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