NATURE AND SCOPE OF THEINTERVIEW
Success in interview can be positively and readily ensured by clearly understanding its technique whichincludes its nature, scope, methodology,application and essentials. You canmaster the technique by purposeful,systematic and dedicated training. Theaim of the employment interview is toassess the suitability of the candidatefor the job for which he is beingconsidered and interviewed. Therefore, when you are appearing for an interview you must make it a point to know asmuch as possible about the job for which you are being considered. As regardsthe personality test or interview, youmust know what a professional isrequired to do, what qualifications andqualities are expected of him, to whatextent you feel you could fill the billand how best you could convey yourconviction about your suitability to theInterview Board while answering orresponding to their questions.
During the interview, the Boardevaluates your personality traits fromthe answers you give to the questionsposed to you and also the manner in which you present your answers. Thus,to begin with, a lot depends on yourability to grasp and understand thequestion and your capacity to speak,express your ideas lucidly and convincethe Board with the logic, rationality andcredibility of your arguments. Theimportant thing to bear in mind is thatthis personality test interview is not amere question and answer session. TheBoard is not interested only in theanswers but all the time it is on the watch out to take note of the personality traits you often unconsciously exhibit while giving those answers. In fact, formost of the questions there may be nosuch thing as the correct answer. TheBoard may simply ask for your views,comments, opinion, conclusions and soon, and observe how you present thesame. By asking you a question they create a situation and then watch yourresponse and reaction. You will succeedif you react with confidence and sincerity in a positive and purposeful manner.
In a nutshell, during the interview,the level of your leadership ability isbeing evaluated. You must, therefore,be clear in your mind as to whatprecisely constitute the ingredients orattributes of the leadership factor. Forthe purpose of the personality test/interview, the leadership factor coversthe following important aspects :(a)Intelligence, ideas, grasp, under-standing, knowledge, power of expression, clarity of thought,imagination.(b)Organising ability, resourceful-ness,planning, determination of priorities,selection of goals.(c)Dynamic qualities – enthusiasm,interest, keenness, urge,involvement, dash, determination,courage, enterprise, initiative,stability, perseverance, flair foraction, stamina, speed of action,availing of the opportunities and soon.(d)Character – loyalty, integrity,sincerity, dependability, patriotism,commitment to human and social values, respect for law, etc.(e)Social attributes – friendship,cheerfulness, courtesy, cooperation,adaptability, team spirit,
esprit de corps
, ability to mix freely withothers, sense of belonging, readinessto sacrifice for the cause and forothers, etc.(f)Influencing or motivating factor –capacity to convince, impress,energise, coordinate and carry othersto accomplish the common task,creating a firm and favourable impacton others by example, tact,adjustment, persuasion, logicalreasoning and bind the team into aharmonious one, selling one’s ideassuccessfully and winning others tohis way.
To illustrate how these personality traits are observed and evaluated duringthe interview, we are happy to present toour readers the tape-recorded version of a ‘live’ interview
In order to spotlightthe moot points and salient features,comments of the expert examiners havebeen provided at appropriate stages. Werequest the aspirants to note carefully the important facts, learn the secrets andthen undergo several practice interview sessions with friends, seniors or collegeprofessors. Knowledge plus application will crown you with positive and brilliantsuccess.
When the going is tough, the toughgets going. How true in the case of those whose aim in life is toachieve the best and this is possibleonly if you care to slough off yoursloth and make it a point topersevere.
Raj Kumar Bhatia is a young man of medium height and lean build, appearingfor the personality test. He is of faircomplexion with abundant growth of hairon his head which is closely cropped inthe conventional or military style. Hesports a thin moustache which goes well with his general smart appearance. Hehas taken care to dress himself appropriately to meet the requirementsof the formal occasion. He wears dark-blue trousers, light-blue shirt and stripedbeautifully knotted tie, all of which show him to advantage as a well-dressedindividual of taste and distinction. Hishigh-heeled shoes are well polished andshine without any speck. The socks arepulled up and stay in position. Fingernails are trimmed and clean. In brief, with well-tailored, fitting dress, proper