INTERVIEWTIPS Irrespective of the approach you adopt for your job search, be it via job search engines, job search websites or anyone looking for a job can hardly undermine the importance of preparing well for a job interview. A job interview is a mutual exchangge of information as it presents the candidate with an opportunity to find more about the prospective organization, the particular department and more specifically his role / position. It is an ideal time to discuss skill sets and career goals in relation to your desired position. It helps to know the employers perspective. Managers usually determine a few things before hiringyou. · · · · · What are your skills, work experience andpersonality? Would you be able to do a greatjob? Are you a good fit for the team /organization? Would you be a goodco-worker? Can you sell yourself and your abilities? Let’s summarize the key elements you need to master to ace aninterview. 1. 2. 3. 4. Analyze the Position Research the Employer Review Your Experiences Practice, Practice, Practice
Basic InterviewTips An interview comprises of—content (what is spoken, heard and understood) and the process (the intangible interaction between the prospective employee - employer), be sharp enough to look for subtle hints. Dress appropriately— appear professional with a conservative leaning. Refrain from excessjewelry, accessories as they distract the interviewer from focusing their attention onYOU. Arrive early- a good 10 -15 min before the appointedtime. Be Personable- greet the reception staff and the interviewer with asmile Offer a solid handshake- whenever presented with a chance, either on arrival / departure. Do not forget toSMILE. Make good eye contact- sit comfortably, maintain an upright and relaxed posture. Don’t fidget withpens or paper; this conveys nervousness to theemployer. Speak clearly- never speak fast and always pause to collect yourthoughts. Never criticize previous employers- do not blame previous bosses, superiors, employers, it does not bode well, you will be seen in a negative light, present a bad picture of yourself and potentially lose out on the employmentopportunity. Be honest- do not embellish your resume, cover up for shortcomings with fake accomplishments. Focus on the learning out of yourmistakes. Be assertive- the interview is a two way street for both of you to check the suitability of each other for the said position and the company. Conclude the interview- on a thank you note for the opportunity of exchanging views that in essence is what an interviewis. Broadly speaking you may encounter the following questions, though you should not limit yourself only tothese.
Top interview questions &answers Tell me something aboutyourself What are your strengths andweaknesses? Why are you leaving / have left your currentemployer? What are goals for the future / where do see yourself 5 years down theline? Express your expectations from thisjob? Talk about the most difficult situation you have faced and how did you tackleit? How did you handle stress andpressure? Tips to crack the phoneinterview Telephonic interviews generally are of shorter duration and cost less, than a face to faceinterview. Avoiddistraction Be wellprepared Talk less and listencarefully 4. Don’t broach the subject early on, instead inquire about salary range for that position,thendecide accordingly A lot hinges on your responses and how you conduct yourself during theinterview When in doubt follow the STAR, explain a related SITUATION, the TASK at hand, ACTION taken by you, and the POSITIVEresult. The thumb rule is to streamline your responses to the position you are interviewing for, back them with concrete examples, focus on thepossitives.