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Commandments for every Personal Interview

Even after months of preparation, some candidates do not perform well inside the interview room. The trick is to follow a few commandments mentioned below & practice them during mock interview sessions diligently. You are sure to crack the personal interview.

1. Whenever the interviewer asks any questions, listen carefully. Do not interrupt him midway. Ask for a clarification if the question is not clear. Wait a second or two before you answer. And don’t dive into the answer!

2. Speak clearly. Don’t speak very slowly. Be loud enough so that the interviewers don’t have to strain their ears.

3. Brevity is the hallmark of a good communicator. An over-talkative or verbose person is disliked and misjudged instantly, so keep it short.

4. If you don’t know an answer, be honest. The interviewer will respect your integrity and honesty. Never exaggerate.

5. Never boast about your achievements. Don’t be overconfident — it is often misinterpreted by interviewers for arrogance.

6. Don’t get into an argument with the interviewer on any topic. Restrain yourself, please!

7. Remember your manners. Project an air of humility and be polite.

8. Project enthusiasm. The interviewer usually pays more attention if you display enthusiasm in whatever you say.

9. Maintain a cheerful disposition throughout the interview, because a pleasant countenance holds the interviewers’ interest.

10. Maintain perfect eye contact with all panel members; make sure you address them all. This shows your self-confidence and honesty.

11. Avoid using slang. It may not be understood and will certainly not be appreciated.

12. Avoid frequent use of words and phrases like, ‘I mean’; ‘You know’; ‘I know’; ‘Well’; ‘As such’; ‘Fine’; ‘Basically’, etc.

13. When questions are asked in English, reply in English only. Do not use Hindi or any other languages. Avoid using Hindi words like matlab, ki, maine, etc.

14. Feel free to ask questions if necessary. It is quite in order and much appreciated by interviewers.

15. Last but not the least, be natural. Many interviewees adopt a stance that is not their natural self. Interviewers find it amusing when a candidate launches into a new accent that s/he cannot sustain consistently through the interview or adopts a mannerism that is inconsistent with their own personality. It is best to talk naturally. You come across as genuine.

Additional Interview Tips

You must have come across loads of interview tips by now. So, just to put icing on the cake, here comes a few quick tips to provide you with a smooth sail!!

– List five adjectives that describe you and then list five adjectives that would describe the ideal candidate for the position. How well do the lists match? Where are the gaps?

– Read the company’s annual report, and take note of the adjectives used to describe the leadership and the employees. Is the culture one in which you will be happy and do your best work? For the interview, prepare brief anecdotes about your work that illustrate the qualities the company values.

– Rehearse until you can easily answer questions with clarity and crispness. The more you practice your answers, the more your confidence will grow.

And remember: Everyone can use interview practice. Even the most extroverted, self-confident and verbal candidate needs help in thinking through and rehearsing the answers to interview questions.

B-School Interviews!!

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Scholarship Interviews

While those of you seeking a scholarship for post-grad work have likely had some previous experience in this department, for jobs and colleges, many college-bound applicants may be facing their first encounter with what is an understandable source of anxiety: the interview.

Interviews have been a nerve-wracking ordeal for everyone — from high-schoolers on up to corporate executives — since the advent of the desk chair. After having virtually unlimited time to answer questions in the application, you’re forced to think on your feet while smiling and sitting up straight — all in the presence of a member of the scholarship board. Also unlike an application, interviews cannot be completed in one’s underwear (unless it’s a phone interview).

So think of it this way before you start to panic: you’ve already proven your mettle. Throughout the application process you’ve exercised excellent organizational skills and shown yourself to be a well-prepared individual — now it’s simply a matter of allowing those skills to carry over into the interview process.

As with all things, first you must prepare.

One of the most important things about interviewing is anticipation, because it’s anticipation that will save you the squirm-in-the-seat agony of trying to answer a totally unexpected question. Before going to the interview, prepare basic answers to common, generic questions. Be ready to discuss:

• Your personal history in terms of education, employment, and (some) family. How each shaped you as a person, and how each affected your values and dreams.

• Any awards, championships, honors, distinctions you have won.

• Hopes, dreams and plans for the future, how you plan to attain them and why they are so important to you.

• Hobbies and personal interests.

• Your personal financial standing, and that of your parents, especially if the scholarship is need-based.

• Any questions you may have for the interviewer, relevant to the interview. It can’t hurt to come up with a few of these. It will make you look even more enthusiastic.

Bear in mind that all of your answers should be always relevant to the scholarship you’re applying for. In other words, don’t spend the whole time discussing high school basketball triumphs when applying for a business scholarship. You’d do well to practice adapting your personal history and accomplishments to each individual interview. Make everything relevant to the scholarship you’re contending for. Make it seem as though the scholarship was created for you alone. In a sense, it’s like a job interview — the interviewer is seeking the perfect person to represent the image, reputation and values of his or her organization.

Just a side note: if the scholarship is a specific one, be prepared to answer topical questions. For example, if you’re angling for a humanities scholarship, be prepared to discuss Descartes; if it’s a marine biology scholarship, be prepared to hold forth on the mating habits of octopi.

And on the big day:

• Arrive ten minutes early. Do not be late. If something comes up that will prevent you from arriving on time, call as soon as you can so the interviewer can either attend to other matters while waiting, or rescheduling for a more convenient time.

• Men, wear a jacket and tie, women, a suit or conservative dress/skirt. Dress as though you’re attending a job interview. Do not wear jeans, t-shirts or casual clothing. This cannot be stressed enough.

• Make eye contact, sit up straight, and give a firm handshake. No gum, coffee, food or cigarettes are to be brought into the interview.

• Answer all questions as briefly and candidly as propriety allows. Avoid rambling. If you’ve prepared sufficiently, the answers will already be on the tip of your tongue. If you’re confused by a question, don’t hesitate to ask the interviewer to clarify. It certainly beats a grasping, directionless response.

• Be positive and enthusiastic about the scholarship and about your own future. Smile. Foster easy conversation.

Afterwards, get the name of the interviewer, and send along a thank you note, mentioning something discussed casually in the interview, to help keep your face with your name in the mind of the interviewer.

Other methods of assessment

There are certain institutes that conduct different kinds of test after the written one for the final admission. It thus becomes a necessity to have a practice of all-round activities apart from our written preparation in order to get into 1 of our dream B-School!!

There are certain Institutes that also include essay writing, extempore speeches or Presentations on pre-set topics to assess the student oral and written communication skills. S.P. Jain Institute, for e.g., uses a group interview technique. Also, IIM Ahmedabad is known for conducting a case-study session for final slections.

Preparation for a group discussion and personal interview requires effort on two fronts. It is essential to first know what to speak, and then practice on how to present your thoughts. The second part is relatively easy and can be picked up with practice in about a month’s time. But it is what to speak that is more difficult to prepare for questions can be asked from any sphere.