How to ace an interview


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Jobs are not given on the marks secured in examination. Success at any interview largely depends on your preparations, mental get up, attitude and practice.
This is an attempt to prepare you to face any job interview and come out with flying colors. 'How to Ace an Interview' is only an attempt to equip yourself and ace any difficult interview.

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  • Psychoanalytical Theory of Personality
    James J. Messina, Ph.D.
    Dr Sigmund Freud 1856-1939
    Oldest of eight children
    Married with 3 girls and 3 boys
    Physician-Biologist – Scientific oriented and Pathology oriented theory
    Jewish-anti-religion-All religion an illusion used to cope with feelings of infantile helplessness
    In Vienna Austria 78 years till 1938
    Based theory on personal experiences
    Died of cancer of jaw & mouth lifelong cigar chain-smoker
    What is the Unconscious
    That portion of the mind inaccessible to usual, conscious thought
    Get to unconscious through Free Association: spontaneous free flowing associations of ideas and feelings
    Dream Interpretation
    Manifest Content: what a person remembers and consciously considers-only a partial representation
    Latent Content: underlying hidden meaning-vast underlying
    Unconscious can manifest itself symbolically in a dream
    Structure of the Mind
    Id – Pleasure Seeking
    Ego – Reality Focused
    Superego – Conscience over the Ego and Id
    basic psychic energy and motivations
    Operates to demands of Pleasure Principle-strive to satisfy desires and reduce inner tension
    Sea around an Island
    deals with real world
    Operates to demands of Reality Principle solves problems by planning & acting
    City Hall on island roots and foundation in sea - id
    internalized social norm & moral forces pressing on and constraining individual action
    The “over-I” over ego
    Church on island roots and foundation in sea - id
    Freudian Slip
    Psychological error in speaking or writing
    Evidence of some unconscious urge, desire, or conflict & struggle
    When ego or superego are not doing their job properly elements of id slip out or are seen
    Sexual energy which underlies the tension between selfishness and society and inner tensions that strive for relief
    Psychosexual Theory of Development
    Five Stages of Development
    Oral Stage
    Anal Stage
    Phallic Stage
    Latency Period
    Genital Stage
    Oral Stage: Birth to 2 year
    Satisfy drive of hunger and thirst by breast or bottle
    If fixated after weaned:
    Over Dependency
    Over Attachment
    “Intake” of interesting substances/ideas
    Anal Stage: 2- 4 years
    Id wants pleasure of reducing tension by defecating & urinating
    Toilet training – get superego to impose societal norms
    Holding back
    Freedom of action no control
    Fixated at Anal Stage
    Enjoy bathroom humor-making messes-even of other people’s lives
    Neatness, order & organization and Obstinacy & Stinginess – Anal retentive- passive aggressive
    Phallic Stage: 4 – 6 years
    Sexual energy focused on genitals
    Differences between boys and girls
    Emerging sexual gender identity
    Personality fixed by end of this stage
    Oedipus Complex
    A boy’s sexual feeling for his mother and rivalries with his father
    Psychological defenses against these threatening thoughts and feelings
    Form reaction pattern used throughout life
    Form personality through identification with father
    Diminish fear of castration-vicariously obtain mother through father
    Castration Anxiety
    Unconscious fear of loss of penis and becoming like a female
    Fear of powerful people overcoming them
    Fear of revenge of the powerful people
    Penis Envy
    A girl’s feelings of inferiority and jealousy
    Turns affections from mother to father since blame mom for no penis
    Although can’t have penis can have baby
    Wants to find a good man like her father and produce a baby
    Latency Period 5-11 years of age
    Time between resolution of Oedipus complex and puberty
    Usually not possible for sexual urges to be directly expressed
    Sexual energies are channeled into school and friends
    Genital Stage Adolescence - Adulthood
    Normal sexual relations
    Defense Mechanisms
    To protect the ego against the painful and threatening impulses arising from the id we distort the reality
    The processes that distort the reality for the ego are called defense mechanisms
    Types of Defense Mechanisms
    Reaction Formation
    Pushes threatening thoughts back into the unconscious
    Posttraumatic Stress Disorder- PTSD – Common with veterans and victims of sexual abuse
    False memories – suggested through psychotherapist intentionally or unintentionally
    Reaction Formation
    Process of pushing away threatening impulses by overemphasizing the opposite in one’s thoughts and actions
    Examples: Jim Bakker & Jimmy Swaggart
    Refusing to acknowledge anxiety-provoking stimuli
    Mind’s means of keeping its own sensations out of conscious awareness
    That fabulous river which runs down the middle of Egypt which many of us sail on
    Anxiety-arousing impulses are externalized by placing them, or projecting them, onto others.
    A person’s inner threats are attributed to those around them
    Newt Gingrich: public diatribe against infidelity of president while engaged in ownlong term infidelity out of public eye
    The shifting of the targets of one’s unconscious fears or desires
    Hydraulic Replacement Model
    Some release valve must be found for the bottled-up aggressive impulses triggered by frustration and humiliation
    Example: Man angry at boss kicks dog, kids
    Tools for Anger
    Transforming of dangerous urges into positive, socially acceptable motivation
    Turns sexual energy away fro sexual ends and towards societal goals
    Is is possible that as society becomes more sexually liberated, art, creativity and even civilization will suffer?
    Returning to earlier, safer stages of our lives
    There may be regression to the stage where there was previous fixation
    A mechanism involving post hoc logical explanations for behaviors that were actually driven by internal unconscious motives
    Explanation for behavior not even remotely related to the true causes
    Contributions of Freud
    First personality theory
    Emphasis on sexuality as influence
    Importance of early childhood experience
    Concept of unconscious
    Scientific approach to mental health on continuum from physical health
    Limitations of Freud’s Work
    Pessimistic and deterministic approach to personality
    Pathology based theory
    Hydraulic model of psychic energy exaggerated
    No controlled studies-poor research
    Overemphasis on differences between men and women
    Unconcerned with interpersonal relations, individual identity and adaptation over one’s lifetime
    “Excessive memory” situation in which a later attempt to remember something yields information that was not reportable on an earlier attempt to remember.
    Memory flooding
    Infantile Amnesia
    Most adults cannot remember much of what happened to them before age three or four
    Adults cannot remember any things be they traumatic or not
    Still not clear why
    Subliminal Perception
    Very weak stimuli could be perceived and processed without conscious awareness of such stimulus having occurred.
    Not consciously aware of stimuli that are nevertheless being processed by some parts of our brain
    Fact: every person experiences every event from a unique, individual perspective that depends on a person’s needs, goals, assumptions and other experiences
    Fact: individualized memory is a complex, multifaceted, constantly changing representation -What is reported about the event varies tremendously with the circumstances under which the memory is probed
    Explicit vs Implicit Memory
    Explicit memory: can recall or recognize something
    Implicit memory: change how think or behave as a result of some experience that do not consciously recall
    Procedural Memory vsDeclarative Memory
    Representation of the skill itself can be present in memory even in the absence of conscious memory for the event during which the skill was acquired.
    Procedural: Memory for how to do the task
    Declarative: Memory for facts about a task or event
  • How to ace an interview

