Job hunting? These few tips will help you land your dream job!

Job hunting? These few tips will help you land your dream job!
Do job interviews give you jitters? If yes, then you should heave a sigh of relief. Remember, there are some common characteristics that every potential employer looks for in a job applicant. BI India lists down a few tips to help you calm your nerves before you sit before your potential employer.

Be honest

An interviewer has sat on your chair several times to reach the other side of the table. So its best to be honest about yourself than trying to act smart with him. There are times when the interviewer may ask you questions that you may not know the answer for. In such a situation, let him know that you don’t know the answer and will get back to him once you find out. It is much better than shooting in the dark and making a complete fool of yourself.

Passion for work

Remember, the employer meets hundreds of candidates while interviewing for a position. So a display of passion for the job will help you score brownie points. To have a positive, go-getter attitude is extremely important while giving a job interview. It not just impresses your potential boss but also gives him a sort of an assurance that you will put in your best foot forward in every task assigned to you.

Know your work

A common question that every candidate is asked in an interview is to describe his work. It is done in order to get a better understanding of the profile of the job seeker. Hence, this makes it extremely important that you know own work. If you are unable to explain how you have contributed to the company and what your role has been, it is often perceived as a sign of low confidence or worse-- your work is not original.

Know yourself

This another basic yet tricky question that an employer asks a job candidate. This is done in order to gauge how well you can fit in the organisation. You should be well aware of both your strengths and your weaknesses. Do SWAT (Strength, Weakness, Asset and Threat) analyses of yourself before you go for the interview. Unless, you know yourself well, the company will not be sure of your capabilities.


Every company expects you to give them a decent return on the investment made on you within the company framework. And this comes from the assurance that you will stick around the company for a considerable period of time. If your resume reflects brief stints of your previous employment, explain the reasons for quitting the jobs. This helps the interviewer to trust you with their position.

Respect your previous employer

Criticising your ex-boss is a fatal mistake. Being critical of your previous bosses speaks volumes about your own personality. Even if you did not have a good experience, be politically correct. An HR expert once told BI India that when a candidate bad-mouths his ex-boss in an interview, the first thought that comes to the mind is that he cannot be trusted. This has especially been true for a many beginners, who had to quit their previous jobs and later bad mouthed their ex-employers in interviews. Of course, they were downright rejected by the interviewers.

Mind your social behaviour

Believe it or not, your social networking accounts are checked before you are called for an interview. What you post on social sites such as Facebook or Twitter gives a sneak peak of your thought process to your potential employers. Employers are completely put off if your posts are not good or if you are seen bad mouthing someone on a social site.