³The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes.
Interview Preparation Tips
No matter which premier college you went to, no matter what degree you have, no matter what competencies you have, no matter the years of experience you have ± all this will be useless if you are not prepared well for the interview. Following are some practical insights to help you prepare for a successful job interview. Research about the company and the position if possible. Be ready with the information about the company, its operations and products. Research the employer/company on the Internet, most companies have their own website Review your work experiences. Be ready to support past career accomplishments with specific information targeted toward the company¶s needs. Be punctual about the time. Arrive 10 minutes before the appointment. Never be late. Dress formally for the interview. Wear comfortable clothes. Follow these guidelines: Men Wear a dark grey or blue suit. Wear a full-sleeved plain white or a pastel colour shirt, with a well-starched and ironed collar. Avoid large checks & loud colours. Wear dark, well-creased and well-fitted trousers. Your socks must match either your shoes or trousers. Wear a matching silk tie. Wear polished shoes; black lace-ups are best. Do not wear any rings other than wedding ring. Have a well-groomed hairstyle & clean, trimmed fingernails. Use minimal cologne or perfume. Keep empty pockets with no bulges or tinkling coins. Do not have chewgum, candy or cigarettes. Do not smoke before the interview. Carry a light briefcase or portfolio case Women Wear a business suit with a jacket. Limit the suit colour to black, blue or grey with white, cream, light blue shirts, plain, self printed, or striped. If not used to it, wear a pure cotton or silk sari. (Salwar Suit is not a formal attire) Sandals/ Shoes with conservative heels. Wear small ear-studs (no dangling earrings). A slim chain around the neck. A slim bracelet or few bangles and a wristwatch. No more than one ring on each hand Do minimal of makeup. It should not be too noticeable. Do not wear loud perfume.
Be relaxed. Focus on the interview. This will help you in being more concentrated, selfconfident and calm. Smile & shake hands firmly with the interviewers. Remember the interviewer¶s name. Address the interviewer with his name prefixed with Mr./ Ms.
Look alert. Sit up erect. Look into your interviewer¶s eyes during the interview. This shows confidence. Interviewers like candidates who are enthusiastic and responsive. Maintain eye contact with your interviewer. Beware of slouching in chair, tapping feet, playing with eyeglasses, pencil, or nervous laughter, flicking your hair, scratching your head. Set goals for the interview. It is your job to leave the meeting feeling secure that the interviewer knows as much as he or she possibly can about your skills, abilities, experience and achievements. Try to relate your answers to the interviewer and his or her company. Focus on achievements relevant to the position. Listening is one of the most important interview skills. A candidate must concentrate on listening. Listen through eye contact. This helps in staying with the interviewer. Listen with nonverbal expressions, nod and appear interested. Do not interrupt the interviewer while he is speaking Know the question behind the questions. Ultimately, the employer is interested to know, "Why should he hire you?" Be sure you answer that completely. Interviewing is about selling. The product you are selling is you. Give the employer reasons to buy. Tell them what you can do for them. Emphasize what you can bring to the company, department and position. Convince them that your product is better than the competition's. Reflect a Positive outlook. Avoid negative comments about past employers. Don¶t dwell on criticism of your present or previous employers. Be smart about questions related to salary. Don't tell the interviewer your financial expectations. Instead, ask what salary range the job falls in. Attempt to postpone a money discussion until you have a better understanding of the scope of responsibilities of the job. Once the interview is over, thank the interviewer(s) for the time and consideration given to you. Ask when you should meet again to discuss the position further. Following the interview, send an individual note/ letter/ e-mail of thanks to the interviewers. Frequently asked traditional interview questions Frequently asked behavioral interview questions. Qualities Recruiters Look For Traditional Interview Questions Tell us about yourself? Why are you interested in this position and this company? What can you contribute to our organization? What was the nature of your job? What is your career objective? Where you see yourself after 5/10 years? What special skills did you acquire? Did you achieve special goals? What was the typical day like on your job? What are your strengths? Weaknesses? Why are you considering leaving your present job? Tell us about your biggest achievement?
Tell us about your failure or a mistake made by you? Tell us about your interests and hobbies? Top Behavioural Interview Questions where you have worked effectively under pressure? when you have made an unpopular decision? when you have proactively avoided a major breakdown at your workplace? when you have influenced your colleagues to take a decision your way? when you have suggested an innovative solution / method for a problem? when you had a heated argument with you best friend at the work place?
Qualities Recruiters Look For Ability to work in a team Adaptability & Flexibility Analytical skills Communication & Presentation skills. Creativity Cultural fit Decision making ability Leadership skills Motivation and Initiative Risk taking Strong work ethics