HOW TO FACE INTERVIEW
CONFIDENTLY & PREPAREDLY
Jc Lohith Shetty
PGDPM, MSW, MBA, NET
St Aloysius College (Autonomous)
Trainer – Junior Chamber International
Tips for Interview Success:
• Purpose the Interview
• How to prepare
• Types of interviews
• The Interview process
• Q & A
To determine if this Job & your job
qualifications are a Good Match
Why should one hire you?
A. Quality of cover letter
B. Quality of Resume
C. Interview performance
F. Years of relevant work experience
G. Fit with company culture
H. Relevant skills
I. Internal candidate
J. Candidate’s familiarity with the organization
Self – Awareness:
Be very familiar with your resume
Be able to articulate your goals and strengths
Have your sales pitch ready to go. Include:
Your current position
o Relevant experience
o Your fit for this position
o Include, if possible, 1 recent
Why you have applied for the position
Know the company and specific
employees, culture, philosophy,
Primary & secondary functions of
Before the Interview:
„ Research the company.
„ Look at the company website.
Look at the parent company’s website.
„ Review business newspapers and
„ Check the local library and on-line
resources for news articles.
Review a competitor’s brochure or
„ Check with professional organizations.
Prepare 3-5 questions for the
Review 3-6 key skills about yourself that
fit the position.
Establish 10 examples to showcase
Practice, practice, practice!!!
12 x 12 x 12 Theory
o„People judge you first from 12 feet
o„then they judge you from 12 inches
oThen, based on the first 12 words
out of your mouth.
What to wear
Tailored, clean, conservative suit
Conservative jewelry / accessories.
Little to no cologne
Know where to go and where to park
Take a pen, notepad, and couple of
Be 15 minutes early
Look yourself over once before entering
Positive Body Language
Direct Eye contact
Leaning Slightly Forward
Use of Hand Movement
Feet Flat on Floor
Types of Interviews
Behavioral / Attitude
Written Test / Stress
Committee or group interviews
Behavioural Interviews contemporary
–Tell me about a time that you had a
difficult problem to solve how did you try
to solve it? What did you learn from the
–Give me your best example of working as a
team member to accomplish an important
goal. What was the goal? What was your
role? What were the results?
• Be prepared to be offered drink or food
• Be prepared to meet others in the office
• Be prepared for a tour of the building
• Be prepared to meet other interviewees
• Take a notebook to write notes or
• It’s OK to pause before answering a
• Remember: This is about the job fitting
with you, too
Typical Interview Questions:
• Why do you want to work here?
• Why should I hire you?
• What can you do for us that other
• Why did you leave your (are you leaving)
• What are your strengths and weaknesses?
• What are your goals?
• When were you most satisfied with your
50 COMMON INTERVIEW QUESTIONS.docx
A Typical Interview Questions
• Expect random questions:
–What was the last book that you read?
–If you were an animal, what animal
would you be and why?
–If you could have dinner with 3 people,
who would you choose and why?
Bringing the Interview to a Close:
The last impression is powerful,
„Ask any questions you may have.
„Have a closing statement.
„Reiterate your ability to fit in and
have a value-added impact on the
„Ask the interviewer for a business
Closing the Interview: Contd...
Summarize key strengths and match for
Always ask questions
Thank the interviewer by name
Ask about the next step
Express an interest in hearing from
The Next Step:
Follow-up with a thank you note
Be prepared for negotiating offer (s) or a
Contact them by phone or e-mail if you
do not hear back within the time frame
Always leave them with a positive