Interview Preparation Guide: How to Prepare for an Interview


What is an interview?

Interviewing is a widely used process for getting information about applicants for jobs. It provides the most direct information about a candidate, his / her skills, background, education, and also personality type. Each interview is a learning experience that occurs during preparation. This is useful for the interview you are appearing for Initial preparation requires a thorough examination of skills, achievement, expertise, and also interests.

The interview preparation includes 4p’s model

  • Preparation – Preparing for the interview increases the confidence level of the candidate and also creates good vibes for your successful interview
  • Practice – Rehearse what you are going to say in your interview. This will reduce your stress and also nervousness. And also promote your point of view.
  • Present – Positive attitude with good body language and also perfect appearance makes you comfortable for an interview.
  • Participate – A successful interview requires active participation with a positive attitude


Preparation for a Successful interview includes:

  • A good assessment of yourself. you have to look at yourself before presenting yourself in an interview. In which specific field have you interested and look at your strength, work on your skill, and improve it for a better result in an interview.   
  • Researching the organization is the key to getting success in an interview. Because every interviewer wants that their employees are more familiar with their organization, so make sure that you have enough information about the job and organization where you are going to work in the future.
  • As well as know that the resume is the first impression of the candidate. And a resume is a written compilation of your education, work, credentials, and achievement used to apply for a job. So you have to ensure that your resume is updated according to job or company. And before submitting your resume online or in the interview check Grammar mistake spelling error. The error may affect your resume impression. If you don’t know how to write a good resume, you do not have to worry about it just click here.
  • Prepare a list of the frequently asked question (FAQ) according to your mentioned information in the resume. The FAQ section is a major part of the interview so you have to give some time on it and prepared an answer about your qualification and handled the project and your skill, interest, and strength.
  • Be ensuring that you have the details about the company or organization are correct. You can use Google for Understanding the venue details and be doubly sure that has to where your company is located.

Do’s and Don’ts Before an Interview

Do’s Before the Interview 

  • Dress appropriately as per the corporate policy, but generally, the formal dress is more batter than others. As we all know the first impression is the last. Formally dressing is the best appearance for you.
  • Recheck your personal grooming and cleanliness. Ensure that you are well shaved and your nails are properly cut before the presentation.
  • Make sure you Reach 10- 15 min. early at the interview venue, it is always better to be at the venue early. Reach before starting your interview so that you can prepare yourself, clean your face, and drink water if need before presenting in the interview.
  • Be aware of the interview time and location, find out how long it takes to get there and how will you handle the traveling. Never be depend on cabs & autos this not sure that you will find it when you need it. And ensure that you have sufficient time to get reach there.

Don’ts Before the Interview 

  • Don’t wake up late at night it may  result in your morning appearing dull and lethargic 

  • Don’t overeat or have carbonated soft drinks

  • Don’t feel navigate thoughts of not being selected. avoid overeating it can effect that you do not appear professional

  • Don’t’ feel nervous before presenting yourself in an interview it may reduce your confidence level. Make sure that you are confident the event is your first interview.

  • Don’t forget to be courteous to everybody using this tactic you can make your relations strong with the other members of companies.


Interview – power dressing in the interview process

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Men’s interview attire

  • Formally wear suits make an impact on your personality. Solid color suits such as navy and dark grey. wear a formal dark trouser and a full-sleeved shirt
  • Wear a Long-sleeved shirt and white coordinated with the suit )
  • Wear a Black or brown matching belt on your suit    
  • Wear a tie on the suit as much as possible.
  • Wear Dark socks, conservative leather shoes. Avoid attractive colors for your socks.
  • Make sure you removed your jewelry and avoid funky style
  • Hairstyle should be neat as much as you want
  • Your face should be a little shaved
  • Cut your hair and nails 2 days early for the interview

Women’s interview attire

  • Wear a Suit with the coordinate of navy, black and dark color. You can also wear salwar, kameez, saree as Indian attire. that will make you comfortable for the interview
  • The suit skirt should be long enough to enable you to sit down comfortably on the table.
  • Coordinated blouse
  • Conservative shoes
  • Wear jewelry Limited. Avoid long dangling earrings or arms full of bracelets. this show you’re unofficially about your work
  • Neat hairstyle and Keep the hair tight
  • Light make-up and perfume should be used.

