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Effective Interview Skills Effective Interview Skills by Alok Singh Chauhan 9990590448

Effective Interview Skills Effective Interview Skills by Alok Singh Chauhan 9990590448

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to get the best jobs in india and overseas
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EFFECTIVE INTERVIEW SKILLS
Life is full of challenges. We meet many confront in our daily life. When we are at the stage of entering school/college/university, we face many hard nut cracking challenges and learn many lessonsof practical life through them. After acquiring graduation/post graduation, students usually movetowards their specialization or adopt a profession of their choices, according to their own interest,keeping in view the market demand. Talents and Skills are the only tools, which could lead anindividual towards the door of success in this challenging time. To qualify for a professional degree or ajob, one should have strong past educational background along with integrated multi dimensional skills.It’s of no use acquiring higher degree without building character, confidence, and expressivepersonality.To meet the challenges of professional life, one has to be familiar with many skills to grab theattention of an interviewer, out of which Interview skills are the basic necessities to meet up thefuture challenges with success. Either you are applying for a job or want to qualify an entranceexamination for a professional degree; you should have to be prepared in advance for an interview. It’sthe only way you through which you can gain the trust of an interviewer. An interviewer alwaysattempt to decide that why they should select you? What are the qualities, which you have and otherdo not have? How can you benefit their organization? If you can show your trust, your confidence, yourcommitment, and appropriate skills, then you could win a successful future. Interview is a form of oralcommunication. It’s one to one, or one to group interaction, where an applicant proves themselves as aunique person to be the part of an organization. Remember that interview is always pre-planned andstructured. It’s a formal presentation between an interviewer and an interviewee. Only those pass itwith flying colours, who are original and show their interest with confidence and who presentthemselves appealing.There are many types of interview like Information gathering interview, appraisal interview, exitinterview, hiring interview, college/ university interview, persuasive interview, counseling interviewand many more. In this article, we are going to learn about College/ university entrance and Hiringinterview.
Hiring/Entrance Interview
is one of the best known and the most widely experienced type of interview, where an interviewer is taken by Human Resource Manager/ Educational Expertise. Toreduce your chances being rejected, here are some basic professional skills, which will lead youtowards the path of success in your interview.
BEFORE INTERVIEW
First of all, prepare your mind in advance, that you are going to have an interview next morning. Relaxyourself and do not get nervous, tense or tired at any cost. Before going for an interview, pre-plannedfew things:1. Learn about the company, organization or educational institution and do some research in advance.2. Why should you perform an advance research?3. Simply to develop good answers and to prove yourself unique.4. What you have to Research?5. You can gather information about organizational structure; type of their clients/ students;departments and its branches; past and present achievements etc. Simply search yellow pages or askyour friend or family member/relative who are familiar about organization or you can collectinformation through newspapers and websites.Prepare answers to typical questions. Practice your answer and never rote learn it.
Here are few of the sampling questions, which you can practice in advance.
1. What do you feel about our organization?2. What are your weaknesses?3. Why do you want to become a part of our organization?
 
