Sometime back you had applied
for a dream job and now you have received a call for an interview.
How does one prepare for an interview?
Success at interviews
depends on a number of factors like the way you dress up, the way
you shake hands, your body language etc. Here are some useful tips
to achieve Success at Interviews.
At the outset ‘Know
the company well’. You can gather information about the
company via internet, ask friends/relatives, by discussing with your
HR consultant, browsing magazines and latest financial statements
etc. Besides, search engines like Google, Alta Vista, Yahoo,
Askjeeves are very handy sites that you can visit.
ahead’. What you are going to wear?
The standard dress
code is to wear a plain light
colour shirt and a tie. White shirt would be ideal. Colour of
trouser should either be grey, black or dark blue. Get your shoes
polished, shave and visit the barber if needed. In case you are
appearing for a senior position you MUST wear a suit, jacket or a good blazer. (Remember to carry
a handkerchief at all times!)
time’. Ideally 15 minutes before
the interview. This gives you time to stabilize your blood pressure
and take a quick wash, if required. Carry a copy of your latest CV
printed on a good bond paper (80gsm or more). Don’t miss your
on the day of the interview.
Now a days, most of the offices
have a posh reception lobby, sleek furniture and brilliant ambience.
Don’t feel nervous by comparing your current office atmosphere.
These are minor things and loose its charm over time. Sometimes big
names and looks are deceptive, therefore don’t get too
intimidated by the shine and look
of the new surroundings.
important thing during the interview is to listen to what the
interviewer is saying’. Most of us
get so excited that we start talking even before a question is
asked. Therefore, be patient, greet the
interviewer, make yourself comfortable and
then make eye
Generally, the first question
you are asked would be on personal information ( PI )
should not be too long or too short. You should understand that the
interviewer has to interviewed a lot of candidates during the day
and he/she does not have the time to listen to your long
story. While you are
talking…. please smile. Speak slowly but
confidently. Emphasize on how you
can be of benefit or value to the company rather than what you like
or what you want to be. You should assess whether you fit into the
role and would be able to shoulder the responsibilities offered to
you in your new position. Don’t exaggerate while answering the
questions. Try to be
yourself. You should not be caught
on the wrong foot. Therefore, NEVER LIE! Ask questions, don’t feel
shy. The interviewer gets a feel of
your nature, attitude, communication skills and your domain
knowledge depending on how you answer the other questions during the
|Finally, end the interview with a ‘thank you’ and
by saying that you would be interested in the job, if given an
|Typical questions and their suitable
answers are listed below.
|What are your
Make your weaknesses your strength.
Example -You have impatience as your weakness. Being impatient to
adhere to the deadlines or take work too seriously or get things
done. The other way is to talk about the weakness you had in the
past and now you have overcome. Sit down and make a list of your
strengths and weaknesses before you go to the interview. If you are
asked about your strengths you should be able to substantiate with
|What is your long term goal? Where do you
see yourself ten years from now?
You must be clear about your career
direction. Broadly you must know whether you want to be in front
office or the back office or whether you want to be in field of
finance, marketing, operations etc. You could say, that, depending
upon further opportunities and the experience gained, you would like
to be head of finance or marketing or operations etc.
|Why do you think you should get this
If you are a fresher, you might say that though
you don’t have experience, you have the confidence and the ability
to the job. Emphasize on the past successes you have achieved during
your college or school days. If you are experienced, you might say
that you have the necessary skill and competency to do this job
better than others and can handle the team very well or have handled
difficult situations better than others have. Here you could narrate
examples of your old company.
|What do you know about the company?
As said earlier, get acquainted about the company
before the interview so that you have an interesting dialogue about
the company. If you have some friends working within the company,
get the latest information from them. Ideal resource is your HR
|Do you have any questions? What would you
like to know about us or the company?
Think about the questions which you would ask the
interviewer. Don’t dwell on the pay packet too much until you have
been short listed or offered a job. Ask questions like what are the
job prospects, whether you will receive further training, what is
the incentive structure, etc.
|What are your hobbies and
If you really have a passion for a particular
hobby or interest, then say so. Otherwise say that you are
interested in a particular hobby and would like to pursue it further
as and when time permits. Do confess should you not be an expert on
the subject. At times your hobby may match up with the interviewers.
Therefore, be ready to answer all questions. In one of the
interviews for example, a candidate said that he liked photography
while in reality he knew nothing about it. The interviewer being a
keen photographer himself asked him all kinds of questions on
photography like what is an SLR camera, what are the types of lenses
used, macro, shutter speed etc. As the candidate did not know it, he
was rejected based merely on these answers. Hence be truthful to
|Why do you want to change your job?
Don’t emphasize only on the pay packet or perks.
You could say that you are looking for challenges or better brand
name or a more senior role depending of the type of job you are
applying for. Please don’t
…..criticize your former company or colleagues.
|Last, but not the least, your
competitor in all probability has also
read this article!
|Best of luck.
D. Barrettes Consultants Pvt. Ltd.