Do’s and Don’ts during Interview

Interview Do’s

  • Remember to treat everyone with courtesy and respect
  • greet everyone upon entering the interview room
  • Always be ready for handshakes with employees and members of companies
  • Be an attentive listener to understand the question. This will show your listening skill
  • Address the interviewers with sir/ma’am and related words
  • Maintain good contact with the interviewer
  • Stay alert and sit upright in your seat
  • Answer the question warmly and with specific examples. Do not reply in a complicated way.
  • If you have any problem understanding a question, ask for clarification Be concise and concise in your response
  • Use formal words and expressions and appropriate grammar
  • Show your interest in the employer and the job you are interviewing for
  • Positively answer the question and avoid negativity in your answer
  • Keep your tone polite while answering the question
  • Take time to respond to a situation and think wisely

Interview Don’ts

  • Do not take a seat until you are offered to sit
  • Do not talk negatively about previous employers or managers; it can affect your dishonesty.
  • Do not show a lack of interest in the companies during the interview
  • Do not express that you are only interested in money or salary, show your passion or interest in the job while answering the question about companies.
  • Do not say “no” directly being rude, If you disagree with some points then do “not,” said politely
  • Do not use slang and use filler sparingly, as you know, etc.
  • Do not eat chewing gum during the interview
  • Do not smell of sweat, so use perfume or body spray to smell good
  • Do not keep your mobile on during the interview and do not forget to silence your smartphone upon entering the room.
  • Use greetings from the interview such as “Have a nice day”

Interview process – After the interview

Interview process – Negotiations   Skill

The main purpose of the conversation is to get closer to its purpose. As we all know, the conversation is all about Negotiations skill.

Techniques needed to be a good negotiator:

  • Put yourself on the other person and consider how they will react to your proposals.
  • Do not stay at any particular point of conversation
  • Follow different styles and ways to communicate
  • Whatever style you choose, be comfortable with it

How to handle negotiations responses

Tips: to handle responses negotiations responses

  • Do not feel obliged to react immediately; Take time and answer wisely, ask for clarification when needed
  • If necessary, write keynotes, if required
  • Evaluate the offer given and compare it with the one you have offered
  • Discuss the responses in detail.
  • Share your feedback on the given conditions
  • Talk about discrepancies, if any
  • Give suggestions on how things can get closer to your objectives, and how they can do perform much better
  • Communicate in a calm but firm manner and don’t forget to be polite
  • Set things up if it agrees for you
  • Always have a written agreement to avoid disputes in future


Top Most common Interview questions with answers

Tell me something about your self

Tips: while answering this question make sure that your answer includes

  • Be brief while replying
  • Do not include life history and irrelevant details while answering the question
  • Talk about relevant work experience, achievement,   and expertise, if any
  • Show interest in joining companies
  • A brief should be given on the purpose of your career
  • Talk about strengths and skills in how you will present them
  • For example, start with greetings: good morning or hello to all
  • If you have achieved first class or difference, please mention it. If you have higher academic achievements after graduation. Then mention that it will make a high impact on your resume.
  • If you have any work experience, make a list of career summaries, and mention them
  • Mention any project or special assignment you are proud of
  • Mention your goals and objectives
  • Strength and weakness can be mentioned (diplomatically).
  • Companies do not expect too much personal information about any employee or customer.
  • Thank you politely and end the conversation gracefully

Why should we hire you

Tips: while answering this question make sure that your answer includes

  • Talk about your highest qualification and experience
  • Talk about how you can be an asset to the company
  • Talk about how you can produce an extraordinary result
  • Talk about your communication skills and abilities to explain
  • Talk about how you can be a team player
  • mention your diploma or any courses from the open university, if any

What are your strengths

Tips: while answering this question make sure that your answer includes

  • Make sure that your strength matches the requirements of the job and also you have to talk about the strength that will be useful for your job
  • Be genuine and also accurate when talking about your strengths
  • Be concise and also concise with your words
  • Your responses should be relevant to the job
  • Demonstrate with an example, such as you can take any story as an example that has happened in your past

What are your weaknesses?

Tips: While answering this question make sure that your answer includes

  • Describe something that is not mentioned in your resume
  • Make your response skills related
  • Appearing weakness by strength
  • Describe it as an action that needs to be improved
  • Never mention bad habits in your conversation, which is not good for your health.

What are your achievements?

Tips: while answering this question make sure that your answer includes

  • Mention the academic achievements
  • You can refer to the work-related achievement
  • Personal achievements’ Be honest when talking about personal achievements

What do you know about the organization?

Tips: while answering this question make sure that your answer includes

  • Tell them how you have researched for his company.
  • Show the company thorough research
  • Visit the company website before going for an interview
  • Provide details about the organization
  • Talk about company positions in corporate workers
  • Demonstrate your knowledge as if you know all organizations

What is a career objective

Tips: while answering this question make sure that your answer includes

  • creates an impact on your interviewer
  • is a short and also targeted statement, so you have to answer wisely after researching the point
  • The Answer must not exceed 3-4 lines
  • The answer should match your job requirement
  • You can take as an example of your career how you got here and also mention your plans.

Key points: To be remembered at the end of this article

  • be thoroughly prepared
  • update your resume
  • dress formally
  • follow the SMART approach while answering
  • be aware of your body language
  • research the organization
  • reach before time
  • be polite and also courteous to all
  • give brief and also concise responses
  • leave the interview venue on a positive note
  • be ready for a handshake
  • don’t hesitate to negotiate
  • show your enthusiasm for the job
  • don’t forget to follow up
  • be sure of what you want to say
  • avoid using slang
  • avoid tea/coffee if offered

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