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Interview Tips

Interview Tips



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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 the below commandments practice them during mock interview sessions diligently. You are sure to crack the personal interview.
. 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!
. Speak clearly. Don't speak very slowly. Be loud enough so that the interviewers do
n't have to strain their ears.
. Brevity is the hallmark of a good communicator. An over-talkative or verbose person is disliked and misjudged instantly, so keep it short.
. If you don't know an answer, be honest. The interviewer will respect your integrity and honesty. Never exaggerate.
. Never boast about your achievements. Don't be overconfident -- it is often misinterpreted by interviewers for arrogance.
. Don't get into an argument with the interviewer on any topic. Restrain yourself, please!
. Remember your manners. Project an air of humility and be polite.?
. Project enthusiasm. The interviewer usually pays more attention if you display enthusiasm in whatever you say.
. Maintain a cheerful disposition throughout the interview, because a pleasant countenance holds the interviewers' interest.
. Maintain perfect eye contact with all panel members; make sure you address them all. This shows your self-confidence and honesty.
. Avoid using slang. It may not be understood and will certainly not be appreciated.
. Avoid frequent use of words and phrases like, 'I mean'; 'You know'; 'I know'; 'Well'; 'As such'; 'Fine'; 'Basically', etc.
. When questions are asked in English, reply in English only. Do not use Hindi or any other languages. Avoid using Hindi words like
, etc.
. Feel free to ask questions if necessary. It is quite in order and much appreciated by interviewers.
. 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.
Mind your body language!1
. Do not keep shifting your position.
. Your posture during the interview adds to or diminishes your personality. Be a little conscious of your posture and gestures. They convey a lot about your personality.
. Sit straight. Keep your body still. You may, of course, use your hand gestures freely?
. Avoid these mannerisms at all costs:
 Playing with your tie
 Theatrical gestures
 Shaking legs
 Sitting with your arms slung over the back of the adjoining chair
Post interview etiquette1
. Make sure you thank the interviewers as a mark of resp
ect for the time they have spared for you.
. As you rise and are about to leave, make sure you collect up your pen/ pencil/ all other stationery.
. After getting up, place your chair in its original position.
The last word1
. Some institutes (like the Faculty of Management Studies) ask you to deliver an extempore speech suddenly while the interview is going on. Be mentally prepared for the same.
. Competition will be very tough. Every mistake you commit will turn into an advantage for the other candidates. Hence, be very particular about your preparation. Do not leave anything to chance or the last minute.
. Remember you have to sell yourself in an interview.
. Be very particular about what you write in your resume. Check and re-check your resume for facts, spelling errors, etc. Ensure that there are no grammatical errors in the descriptive type questions in the sheet. Use these hints, and say goodbye to your interview phobia!
What kind of a salary do you need? Are you applying for other jobs? Why should we hire you? Review these typical interview questions and think about how you would answer them. Read the questions listed; you’ll also find some strategy suggestions with it. Q.
 Tell me about yourself? The most often asked question in interviews. You need to have a short statement pre
pared in your mind. Be careful that it does not sound rehearsed. Limit it to work related items unless instructed otherwise. Talk about things you have done and jobs you have held that relate to the position you are interviewing for. Start with the item farthest back and work up to the present.
 Why did you leave your last job? Stay positive regardless of the circumstances. Never refer to a major problem with management and never speak ill of supervisors, co-workers, or the organization. If you do you will be the one looking bad. Keep smiling and talk about leaving for a positive reason such as an opportunity, a chance to do something special, or other forward-looking reasons.
 What experience do you have in this field? Speak about specifics that relate to the position you are applying for. If you do not have specific experience, get as close as you can.
 Do you consider yourself successful? You should always answer yes and briefly explain why. A good explanation is that you have set goals, and you have met some and are on track to achieve the others.
 What do co-workers say about you? Be prepared with a quote or two from co-workers. Either a specific statement or a Para-phrase will work. “Jill Clark, a co-worker at Smith company, always said I was the hardest worker she had ever known.” It is as powerful as Jill having said it at the interview herself.
 What do you know about this organization? This question is one reason to do some research on the organization before the interview. Find out where they have been, and where they are going. What are the current issues, and who are the major players?

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