Interv erview

An interview is a formal meeting between a job seeker l meet and an employer. The employer will ask questions to empl determine whether the job seeker is an appropriate fit e s for the job and for the company. The job seeker will e comp ask the employer questions to obtain enough stions information about the job to decide if the job and the company is the right fit.

Intervie Jitters view

Why an Interview? In
Interviewing is an important part of selection process at various jobs as art well as for admissions to profession institutes. There are many essional personal interview tips that can help you in getting your dream job or n admission to a reputed college or university. At a job interview, the un interviewer meets with the candidate to assess their capabilities, skills ndidate and level of experience. During the personal interview candidates are g evaluated on the basis of their confidence level, ability to act under confid pressure and their understanding of the subject that they are applying ing for.

Interviewing is a two-way street 

What is an Interview? ew? A Two Way Process y Proc Employers are attemptin to determine if you are empting an appropriate fit for the job & their culture YOU decide if the environment is right for you. envir  

What do Emp mployers Intervie view?
To find out 3 things: 

Will you be able to do the job well = your skills & o th experience'' Are you really Motivate to do the job = evidence tivated that you really want it nt Will you fit into the organisation= what kind of e orga person you are  

Types of In f Interviews 

Phone: Used as an initial screening of candidates or to itial sc narrow the pool of applican plicants. One-On-One: The most common interview style & st com incorporates you with the potential employer po Panel or Group: Allows many individuals to interview ws ma you at one go. Meal: Used to see how you interact or function in a socail w setting. Second or on site Interview This allows one to get a tour rview: of the facility, meet the staff & additional questioning he staf from different employees. yees.    

Panel Interviews In 


Very common for graduate jobs. gradua Usually 2-4 members, 1 will act as the chair, ers, w normally all will ask questios k ques Not all of the panel will necessarily be l n experienced interviewers or know a great deal iewers about your post Panel interviews can often be fairer than 1-2-1 n ofte interviews-you're not just relying on the opinion ot of one interviewer. A HR representative may also e be present to ensure the process is fair p  

Individual Interviews al
Just becase this is a one-to-one, don't believe it is one³informal´! The focus is often on information taken from your inf CV/Application form but be prepared for any type rm bu of question  

Telephone Inter terviewing-an initial screening process ng 
 

Treat it s a formal interview interv Pre-arranged or unannou announced? Have CV/App Form, key notes, pen, paper, diary rm, handy Speak clearly & concise oncisely Sound enthusiastic & confident c co 



Group Interview iews
May cover more standar interview questions tandard May ask you to discuss contempory business or scuss c relevant current affairs issues fairs i Are often used to assess your inter-personal skills: verbal communication, team work, leadership, tion, t listening, facilitating, understanding, ng, un persuasiveness/negotiati confidence. gotiation, 

 

Video/Webcam Interviews cam 

Although these are rare, they are becoming e increasingly popular lar Prepare for & dress in the same way as you would s th for a convential interview terview Talk to the camera rather than the screen so that rathe you appear to be looking at the interviewer(s) ooking Do a run through first to check the equipment is working & ensure someone is on stand-by to help someo out with any technical hitches ical hi   

Pre-Interview Preparation P 


Research position, company & industry. , comp Know yourself & be abl to articulate skills, able strengths, accomplishme & career goals. lishments Prepare necessary materials (copies of resume, mater references, pen, organize & breath mints. rganizer Be sure to allow yoursel plenty of time to arrive ourself at your destination (you may want to conduct a dry run prior to your interview day) ur inte Use the restroom if required, get rid of the requ butterflies & just gather yourself. ather   

Pre-Interv erview Preparat ration 

Study the job description & candidate ription specification Consider WHY you wan this job u want What can you offer as your USP (Unique Selling r yo Points)? Prepare responses to questions que Prepare your own question bank relevant to the questi industry 

 



Greeting & Intr ntroduction
Only 1 chance to make a good 1st impression e goo 
   

Dress appropriately ly Smile Maintain eye contact act Firm handshake Remain poised & confident confid

Body Lan Language What signals are you sending?
Positive Signals 

Negative Signals 


Leaning forward=Interest Smiling=Friendly Nodding=Attentive & Alert Eye contact=Curious & s Focussed

Crossed arms=Defensive Fidgeting hands or tapping feet=Nervous or bored Lack of eye contact=Untrustworthy Leaning back=Discomfort 

   

