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  • 1. Polishing Your Interview Skills A Dialog presentation 1
  • 2. Preparation is the key
    • There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.
    A Dialog presentation How do you prepare? Colin Powell Anticipate questions. Think through answers 1.What is the interviewer looking for? 2. What questions do you expect? 2
  • 3. Polishing your interview skills
    • Preparation
    • Making a good impression –your physical appearance and body language
    • Dealing with nervousness
    • Common questions asked and how to answer them
    • Handling the stress interview
    A Dialog presentation 3
  • 4. 1. Preparation
    • 1.1 Preparing a sales pitch
    • 1.2 Giving answers that convince
    • 1.3 Homework about the organisation
    • 1.4 Rehearsal
    A Dialog presentation 4
  • 5. 1.1 Selling yourself in a job interview
    • 1. Who is the salesman?
    • 2. What is the product?
    • 3. What do you have to prove?
    A Dialog presentation A fine person Someone obviously able to do the job 5 On two levels
  • 6. Fine Person?
    • Intelligent & smart
    • Analytical & logical
    • Goal oriented & a planner
    • Leader, but also team player
    • Healthy & well groomed
    • Courteous & cultured
    • Cheerful & optimistic
    A Dialog presentation 6
  • 7. The interview
    • 1. How do interviewers get this information?
    • 2. What kind of questions are asked?
    • 3. How do I ensure they get answers to these questions?
    A Dialog presentation 7
  • 8. Selling yourself
    • 1. Develop your sales message into brief capsules
    • 2. Ask yourself “What are my selling points?”
    A Dialog presentation Achievement Enthusiasm Experience Leadership Initiative Hard worker Energy Persistence
    • Describe two major achievements
    • Describe your strengths and weaknesses
    • What are your special abilities
    • What make you a good investment for an employer
    8 Typical questions?
  • 9. Five fundamental questions
    • Why do you want to work with us?
    • (Have you done enough homework about this company?)
    • What can you do for us?
    • (or, what are your skills and knowledge base?)
    • What kind of person are you?
    • (or, will your personality fit in our organization?)
    • What distinguishes you from all other candidates?
    • (What is the extra something you have?)
    • How much will you cost us?
    A Dialog presentation 9
  • 10. 1.2 Giving answers that convince A Dialog presentation 10
  • 11. 1.2 Giving answers that convince
    • Past behaviour potential indicator of your future behaviour on the job
    • Use STAR
        • Situation: describe setting/situation
        • Task: what needed to be done?
        • Action: what did you do?
        • Result: what was the outcome?
    A Dialog presentation
    • Be specific
    • If you later decided you would act differently, explain this !
    11
  • 12. Tips on answering
    • Relevant to job/ skill
    • Should reflect effort put in/difficulties faced (STAR)
    • Action words- designed, saved, increased, solved
    A Dialog presentation
    • project
    • organized Magnum Opus-Techno Management festival
    • summer job
    • organized durga puja /Capt of hockey team
    • stood for elections
    • mess secretary
    12 1. Support answers with instances/ incidents
  • 13. Tips on answering..Contd
      • Headline sums up article
      • 1st para lays out entire story
      • 1st sentence of every para tell what para is about
    • Major points earliest, details, trivial points at the end
    A Dialog presentation 13 2. Answer Newspaper Style
  • 14. Tips on answering..Contd
    • 3. Be honest
    • 4. If finished answer, stop talking. Don’t ramble.
    • No monologue please!
    • 5. Don’t be negative
      • How do you feel about the future of Civil Engg?
      • Would you live your life differently if you could?
      • Never criticize (faculty, system, etc)
    A Dialog presentation 14
  • 15. 1.3 Homework about the organisation
    • Research the Co & the position
      • Office locations
      • Products & services
      • Customers
      • Competitors
      • Philosophy/ history/ culture
      • Recent news
      • Financial information including salary & stock
    A Dialog presentation 15
  • 16. 1.4 Rehearsal
    • Fool-proof formula: P³
      • prepare 15 mt capsule (key selling points)
      • Practice answers to common questions
      • Rehearse with a friend
      • List of questions for interviewer
    A Dialog presentation 16
  • 17. A Dialog presentation 2. Making a good impression –your physical appearance and body language 2.1 Dress & appearance 2.2 Carrying to the interview 2.3 Avoiding negative body language 17
  • 18. 2.1 Dress & appearance
    • Dress conservatively
    • Clothes clean, well ironed, shoes shined
    • Minimize make-up, cologne, jewelry
    • Check before entering: hair, teeth, general appearance
    • Hands & finger nails well groomed
    A Dialog presentation 18
  • 19. 2.2 Carrying to the interview
    • folder/ file of good finish
    • (no plastic carry bags please)
    • list of key selling points
    • list of questions for interviewer
    • 3-4 copies of resume
    • charts & figures (if questions get detailed)
    • business journal (if u have to wait)
    A Dialog presentation 19
  • 20. 2.3 Avoid negative body language
    • frequently touching mouth/ covering mouth
    • closed position
    • faking a cough to think about answer to a question
    • gnawing on your lip
    • tight or forced smile
    • fiddling with fingers
    • slouching
    • shaking leg or foot
    • avoiding eye contact
    • picking at invisible bits of lint
    A Dialog presentation 20
  • 21. To sum up…
    • Arrival: be on time
    • Confidence:
      • smile, firm handshake
      • open body language
      • eye-contact
      • clear voice
      • remember to listen
    • End with hand-shake, thanks
    A Dialog presentation 21
  • 22. 3. Dealing with nervousness
    • Do you have to convince interviewer to hire you?
