Interview is a face to face interpersonal role situation in which one person – the interviewer asks the person – being interviewed specific questions in order to assess his suitability for admission , recruitment , or promotion , or for an opinion. It is a psychological and sociological instrument. It is a systematised method of contact with a person to know his views. It is regarded as the most important method of collection of data.
Direct Questions or Leading Questions : These usually have a built – in response. An interviewer is usually friendly and co-operative; he would like the candidate to feel at ease.Generally used at the initial stage, are explicit, demanding specific information : “what’s your name ?” Or “ Mr.. Amit, I see that you are not a resident of Delhi. Is it your first visit to India’s capital?”
Open-ended Questions : These usually follow the leading questions. The purpose of these questions is to enable a candidate to talk, explain, and illustrate something he knows or has done before. E.g.. “ Miss Sapna, your academic record is brilliant. Tell us something about your higher education.”
Probing Questions : These gauge your depth of understanding. These questions are intended to determine how you would react to a situation or how you would organize follow- up questions. E.g. “ What is the difference between NPT and CTBT ?” Does not CTBT ban nuclear explosions?
Close – ended Questions : These questions are meant to seek information on specific items and to test your knowledge of facts and figures. E.g.. “ What was your favourite subject?” or “ What is your choice of place for posting?” If selected, would you be able to join next month?
The thank you note is a necessary tool for any job hunting strategy. But should you send it by email or snail mail or handwritten or typed?
Email thank you notes - How did the company contact you? If corressponding via email then do send an email thank you note but make sure to follow it up with a typed note to show that you are not casual!
Snail Mail – If the company you interviwed with is formal and traditional, use snail mail to send your thank you note. Typed is standard. Not only will youshow that you are business like, you will also prove you know how to put together the salutation, format a letter and sign off.