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6 Tips For Acing Your Next Interview

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“Your time is limited, don't waste it living someone else's life” - Steve Jobs 

I think it's safe to say that getting a dream job or getting into that dream university is probably something all of us have on our to-do list. But dreaming to get into an institution of your choice and actually getting in are two separate things. It'll require a lot of hard work, patience and a kickass interview round to fetch that.

Now we can't really do anything to help you get to the interview stage. but once you get to that interview round, you are pretty much in a make or break situation. On that note, here are five tips you MUST follow in order to ace your next interview and help strike one thing off of your bucket list. 

1) Pay Attention To Your Body Language   

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Your body language plays a vital role in determining the type of impression you are going to leave on your interviewer. So pay attention to your body language and make sure you don't do something (scratch an itch, play with your hair, yawn) that will end up leaving a negative impression on your interviewer. 

2) Dress To Impress 

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While not every workplace setting enforces a dress code, you need to make sure that you are dressed in a proper and adequate manner for your interview, irrespective of the dressing policy of that organisation. There are two reasons for doing this. Firstly, it shows your maturity and sense of responsibility. And secondly, it indicates your seriousness for the job. So make sure you invest in the best formal shirts, formal trousers, formal shoes and ties before you go for your interview.  

3) Conduct Proper Research About The Company/University In Question 

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This is perhaps the biggest rookie mistake that an alarmingly large number of people end up making before going for their interviews. It's your duty and responsibility to find out everything you can about the company or university you're planning to interview for. After all, if your interviewer asks you something about the company, and you have no idea how to answer that question, you're going to be in a lot of trouble.

4) Exude Confidence In Whatever You Do And Say

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Whatever you say, make sure you say it with confidence and conviction. No one likes to see someone be unsure and hesitant about their own answers. So be confident and cool in whatever you say and do. But remember, there is a fine line between being confident and being arrogant, and you really don't want to come across as being in the latter camp. 

5) Keep Your Answers Short And To The Point

No one likes to hear anyone rambling. While it might be tempting to give the most elaborate and elucidating answers, you need to be careful about not going overboard when your interviewer starts checking her/his watch or starts losing interest. The best way to avoid this is by ensuring that your answers are short but crisp, informative but to the point, and impressive but concise. 

6) Being Early Is On Time And Being On Time Is Late

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Punctuality is often considered to be the most sought after (and essential) attribute that employers look for in prospective employees. And one of the best ways of showing how punctual you can be is during the interview stage itself. Remember, being early is akin to being on time, and being on time is akin to being late. So make sure you reach the place of your interview 10-15 minutes in advance and you'll be off to a great start. And needless to say, being late is absolutely unacceptable and a complete deal-breaker.

Emraan Hashmi

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