General Intervi rview Strategies
Be prepared to talk about yourself & your k abou experiences Master the art of storytel torytelling Provide specific & concrete examples of your conc results/accomplishments ments Remain positive, enthus nthusiastic, poised & confident throughout the interview process erview  

 

General Intervi rview Strategies 

Remember an interview is a formal rview conversation²avoid filler words like ³Um´, oid fill ³Ah´ & ³You Know´ w´ Avoid indecisive phrases like: ³I think´, ³I phrase guess´, ³Probably´ or ³Pretty good´ ´ ³P Think before speaking king Avoid long verbose answers²limit your response se answ to 1-2 minutes If you do not hear or understand a question, ask und for clarity  

 

General Intervi rview Strategies
Remain calm, relaxed & be yourself xed Try to focus on the message you are trying to e mess convey²Not how well you are doing! y 



Dress code fo personal for interviews
Since any personal interview whether it is for a job or erview, admission to an institute is a formal affair, it is ute advisable that the candidate be well dressed, didates preferably in formals. A well dressed candidate . we automatically exudes an air of confidence that speaks well of his/her personality. Avoid bright colored or ality. striking prints while choosing your attire for personal choosi interviews.

Dressing for S r Success-Men
Business Suit- Single or double breasted gle Polished shoes Solid white shirt Conervative tie Neatly groomed hair, beard & moustache air, be Avoid strong colognes, earrings & body piercing gnes, e 

    

Dressing for Su Success-Women
Pant or skirt suit Pumps with small to medium heels me Light makeup, perfume & jewelery fume Wear neutral or light color nail paints ght col 

  

Sugge gestions 
 

Conduct a test run the day before the interview da Practice! Practice! Practice! Pract Obtain a list f practice interview questions & jot tice in down short answers rs Stand in front of a mirror & rehearse your anwers mirro Get a good night's sleep-be well rested & stay sleepalert for the interview iew Be relaxed & be yoursel ourself 

 

FOLLOW OW-UP 

   

Ask good questions s Thank the interviewer wer Request a Business card s Inquire about next steps in the process t Conclude with a Smile & Formal Goodbye mile

Final Though ughts
Remember that only 15% of the success of an ly interview is out of your control Take some time to reflect: reflec -Overall, how well did i do? ell di -What went well? ll? -What steps can i take next time to improve? n  

What to Expec in an IILM ect Personal Intervie rview?
The focus of a B-school interview can range from l interv specific questions about your job to broad out you discussions on life. Approa the interview as a pproach conversation to be enjoyed, not as a question-andjoyed, answer ordeal. It may be about your interests- your ab recent cross-country trip. This doesn't mean that the Th interviewers are not serious It just means that you're erious. being sized up as a person and a future professional erson a in all your dimensions. s.

What to Expe in an IILM pect Personal Interv erview?
There are several etiquettes that must be followed uettes when facing the intervie terviewer: 

Knock before entering the interviewer¶s cabin ering t and ask for permission to enter. Generally one sion must wait to be asked to sit instead of going ked straight ahead and sitting. sitting If you are carrying a bag, it should be kept on the g bag floor beside your chair. Sit comfortably but with S your back straight and hands on your lap. Too h much hand movement to explain a point is not ent advisable. 

What to Expect in an IILM ect Personal Interv erview? 

Always listen carefully before answering so that fully b you do not falter for words. Do not speak more or wor than it is required and always pause in between al if the interviewer wants to make a point. Try to be your witty, charming, natural self. Do ty, cha not try to put on. The interviewers will be able to he int see your masks through. rough. 

Strengh nghts!!! 

It is important to have a good idea of "What you e goo consider to be your greatest strength, why and what reatest are some examples that show this", before you go at sho into an interview. Although the interviewer will most hough likely ask some pointed questions, you may also ed que encounter something as broad as "So, tell me about bro yourself." These open ended questions are usually ende the ones that help you lead the interview.

First Imp mpression

Remember that the first impression you create is very t impre important. When asked to say "something about ed s yourself", most candidates just blurt out their dates j schooling, college, marks and qualifications. All this arks a is already there in the application. Why tell the applic g he/sh interviewer something he/she already knows. Ideally, e you would want to use this opportunity to show how you are different from the thousands of other th nd t applicants, not to blend in to the crowd.

