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Prepare For A Walk-In Interview — Follow Super Easy Tips6 min read

January 8, 2020 5 min read
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Prepare For A Walk-In Interview — Follow Super Easy Tips6 min read

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As the name sug­gests, a walk-in inter­view is where a can­di­date does not need any pri­or appoint­ment. One can sim­ply reach the venue and give their inter­view. While they may appear sim­ple, walk-in inter­views are high­ly com­pet­i­tive and the whole process is quite nerve-wrack­ing. Hence, it is impor­tant to know how to pre­pare for a walk-in-inter­view. Usu­al­ly, when com­pa­nies orga­nize walk-in inter­views, they are look­ing to hire peo­ple in large groups and mass­es. This is exact­ly why the com­pe­ti­tion is real­ly high. You have to stand out from the hun­dreds of oth­er can­di­dates who will inter­view for the same role. Focus­ing on your com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills is key. You have to ensure the inter­view­er remem­bers you for you.

Here are some use­ful tips on how to pre­pare for a walk-in-inter­view:

Research The Company

First and fore­most, before going in for any walk-in inter­view, the most essen­tial thing is to gath­er infor­ma­tion about the com­pa­ny. Research about the com­pa­ny, its aim, mis­sion, vision, etc. If there are any lat­est news arti­cles about the com­pa­ny, read them well. Go through their web­site to know impor­tant pieces of infor­ma­tion. Fur­ther­more, go through their social media pages to see what the com­pa­ny has post­ed recent­ly.

Evaluate Your Resume

Your resume is the most impor­tant doc­u­ment when appear­ing for a job inter­view. Make sure to proof­read it and get rid of any gram­mat­i­cal or typ­ing mis­takes. Remem­ber every­thing you are men­tion­ing in it and be pre­pared to dis­cuss it with the inter­view­er. It could be your skills, your intern­ships, any projects that you may have worked on. Also, car­ry mul­ti­ple hard copies of your resume when going for a walk-in-inter­view.

Documents and ID

Apart from your resume, make sure you car­ry oth­er impor­tant doc­u­ments with you to the inter­view. Impor­tant doc­u­ments com­prise of your edu­ca­tion­al as well as pro­fes­sion­al back­ground. This can include, mark sheets, cer­tifi­cates, expe­ri­ence let­ter, payslips, etc. Keep every­thing neat­ly inside a fold­er. Fur­ther­more, always car­ry your ID proof with you.

Common Interview Questions

The most basic tip on how to pre­pare for a walk-in inter­view is to go through the most com­mon­ly asked inter­view ques­tions. Brows­ing through such ques­tions will gen­er­ate an idea in your head about what to expect dur­ing the inter­view. This will not only boost your con­fi­dence but also put you at ease.

Address and Commuting

Make sure to dou­ble-check the venue where the inter­view will be held. You want to aware of how to com­mute to that loca­tion by avoid­ing busy routes and report on time. Even though it is a walk-in inter­view, it is bet­ter to arrive ear­ly. There are few­er can­di­dates in the ear­ly hours as com­pared to lat­er on in the day. The inter­view­er will also be able to take your inter­view with inter­est and a fresh mind.

Dress To Impress

When you think about how to pre­pare for a walk-in inter­view, dress­ing appro­pri­ate­ly is one of the first things that should pop in your mind. Wear some­thing for­mal that fits you com­fort­ably. Avoid wear­ing bright col­ors, go for more neu­tral tones or pas­tel shades. The footwear should also be a com­fort­able fit and neat in appear­ance. Keep your hair combed back prop­er­ly to avoid it falling into your eyes or onto your fore­head.

Mock Interview

Mock inter­views will most like­ly relieve all the stress and anx­i­ety you may have regard­ing an inter­view. Just like pub­lic speak­ing, prac­tic­ing mock inter­views will make you more con­fi­dent and calm. The whole process might seem tire­some but ulti­mate­ly, the more you prac­tice giv­ing inter­views, the more com­fort­able you will get with the idea of appear­ing for inter­views.

