So, assuming you are a master of your skills, unmatched, unbeatable in your domain and all that you need is that one chance- to prove yourself! Do you reckon that’s enough? According to a research conducted by Harvard University, the Carnegie Foundation and Stanford Research Center, 85% of job success comes from having well developed soft and peoples skills and only a meagre share of 15% contributed by your hard skills. Be it a fresher or an experienced professional looking for a job, a student applying for higher studies, a budding entrepreneur seeking investor’s attention or a well established businessman competing to survive- one thing that you can simply not ignore is- interview! Following are the top 5 most important things that matter and can help you outstand any interview!
Saumya, an IT engineer, had just passed out of college. Highly talented in programming but had a tendency to take up a lot of stress. Highly introvert and shy, she found it extremely difficult to come out of her comfort zone of 3 friends and to talk to strangers. A constant fear of being judged is what always stopped her… Your presence is the most subtle yet the most powerful factor that can influence the other persons opinion about you sub consciously in just a few seconds. Click To Tweet Your vibes speak way more than your words! A contracted presence indicates stress, frustration, dullness, low self esteem, inferiority, cluttered mind, irritability or nervousness. An expanded (peaceful and light) presence on the other hand indicates stability, high mental strength, enthusiasm, learnability, resilience and vitality! Meditation can a be a game changer in this regard. According to a research conducted by the Massachusetts General Hospital, Bender Institute of Neuroimaging and the University of Massachusetts Medical School, meditation can activate the prefrontal cortex in the brain and also increase the grey matter in the hippocampus and the parietal lobe responsible for our emotional regulation and attention.
Your Body Language
How can you possibly talk to a person who is looking onto the ceiling or down on the table? The last thing an interviewer wants to do is to talk to a spineless creature slouching half way on the chair! Your walking style, facial expressions, eye contact, sitting posture, handshake and off course your smile talks a lot about your level of confidence, self esteem and belief in yourself!
How you speak is way more important than what you speak! Your tone is what is caught by the listener first. It requires no rocket science to differentiate the “How are you?” of an air hostess, a friend and your mother! Your voice modulation, rate of speech and pauses can either captivate the attention of your listener or simply lead him into another day dream!
The only things that can save you here is your preparation! Know the company, the organization, your job description and most importantly YOURSELF! Most people are clueless when asked the most typical question “Tell me something about yourself” What are your skills, your strengths, your weaknesses, your vision, your hobbies and your purpose? Your clarity of mind provides you with the impetus to go through tough questions and stressful situations intentionally created to test the real you! Click To Tweet
To begin with ladies, the golden rule is to keep it simple and elegant. Kindly do not go overboard with your make up, jewellery or hairstyle and please do not wear heels if you are not comfortable with it! Pastel colors without any shimmer or glitter is the formula for clothing. No fingers with worn out nailpaint please! For men, its important you do not experiment with your beard and rather go with a clean shaven look with trimmed hair and nails. Your trousers need to be yours not your dad’s! Neither too baggy nor too skinny. The worst thing you can do to your look is by pairing your perfect suit and trousers with sports shoes! Mind your odour and wear your confidence as your make up and you are ready to go!