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How To Prepare Yourself For An Interview

Life is a challenge and it is indeed the survival of the fittest. We face several challenges on entering school, college or university. After completing our graduation and post graduation, we choose our specialization. We excel in our field of interest. However, skills and talents are not enough. One needs to develop a great personality along with degrees and expertise.

Preparing for an interview is not rocket science. But it certainly demands confidence, poise, personality and the commitment to excel. Interviews are always pre-planned and well structured. So, you, as an interviewee must also be prepared to answer questions with considerable aplomb.

There are different kinds of interviews - Hiring interview, exit interview, appraisal interview, persuasive interview, college/ university interview, counseling interview, etc. This article emphasises on college/ university entrance and hiring interview.

Hiring interview or entrance interview is one of the most popular interviews. Here are some skills to lessen your chances of being rejected.

Relax yourself before the interview. Get a good night’s sleep. Educate yourself about the company or educational institution. Research as much as you can, well in advance. It helps when you are familiar with the company’s/institution’s aims and goals, its vision, profile, etc. You can learn about the organizational structure, type of their students/clients, departments and branches, etc.

Prepare yourself to answer basic questions like, “What do you think about our organization?”, “Tell us about your weaknessess and strengths?”, “Tell us more about yourself?”, “Why do you want to join our organization?”, “Anyone you idolize and why?”, etc.

Dress right. Dress elegantly. Needless to say, your clothes should be well ironed. Go for basic hosiery and comfortable shoes. Avoid casual clothing, flashy ties and athletic shoes. Avoid wearing too much of jewellery and cologne. Make sure your portfolio is updated. Carry extra copies of your resume.

On the day of the interview, avoid eating anything that contains onion or garlic. Avoid heavy make-up. Preferably, arrive at least 15 minutes earlier. Give a firm hands hake when you introduce yourself. Greet everyone with a smile. Face the interviewer and be comfortable. Listen to their questions and answer them with confidence. Eye contact with the interviewer is a must.

Exhibit your degrees and certificates only if you’re asked to do so. Sit straight. Don’t slouch. Look confident. Avoid complaining about your previous employer, employees and organization.

A few other customary interview questions are as follows: Why did you choose our organization? Are you ready to relocate? Tell us about your scholastic record? Tell us about your interests? Why should we hire you? Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Once your interview is done, thank everyone and inquire about the next step. Make sure you follow up.

Your Guide To Telephone Interview

Telephone interviews are a popular way of recruiting candidates for employment. These interviews are used to taper down the screening process of selecting potential employees. It is a great way of minimizing expenditure as far as interviewing out-of-town candidates are concerned.

It is important for candidates to be well prepared for phone interviews. The employer can call at any given time, hence preparedness to tactfully tackle all questions is a must. You are given a few minutes to answer all questions.

Telephone interviews are not as easy as they appear to be. One has to be well versed with telephone skills to be able to deal with all questions. Mock interviews are a great way of assessing your conversation skills on phone. You may request your family member or a friend to conduct such interviews for you. Thereafter, you can tape record the conversation and listen to it.

Using ‘ums’, ‘uhs’ and ‘okays’ in formal interviews are a strict no-no. Avoid using them. Make sure you rehearse answers to customary questions likely to be asked in an interview. Prepare in a way you would prepare for a regular job interview. Compile a list of comprehensive answers to typical questions relating to your background, strengths and weaknesses, skills, etc. Keep a pen and paper handy for making any notes. Also, keep a glass of water handy, if need be.

Remember to turn off ‘call waiting’ to avoid unnecessary interruptions. Switch off your music system and television. Keep your pets and children away. Request the employer to call on your landline if you face call drops on your mobile. Keep your resume handy to promptly answer any questions pertaining to your educational background, your accomplishments, etc. Smile all through the conversation. It portrays a positive image about you. Keep your answers short. Don’t forget to thank the employer.

Avoid smoking, eating or chewing gum during the course of the interview. Don’t ever interrupt the interviewer. When you address the person, use their title- i.e. Mr. or Ms. followed by their last name. Use the first name only if you’re asked to do so.

