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Interview Winning Skills

Interview Winning Skills

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Interview Winning Skills


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An Interview
What does it mean?? Derived from French word – Intervoir

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Structured Unstructured Group Panel Stress

7 Habits to achieve your full potential

 Be Proactive

Take responsibility for your life  Begin with the End in Mind Define your purpose and mission in life  Put first things first Prioritize and do the most important things first  Think Win-Win Have an everyone can win attitude

7 Habits to achieve your full potential - Contn

 Seek first to understand, then to be understood

Listen to people sincerely  Synergize Work together to achieve more  Sharpen the saw Renew yourself regularly

Types of questions:

1. Strength & Weakness questions Designed to allow you to market yourself & how self aware you are. 2. Behavioural questions Often relate to the selection criteria such as communication skills, team work & time management


3. Biographical questions Designed to know about your background including degree, hobbies and aspirations 4.Case related questions Designed to analyze your problem solving capability

Sample Questions & Best answers

 Tell Me about yourself

- Start with the present and tell why you are well qualified for the position.

- In other words you must sell what the buyer is buying.

Sample Questions & Best answers
 What are your greatest strengths?

- Key strategy is to fulfill the interviewers wants & needs.
- Prior to interview, u should have a list mentally prepared. - Ex: Honesty, integrity , a decent human being, dedication, enthusiasm, confidence etc..,

Sample Questions & Best answers

 What are your greatest weaknesses?

- Disguise strength as a weakness.

- Ex: “ I sometimes push my people too hard. I like to work with a sense of urgency and everyone is not always on the same wavelength”.

Sample Questions & Best answers
 Why should I hire you?

- If you know the employers greatest needs and desires, this question will give you a big leg up over other candidates.
- Walk through each of position’s requirements & follow each with a reason why you meet the requirement so well.

Sample Questions & Best answers
 Why do you want to work at our company?

- It tests whether you’ve done any homework about the firm. - Use the best sources for researching your target company.

Sample Questions & Best answers
 What good books have you read lately?

- Never create fake familiarity you don’t have.
- Reading a handful of the most recent and influential books is a part of the work of your job search.

Sample Questions & Best answers

 Would you lie for the company?

- Try to avoid choosing between two values.

- Ex: “I would never do anything to hurt the company”.

Sample Questions & Best answers

 Can you work under pressure?

- An easy question, but you want to make your answer believable.

- Ex: “Absolutely… (then prove it with a vivid example).

Sample Questions & Best answers
 What makes you angry?

- Give an answer that’s suited to both your personality and the management style of the firm. - Ex: “I’m an even-tempered and positive person. People who don’t pull their own weight, who are negative , who lie etc.., will make me to get anger a little bit”.

Sample Questions & Best answers

 Who has inspired you in your life and why?

- Two irrelevances.






- Have few Board of Directors in your target company in mind.

Personality Traits

 Oral communication  Initiative
 Enthusiasm  Drive

 Motivation  Confidence
 Energy  Assertiveness

Skills Priority – Higher to lower

 Inter-personal skills  Teamwork skills
 Analytical skills  Oral communication skills

 Flexibility  Computer skills
 Work experience

End Of Interview

Questions you can ask
• What are the company’s plan for the future? • What training programs do you have available for your

employees? • What level of responsibility could I expect in this position? • How are employees are evaluated and promoted? etc….,

Do’s and Don’ts
 Do prepare & practice for the interview.

 Don’t memorize or over-rehearse your answers.
 Do dress the part for the job & the company.  Don’t chew gum before or during the interview.

 Do shake hands firmly.  Don’t have a clammy handshake.
 Do show enthusiasm in the position.

 Don’t tell jokes during interview.  Do avoid controversial topics.
 Don’t bring up or discuss your personal issues.

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