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  1. 1. Introduction To Interview Tips சநதனாHi, nice to see you at If you are looking for anythingrelated to interview tips, preparations, tricks, or the different types ofinterviews plus how to prepare for an interview then that’s what you willfind here.An interview can be a difficult thing be it preparing for an interview orfacing one. Having said that there are ways in which you can learn andprepare for an interview in such a manner that you are able to present aconfident and dynamic self something that interviewers want to see in a jobcandidate. With the help of some basic interview tips a candidate canprepare him/herself to face the interview. Interview tips helps youunderstand what you can expect during the interview, how you can impressthe job employer by stating your strong points and brushing aside your weakpoints during the interview. Things such as questions for interview tips arebasically there so as to help you create a lasting impression on the employerwhich could tilt the job in your favor.It is a well known fact that recruiters and employers are looking for brightcandidates for fit their requirement for the job or vacancy in their company.Using interview tips you can brush your skills so as to be able to giveprompt and honest answers to the questions posed by the interviewers. Youare not only looking to impress with your experience and knowledge aspecialized field rather you would also like to impress upon them that youhave all round abilities, that you can work together with other people as ateam while also showing that you are willing to take the initiative whenrequired.There are different types of interviews that are conducted. Some of thedifferent types of interviews tips that you will find here are behavioralinterview, group panel interview, exit interview and screening interview.The first phase of an interview can be termed as a general interview or evenas screening interview. The main purpose of this type of interview is tosegregate the suitable and non-suitable candidates. Those who are selectedmove to the next round of interviews. There are also technical interviews, as
  2. 2. the name suggests technical interviews are held for technical job placementssuch as an engineering job or a computer software programmer job. Anotherform of interview that you can expect to face if you make it to the latterrounds of the interview is the mealtime interview. The interviewers judgeyou on who you will carry yourself when dealing with clients over aluncheon or when you are hosting a gathering. Thus having good interviewtips will aid you in understand what you can expect in a particular kind ofinterview and more importantly giving your best in that round of theinterview.Thus no less can be said about interview tips, it can mean the differencebetween getting a job that you are looking for or losing out. Once you learninterview tips then you are giving yourself the best chance at getting yourdream job.Interview tips you will find handyPhone Interviewing TipsAn increasing number of organizations are choosing to use the phoneinterviewing method to screen candidates before calling them for the actualinterview. The main thought behind conducting a phone interview is toallow the company to verify the basic details of the applicant while alsoscrutinizing his/her basic English speaking skills, enthusiasm for the job andalso do a check on the details you have mentioned in your resume. Usuallythe company will conduct a single phone interview but such norms may ormay not be followed by very company, so you can expect a second call ifthey would like to confirm further details regarding your education, workexperience, etc.When you are submitting your resume along with the job application do notforget to mention what time of the day you will be available as the companywill call you at such a time. Be prepared for the interview and always have acopy of your resume with you in case you need it.Exit InterviewExit interviews are interviews conducted by a company when an employee isleaving the company. The primary reason for conducting or taking such aninterview is to know why the employee is resigning or leaving his job at thecompany. The exit interview is conducted by either the HR manager or
  3. 3. someone who is responsible for recruitment in the company. During theinterview the employee’s boss or immediate senior is not invited thusallowing the person to be open and candid regarding his/her decision toleave the company. There is also a form that accompanies the interviewwhere in the reasons for the employees departure from the company, overallexperience and feedback is noted.Who is the interviewer?The interviewer is a person who is responsible for conducting an interview.The interviewer can be an outsider appointed by the company or a personfrom the HR or recruitment department of the company. While someinterviewers may have a set questionnaire for a technical interview, groupinterview etc, but most interviewers believe in group discussion interviewsor one on one interview. The first interview is always a written interviewfollowed by other interviews.Interviewers have the uncanny knack of being good observers, they preciselymonitor your behavior, your interaction abilities, how confidently youparticipate and answer during a group interview.The questions that you can expect – tell me something about yourself, whatdo you remember the most about your college campus, and why do you wantto join this company etc.Technical Job Interview TipsTechnical job interviews are not classified as being amongst the easier of thejob interviews conducted. These interviews are conducted for only thosewho are technically qualified in a particular field say like computer languageprogramming or engineering. The interviewer will have a certain agenda foreach candidate usually based on his/her field of expertise. A technicalinterview can be very tough if you are not sound in the field, the interviewercan grind you extensively till the time they know for sure whether or not youare completely qualified for the position you seek.On your part you would well to do some research regarding the latestdevelopments in your sector and the latest tools and applications beingemployed. If you have been out of job for sometime then do brush up andpolish your skills wherever needed.
