Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Interview Guidance

Getting ready for the interview it is very important to carry out preliminary investigation. You have to collect as much information about the company you are going for the interview and people you are going to meet.

All the necessary information you may get using different ways. If you want to work in a big enterprise you have to get to know the services and production of the enterprise. Most companies promote itself spreading colorful leaflets and brochures about their work. It can be useful to find the articles about the company in magazines or newspapers. You may talk to a person who works for the company or worked in it. He may tell you a great number of interesting details.

Successful Interview Tips

An Employer looks for intelligence (intellectual and emotional), communication skills, leadership qualities, ethics, competence, energy, imagination etc., from the candidate.

Why Do Candidates Fail In An Interview
  • Poor grooming
  • Discourteous and ungraceful body language
  • Poor manners
  • Poor diction
  • Vague responses
  • Unappealing resume
  • Monetary benefits-centric approach
  • Lack of punctuality
  • Poor waiting hall behaviour
Some Behavioural "Unfavourable" Aspects
  • Lack of personal or career goals
  • Lack of enthusiasm and confidence
  • Not owning up responsibility for mistakes
  • Self-justification, aggressiveness
  • Lack ofemotional maturity
  • Negative and cynical attitude
  • Over-reacting to questions
  • Lacking sense of humour
  • Complaining about various things and previous employers
Preparing for an interview - Look for
  • Company's main products and services and likely new products and services
  • Its key markets, its position in market and between major competitors
  • Its financial position / profit / turnover
  • Its history, reputation and achievements
  • Arrange all the papers required in a folder : Resume / CV, call letters, degree certificates, mark lists, NSS, NCC, sports / games certificates, experience certificates, references.
The Previous Day
  • Confirm the venue of the interview, distance, and mode of transport
  • Locate the venue earlier
  • Relax, have good sleep, visualise and pray
The Interview Day
  • Reach the venue at least 45 minutes ahead of the interview
  • Get familiar with the amblience
  • Dont carry too much baggage
  • Report to the authority concerned
Waiting Hall Behaviour
  • Maintain Decorum
  • Mingle with others politely
  • Avoid smoking, chewing, flirting, gossiping, defamatory comments
  • Greet others present
  • Switch off the mobile
  • Relax and visualise
While Entering The Interview Hall
  • Enter confidently, not arrogantly
  • Shut the door gently
  • Smile and greet the interviewers
  • Shake hands only if they offer their hand
During The Eye Interview
  • Maintain eye contact
  • Be attentive, listen carefully, and lean forward
  • Don't lean on the table, and don't slouch
  • Don't toss your files across
  • Hand over your file-right side facing them
  • Don't laugh or giggle but smile gently
  • Be polite. use the words "Please" and "thank you"
  • Don't argue but can orally acknowledge



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