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 - Part2

5. Telephone Interview
Usually such interviews are used for selecting candidates from a large pool of people and also conducted on people who live far away from job location. Telephonic interview can be sued as initial screening of candidates. Telephonic interview is similar to face-to-face interview. Set up a place and time where there is no one to disturb or distract you. Focus on conversation as voice is the only key to make an impact. Keep your resume at hand. Disable the call waiting feature on your phone as your wouldn’t want to be disturbed during an interview.

6. Group Interview
Here, selected candidates are formed into an informal group. The interviewer will start the conversation and the candidates should take in over from there. The aim of this style of interview is to understand how can one can converse with other group members and influence or convince them. So, in short, it tries to gauge the leadership potential of each candidate.

7. Lunch/Dinner Interview
This is an interview planned over lunch or dinner. Though the setting at lunch or dinner may be casual, you should never get lax or complacent about yourself or the people around you. Since it’s a business meal, you need to maintain your composure and table etiquettes. For this, try to take the lead from the interviewer. Avoid consuming alcohol or eating messy food during the interview. That may leave to bad taste!

8. Stress Interview
This type of interview was very popular among sales position but rare today. Stress Interview tries to see how you handle pressure and under what circumstances will you give up. The interviewer may try tricks like being argumentative or may try to put you down or make a nasty comment – but you should realize it’s just a deliberate attempt to break your morale. So keep your cool and take time to answer each question without being in any hurry. The interviewer may also take into abrupt silence when asking a question; don’t get nervous and ask for clarification if needed.

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.

How To Successfully Handle Telephonic Interviews

Telephonic interviews are a way of screening a large group of candidates. More and more companies are increasingly opting for telephonic interviews to hire candidates. It is just one of the many interviews given by candidates before they are finally hired by a company. It also helps companies to cut down their expenses. Candidates are rejected despite being qualified, if they don’t successfully crack the telephonic interview.

Consider the below mentioned do’s and don’ts the next time you attempt a telephonic interview:

Do’s:
1) Make sure to give your correct contact details so that the interviewer does not have a tough time connecting with you.
2) Your family should be aware of the importance of the telephonic interview in your job search.
3) Do research everything about the company and the job you are applying for.
4) Practice as much as you can. Learn to modulate your tone. Work on your pronunciations. Develop the habit of taking pauses when important.
5) Make sure you can hear, and you are being heard. Settle down in a place free of noise and clutter to allow the interview happen peacefully.
6) Keep synopsis handy to avoid fumbling. Be prepared so that you can tackle every question confidently.
7) It is important to close the call intelligently. Hence, ask sensible, thoughtful questions before you end the call.
8) Do keep your resume in front of you. All your important material should be handy, within your reach.
9) Have a glass of water before you take the call.
10) Do take it seriously.

Don’ts:
1) Try to not get anxious between conversation breaks. Don’t fill in airtime unnecessarily. Don’t start talking until the interviewer asks you the next question.
2) There is no need to panic if you have special needs. Telephonic interviews are possible for the hearing impaired as well.
3) Avoid sneezing, coughing or talking loudly. If you cannot control yourself, make sure to at least say ‘excuse me’.
4) Needless to say, don’t eat or drink while talking. Avoid chewing gum.
5) Turn off your music system, Television, etc. The idea is to minimize distractions.
6) Try to avoid using your cell phone. There can be signal problems and call drops.
7) Don’t ever use the interviewer’s first name unless you are asked to do so.

Avoid Making These Mistakes In An Interview

Job hunting is no mean feat. Once you have landed a job interview, half the battle is won. To be able to crack the interview, you need to follow some important guidelines. They are listed as below:

Don’t arrive late: Walking in for an interview even 5 minutes after the scheduled time portrays you in a negative light. It sends a wrong impression about you to potential employers. Make sure to get detailed directions to the place, and calculate your time accordingly so that you are at least not late. Being punctual shows you value time and also that you respect your interviewer’s time.

Don’t dress inappropriately: Improper grooming and clothing can jeopardize your interview. Casual clothes are a strict no no. Dressing inappropriately for an interview is the biggest interview faux pas. Dress right. Dress smart. Don’t over dress; don’t under dress. Needless to say, your hair has to be combed back, shoes polished and nails cut. These are petty things but they matter a lot when going for an interview.

Bad communication skills: A candidate with poor communication skills and bad grammar is definitely not shortlisted. Moreover, avoid talking too much. Don’t be too open; don’t be too close. The key is to strike the right balance. Speak when required. Avoid unnecessary talk.

Poor Preparation or Performance: As a prospective employee, you need to thoroughly prepare yourself before the interview. Make sure you understand the job you are applying for. Ensure you have your basics right as far as the company is concerned. Don’t avoid eye contact. It shows you are weak or under confident of your abilities and skills. Avoid extreme movements or gestures. Don’t turn off your employers.

Don’t display a negative attitude: Look interested and enthusiastic. If you look bored and disinterested, chances are you would be rejected. Avoid profanity. Don’t talk in an arrogant manner. Avoid gossiping or bad mouthing your previous employer. These are major turn offs.

Don’t lie in your resume: Avoid lying in your resume, and even in the course of your interview. Don’t make false claims. Don’t produce fake degrees and certificates.

Don’t fail to confirm interest: It is your job as a prospective employee to show interest once the employer has finished talking about the job profile and organization. You need to reaffirm your interest and follow up subsequently.