To answer ap appropriately, remember thes guidelines: ese
* Listen carefully. If you feel the question is unclear, ou ask politely for clarification ication. * Pause before answering to consider all facts that may ng c substantiate your response. onse. * Always offer positive information. inform * Get directly to the point. Ask if the listener would int. As like you to go into great detail before you do. eat det

Guide idelines
* Discuss only the facts needed to respond to the neede question. * Do not open yourself to areas of questioning that area could pose difficulties for you. s y * Be truthful, but do not offer unsolicited information. t * Focus and re-focus attention on your successes. tention

On the Day. ay.....Avoid 

Over confidence Being too familiar Being negative Smoking/Drinking/Chew /Chewing Gum Arguing Criticising Others Asking about salary & working conditions in an ry w inappropriate way      

After the Interview!!! e In
Unsuccess uccessful!!! 

Move on! Do more read e reading & research. Study ³interview´ videos. s. Reflect positively- what did you learn from it? How will you do it differently in future? t diffe Seek feedback from employer? m emp  

Things you can do to get Help! nd
Practice Mirroring exercises to perfect your exerc Introduction. Visit websites such as w h www.citehr.com Organise some quick 20 min. Query session, with ick friends.  



Preparing for Questions?? 
       

Knowledge, skills, experience , exper Self awareness Work attitude & values alues Experience gained on Summer Training Su Working/relationship with others hip wi Decision making, problem solving, judgement proble Future plans/ambitions tions Interests Awareness of equal opp al opportunities

Let's Find Answers to An Tough Interview Questions iew
Tell me about yourself? This is really more of a request than a question. But reque these few words can put you on the spot in a way no yo uickly question can. Many quickly lose control of the interview during the most critical time- the first five c minutes. This is not the time to go into a lengthy he tim history or wander off in different directions. Your diff response should be focused and purposeful. cused

Tell me abou yourself? out
Communicate a pattern of interests and skills that n in relate to the position in question. Consider your que response to this question as a commercial that sells tion your autobiography. Provide an answer that includes Provid information about where you grew up, where you ere yo went to school, your initial work experience, additional education and special training, where you sp are now, and what you intend to do next. u inten

Don ont's
Unfortunately some candidates get off on the wrong didates foot by rambling on for several minutes about their r seve childhood, family, hobbies, travels, and bies, t ccomplishment Statements. interests.Repeat Key Accom w Throughout the interview you will be asked numerous ttitude questions about your attitude and ability to do the job. lk abo Whenever possible, talk about your accomplishments id in terms of what you did and the results of your actions for employers. Give examples of your hould effectiveness, which should include specific skills and statistics.

Where do you see yourself ou five years from now? om
This open-ended question is one of the most difficult n on and stressful ones job seekers face. Employers seeker ostensibly ask this question because they are looking stion b for people who know what they want to do and who t c profe are focused on specific professional goals. If you lack ifficulty goals, you will have difficul answering this question. Be sure you arrive at the interview with a ou wan clear vision of what you want to do today, tomorrow and five years from now. Your answer should be w. Yo employer-centered.

For Exa xample:
"In five years I hope to be working with an employer in wo an increasingly responsible position, that enables me nsible to utilize my talents and work closely with my nd wo colleagues in solving important problems. I see impor myself taking on new and exciting challenges in an e enjoyable environment and hopefully this will be nt with your company."

Dont ont's
Do not indicate that you hope to start your own u business, change careers, or go back to school. Such ers, responses indicate a lack of long-term interest since ack you do not plan to be around for long. While some aroun may respond that they honestly haven't really thought y hone that far ahead, the interview infers that the erviewer applicant lacks vision and goals. g

Describe a majo goal you've ajor set for yourself ? lf
Give an example of a goal you both set and achieved. oal yo Ideally, this should be a professional goal; such as e pro improved time managemen skills, achieved new ement performance targets, or learned a new skill. A lear personal example can also be appropriate if it b reinforces your pattern of accomplishments. For n ac example,talk about results of achieving your goal. sults o This indicates you set realistic goals and that you can t realis focus on outcomes. Select an example that has elect a interesting outcomes related to your efforts. The example should showcase your skills and abilities. case y

We all have weakn knesses. What are some of your majo weaknesses? ajor

This is not the time to confess all your problems nor to onfess confidently say you have no weaknesses. The best ave way to handle this question is to mention personal estion weaknesses that are outside the job or a professional utside weakness that you have already improved upon. ve alre

For exa xample
"I have a real weakness for chocolate that tends to go ch right to my waist! I'm watching my calories carefully watch these days!" or "I've never b been good with accounting. I'm glad this job doesn't involve accounting." Or "I have a tendency to take on too ve te much on my own. I am working on this by delegating m wor more."