  4. 4. Creating the first impressionA lot has always been said about the ‘First Impression.’ And the fact is thatyour first impression during the interview can make a world of difference toyour job prospects. First and foremost is dressing up appropriately for theinterview. Do not dress up loudly, do not wear a jeans and funky accessoriesjust to prove you are in sync with fashion, neither should to dress up in sucha way to suggest you have no dressing sense.Dress up smartly and your body language should reflect confidence and nota nervous persona. Every candidate has interview jitters but those who areable to display confidence along with the correct attitude are always able tocreate the right first impression. Thereafter the interviewer is lookingforward to interviewing you and knowing about the skills, the abilities and alot more that you may have to offer to the company.50 Common Interview Questions and Answers;Review these typical interview questions and think about how youwould answer them. Read the questions listed; you will also findsome strategy suggestions with it.1. Tell me about yourself:The most often asked question in interviews. You need to have ashort statement prepared in your mind. Be careful that it does notsound rehearsed. Limit it to work-related items unless instructedotherwise. Talk about things you have done and jobs you have heldthat relate to the position you are interviewing for. Start with theitem farthest back and work up to the present.2. Why did you leave your last job?Stay positive regardless of the circumstances. Never refer to amajor problem with management and never speak ill ofsupervisors, co- workers or the organization. If you do, you will be
  5. 5. the one looking bad. Keep smiling and talk about leaving for apositive reason such as an opportunity, a chance to do somethingspecial or other forward- looking reasons.3. What experience do you have in this field?Speak about specifics that relate to the position you are applyingfor. If you do not have specific experience, get as close as you can.4. Do you consider yourself successful?You should always answer yes and briefly explain why. A goodexplanation is that you have set goals, and you have met some andare on track to achieve the others.5. What do co-workers say about you?Be prepared with a quote or two from co-workers. Either a specificstatement or a paraphrase will work. Jill Clark, a co-worker atSmith Company, always said I was the hardest workers she hadever known. It is as powerful as Jill having said it at the interviewherself.6. What do you know about this organization?This question is one reason to do some research on theorganization before the interview. Find out where they have beenand where they are going. What are the current issues and who arethe major players?7. What have you done to improve your knowledge in the lastyear?Try to include improvement activities that relate to the job. A widevariety of activities can be mentioned as positive self-improvement. Have some good ones handy to mention.
  6. 6. 8. Are you applying for other jobs?Be honest but do not spend a lot of time in this area. Keep thefocus on this job and what you can do for this organization.Anything else is a distraction.9. Why do you want to work for this organization?This may take some thought and certainly, should be based on theresearch you have done on the organization. Sincerity is extremelyimportant here and will easily be sensed. Relate it to your long-term career goals.10. Do you know anyone who works for us?Be aware of the policy on relatives working for the organization.This can affect your answer even though they asked about friendsnot relatives. Be careful to mention a friend only if they are wellthought of.11. What kind of salary do you need?A loaded question. A nasty little game that you will probably loseif you answer first. So, do not answer it. Instead, say somethinglike, Thats a tough question. Can you tell me the range for thisposition? In most cases, the interviewer, taken off guard, will tellyou. If not, say that it can depend on the details of the job. Thengive a wide range.12. Are you a team player?You are, of course, a team player. Be sure to have examples ready.Specifics that show you often perform for the good of the teamrather than for yourself are good evidence of your team attitude.Do not brag, just say it in a matter-of-fact tone. This is a key point.13. How long would you expect to work for us if hired?
  7. 7. Specifics here are not good. Something like this should work: Idlike it to be a long time. Or As long as we both feel Im doing agood job.14. Have you ever had to fire anyone? How did you feel aboutthat?This is serious. Do not make light of it or in any way seem like youlike to fire people. At the same time, you will do it when it is theright thing to do. When it comes to the organization versus theindividual who has created a harmful situation, you will protect theorganization. Remember firing is not the same as layoff orreduction in force.15. What is your philosophy towards work?The interviewer is not looking for a long or flowery dissertationhere. Do you have strong feelings that the job gets done? Yes.Thats the type of answer that works best here. Short and positive,showing a benefit to the organization.16. If you had enough money to retire right now, would you?Answer yes if you would. But since you need to work, this is thetype of work you prefer. Do not say yes if you do not mean it.17. Have you ever been asked to leave a position?If you have not, say no. If you have, be honest, brief and avoidsaying negative things about the people or organization involved.18. Explain how you would be an asset to this organization.You should be anxious for this question. It gives you a chance tohighlight your best points as they relate to the position beingdiscussed. Give a little advance thought to this relationship.