Well Versed With The Position

Before going for any walk-in inter­view, make sure you are ful­ly aware of which job pro­file you are inter­view­ing for. Go through the job descrip­tion and ensure you know what the job demands from you, the skillset, the qual­i­fi­ca­tions, the expe­ri­ence, etc.

Body Language

Body lan­guage can express in ways words can’t. In a way, it speaks vol­umes about you. So, always main­tain nat­ur­al eye con­tact with the inter­view­er. Try to give out non-ver­bal cues that show that you are active­ly lis­ten­ing. Sit straight, do not hunch. Be con­fi­dent and smile, stay alert even in the wait­ing room.

Communicate

Learn to com­mu­ni­cate well. Prac­tice speak­ing in front of a mir­ror if it helps. Go through your resume and prac­tice explain­ing it. Most like­ly the inter­view­er will spend a sig­nif­i­cant amount of time dis­cussing the details of your resume. Make a men­tal note of your time at your pre­vi­ous com­pa­nies, talk about your role and respon­si­bil­i­ties that make you fit for the job.

Be Patient

Since a walk-in inter­view is open to all, there are going to be hun­dreds of oth­er appli­cants who will arrive at the venue. As a result, it will take longer to fin­ish with your inter­view rounds. Always be patient, no mat­ter how long it takes. Be polite to every­one, even your con­tenders. Amidst the chaos, your patience will prove to be your great­est virtue.

Answer With Confidence

Keep your answers brief and pre­cise. Attempt to give exam­ples from your past expe­ri­ences if suit­able. Be con­fi­dent in what you say, do not fid­get or give any impres­sion which makes them doubt your answers. More­over, if you don’t know the answer to any ques­tion, ask the inter­view­er for a moment to think about your answer. You can say, “Let me think about it for a quick moment”. The inter­view­er will appre­ci­ate you tak­ing some time and giv­ing a thought­ful answer instead of star­ing back at them blankly. Also, you can redi­rect the dis­cus­sion to a relat­ed top­ic that you know bet­ter. “Well I am not aware of (top­ic x), but I know that (relat­ed top­ic z)…”

Ask Questions

An inter­view­er feels more con­fi­dent about a can­di­date if they ask thought­ful ques­tions about the com­pa­ny and the job role. It shows that the can­di­date is well versed in his respon­si­bil­i­ties and the com­pa­ny’s work cul­ture. Make sure to pre­pare a few ques­tions for the inter­view­er before you go for the inter­view. A few exam­ples of such ques­tions are:

  1. “What does a typ­i­cal work­day for a per­son in this posi­tion look like?”
  2. “If I get the job, what will be your expec­ta­tions from me as a new­ly appoint­ed employ­ee?”
  3. “What kind of growth does a com­pa­ny expect in the expect­ed five years?”

Thank The Interviewer

Once the inter­view is over, remem­ber to thank the inter­view­er. Tell them it was a plea­sure meet­ing them and you appre­ci­ate the chance you got to inter­view for them. Being polite and cour­te­ous goes a long way.

Follow Up E‑Mail

After the inter­view, it is sig­nif­i­cant to take a fol­low up from the employ­er. Draft an e‑mail that men­tions the job role you inter­viewed for and thank them for the oppor­tu­ni­ty. Men­tion that you had a delight­ful expe­ri­ence inter­view­ing with the com­pa­ny and ask them to get back to you if they have any fur­ther ques­tions. Close the email by say­ing that you look for­ward to hear­ing back from them. Send­ing a fol­low-up e‑mail will show the employ­er that you are com­mit­ted to the posi­tion. Also, read a guide on how to write an email pro­fes­sion­al­ly.

Walk-in inter­views might sound intim­i­dat­ing, espe­cial­ly when you con­sid­er the vol­ume of can­di­dates that show up. But it can prove to be a gold­en oppor­tu­ni­ty for can­di­dates, espe­cial­ly fresh­ers. Get­ting a lit­tle ner­vous is nor­mal, as long as you don’t let the nerves get the best of you. Just pre­pare well, be con­fi­dent and let your tal­ent speak for itself.
Good Luck

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