10 Handy Tips For The Interview Day

Interview is an official process of getting to know the candidate better. Through an interview, an employer understands his potential employee better and vice-versa. Holding an interview serves two purposes – Evaluating the candidate’s technical and professional expertise and, more importantly, assessing his other qualities like body language, facial expressions, honesty, conscience, ethics and morals, and commitment towards work and people. It is a kind of background screening of the candidate, which allows the employer to scour as much as possible in a short span of time. Below are few important points that you need to bear in mind before going for an interview:

1. Reach your destination 15-20 mins in advance. It always helps to get familiar with a place before an interview. Don’t reach too early nor too late. Don’t wear casual dress nor overdress. Wear comfortable formal clothing
2. Relax and don’t be nervous. Remind yourself of all your achievements; this helps to boost energy and makes you confident of answering any questions. Avoid negative body language such as biting nails, etc
3. Remember to switch off your cell phone before entering the room
4. Have sufficient information about the company you are being interviewed with
5. Keep your answers very precise and concise. Don’t brag too much about yourself and at the same time don’t be sheepish
6. Avoid showing any kind of disrespect or resentment towards your past employer or manager
7. You must have technical expertise about your job and work responsibilities. You should put across your strengths gracefully and let employers know to what extent you can contribute to the company
8. Keep at hand all the major contributions that you made to the last job and what you would expect from the new job and also your short-term and long-term goals
9. Your body language should exhume qualities like honesty, friendliness, dedication, alertness and curiosity.
10. Be respectful of people in general, never boast about your achievements and do not criticize people or work you have done in past. In short, be humble and take things in your stride

8 Types Of Interview Styles - Part1

You are getting prepared for an interview and lots of questions doing rounds in your mind. What if the interviewer asks me this or that and so on… So it’s good to be acclimatized to the different interviewing styles that interviewers adopt. The interview process is usually lengthy, wherein the interviewer may call you back many times to know if you can fit into the company culture. And when you actually face the interview, you may identify that the style may be one of the following –

1. Traditional Face to Face Interview
Most interviews conducted world over are of this type and have a one-on-one conversational approach. You must maintain eye contact with the interviewer and listen carefully to what he says and only then answer the questions. Listening carefully also helps to frame your answers in your mind at the same time when you are hearing out the questions. Developing a rapport with the interviewer is of utmost importance.

2. Panel/Committee Interview
As the name suggests, this type of interview has more than one person in the panel as interviewers. It’s typically a group of 3 to 10 people who judge you at the same time. This is a challenging situation to be in as your management and group presentation skills are put to test. As and when you converse with interviewers, try to gauge their personality type. Maintain eye contact with the concerned interviewer who is asking you questions; however when responding, make eye contact with other people in the panel too. Meeting eye contact of other people is a subtle way to ask for their approval and also a sign of your confidence.

3. Behavioral Interview
This interview is based on the fact that past behavior can be the best tool to judge a person’s future response to situations. These questions can be guised in telephone, panel or one-on-one interview formats. It should be noted that behavioral questions are not imaginary or based on presumptions. The interviewer is asking you something very specific and hence the answers must be based on facts related to your past. The interviewer is looking out for tangible results from the activities undertaken by you in your past. Few examples of such questions are – “Give an instance when..”, “Have you ever done something wherein..”, “Can you think of a situation when you were…”

4. Case Interview
This type of interview tries to measure your problem solving skills. The interviewer places a situation to you or provides you with a case study and asks you to come up with an apt and logical plan that aims to solve the problem. Interviewers are not seeking the best solution, as they already know one. What they are keener to find out is the process or approach you take to solve the problem. If the situation or problem is unclear, do not hesitate in asking questions to the interviewer or getting clarifications. The more you are able to explore ways of solving the case, more close you are to achieving your goal. This is the only interview where you are allowed to carry a pad and a pencil and take down notes as you work through the case.

How To Be Successful In Interview

No matter what your academics and potentials are, in the end what matters is how your interview goes. Interviewer judges you in those 10-15 min. In short, it is not about being good candidate but it is all about being good interviewee. One mistake at the interview can actually shatter your dreams. To reply in a better manner to every conversation, you need to understand what purpose every question serves. Besides, following tips will further help you to be good interviewee:

* Learn to be mentally prepared for the interview. Practice practically too.

* Know how to behave and dress at the interview. Also learn to have perfect body-language. That too makes a difference.

* Learn how to listen to the questions carefully and answer the intelligently.

* Preparation also includes learning to avoid stupid mistakes. They are easy to avoid if you keep presence of mind.

* Be ready with the answers of some of the commonly asked questions at the interview.

