Managing the First Impression With HR

by Sunanda K. Chavan on Friday 18 March 2011, 12:39 PM | Category: Human Resources| View: 1133 views
 
 
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Managing the First Impression With HR

 

Facing an HR during the interview is not less than participating in a virtual fight in thoughts, wherein in some situations HR asks you with a long list of questions or sometimes they don't even ask in that lot. Anyways impressing them is not a Childs play.

Be kind and magnanimous about everything and everyone, even about your last employer.

Don't be too aggressive.

Be prepared to talk about your strengths and weaknesses. You take on too much responsibility. An interview is a conversation, not a bad eHarmony profile. Show some self-awareness.

When you take us through your resume, don't gloss over the mistakes. We like it when you stop and tell us about an experience that taught you something. It shows character. Address your flaws outright and tell us how you learned something.

HR managers always look to screen out cynics and whiners. It is better you keep your opinions about your tyrant boss to yourself.

Never attend an interview in casual or shabby attire. Keep in mind that you are also judged on how you look. Choose ironed and formal clothes to make the right impression on the interviewer.

Avoid smoking on the day of your interview.

Avoid being too aggressive and expressing your views like a WWE wrestler. A little humility along with self-depreciating comments can do the trick. HR professionals do not prefer pompous and aggressive candidates.

Some candidates recite their life story in an interview. They eventually bore the HR and make them uninterested. Please Note – HR professionals are not shrinks. Please spare the details and focus on aspects related to the job profile.

It is unlikely that you have no weaknesses at all. Share your weaknesses as well with the interviewer. Do not mention weaknesses that can affect your work. Share the experiences that have made you a better employee. Address your flaws and explain the things you've learned from them.

HR professionals are human beings too. Compliments can work wonders while establishing a connection. For example, you can look around for awards and trophies and congratulate them for the same.

Avoid giving weird examples that are not related to the job profile. You should instead focus on issues in the industry while giving any example. Relevance holds the key if you want to get noticed.

Interaction with the HR team is a crucial part of the interviewing process. To increase your chances of getting hired, you need to make a positive impression on the HR professionals. The major concern for human resource managers is to choose the right talent. There are a number of things that you need to keep in mind to impress the HR managers of a company. Given below are some important tips on how you can impress the interviewer.

One of the most important tips to remember during an interview is that you do not whine about your previous job, employer or company. HR professionals really don't like candidates who complain or badmouth their former boss or employer. If you whine, you'll be screened out immediately. If you are planning to impress the HR manager, it is a good idea to keep your opinions or negative thoughts about your former employer to yourself.

Since you will be having a face-to-face meeting with the company's HR professionals, you should carefully select your attire for the interview. In desperation, many jobseekers reach the interviewing venue dressed in casual attire, which is not advisable at all. Your dressing sense will also play an important role while being judged by the human resource managers. Make sure you meet with the HR people dressed in neat, ironed and formal clothing.

Another important tip for jobseekers is not to smoke on the day of interviewing. Apart from appearing, you need to smell good too. If you don't want to make a bad impression on the HR manager, remember to avoid smoking on the day of the meeting.

Always remember to keep your conversations precise, catered to the requirements of the job position.

Remember, you should take the interviewing process as a conversation. If you go on telling the HR people things like you are extremely serious about responsibilities and you care a lot, you may not impress them. If you really want to make a good impression, you need to talk about your strong areas, weaknesses etc.

Compliments work for everyone. Finding opportunities to compliment the HR people can help you being remembered. Take a sharp look around to find something that you can complement the HR professionals for. They'll remember your praise and you.

Don't give examples that have nothing to do with the job you are applying for. Cite only those examples that are related to the job profile. Demonstrate how you contribute towards achieving the company's mission.

 

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