  8. 8. 19. Why should we hire you?Point out how your assets meet what the organization needs. Donot mention any other candidates to make a comparison.20. Tell me about a suggestion you have made.Have a good one ready. Be sure and use a suggestion that wasaccepted and was then considered successful. One related to thetype of work applied for is a real plus.21. What irritates you about co-workers?This is a trap question. Think real hard but fail to come up withanything that irritates you. A short statement that you seem to getalong with folks is great.22. What is your greatest strength?Numerous answers are good, just stay positive. A few goodexamples: Your ability to prioritize, Your problem-solving skills,Your ability to work under pressure, Your ability to focus onprojects, Your professional expertise, Your leadership skills, Yourpositive attitude23. Tell me about your dream job.Stay away from a specific job. You cannot win. If you say the jobyou are contending for is it, you strain credibility. If you sayanother job is it, you plant the suspicion that you will bedissatisfied with this position if hired. The best is to stay geneticand say something like: A job where I love the work, like thepeople, can contribute and cant wait to get to work.24. Why do you think you would do well at this job?
  9. 9. Give several reasons and include skills, experience and interest.25. What are you looking for in a job?See answer # 2326. What kind of person would you refuse to work with?Do not be trivial. It would take disloyalty to the organization,violence or lawbreaking to get you to object. Minor objections willlabel you as a whiner.27. What is more important to you: the money or the work?Money is always important, but the work is the most important.There is no better answer.28. What would your previous supervisor say your strongestpoint is?There are numerous good possibilities:Loyalty, Energy, Positive attitude, Leadership, Team player,Expertise, Initiative, Patience, Hard work, Creativity, Problemsolver29. Tell me about a problem you had with a supervisor.Biggest trap of all. This is a test to see if you will speak ill of yourboss. If you fall for it and tell about a problem with a former boss,you may well below the interview right there. Stay positive anddevelop a poor memory about any trouble with a supervisor.30. What has disappointed you about a job?Dont get trivial or negative. Safe areas are few but can include:Not enough of a challenge. You were laid off in a reductionCompany did not win a contract, which would have given you
  10. 10. more responsibility.31. Tell me about your ability to work under pressure.You may say that you thrive under certain types of pressure. Givean example that relates to the type of position applied for.32. Do your skills match this job or another job more closely?Probably this one. Do not give fuel to the suspicion that you maywant another job more than this one.33. What motivates you to do your best on the job?This is a personal trait that only you can say, but good examplesare: Challenge, Achievement, Recognition34. Are you willing to work overtime? Nights? Weekends?This is up to you. Be totally honest.35. How would you know you were successful on this job?Several ways are good measures:You set high standards for yourself and meet them. Your outcomesare a success.Your boss tell you that you are successful36. Would you be willing to relocate if required?You should be clear on this with your family prior to the interviewif you think there is a chance it may come up. Do not say yes justto get the job if the real answer is no. This can create a lot ofproblems later on in your career. Be honest at this point and saveyourself uture grief.
  11. 11. 37. Are you willing to put the interests of the organizationahead of your own?This is a straight loyalty and dedication question. Do not worryabout the deep ethical and philosophical implications. Just say yes.38. Describe your management style.Try to avoid labels. Some of the more common labels, likeprogressive, salesman or consensus, can have several meanings ordescriptions depending on which management expert you listen to.The situational style is safe, because it says you will manageaccording to the situation, instead of one size fits all.39. What have you learned from mistakes on the job?Here you have to come up with something or you strain credibility.Make it small, well intentioned mistake with a positive lessonlearned. An example would be working too far ahead of colleagueson a project and thus throwing coordination off.40. Do you have any blind spots?Trick question. If you know about blind spots, they are no longerblind spots. Do not reveal any personal areas of concern here. Letthem do their own discovery on your bad points. Do not hand it tothem.41. If you were hiring a person for this job, what would youlook for?Be careful to mention traits that are needed and that you have.42. Do you think you are overqualified for this position?Regardless of your qualifications, state that you are very wellqualified for the position.
  12. 12. 43. How do you propose to compensate for your lack ofexperience?First, if you have experience that the interviewer does not knowabout, bring that up: Then, point out (if true) that you are a hardworking quick learner.44. What qualities do you look for in a boss?Be generic and positive. Safe qualities are knowledgeable, a senseof humor, fair, loyal to subordinates and holder of high standards.All bosses think they have these traits.45. Tell me about a time when you helped resolve a disputebetween others.Pick a specific incident. Concentrate on your problem solvingtechnique and not the dispute you settled.46. What position do you prefer on a team working on aproject?Be honest. If you are comfortable in different roles, point that out.47. Describe your work ethic.Emphasize benefits to the organization. Things like, determinationto get the job done and work hard but enjoy your work are good.48. What has been your biggest professional disappointment?Be sure that you refer to something that was beyond your control.Show acceptance and no negative feelings.49. Tell me about the most fun you have had on the job.
  13. 13. Talk about having fun by accomplishing something for theorganization.50. Do you have any questions for me?Always have some questions prepared. Questions prepared whereyou will be an asset to the organization are good. How soon will Ibe able to be productive? and What type of projects will I be ableto assist on? are examples.And Finally Good Luck