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Preparing For An Interview


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Preparing For An Interview

  1. 1. Preparing for an Interview Achievers Workshop - 2006
  2. 2. How to crack it? <ul><li>How do I prepare beforehand? </li></ul><ul><li>Ride to the venue </li></ul><ul><li>The right start </li></ul><ul><li>Facing the interview </li></ul>
  3. 3. What is a personal interview? <ul><li>Formal meeting to assess your suitability </li></ul>Fact 1: It is about YOU Fact 2: It is FORMAL Fact 3: It is to assess SUITABILITY not to make you feel miserable
  4. 4. How does an Interviewer decide? <ul><li>Theory </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Outline the skills (hard and soft) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ask enough questions on each, look for proof </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rate on each parameter and select </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Practice </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What is Management? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Read “Blink” </li></ul>Tip1: There is no point in guessing how an interviewer will decide.
  5. 5. How do I prepare? <ul><li>Filling up your form </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Visiting moon </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Air-conditioning </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Strengths and Weaknesses </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Project strength as weakness: Doesn’t work </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Understanding own weaknesses is a strength </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tactical: Character weaknesses inadmissible </li></ul></ul>Tip2: Be honest but Highlight what you would like discussed.
  6. 6. Ride to the venue <ul><li>Dressing up or down </li></ul><ul><li>Nervousness </li></ul><ul><ul><li>You need only one seat there are 1500+ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>This is crucial but it is not the end of life </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Backups </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Yoga, breathing.. Whatever else works for you </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Avoid unnecessary hassles </li></ul>Tip3: Life does not end here and this is not the right time to impress the opposite sex.
  7. 7. Starting the Interview <ul><li>Waiting Outside </li></ul><ul><ul><li>You cannot guess what he may ask.. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Can you tell us something about yourself? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tell something that is relevant </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Is it ok to have tea? How about a bite? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Just be practical </li></ul></ul>Tip4: Let common sense prevail.
  8. 8. Facing the interview <ul><li>Three basic categories of question </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Knowledge (Skill / Subject) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Behavioral </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Stress </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Handling Knowledge Questions <ul><li>Did you learn or mug? </li></ul><ul><li>Approach is more important than the answer </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Ozone Hole” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Provide concise and precise answers rather than beating around the bush </li></ul><ul><li>Must know your areas of strengths and weakness </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Do state the minimal amount that you know </li></ul></ul>Tip5: It is OK to admit that you don’t know.
  10. 10. Handling Stress Section <ul><li>Several Techniques </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Multiple questions at the same time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Ghaza Strip and West Bank </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Silence </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Weird Questions or Aggression </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Response </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Understand the nature of the interview and intention </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Play along, maintain calm and your pace </li></ul></ul>Tip6: Don’t prepare too hard. Be yourself.
  11. 11. Behavioral and Ethics <ul><li>Honesty of purpose and information </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Focus, Interest, Drivers </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Consistency of behavior and attitude </li></ul><ul><li>Value System </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Enron, Corruption </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Take a stand </li></ul></ul>Tip7: This is something you really should ponder on.
  12. 12. Summary <ul><li>Knowing yourself is the best tip. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Carry and read your form carefully. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Highlight your strong areas </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The Interview is crucial but there is life beyond this. </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t try to outguess the interviewer. </li></ul><ul><li>Let the focus be on the discussion. Avoid distractions from clothes, food, late coming. </li></ul><ul><li>Act normal but not casual. It is a formal meeting. </li></ul><ul><li>Be honest. Don’t bullshit. </li></ul>