I. INTERVIEW PRE-PREPARATION GUIDE A day or two before an interview you should take the time to really think about how you want the interview to go, what impression you want to leave on the employer and what unique pitch you will use to stand out from other applicants. Next step is to thoroughly research the employer, the idea is to learn as much as possible about the organization, its philosophies, goals and plans. * Your goal is to show them that you are like-minded-that you understand and agree with their philosophy, and therefore, would be a good addition to their team. * Best sources for researching your target company annual reports, the corporate newsletter, contacts you know at the company or its suppliers, advertisements, articles about the company in the trade press, and financial websites. * Then list the 3 or 4 strong qualifications that you bring to the table. This way, you know going in what they are looking for and why you are a good fit. * If your profile requires networking (Sales & Distribution, PR etc) review any names or details that could be helpful to reference during your discussion. * Always compliment the organization and panel's friendly conduct, this helps in creating a positive, thoughtful persona. Your goal is to leave the ideal impression, highlighting your best selling points and avoiding weaker aspects of your experience.


* Review Resume Key Points: Your resume is the potential employer's outline of your career-and in most cases, the basis of questions asked during the interview. Make sure you are prepared to provide details and expand on key points. * Dress for Success: Look the part of the position you're interviewing for (appropriate attire, meticulous grooming, etc.). Take the time to properly organize any paperwork you bring along (i.e., extra resume copies, letters of recommendation, references, performance evaluations, questions). * Arrive on Time: Check out the address and parking facilities BEFORE the interview date. * Be extremely Polite - Not only to the interviewer, but also to the receptionist or secretary. * Use a Firm Handshake, direct eye contact and a friendly smile; demonstrate a sincere interest and enthusiasm for the job. * Always Display Loyalty to Your Former Employers-no matter what they did (or did to you) never, say anything negative about them.

write out specific questions you want to ask. RULES OF THE INTERVIEW 1. 7. gestures. Repeat your key strengths. Then look for opportunities to ask them during the interview. According to this study. 2.) III. Ally yourself with the prospective employer by using the employer's name and products or services. Interviewees tend to talk in generalities. Good questions require advance preparation. limit your answers to two to three minutes per question. Use feedback questions at the end of your answers and use body language and voice intonation to create a conversational interchange between you and the interviewer. Put yourself on their team. generalities often fail to convince interviewers that the applicant has assets. and attire are highly influential during job interviews. write a brief summary of what happened. product lines and competitors. (Research indicates that the first person interviewed gets the job only 17% of the time. Don't ask about benefits or salary. physical appearance. Ask questions. Note any follow-up action you should take and put it in your calendar. As soon as possible. Include measurable information and provide details about specific accomplishments when discussing your strengths. The interview process is a two-way street whereby you and the interviewer assess each other to determine if there is an appropriate match.* Maintain a Positive Attitude and believe in yourself! * Strategically Schedule Your Interview Appointment. while the last person interviewed gets the job 55% of the time. Keep your answers brief and concise. It's essential that you comfortably and confidently articulate your strengths. 3. 8. If possible. 5. Unless asked to give more detail. Maintain a conversational flow. Research the company. 4. quantifiable data. 9. Image is often as important as content. Just as you plan how you would answer an interviewer's questions. Keep a journal of your attitude and the way . By consciously maintaining a conversational flow-a dialogue instead of a monologue-you will be perceived more positively. try to schedule your appointment so that you're not the first person being interviewed. 6. Explain how the strengths relate to the company's or department's goals and how they might benefit the potential employer. Research will provide information to help you decide whether you're interested in the company and important data to refer to during the interview. Review your presentation. it is also recommended that you avoid interviews on Monday or late in the afternoon. Include concrete. Tape yourself and see how long it takes you to fully answer a question. Keep an interview journal. Studies have shown that 65 percent of the conveyed message is nonverbal. Unfortunately. What you look like and how you say something are just as important as what you say. The types of questions you ask and the way you ask them can make a tremendous impression on the interviewer.

