Presentation aimed at junior, mid level technical engineers to understand the interviewers expectations better and how to do well in interviews. Augments the technical knowledge and helps in getting that job you want!
What you should do to get the job interviewing skills
What You Should Do To Get The Job? Interviewee Strategies Going Beyond Technical Skills
Interviewers Look For FitmentUnderstand interviewer’s business /technical situation.Understand (s)he is looking for fitment into his /her team.(S)He is looking for much more than technical skillsBe a square peg in a square hole!
Prepare WellUnderstand what the company is doing, what is yourrole, what is the expected deliverables, who are theinterviewers…….DON’T FORGET TO REVISE WHAT CORE COMPETENCY
Dress WellSmart business attire is a must – even if you are beinginterviewed for a technical position.
Telephonic Interview TipsBe Puctual. Be in a noise-free location.Know who is going to call you before hand and greet the person.Talk slowly, clearly.Don’t rush and answer. Listen for the pause and then answer.
Be PunctualJapanese bullet trains (Shinkansens) are extremelypunctual – to the minute!Try to be a few minutes early for the interview
Make Eye Contact & SmileEyes reveal a lot about you.Smiling shows that you are relaxed
Shake Hands FirmlyFirm handshake – neither sloppy, nor too tightreveals your personality.
Say Something After “Hello”Think of something sensible that you can say to the interviewpanel. Use your preparation to plan saying on something!! Evena simple “Thank you for the opportunity to discuss…..” is helpful
Force A Formal Introduction SessionTake charge of the interview.Learn names, roles of the people who are interviewing youBEFORE you start your introduction (anyway they have yourresume….you don’t have theirs, right?
Understand the RoleAsk the interviewer to describe what the role is.Ideally ask for “A day in the life”
Introduce Yourself CrisplyPrepare to introduce yourself in less than 2 minutes. Plant statementsin your introductory speech that the interviewees would be curious toknow more about (“I enjoy meditation…”, “loved solving a critical bugworking late nights on several occassions, love traveling to offbeatenplaces….etc”)
Be Confident BUT Beware Of OverconfidenceEven if you are talking to the CEO, use first names!Don’t show arrogance in your voiceEven if you know everything, listen first before you answer!
Punctuate While Listening To The QuestionHmm, Yes, A-ha, Interesting, Go-on, Good question………
Show You Are ResponsibleResponsibility means taking ownership. Showing commitment.If you say you will deliver by a certain time, deliver by that time,else tell in advance how much you are delayed and what is thenew timeline.
Ask For More Information If You Believe YouNeed ItDon’t answer before you have asked all the informationyou need to answer.
ParaphraseMost of the time, interviewer may be asking something but youwould be thinking about something else. First clarify with theinterviewer what his question was. Paraphrase his question inyour words to test the understanding
Explain With Examples Your LearningDemonstration of your knowledge is better than talking.
Accept That Your Answer is NOT the ONLYAnswerDon’t argue that your answer is the only right answer!!
Say “I don’t know” if you don’tknowGracefully say what you don’t know.Nobody will hang you for “not knowing”
Avoid MisunderstandingsUse simple phrases and summarizeAsk questions to clarifyParaphraseUse Examples
Don’t Get ProvokedInterviewers sometime like to test your social skills.No need to get angry or upset!! Keep Smiling.
Lastly, Articulate How Do You Add Value To Us? Convert your “features” to “benefits” to the interviewer
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