Thursday, November 28

Interview Preparation Tips

1. Be Prepared
Its all about your preparation i.e. how you you market yourself because its all about marketing skills

The key to do well in an interview is your preparedness. Interview is a test of your personality. Nobody knows your personality better than you.  The Interview Guidance Program of Made Easy also provides you a list of questions from your technical area to better prepare you for the answers.

2. Keep Your Answers Brief and Concise
Your responses to the questions asked during interview should be precise and logical. Unless asked to give more detail, limit your answers to one to two minutes per question. Be well-prepared with the answers and see how long it takes you to fully answer a question.

3. Include Concrete, Quantifiable Data.
Interviewees tend to talk in generalities. For an instance, Rather than saying, “I am a hardworking person” it is always better to substantiate your point with some instances from your past where you have worked hard and achieved a difficult target. Unfortunately, generalities often fail to convince interviewers that the applicant has these assets. Include measurable information and provide details about specific accomplishments while discussing about your strengths.

4. Sell Key Strengths
It’s essential that you comfortably and confidently articulate your strengths. Explain how the strengths relate to your career objective and show synchronization between your long term and short term goals. If you repeat your strengths then they will be remembered and—if supported with quantifiable accomplishments—they will more likely be believed.

5. Make a List of Your Skills and Key Assets.
In preparing for interviews, make a list of your skills and key assets. Then reflect on past jobs and pick out one or two instances when you used those skills successfully.

6. Image is Often as Important as Content
What you look like and how you say something are just as important as what you say. Studies have shown that 65 per cent of the conveyed message is non-verbal; gestures, physical appearance, and attire are highly influential during job interviews.

 7. Ask Questions at the end
The types of questions you ask and the way you ask them can make a tremendous impression on the interviewer. Good questions require advance preparation. Just as you plan how you would answer an interviewer’s questions, write out specific questions you want to ask. Then look for opportunities to ask them during the interview. Don’t ask about benefits or salary.

 8. Maintain a Conversational Flow
By consciously maintaining a conversational flow—a dialogue instead of a monologue—you will be perceived more positively. 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.

 9. Be Formally Dressed up
Professional attire creates the first impression and signifies professionalism and seriousness in a candidate.  Decent formal attire upholds the attitude and character of the candidate.  A male candidate is advisable to follow the following attire: Formal light color full sleeves shirt, a tie and blazer during winter, Formal dark colored trouser with socks  matching with trouser,  Formal Leather shoes(well- polished ),Belt, Clean shaven with decent haircut.  Female candidatesmay wear an Indian Saree or a Cotton Salwar suit (avoid multi colored) with dupatta well attached, neatly and nicely tied-hairs, Avoid high heel shoes/sandals, flat heels are preferred. Avoid excessive jewelry. Maintain a constant smile on your face.

10. Have a Positive Outlook and Be Well-poised.
Maintain a positive attitude and approach even under stress situations. Listening skills are as important as Communication skills. A Good Speaker should always be a Good Listener.Candidate should exhibit leadership qualities such as: Sound technical knowledge, team motivator,initiator, effective team utilization, appreciative towards the views and ideas of team members, Professional ethics, result oriented and managerial skills. Be careful about your Body Language. Maintain a correct sitting posture.Eye Contact plays a very important role in interviews as well in Group Discussions. It signifies the confidence level and honesty in the approach of a candidate.Carryenergetic disposition.  Wish the board cheerfully and maintain an energetic personal disposition all throughout the interview.
All the Best for your Preparation!!!

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