It’s said that “first impression is the last impression,” which is true. However, the first impression does not start when you enter the HR department for the first time but rather, starts from the time you send your CV to the concerned person. The first thing you have to keep in mind is to neatly compile your CV and mail it with the proper cover letter and the subject.
Forwarding Your CV
Make sure your CV is according to the standards of the organization, do not insert your picture if you are forwarding it to corporate sectors, and never write false information on your CV, which may harm your career in the future.
While sending a CV, be sure to show some professionalism. Do not use your childhood ID like Mrcoolboyfirstname.lastname@example.org. If you don’t have a proper email i.d, then you have to make a decent one. Never send a CV without ‘Subject’ or a ‘Cover Letter’, which looks awkward.
You can also follow a simple sample given below.
To the concerned person,
I am pleased to offer services in your company for the post of marketing manager, I have attached my CV, please consider it.
Getting an Interview call
Just be ready for the interview call since some organizations start judging you from the first call. Whenever you get a call, be sure to be polite and always try to ask whether it will be a paneled interview or an individual, try to ask the appropriate address of the firm, name of the interviewer, the post they have called you for, time for the interview, etc.
Preparing for the Interview
Get your Certificates and other important documents ready with at least 4-5 colored copies of your CV and put them in a presentable file.
Search about the interviewer on LinkedIn, Facebook or Google them, which will help you learn about their behavior, traits and other qualities which can help you interact more easily.
If you are not sure of the organization’s address, try to visit it a day before so you do not not get late in finding the exact address.
Get the basic knowledge about the organization; you can find it on the “about us” page of the company’s website.
Try to revise the basic concepts of the job you have applied for. “For eg. go through marketing concepts if you have applied for the job of marketing”
Press your clothes one day in advance since the electricity situation in Pakistan is quite unpredictable and you do not want to regret afterwards.
Get a good haircut and try to look decent.
On the Day of Interview
Get fresh, double check your documents, wear your best formal clothes, polish your shoes, comb your hair, be confident but do not be over confident. Do not go for three-piece suit or don’t get overdressed which shows that you are too desperate for the job; you can wear it if you are called up for a managerial position.
Never go too early nor get late, try to reach the place 15-20 minutes earlier, go to the washroom, get fresh again, and then inform the reception about your arrival. The interviewer might get late but you should never say anything to them (they might be testing your level of patience).
Switch off your mobile phone and enter the room after the call.
During the Interview
- Knock on the door.
- Wait for the interviewer to give you permission to sit.
- Shake hands with moderation; do not make the interviewer uncomfortable by unleashing your muscular handshake.
- Maintain proper eye contact with the interviewer, sit straight and do not lean on the table.
The most common first question presented to you is “Tell me about yourself” which is also one of the hardest questions according to surveys. All you need to do is tell them about your traits, your strengths and DO NOT get over confident. Be sure to focus on your strengths and at last, you can tell them some of your weaknesses but do not highlight them.
Do not get frank with the interviewer, maintain a professional environment because getting too frank can be a problem for you and the interviewer can sense your weaknesses during the long conversation.
After the Interview
At last, most of the interviewers give you a chance to ask them anything, so you can ask them about their business card and later give them a call or send an email to ask your status.
Good luck for your Interview.You can also comment and share some tips if you’ve got them.
Story first published: 29th August 2015