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All the frantic job searching, alongside your rapidly dwindling bank balance, has finally paid off, and you’ve got the job you’d been trying to bag for so long. You’ve got a call scheduling the job interview as well, you’ve gotta be home free now, right?? Wrong. Now comes the part which most job seekers usually screw up. The dreaded interview. Even the tiniest of mistakes can disqualify you as a candidate before you can spell Machiavellianism, in spite of having the right experience and skills. If you really wanna crack that interview like a boss, keep these things in mind!

The Dos and Don’ts of a job interview

 

Watches were invented for a reason. Use them.

One of the worst things you could possibly do is to be late for a job interview. It makes an extremely bad impression, conveying your lack of seriousness for the job. And also, for a position that has a limited vacancy, if the job seekers who get called at first make a better impression than you, your chances of even being considered fall that much. Be at the venue at least 15 minutes early.

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Carry actual hard copies of your documents

Nope, a photo of your resume on your smartphone is NOT an acceptable way of letting your potential employer get to know your qualifications. Carry print-outs of your resume, all official documents, both the originals as well as extra copies, and a pen.

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Know who you’re interviewing for

You want to be hired by an organization, the least you could do would be a little research into how they came to be, what they’re into, how long they’ve been around, and similar other stuff. It isn’t enough to just show up, as an interviewer certainly might want to know what YOU already know about the company as well, before briefing you.

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Please base your attire on people other than “Shaggy from Scooby Doo

Hey, Shaggy’s an awesome guy, I myself used to binge watch the Scooby Doo series from time to time, but slacks, cargos, or torn jeans are NOT appropriate for a job interview. Wear a fitted, ironed, formal shirt, with trousers, or take tips from Neal Caffrey, maybe?

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Brush up on the things you’re good at

Hey, if you’ve put down “skilled C++ programmer”, it’s THE most natural thing for your interviewer to want to check exactly “how” skilled! Brush up on your skills, so that they HAVE a reason to hire you.

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Don’t be a monumental prick. To anyone.

The girl sitting at the front desk might not be the one who’ll be interviewing you but DO NOT be rude or impolite to her, just cause she asks you to switch your phone off. Trust me, she’s saying it for your own good. Also, companies at times, actually consider feedback from the receptionists while deciding about hiring you. The way you behave with them actually reveals a lot about the kind of person you are. Keep that in mind, and be polite and respectful.

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Stay Confident without being an arrogant ass.

Believe in yourself, stay positive, don’t be a smart-ass, and you should be fine. Being nervous, or narcissistic, both have a tendency to get you dumped by the interviewer, out of sheer frustration or irritation. They don’t have time for your shit! If they see that you’ve got yourself sorted, then they’d be confident about handing you the responsibility of the job as well!

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Ultimately, it all comes down to a mixture of all of these, teemed with how well a speaker you are, and how well you’d actually be for the job. So keep your cool, polish that shoe up, and keep your head up, and let us know when you roll out of the interview room, offer letter in hand, like a total badass!

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