      • its a 2-way street
      • like dating - both parties have to like each other
    • You are not the only one nervous
    • Know the organization
    • Take deep breaths
    • Be yourself
    A Dialog presentation 22
  • 23. 4. Some common questions asked A Dialog presentation 23
  • 24. # 1 “ Tell me about yourself ”
    • 1.Don’t be wimpy and grasp for help
    • “ Well, what particular aspect would you like to know about?”
    • 2. Plunge in and cope!
    • 3. No more than 2 mts; hit highlights
    • 4. Broad-brush personal portrait
    A Dialog presentation 24
  • 25. 2 # Special Achievements
    • 1. Most recent
    • 2. Should relate to job/ position/ trait
    • 3. Instigator or soldier in platoon?
    A Dialog presentation 25
  • 26. 3 # Strengths & Weaknesses A Dialog presentation 1. Strengths are the heart of the sales pitch 2. More good than bad one (ratio 4 : 1) 3. Weakness: A strength carried to a fault -”don’t like routine...….” -”I like to do things myself.....” 26
  • 27. # Weaknesses ..contd
    • Interviewer is interested in knowing about gaps/ failures/ flaws
    • What has been your biggest mistake?
    • Disagreements with peers, teachers, etc.
    • Subjects you don’t like
    • Weaknesses
    • In what areas do you need to improve
      • Never happened/ Can’t think
      • Be honest
      • Balance positive with negative
      • Strength carried to a fault
      • Say what you learnt
    A Dialog presentation 27
  • 28. 4 # “ What appeals to you about our job & our Company? ”
    • Study the Co prior to the interview
    • Annual reports/ latest Co publications
    • Refer to specific Co goals & how you could contribute
    • “ I would like to part of this growth/ change/ project...
    • “ Would like to solve current problem...”
    • Reputable/ Multinational Co
    A Dialog presentation 28
  • 29. 5 # “ What would you like to know about us? ”
    • Benefits & salary
    • Can you tell me about the organization ?
    • Key problems & opportunities to be addressed by the person
    • At the same time, homework?
    • Check for common view of such issues
    A Dialog presentation 29
  • 30. # 6. What do you know about our Co ?
    • Know: products, size, income, image, goals
    • I don’t know much...
    • Say you would like to know more
    A Dialog presentation 30
  • 31. # 7 What do you look for in a job?
    • opportunity – to perform; be recognized
    A Dialog presentation # 8 How long will it take you to make a meaningful contribution?
    • be realistic – 6-12 months
    31
  • 32. #9 Do you prefer to work by yourself or with others
    • Flexibility
    • Give examples how you have worked in both situations (be honest)
    A Dialog presentation 32
  • 33. #10 What are your career goals/future plans?
    • Show you are ambitious enough to plan ahead
    • desire to learn more/ improve performance
    • How you will meet your goals
      • Are your plans and Co goals compatible?
      • Want to see thought process/ criteria
    A Dialog presentation 33
  • 34. # 11. Ideal working environment?
    • Where people are treated as fairly as possible
    A Dialog presentation # 12. Salary expectations?
    • Research on market value
    • “ I don’t know – what are you planning to pay the best candidate?
    • “ My understanding is the job may be in the range of...”
    34
  • 35. # 13. Any questions?
    • Important opportunity to learn & be evaluated
    • Requires advance preparation
    • Prepare 5 good questions
      • I read in ET/ Mint that...
      • What do you guys do here?
      • No
      • Salary & benefits
      • Will I be required to relocate?
    A Dialog presentation # 14. What have I forgotten to ask?
    • Summarize characteristics-how they will benefit organization
    • You understand job requirements & you can succeed
    35
  • 36. # 15. “ Any interests outside work ?”
    • Must mention something
    • Active sports
    • Shouldn’t take away significant time away from work
    • Books - comment knowledgeably
    A Dialog presentation 36
  • 37. THE INTERVIEW
    • “ How do u handle pressure?”
    • Interrupts u frequently/ asks u a question before u have finished
    • contradicts/ argues with you
    A Dialog presentation STRESS
    • DON'T take things personally. Play the game.
    • Find creative ways of dong things
    • Pause briefly after question. Consider your answer and del i ver i t pleasantly.
    • Requires good listening and giving a deliberate answer
    5. 37
  • 38. Thank You you can contact us at [email_address] 9810201297 (India) A Dialog presentation