7 things that are overlooked in an interview

There are hell lot of articles and e-books out there in the market which tell you about what to do and what not to do, how you should attend the interview, the possible questions with suitable answers and so on.

But they fail to list out the small things that we can do differently or avoid certain traps or come up with smart strategies to crack the interview.

You may have the best profile out there with unique and rare skillsets, but unless and until you learn how to do things the right way or how to market yourself, you will never succeed.

Renowned author of the book “Rich Dad Poor Dad”, Mr. Robert Kiyosaki has mentioned in the book that he is called a bestselling author and not a best written author because it is his selling skills that has brought him success rather than its content (It is a really good book by the way).

So, to be successful in any aspect we have to tick the right boxes. It is often the simple things that we overlook that has the most importance. Let’s see the few things that we overlook on a regular basis but are the most important aspects in getting success in interviews.

The seven things that we frequently overlook in an interview are:

  1. Interview is a two way process:

An interview is an open market where the employers looking to find a perfect fit for the vacancy and the prospective employee who is looking out for opportunities meet each other and discuss.

The interviewer represents the company and markets its brand value, credibility, it’s contribution, uniqueness and advantages etc. apart from the monetary benefits and try to acquire the best talent possible whereas the candidates try to gauge the opportunity that is there before him/her and take a decision.

The major mistake that people do here is that, the candidate answers only after he/she has been asked a question by the interviewer and it would become a very boring one-sided talk within no time as only one person is speaking while the other person/persons are just listening.

The best thing to do is to have a discussion kind of atmosphere where the candidate as well as the interviewer gets to know whatever they wanted to know. This makes decision making easier and accurate.

2) Answering the traditional questions:

Now, I am sure that you are all aware of those traditional questions like “Tell me about yourself?” This is an old question for which interviewed candidates will have some readymade answers.

The most important thing that you should realize is that this question determines whether you get selected or rejected in an interview. A simple “I am xyz. I have graduated from my college specializing in asd. I have passed my high school in 1999 etc.” will not give an interviewer what he/she needs to know.

What they actually expect is your attitude, your leadership skills, your decision making skills and how you present them. Telling them something that is already present in your resume is a waste of time and it also bores the interviewer which is to be avoided at any cost.

3) Taking care of how you behave:

You would have all heard that first impression is the best impression. I agree to this point but I have noticed a lot of people who come to an interview with very good grooming but lack in controlling their behavior.

The behavior I mention here can be how we behave while waiting for being interviewed or how we interact with other candidates who have come for an interview or how confident are you while you are being interviewed.

Behavior is in fact more important than any other aspect as far as interview is concerned. It makes you to be a standout in a crowd that will eventually lead you one step closer to getting that job.

4) Never Lie to an interviewer:

Unless you are an expert at it, never try to make yourself like someone you aren’t in front of the interviewer. Your profile and the body language reveals a lot about you than you think.

Body language, usage of words and the way they are spoken is enough to gauge more than 80% of a person. So, it’s advisable to tell the truth about yourself and your past work experiences.

Being trustworthy, acknowledging your strengths and weaknesses, working hard to reduce the impact of weaknesses are the ones that interviewers expect from candidates.

Lying on these things can be easily found out and the next thing you will notice is that the interviewer telling “We will get back to you/ We will let you know”.

5) It is okay to ask for a re-schedule:

What? Seriously?

You heard me right. If you are in a position where you are either physically not well or mentally disturbed or distracted, you could always ask for a re-schedule.

But, you have to take it into account the magnitude of the interview. If it is going to be taken by a top official of a multinational corporation, I advise you against asking for any re-schedule.

Now you have to take it in mind that if you have a valid reason, the employer would be happy to re-schedule the interview but asking for re-schedule without proper intimation or proper reason should be avoided at all cost as it will give a bad impression about you to the interviewer.

6) Thank the interviewer and ask for feedback:

You should always have the courtesy to get in touch with the interviewer and thank them properly for providing you with an opportunity. This will make them happy and who knows it might even work in your favor.

Another major question you should ask them is the feedback of the interview. Most interviewers would be happy to share their thoughts and give you a proper feedback so that it would help you in the near future.

Thanking and asking feedback can work wonders because not all people do that and this will certainly play a part when it comes to some very close competition and a decision has to be arrived by the interview panel.

This will also help you to get some interviewer tips and insights which can be used for other interviews as well.

7) Never miss a chance to learn:

Flunking in an interview surely does suck. You might be very sad or sometimes even be depressed but like all other failures are stepping stones to success, this experience will also teach us the most important things and thinking back with detailed retrospection will give us lot of lessons to learn.

The real failure is when you miss the chance to learn and implement what you have learnt. This will make us continuously work on improving your performance in the future.

Who knows it might even help you to crack an interview in your dream company. I urge you all to keep yourself flexible to learn from any and all circumstances as it will prepare you to face even more difficult circumstances in the future.

These are the 7 major aspects that we overlook in an interview. These can be further subdivided into minor topics. I hope I haven’t missed any other major aspects that we continuously overlook in an interview.

I would like to personally learn new ideas and look at things from various aspects. Feel free to review this article and let me know if any other important aspect has been missed so that it could be added.

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