Personal Interviews

At the Interview
.................................................................................................................................... Try to arrive 15 to 20 minutes before the interview so that you get time to cool down and get your mind ready for the interview. If you are inevitably delayed notify the company immediately stating the reason and your estimated time of arrival.

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The look
.................................................................................................................................... Dress smartly for the interview. You should wear a formal dress and make sure that you look professional. A company will hire someone who is well presented and therefore best epresent the company. While different industries call for different work attire, there is one basic tenet that all experts swear by: better to overdress than under dress. Dress according to the culture and style of the company that you're interviewing with. The best dressed candidate is the one least noticed for his or her appearance, which means that the interviewer would not be distracted by the fact that you dressed inappropriately and your other attributes would be noted during the interview. The interviewer will most likely focus on what you said during the interview and could more accurately judge your attitude and capability and not by your appearance.

FOR MEN
.................................................................................................................................... - A neatly pressed long-sleeved working shirt (avoid colourful shirts, stick to one solid colour) - A tie (optional but recommended) - A suit or sports coat - A pair of neatly-pressed dark-coloured trousers - Conservative colors (avoid bright, flashy colors e.g. bright orange, fuchsia, etc.) - Well polished dark-coloured shoes - Neatly groomed or cleanly shaved beard and/or moustache

FOR WOMEN
.................................................................................................................................... - Conservative blouse (steer clear of low cleavage and bare back designs) Business suit - Conservative colors (keep the colors to a maximum of three) - Properly fitting, non-revealing clothes. Skirts should not be shorter than an inch above the knees - A conservative hairstyle, tied-up long hair or set hair in a neat hairstyle. Avoid colouring your hair in shocking colors if you are job hunting - Appropriate closed-toe shoes or pumps. Wear sandals only when matched with long skirts

What to Carry
.................................................................................................................................... Carry a file with you containing all the necessary documents like photocopies of your degrees, certificates and diplomas, mark sheets and photographs. Carry at least 2 copies of your resumes. Frequently asked Questions in Interview? Question: Tell me about yourself? Answer: This is quite a common question asked in an interview. Give the details about your education, work experience and your core competencies. Don't just narrate your resume as it is already in front of the

Personal Interviews

interviewer, say something extra but relevant to the interview like how you came to know about this position and your knowledge about the company. Try not to sound too rehearsed and don't talk for longer than five 2 minutes. Question: What are your strengths? Answer: Prepare on any key strength such as confidence, motivation, tenacity, positive attitude etc and explain why these would be valuable for the role you have applied for. Question: What are your greatest weaknesses? Answer: Now when asked this question try to state a weakness that can be considered as strength by the employer. For example: "I get impatient when a particular job is not finished on time."- This shows that you don't like to work with inefficiency and are particular about deadlines. Question: Where do you see yourself 5 years from now? Answer: This question is asked to see how stable you are and how you see yourself grow in your career. The answer will show your clarity of thought and how you have planned your future. Question: Why should we hire you? Answer: This question is asked to see how your skills and experience can be utilized for the job you have applied for. Answer this question by citing how your have learned from your past experience and how the knowledge which you have acquired through your education can be utilized in accomplishing the objective of your job. Try to state how you can bring a positive difference to the company. If you are a fresher state your strengths. Try to match your analytical skills, your soft skills, your qualities with what is required by the employer and try to convince the employer that you are best suited for this post. After you have been interviewed you should also try to find out as much as possible about the organization and the post you have applied for. This will prove to the employer that you are interested. Ask intelligent question and do not concentrate on salary as of now, as you can negotiate after you have got the job. Ask questions about your prospective growth in the company, will you receive any training or not, location of the post you have applied for and your job responsibilities, whom will you be reporting to and any other clarifications you require relevant to the job or the company but don't ask anything which has already been answered if you don't require any further clarification.

Finishing the Interview
.................................................................................................................................... Dress smartly for the interview. You should wear a formal dress and make sure that you look professional. A company will hire someone who is well presented and therefore best epresent the company. While different industries call for different work attire, there is one basic tenet that all experts swear by: better to overdress than under dress. Dress according to the culture and style of the company that you're interviewing with. The best dressed candidate is the one least noticed for his or her appearance, which means that the interviewer would not be distracted by the fact that you dressed inappropriately and your other attributes would be noted

Personal Interviews

during the interview. The interviewer will most likely focus on what you said during the interview and could 3 more accurately judge your attitude and capability and not by your appearance. Walkin Interviews Walk-In Interviews are tedious because of large number of Interviewees. so, keep in mind the following things for successful Walk-in Interview

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Reach early because generally it is done on first come first interviewed bases. If time is 9.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m., reach by 8.00 p.m. You will have to wait little, Interviewer will be fresh and will remember you better. In the late hours because of fatique may miss the good candidates. When sent inside for the interview, most of the time 4 - 5 candidates are sent together. Sit after you are asked to sit or seek their permission to sit. Do not grab the first available chair. Remember to walk looking TALL. First impression counts. Look friendly, not nervous or grim. Remember to sit properly, means legs and feet together. When asked to speak about you speak about YOU only, in the allotted time. Convey them you are dependable, flexible and have lots of patience. If you worked or volunteered in any service industry or hosted any function. Highlight that, tell them how you enjoy meeting people, tell them you can work for longer hours (give example), tell them you enjoy get-togethers, tell them you take care and enjoy taking care of your brothers, sisters and grandparents. Give examples of your tolerance and patience. The interviewer will not be able to pull out all these information’s from you. It is up to you to let them know, through examples, everything about YOU. No one wants to hear about your family tree. They want to know YOU. Prepare, Prepare and Prepare. If interviewer is writing something, do not lean to read, you will become more nervous. Clear the first round by good appearance, good talk, good walk and SMILE. In the waiting hall, some time, their staff can be there, mixing with you as interviewees to judge you. Do not speak bad about company, arrangements, infra structure or don't gossip there. Your behaviour there can be judged also. Before going to interviews, surf their website and know maximum about company, key persons and related information and prepare how you will perform well there. At the end your medical checkup will be conducted by company doctor. Be fare and truthful always.

Body language
.................................................................................................................................... FIRST IMPRESSION AND BODY LANGUAGE: It takes ten seconds to make a first Impression and a Life time to undo it. - 93% of Communication is Non-Verbal. Out of this 55% is through Body Language and 38% is Tone of Voice and Balance 7% of Total Communication is Verbal. - When you walk into an Interview room, walk with a little bounce, showing Enthusiasm and Energy. Do not show Nervousness. - Stand tall and then walk into the room. - Keep right hand free, Interviewer may be interested to shake hand. - Keep your legs still and do not shake them. - Keep your legs together or close at ankles. - Men close at knees. No figure 4 posture. It depicts arrogance. Do not clear your throat. - Try not to use "Yeah or Ya" ---- Say "Yes".

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