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Interviews are an inevitable element in an organisational set up. These interviews may be of different types in different situations like the personal/ panel/ telephonic interviews. There are always a minimum of two parties involved in the process of interview, i.e., the interviewer and the interviewee. Therefore, interview skills are very important from the point of view of both the parties. There are certain arts or skills both the parties should acquire to make the interviews effective.

The recruiters can find out the right aptitude skills of a candidate by checking the following: Learnt work skills, i.e., on-the-job experience, education and training, i.e., knowledge, personality traits and natural traits.

 In today's corporate scenario, all businesses try to employ great people. The key to successfully identifying such people for any organization lies in a systematic interview process.

Guidelines For Facing an Interview

Any employer while selecting a person would like to judge/find out the strengths and weaknesses of the candidates, particularly with respect to occupational interests and behavioral traits comprising endurance level, assertiveness, being social, manageability, decision-making, team spirit and independence.

Therefore, to create a good first-hand impression at the time of interviews, the candidate should remember the thumb rules for successful interviews. It is a fact that most interviewers form their 80% opinion about the candidate in the first five minutes which are of great significance to the candidate for demonstrating his/her total skills, behavior and talent.

While going to the interview room, one should have his/her normal gait and speed. Walk into the room without fear or hesitation, rather with a cool mind and confidence. Not too stiff but purposeful. Initially do the respectful salutation to the members of the interview panel.

 Given below are the model of probable questions and critical analysis of the replies to be given in an interview

Q.No. 1: Tell me about yourself.

Analysis: In reply, make a short, organized statement of your education and professional achievements, and career goals. Then, briefly describe your qualifications for the job and other contributions you could make to the organization.

Q.No. 2: Why do you intend to work for this company?

Analysis: Show the interviewer your interest in the company. Whatever you have learnt from your previous job, company and the industry should be shared. Then you may tell as to how the new company will be benefited by this. The monetary aspect should not be discussed here.

Q.No. 3: Why do you want to leave your present job?

Analysis: The recruiter will be interested to know if there were any problems you faced with the previous employer. You should answer this very carefully. Give some justified reasons such as company went out of business, temporary job, no chances of growth, etc. If you faced any problems with the previous employer, then the same should not be presented in a negative way.

Q.No. 4: Tell something about your best skills?

Analysis: This will depend on your contribution with special reference to the skills you developed from the previous company. Explain briefly with example your demonstrated skills in the last job.

Q.No. 5: Can you tell about your major weakness?

Analysis: Be always positive in your approach. Make efforts to convert your weakness into strength. You can tell that "I generally worry too much about my work. At times, I work late hours to see that the job is done.

Q.No. 6: Describe your career goals?

Analysis: The interviewers may be interested in knowing your plans vis-à-vis the company's goals. Explain honestly that you are an ambitious person that you want to learn more and more. Tell how you plan to achieve your goals.

Q.No. 7: What are your hobbies?

Analysis: The recruiter may be looking for the evidence of your skills outside your professional experience. For example, to judge your analytical skills, reading interests, music, painting, etc. These indicate one’s creative level.

Q.No. 8: What salary are you expecting?

Analysis: Wise candidates generally do not answer this directly. Instead, they throw the question back to the interviewer. This may be "I do not know how much you have decided to pay for this job." But you can state about the range of salary being offered for such professions elsewhere.

Please keep in mind that well-thought-out, clear and intelligent questions are the only ones that leave a positive impression on the interviewer. Always take time to evaluate what is important for you and form questions around those issues. Thus, the candidate should be cautious to market himself at the time of the interview in a systematic way.

For successful interviews, the candidates are required to have excellent communication skills without which it will not be possible for them to get selected, especially on expected terms for a bright career. It is advised that one should go fully prepared mentally and physically to attend any interview.


Last Updated ( Monday, 12 July 2010 12:34 )  

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