Interview Handling Techniques

In a Business Scenario, from the time a person seeks a placement in an organization, till the time he leaves the employers, Interview figures in his career path. An Interview reveals the views, ideas, and attitudes of the Interviewee as well as the skills of the Interviewer. The objective is to gather details and relevant information by talking to the Interviewee and thereafter making an assessment, appraisal or evaluation about suitability of the candidate for the offer or position available with the Interviewer. It is always goal oriented, and is of different types which could be conducted for variety of purposes like Selection, Promotion, Exit, Stress, Grievances, Orientation, Admission, Appraisal etc.

“The candidate must be very clear about the purpose of the event which is to persuade the employer that he has the skill, background and ability to do the job and he can comfortably fit into the organization and has to be well prepared for questions in his resume, area of interest, his strengths, weaknesses, his present position, the position he applied for, the nature of organization, its history, current activities etc… his knowledge on all such questions will impress the Interviewer”, says Mrs. Madhu Parekh, a HR Consultant, keep your resume current, focussed and free from error attach a cover letter along to create a good impression and build on your conventional skills so that you may not be at a loss for words while replying to questions posed by the Interviewer, she added.

From the movement you enter the Interview room and till the time you leave it, you will be under constant scrutiny. Everybody appreciates a presentable personality. “Be Punctual, well groomed, clean and get insight into what the company expects from the employees. Cut and Clean your nails, wear well ironed clothes, comb your hair properly, Resist the temptation to wear perfume, bright colors, loud nail polish and cover up the tattoos.”, advices Mr. Rajesh Jain-CEO&MD, Ashish Industries (Mumbai).

The Posture, Body Language, Gestures, Oral Delivery, Eye Contact is of great relevance as it gives positive impression about the candidate. A firm handshake, a pleasant natural smile and a brief exchange of words is sufficient to break the ice in the beginning. While at Lunch Interview eat slowly, never speak with food in mouth, focus your attention on the conversation rather than your food and refrain from ordering messy food. Finally after the Interview a Follow-Up Letter in a positive tone is an essential tool.

Here, are few suggested and useful questions which can be practiced in advance:-

1. Tell us something about yourself?
2. Why should we employ you?
3. What are your strengths and weaknesses?
4. Why did you leave your last job?
5. What experience do you have in this field?
6. Where do you see yourself in 2-5 years?
7. What do you know about this organization?
8. Why do you want to work for this organization?
9. What have you done to improve your knowledge last year?
10. Who is your role model and why?
11. What contributions could you make in this organization that would help you to stand out from other applicants?
12. Do you consider yourself successful?

Interview Tips – DO’S

- Know the time, date and location of the interview.
- Get your certificates, references ready before date.
- Check before entering your mobile phone is on silent mode or switched off.
- Express your Strengths but don’t over communicate.
- Brevity is the Soul of the Wit, i.e. employ simple and fairly known language.
- Never try to camouflage by bluffing.
- Stick to your Self-Worth.
- Be an Active Listener.
- Maintain Eye Contact throughout.
- Practice Positive Visualization.
- Rehearse your Interview.
- Never try to be Funny.
- Never Lie as rightly said by Mark Twain, “If you tell the truth, you never have to remember anything.”
- Avoid Criticism of the previous employer, never blame others.
- Maintain calmness and be positive.
- No Nervousness or down heatedness in the Interview room.
- Never keep your hands on the table or any of your belonging on the table.
- Don’t Argue or enter into controversies.
- If they are asking you embarrassing or confusing questions, let them check your temperaments and don’t allow your confidence shatter.
- At the end ask any question to seek clarification regarding the company profile, service, condition etc.
- Don’t forget to thank the interviews for having spared time for you.

About the Author :

Rupal Jain, Lecturer, Atharva Institute of Management Studies (Mumbai) and I can be reached at jainrupal@sify.com

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9 Responses to “Interview Handling Techniques”

  • By Vamma Shangase on May 28, 2008

    Can I have sample answerers for the above questions given

  • By A.jaya prakash on Jun 1, 2008

    I have the answer for second question.
    because i take care of the company including my co-employees and puts all my efforts to accomplish the tsk.

  • By sivaranjani on Jun 6, 2008

    Interview tips are quite useful

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  • By rahul shewale on Mar 24, 2009

    please give me best answers of above questions

  • By jaswinder on Jul 24, 2009

    i hv four years ‘s experiance in same organisation at same level. i was also doing a distance learning course . what would be my excuse for doing same job at same level for 4 years?
    pls suggest,,,,,

  • By jaswinder on Jul 24, 2009

    Can I have sample answers for the above questions given

  • By B. Nagamalleswara rao on Sep 17, 2009

    Please give me best answers of the above questions

  • By nimisha singh on Dec 20, 2012

    plz give me sample and best answer of the above questions

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