* Its great if you can determine the person that interviewer is seeking for and quickly match to the profile.

* If the interview is going worse, learn to rescue from it. Do not worsen the situation.

* Study the topics that you might want to avoid and topics that interviewer is likely to talk about.

* No matter how did interview go, learn to finish the interview professionally.

5 Interview Tips That Makes A Difference

You know that you are the best candidate for the position, but does the recruiter think so too? Here are five things to help you from falling flat on your face during an interview:

Grooming and Etiquette
In reality, the first few minutes of the interview determine if you are going to get hired. The rest of the time is spent in validating and justifying the decision already made. In other words, the impression you create when you walk through the door counts the most. Your appearance speaks much to the recruiter about your personality, competence and professionalism. Basic hygiene includes dressing appropriately, punctuality, a firm handshake etc. Dress professionally even if the company encourages casual dressing.

62Do not express negativity about your previous employer
Unkind remarks about your last employer or colleagues is viewed as an inability to work get along with co-workers and seniors. Dealing with bad managers or employees is an experience we will encounter, but don’t mention it. The reason for leaving your last job should be positive. Growth or better opportunities are reasons you could mention. In general, avoid creating an impression of being unhappy at your last workplace.

Research, research, research
Do your homework on the company’s business. Gather information about products, competitors, opportunities as well as industry data and make sure that you bring it up during the interview. Researching the company background proves to the recruiter that you are seriously interested in the job you have applied for. The interviewer may also interpret this as a sign that you could be a worthy contributor to organizational goals.

Encourage Two-way Communication
Doing all the talking in the interview will never benefit you. Keep your responses brief and concise. This shows confidence, poise and intelligence. You could engage the interviewer with questions based on your understanding of their business. Listen and then respond appropriately. However, directing a barrage of questions at the interviewer could be annoying. Never interrupt the interviewer; let him complete his sentences.

Money Matters
If there has been no communication during the interview about hiring, then do not discuss salary. Hold your horses about questions of salary and benefits during the first interview. Salary should be discussed only if specifically asked. Delaying these discussions would be in your best interest; you will have the opportunity to negotiate a higher salary when you’re sure they want you.

3 Ways To Crack MBA Interview

Personal interviews for entrance to MBA institutes are tough for many of us. However why are we so afraid of a small conversation of questions and answers. Instead of taking it as big deal to crack, approach towards it as just another formal conversation.

Do your homework:
It is better to be prepared for an interview in advance than fumbling there. You should know what and how you want to convey to the interviewer. Many of the candidates lack such preparation; hence you can have an advantage of standing out by doing your ground work perfectly. Be ready with how to talk about experience and achievements, so that it would not look like exaggeration.

Open Ended Questions:
In the interview what the toughest part is open ended questions. Interviewer might ask you questions such as “What are your strengths?” or “Tell me something about yourself?” or “Why are you right for that particular business school?” At such a time do not revolve around your academic records that have already been mentioned in your application. Take such questions as an opportunity to prove your skills and abilities. It will also show how different are you from other candidates.

Don’t Be Foolish:
Don’t waste your time as well as interviewer’s time. Sometimes, interviewer takes his/her time to ask question. So do not fill the silence by saying something foolish. Rather, if you find the silence too long and awkward for you then you can start the conversation again by saying “Is there something specific that you would like to know about it?” in accordance with your last response.

With above points in mind, you can definitely crack the MBA interview and get admission in the best college.

DOs and DON’Ts - Personal Interview

Personal Interview
Having good skills and abilities are just not enough to get a job. One always likes a person with good mannerism. Hence your behavior is also seen through out the conversation with interviewer. Below are the interview etiquettes, which can help you to get a job.

Before Interview:
1) Know everything about the company, where you are going for an interview. Interviewer is likely to ask questions like ‘why do you want to work with this company’. So research about the company before the interview. Your research will help you to answer such questions.

2) Carry your certificates and other important papers neatly in a nice briefcase or portfolio. This way you look organized and highlight your professionalism too.

3) One of the points to consider is your dressing. Dress appropriately. Formals is the best choice for interview. However avoid bright colors. Mind your hairstyle too. Ensure that your haircut does not give you a causal look.

4) Wear minimum and subtle jewellery. It should not be too flashy. If you use perfume, make sure the fragrance is mild and not too strong.

