Interview Skills

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INTERVIEW SKILLS
What is an Interview?

An interview is a face-to-face meeting, especially for the purpose of obtaining a statement for assessing the qualities of a candidate. It further, indicates a physical meeting of people with two possible objectives: * To obtain a statement or opinion – as is done when film stars are interviewed to get their views on any particular role, or when the prime minister is interviewed to get statement on the result of his discussion with another political leader. * To assess a person for selection – such as interviews for jobs, admission to educational institutions, etc.

Preparing for an Interview:

* One of the most fundamental factors that contributes to the success of an interview is the time and quality of preparation made by you. * The degree of preparedness for an interview helps reduce the uncertainty and anxiety prior to the interview. * The amount of effort you wish to put into preparation is directly proportional to the importance of the interview.

What all you need to do before Interview?

Learn about the organization
It is very important to know the background of the institute you apply to. Your interview process starts even before you go to meet your prospective employer. Start by preparing for the big day. Research the company/ organisation as well as you possibly can. Check their website, read whatever published literature you can find about the company, and if you know anyone who works there, talk to them. This will give you a better insight into the company and their work. It will also show initiative on your part. It is important for the following reasons. * Selectors cannot comprehend why and how a person can say he is keen to join an institute about which he knows little or nothing. * From the interviewer’s point of view the good applicant is one who has done some homework about the organization.

What you must know is:

* A brief history of the organization.
* It’s main features
* Location
* Any important issue of the organization that has been newsworthy. * Key people in the organization.
Practice:
If you are very nervous about the interview, ask a friend to go through a dry run with you. Practice a mock interview at home, ask for feedback and try to iron out all wrinkles in your responses before you go for the interview. Carry All Your Documents:

Always, always carry at least two or three copies of your resume, and all other documents that might be relevant to the job and/ or the interview. Arriving without relevant materials says that you are unprepared and not serious about the job. Entering the Room:

Prior to the entering the door, adjust your attire so that it falls well. •Before entering enquire by saying, “May I come in sir/madam”. •If the door was closed before you entered, make sure you shut the door behind you softly. •Face the panel and confidently say ‘Good day sir/madam’. •If the members of the interview board want to shake hands, then offer a firm grip first maintaining eye contact and a smile. •Seek permission to sit down. If the interviewers are standing, wait for them to sit down first before sitting. •An alert interviewee would diffuse the tense situation with light-hearted humour and immediately set rapport with the interviewers.

Enthusiasm:
The interviewer normally pays more attention if you display an enthusiasm in whatever you say. •This enthusiasm comes across in the energetic way you put forward your ideas. •You should maintain a cheerful disposition throughout the interview, i.e. a pleasant countenance holds the interviewers interest. Know Your Skill Set:

Are you great at developing processes but don't know how to use the latest software? Are you good at design but hate conceptualizing? Know what your strengths and weaknesses are, so that you can play up your strengths at the interview table. A common interview question often is: "What are your three greatest strengths?" Try to come up with an...
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