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  • Preparing for job interviews - Part I
    Published on July 29, 2015 by Nilofer sen

    Welcome to our blog.


    Created with the sole purpose of providing you additional information about the aviation, hospitality, and travel & tourism industries, here you will get to know the latest happenings & job trends in each of these industries. You can also leave your questions in the comment box or let us know if there is a specific topic that you want us to cover. We will try to address all your queries.


    We start off with job interview preparation. This may seem like a heavy topic for our first blog post. But trust us, it is an ongoing process. The sooner you start, the better!


    Being well prepared for job interviews includes physical, mental & psychological preparation. All these together form your personality. We will address all three aspects one after the other. This is the first part of the topic where we look at physical preparation for interviews.


    So how important is physical preparation? Let's just say, your appearance & body language can be game changers. You may have topped your class & got remarkable grades. But when you stand for an interview, you are your own recommendation. No amount of mark sheets, past achievements, recommendation letters will be of any use, if you can’t make a good first impression.


    Your first impression begins the moment you step into that room. From your hairstyle to your shoes, everything will decide whether that impression will be long lasting or momentary. Basically, your physical grooming is extremely important, especially if you wish to be part of the hospitality & aviation industry. Here are a few quick tips for you to make sure that you make the best first impression.


    Grooming & dressing

    You are expected to be properly groomed & formally dressed. Clean & well cut nails, properly combed hair, and general personal hygiene are very important. Well-laundered & well-fitting clothes, neat footwear, and a suitable handbag or briefcase/ gent’s bag are the usual requirements for formal appearance.


    Source: Aptech Aviation & Hospitality Academy



    Your carriage & bearing develop over the years. They cannot be changed in a short span of time. But if you find that your posture is poor you must practise to improve it. Body language is the key to success. The way you carry yourself while standing, walking & sitting reveals a good deal about you. Self-confidence, nervousness or over-confidence, are all reflected in your posture & bearing.


    Manners & conduct

    Good manners & conduct are necessary. You must know the suitable greetings for each time of the day. Also, be discreet about Indian & Western style of greeting, as per the company/ organisation.


    • Do not offer to shake hands unless it is offered by an interviewer

    • Do not sit until you are asked to sit down. If you are not asked to, ask for permission to sit politely, but without embarrassment.

    • Take care while handling the chair. It should not be dragged noisily or clumsily. Sit comfortable & with good posture.

    • If you have a large briefcase or handbag, put it down on the floor near the chair. If you have a small handbag, keep it on your lap. Be comfortable & well-practiced in handling your bag or briefcase.

    • Do not put elbows or hands on the table. Practise keeping hands comfortably when you are not using them.

    • Maintain comfortable posture throughout the interview

    • At the end of the interview remember to thank the interviewer/ panel


    Keeping in mind these important factors can take you a long way in securing the much desired job. Of course, it is also important to be good at your job & deliver on what you promise in your resume. But a good first impression will give you that needed edge.


    In the next part of this blog we will bring you more about preparing for interviews. Stay tuned.


Shiva soni replied on

Informative blog.. looking forward for more views

Suryakant replied on

Nice blog

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