We're considering tw other candidates two for this position. Why should we hire hy you rather than some meone else?

Do not be distracted by the mention of two other m candidates, you don't know anything about them and they now an could be fictitious. Focus on what strengths you bring to us w the table. These should be consistent with the four things con most employers are looking for in candidates during the king f job interview: competence, professionalism, enthusiasm, nce, pr and likability. Remember, they are looking for chemistry er, the between you and them.

Be the One Min inute Manager
Be prepared to summarize in 60 seconds why you are arize i the best candidate for the job. Also, let the employer jo know you want the job and you will enjoy working b with them. A lack of interest in the job may indicate interes a lack of enthusiasm for the job.

How do you spe spend your free time?
This question may have several purposes.The interviewer severa may be just curious about your personal life. He may also t want to know how well rounded you are in your personal rounde ocus o and professional lives. Focus on some of the standard t hobbies or activities that most people engage in: golf, tennis, boating, reading, music, opera, collecting, music f gardening, or cooking. If you are operating a home-based a ou business as a sideline, you may not want to reveal your enterpreneurial spirit-it may indicate you are planning to ay in leave & go solo as soon as the business starts doing well.

Why do you want to work in w this industry?
Tell a story about how you first became interested in fir this type of work. Point out any similarities between int the job you're interviewing for and your current or ewing most recent job. Provide proof that you aren't simply ide pro shopping in this interview. Make your passions for view. you work a theme that you allude to continually t throughout the interview. iew.

How do you stay current? st

Demonstrate natural interest in the industry or career terest i field by describing publicat blications or trade associations that are compatible with your goal. ith yo

Tell me something about yourself ga that I didn't know from reading your fr resume?
Don't just repeat what's on your resume. Think of a t's y talent or skill that didn't quite fit into your education n't qui or employment history, but that's unique and reveals y, something intriguing about your personality or past experience.

Tell me what yo know t you about this com mpany.
Describe your first encounter or a recent encounter unter with the company or its products and services. What pro would be particularly motivating to you about motiv working there as opposed to working the same type osed of job in a different compan The recruiter will look ompany? for evidence of genuine interest and more than just ne inte surface research on the company. Reciting the annual e com report isn't likely to impress most recruiters, but mpress feedback from customers and employees will. ers an

What would you do if one of our competitors offere you a position? red

The interviewer is trying to determine whether the ing candidate is truly interested in the industry and rested company, or whether he or she has chosen the company randomly. Contra your perceptions of the ontrast company with its competito and talk about the petitors, company's products or services that you've r serv encountered. In the long run, which players do you ng run believe are most viable and why? This is also a good le place to ask the interviewer for his or her opinion. iewer

What are you strengths? our
Describe two or three skills you have that are most relevant to the job. Avoid clich s or generalities; void c offer specific evidence. Describe new ways these e. Des skills could be put to use in the new position. If you have to talk about weakness be honest without aknesses, he foo shooting yourself in the foot-avoid pointing out a weakness that could be a major obstacle in landing m the job.

How do you man anage stress in your daily work? rk?
It might be helpful here to describe a stressful project des you've worked on and the specific actions you took d s to organize each step and see the project through. se urself calm and professional How do you keep yourself c under pressure? ut Example: "I try to get out for lunch at least once during the week to clear my head. I also have a personal rule acting that stops me from reacting to a problem until I feel , calm about it. I think, then act-but I've learned to do a that over time."

What personal skil or work habit kill have you struggled to improve? led

This question is similar to "Describe a professional skill "Des you've developed in your most recent job." However, ur mos here you probably want to discuss an improvement t dis from the earliest days of your career or from your f relatively distant past. Make sure you convince the ake s interviewer that this particula work habit is no longer rticular an obstacle.

Exam ample
"I had to learn to say no. I use to be helpful to the . used point that other staff abused my goodwill. Now I offer to help by countering with something I'd like tering help on in return. On balance I believe the trade-off balanc is more equitable, and cooperation in our office has d coop improved over time."

Conclu clusion
In a Nutshell ± The interviewer throws the ball e interv in your court as the first Go! You should be the e first one to spin it, in the right direction with the right choice of words, formal etiquette & words positive attitude for you to stand out & be the r BEST.
Get Geared!! Take the Lead!! Win the ed!! T Game!!