Appearing in a job interview is always challenging and intimidating. In a job interview, you need to be ready to audition for a role. Developing your skills as a performer will help you get the desired job; it will also help you grow and gain a new skill that is critical in the 21st century workplace – adjusting to constant change that requires flexibility and adaptability all the time.
Skilled interviewers or employers tend to look for the qualities that are known to correlate with success in a job. So you need to physically act out these personal qualities such as confidence, energy, eye contact, body language and more. Like any good performer, you need to rehearse or practise in advance!
If you tend to feel shy of speaking in public, you need to try hard to overcome the shyness which leads to nervousness or anxiety. Here are some useful tips for the students/graduates who are preparing themselves for job interviews:
1. Be positive. Thinking positively is the key to making a good start that gives you confidence and energy throughout the interview.
2. Have eye contact. Having good eye contact with the interviewers is very important. If you can establish eye contact in the very beginning while replying to the questions, this will help boost up your confidence.
3. Proper body language is a must! You should not look like a statue when you sit before the interview board. Some specific gestures – physical stance, tone of voice, facial expression, and movement of your hands – also help you communicate with ease and poise.
4. Be formally dressed. You must be well-dressed and appear in a formal manner. You should keep in mind that first impression lasts long. Your appearance will indicate your personality that includes your dress, reply to the questions, attitude (politeness) and articulation.
5. Have good communication skills. You need to be a good communicator. In fact, this is the key to making a great impression. When the interviewer(s) ask you any question in English, you must reply in English. Again if they ask you questions in Bangla, you must answer to them in Bangla with clear pronunciation and accent. You need to make sure you do not use any dialect (local language) when speaking Bangla. You should not limit your answer to "YES" or "NO" when it requires you to explain something convincingly.