and politely ask the receptionist for directions. Remember to smile. Make your entrance with energy, and make eye contact. Keep your shoulders up and shake hands with everyone in the room. While shaking hands, introduce yourself by saying both your first and last name.

Dress for the occasion

If you want that cushy job after a full time mba Gurgaon, then remember that dressing conservatively for an interview shows respect. Even if the job you are applying for will be a relaxed one, dress up.

Smile

Remember that the interviewers are human beings too. They will appreciate a smile. Keeping a serious or grim expression through the interview might leave them guessing. Smiling shows confidence, energy and an open nature. After all, when an employer is looking to hire you, s/he is not just filling a blank spot, but giving you a place in the company family.

Body language

Everything is under scrutiny during your interview. The way you sit, walk, gesticulate, etc is analysed by the interviewers to see if you are interested and enthusiastic. Always sit straight and put your feet firmly on the ground. Both your hands shouldn’t be on your lap, under the table. One arm should be on the table.

Always align your shoulders with the person who is addressing you, or who you are speaking to. Don’t fidget in your seat, or make too many hand gestures. Crossing your legs is not a good idea either.

Shake hands well

Your handshake says volumes about you. You should squeeze your partner’s hand assertively. Make sure you are not being too painful. Shake hands about 3 times. Always smile and make eye contact when shaking hands. Also, remember to say your first and last name while doing so.

However, remember that there are certain cultural differences that you must know about before going in. In some cultures, a kiss or a hug can also follow a handshake. Don’t be surprised if that happens.

At the table

When seated at the table, don’t place any of your things on it. no phones, keys or water bottles. If you have anything with you, place it under your chair. If they offer you a beverage, decline it as politely as you can. Make sure that your cell phone is switched off when the interview is on.

Have a good exit

Once the interview is over, thank the people present. Shake hands with everyone, and try to use their names if you can. Also, while leaving thank your escort if any. All this is a part of good manners nothing else.

About the author

Dana James works in the HR department of a multinational firm. She has headed the recruiters panel for hiring full time mba gurgaon students through graduate schemes. In her free time, Dana loves to play with her two dogs.

 

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