4. Tell me about your self and about your hobbies.5. Who is your role model and why? If you are lucky to know the name of a person, who will interviewyou, then memorizes his/her name properly. Decide what to wear. Remember to Dress simply butelegantly. Dress should be well ironed without crease. Wear comfortable shoes. remember to wearbasic hosiery. You can even check what management wears and dress similarly without over kill. Do notDress casual or wear Athletic Shoes. Do not spray lots of cologne or wear lots of jewellery. Do not wearwrinkled attire or flashing tie. Prepare your file having your portfolio, educational degree copies andextra copies of your resume. Find proper address in advance, that where are you going in the morning.Last but not the least;get a good night sleep.
ON THE DAY OF INTERVIEW
Take a bath. Do not apply heavy makeup. Always carry a purse or a small handy briefcase with you. Docarry your portfolio file. Dress effectively. Do not eat anything containing garlic or onion in yourbreakfast. Arrive 15 minutes earlier to show your prompt and seriousness. DURING INTERVIEW Start itoff winner. Offer your hand and give a firm shake, else greet them with your pleasant smile. Take apermission to sit on a chair. Show a positive confident attitude and introduce yourself. Don’t get tense.Be comfortable and face the interviewer effectively. Listen to their questions effectively and answer itgenuinely. Answer every question with confidence. Have a proper eye contact towards yourinterviewer. Remember that the interviewer might be more than one, so keep your eye contact withevery individual interviewer to make them feel unique. Whatever you want to answer, speak clearlywith a normal tempo voice. Do not shout. Show your confidence level at every moment of an interview.Show your certifications or achievements only when they ask you to show. Always sit straight. It mighthelp them to analyze your personality and your traits. Use the medium of answer, in which you feelcomfortable. Remember to use good grammar and strong vocabulary with neutral accent. Alwaysclarify your answer. Do not say Yes or No. Never complains about your past organization or employees.While giving effective answers. Do not argue and always give respect to your interviewer. Always keepneutral thinking and try to mould your answer according to your interviewer personality. Do not eatchewing gum, while answering questions. If they give you a chance to ask any query or question, onlyask relevant question.
TRADITIONAL INTERVIEW QUESTIONS
Few of the traditional interview questions, which an organization might ask are1. Tell me about yourself (in two minutes).2. Why do you feel that you will be successful in ...?3. Why did you decide to interview with our organization?4. Are you willing to relocate?5. Tell me about your scholastic record.6. Tell me about your extra-curricular activities and interests.7. What are your strengths and weaknesses?8. Why should we hire you?9. Why did you choose to become a teacher, nurse,...?10. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10 years?11. Why do you want to leave your current job? AFTER INTERVIEW With a pleasing smile, say thanks andask about the next step in the process. Follow up. Call them if you do not get a call within a given timeframe and don't forget to write a thank you letter to an organization for taking out their precious timefor your interview. Few reasons for not getting a job. Might be you lack oral communication skills orwriting skills. Your inappropriate attitude could also let you down in your interview. Lack of knowledgeabout the working world. Lack of confidence. Inappropriate/fake degree. Lack of experience. Lack of motivation. PRACTICE INTERVIEW SKILLS. CHIN UP AND GEAR UP FOR YOUR NEXT INTERVIEW
 
Questions to Ask the Interviewer 
The interview is a two-way process. The company interviewing you will want to find out whether you are suitable tothe position and you will want to find out if the company and position are right for you. You should therefore ensurethat you have enough information to make up your mind whether you want the job. For example:
What will be my responsibilities?
Where will I fit into the overall organisational structure?
Who will I report to?
Where does he/she fit in the structure?
Who will report to me?
How experienced are they?
What do you expect me to do in the first 6 months?
What level of performance do you expect from me?
Who are your customers?
Where is the company going? Upwards? Expansion plans?
What are the chances of advancement/promotion in this position? When?
What will be my salary, benefits and bonuses? [Do not bring this up too early in the interview - wait until theyare sold on you.]
Will travelling be required in this position?
Will relocation be required now or in the future?
What training do you provide?
When will you decide on the appointment?
What is the next step?
General Tips and Advice
Before your interview find out everything you can about the company (read their annual report which can be obtainedby telephoning them). Re-read your application, thinking through your own career and the questions they might askyou. You should try to anticipate the general questions which they will ask and also prepare some questions to askthem.To do well at the interview you will need to convince the interviewer you are technically qualified to do the job. Youwill also need to show that you are sufficiently motivated to get the job done well and that you will fit in with thecompany's organisational structure and the team in which you will work.You should dress smartly for the interview and should leave home earlier than you need to on the day of the interview- you may be delayed by traffic or for other reasons. Be courteous to all employees of the company. At the interviewitself you must be positive about yourself and your abilities - but do not waffle.
Interview questions introduction
This section contains free interview advice, including interview techniques, interview questions that interviewers mayask you, questions you may want to ask the interviewer, general interview guidance, panel interview and groupinterview tests. We will teach you how to handle interviews and hopefully improve your interview technique to improveyour chances of being the successful candidate that lands that all-important second interview

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