you answered the questions. Why did you choose your major? 2. Have you had difficulty getting along with a former professor/supervisor/co-worker and how did you handle it? 10. Describe your ideal job. What are your hobbies? 12. Which classes in your major did you like best? Least? 7. Which elective classes did you like best? Least? Why? . Define success. Did you ask questions to get the information you needed? What might you do differently next time? Prepare and send a brief. What can you offer us? EDUCATION 1. Tell me about yourself. Failure. What motivates you most in a job? 9. IV. What do you consider to be your greatest strengths? 2. Have you ever had any failures? What did you learn from them? 5. Do you think you received a good education? In what ways? 4. Why did you choose to interview with our organization? 13. In what ways do your college education or work experience relate to this job? 6. TYPICAL INTERVIEW QUESTIONS ASKED These can be categorized under the following heads: * Personal * Education * Experience * Career goals * General * Most tricky (with answers) * Job specific (with answers) PERSONAL 1. How does your college education or work experience relate to this job? 8. 11. Can you name some weaknesses? 3. 4. Who are your role models? Why? 7. Of which three accomplishments are you most proud? 6. Restate your skills and stress what you can do for the company. In which campus activities did you participate? 5. concise thank you letter. Why did you choose to attend your college or university? 3. 14.

How do you feel about travel? 10. Did you work while going to school? 3. Cover four topics: early years. What job related skills have you developed? 2. work history. image. What did you enjoy most about your last employment? Least? 5. Are you able to work on several assignments at once? 8. How do you think a former supervisor would describe your work? CAREER GOALS 1. 7. MOST TRICKY QUESTIONS 1. What motivates you most in a job? 2. reputation. history and philosophy. Would you be successful working with a team? 4. Do you prefer to work under supervision or on your own? 2. what would you change about your education? Do you plan to return to school for further education? EXPERIENCE 1. management style. Don't waste your best points on it. Have you had difficulty getting along with a former professor/ supervisor/co-worker and how did you handle it? V. Have you ever done any volunteer work? What kind? 8. Are you willing to work flextime? GENERAL 1. Tell me about yourself. If you were to start over. people. Do you prefer large or small organizations? Why? 5. revenues. What did you learn from these work experiences? 4. Emphasize this last subject. How do you feel about the possibility of relocating? 11. 9. Let your answer show that you have taken the time . Remember that this is likely to be a warm-up question. What do you know about our organization? You should be able to discuss products or services. What other types of positions are you considering? 6. education. and recent career experience. problems. How do you feel about working in a structured environment? 7. What kind of boss do you prefer? 3. Give an example of a situation in which you worked under deadline pressure. How do you feel about working overtime? 9. Keep your answer to a minute or two at most. goals. 2.8. Have you ever quit a job? Why? 6.

If you were laid off in an across-the-board cutback. privileged information of Symphony Services Corp (India) Pvt. Any email received inadvertently or by mistake should be deleted by the entity who is not a recipient thereof. and use your experience and energy to solve them. make you valuable. Talk about your desire to perform and be recognized for your contributions. copying or distributing of this e-mail. Make your answer oriented toward opportunity rather than personal security." 7. power and recognition are all basic motivators and they should not be mentioned as they portray a selfish image. Ltd. Rather "a job well done" &/or "a challenge. Any unauthorized notifying. What important trends do you see in our industry? Be prepared with two or three trends that illustrate how well you understand your industry. Refer back to the planning phase of your job search where you considered this topic as you set your reference statements." &/or "Interesting work/technology. The interviewer may spend some time probing you on this issue. "This email and any files transmitted with it contain confidential. otherwise. Mention your ability to set priorities. and the contents therein in full or part is prohibited by any entity who is not a recipient. 9. What do you look for in a job? Keep your answer oriented to opportunities at this organization. You may be pleased to notify the sender immediately by email and the email should be deleted from your system" . 4. What can you do for us that someone else can't? Talk about your record of getting things done. Show that you have done some research marks you as a selfstarter with a solid grasp of the big picture. 8. but don't overwhelm the interviewer. identify problems. and are intended solely for the use of the recipient/s to whom it is addressed. Do not mention personality conflicts. indicate that the move was your decision.to do some research. directly or indirectly. The "We agreed to disagree" approach may be useful. or even regulatory demands as you collect your thoughts about the direction in which your business is heading. What motivates you? Money. A potential boss is likely to wonder if you might talk about him in similar terms at some point in the future. 5. proprietary. particularly if it is clear that you were terminated. Say that your skills and interests. What do you think of your boss? Be as positive as you can. and as honest as you can without hurting yourself. like "object-oriented relational database technology really turns me on. and make it clear that you wish to learn more. 6. 3. economic conditions. You might consider technological challenges or opportunities. Why do you want to work for us? If you've researched this company then you can say something specific. say so. the result of your action. combined with this history of getting results. and mention specifics from your resume or list of career accomplishments. Why are you leaving (did you leave) your present (last) job? Be brief. to the point.

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