5) Be punctual. Go for an interview 15-20 minutes early than given time. If you can not reach early, definitely don’t be late.

6) Its better to turn off your mobile phone and pager. If not, at least keep them on silent mode.

During Interview:
1) As soon as see the interviewer shake hands and say something like “please to meet you”. Stick to professional and formal language. Don’t use slang and casual language. Be polite too.

2) Wait to be told to sit. Or ask and then sit if given permission. It shows good manners.

3) Sit properly. If you are confused about where to keep your hand, keep them folded on your lap. But surely do not cross your arms over chest, it indicates closed mind.

4) Do not show your nervousness to interviewer by fidgeting or any such acts.

5) Maintain eye-contact with interviewer but don’t stare too.

6) Don’t bring salary’s topic until interviewer comes to it. However be ready for negotiations on salary, perks and other benefits.

After Interview:
1) Be prepared for the two-three interview sessions at the same company. If they call you back, it means they are interested to hire you but narrowing down the competition.

2) If you don’t hear anything from them in the time frame they have given. It’s fine to call them once or send a enquiry email. But still they don’t, do not bother them again. They would definitely get back if they are interested.

11 Things That Will Help You Crack Telephonic Interview

One of the basic form of interview is telephonic interview. These are some of the tips to crack the telephonic interview successfully:

* First of all know for which job you are being interviewed for. Do not waste their as well as your time.

* Give exact information of your contact details to interviewer along with STD or ISD code, so that they can connect you easily.

* Make your family members understand the importance of the interview call so that they cooperate with you and make no noise.

* If you are feeling stressed or tensed, it is better to have a mock session in advance. Make your friend call you and ask you mock questions. So that you have an idea about how good you can speak.

* For interview, choose the place where you can sit comfortably and jot down notes. Also keep a notepad and pen with you, so that you don’t have to rush for it keeping interviewer on hold.

* In addition, gather all the things such as CV and certificates for your reference, so that you can promptly refer to it and answer the question. It will also help you to highlight your experience and achievements.

* If you are forgetful, write down points that you would like to mention during the interview. Also note down clarifications if any so that you can seek answers from interviewer.

* Do not drink anything or eat during an interview. That creates a noise, which would leave bad impression.

* Ensure that you can hear interviewer clearly and also ask him/her if you are audible.

* In middle of a conversation, if you have completed response but interviewer has not asked further question, don’t break the silence with babbling around. Instead ask question related to your last response.

* Avoid to shuffle, sneeze or cough during the interview. If you do so quickly follow the act with “excuse me”. Though it might not give you extra marks this is matter of manners.

5 Tips To Deal With Tricky Questions At Interview


It happens with many of us that despite of having a good resume and bright skills, we end up in the soup in the interview. We must understand that in as less time as 15 minutes, we need to prove our skills and abilities to interviewer, which is not an easy task. Here are some tips for you to help you to deal with those tricky questions.

Don’t Badmouth, Instead Be Positive:
Many a times we are asked tricky questions like “Why did you leave your last job?” or “Why have you changed jobs frequently?” reasons of such questions might be many, affirmative or assertive; however you need to give a positive answers. No employer would like to employ a person who doesn’t take responsibilities and blame others. Answer such questions confidently and positively. You may say something like “each job opened doors of new challenges, which I fulfilled.” Or “I was ready for new challenges each time I left the job.” This would help to create positive impression.

Be realistic:
“Why should we appoint you?” This is another tricky questions that interviewer might ask you. Take this opportunity to praise yourself. However don’t overdo it, take realistic approach and answer this. You can highlight your skills and capabilities here. Also you can state your experience and ability to meet challenges. You can tell them that you have all the attributes that are required for the particular job profile.

Be calm:
Question might be any, convince them calmly and confidently. Do not get panic. It is important to maintain your cool. This will help you to think better and be alert, so that you can answer quickly and thoughtfully. Also your capacity to handle pressure is judged at the interview. Hence, on all sides it is better to be calm at the interview.

Communication Skills:
Develop some verbal communication skills. It will not only help you to crack tricky questions but also will help you on the job.

Be Precise and Direct:
It’s not a story telling session. Directly come to the point and answer precisely. Give examples of your success and achievements, but stick to the point. Do your homework well before you go for an interview that will help you to answer questions in a better manner. Know to market your skills and appear for an interview.

All The Best!