    1. 1. How to Ace an Interview? By – N.G.Palit
    2. 2. Overview     Why interviews are conducted? Preparing for interviews. The interview experience. Different types of interviews.
    3. 3. Interview   Interview is a type of meeting with an objective. The interviewer wants to obtain information from the candidate
    4. 4. Dozens of people are lining up for the same position
    5. 5. You need to stand out from the crowd
    6. 6. Why    ? Can you do the job? (skills, abilities, and qualifications). Will you do the job? (Attitude, interest, and motivation). How will you fit into the organization? (personality).
    7. 7. What is an Interview?    An opportunity to ’sell’ your abilities, interests and career objectives. An opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the position and career offered by a particular company. You must prove that you are the most suitable candidate.
    8. 8. Know what they are looking for    They are evaluating your communication skills throughout the interview. Don’t focus on your history, focus on your key skills. Interviewers want organized, succinct answers. Situation –Action -Result
    9. 9. Sell yourself through self promotion
    10. 10. Self Promotion is Crucial For Success    If you are not comfortable claiming your achievements, no one will know them. Don’t focus on responsibilities, focus on your achievements. Remember, your competitors will be presenting their achievements.
    11. 11. Self Promotion is Crucial    It is necessary to explain your strengths. Your resume got you to the interview. But, resume alone will not get you the Job. You have to do that.
    12. 12. It starts with your Mindset
    13. 13. Have a Positive Mindset Half Empty ½ empty ½ full Or Half Full (This is a winner’s outlook) You have a choice
    14. 14. Positive Body Language
    15. 15. Watch the Body Language        First impression very important. Dress appropriately. Allow time to relax. Entrance, introductions & handshake. Smile and make eye-contact. Be aware of your own movements. Watch body language of interviewer.
    16. 16. Interview Etiquette Do’s and Don’ts
    17. 17. Dress Code
    18. 18. Men’s Interview Attire        Suit (solid color) Long sleeve shirt (white or matching the suit) Belt, Tie, Dark socks. Conservative leather shoes. Little or no jewelry Neat and professional hair style. Neatly trimmed nails.
    19. 19. Tie Knots
    20. 20. Tie Length
    21. 21. Women’s Interview Attire        Suit (navy, black or dark grey) The suit skirt should be long enough, so that you can seat comfortably. Conservative shoes. Limited jewelry (no dangling ear ring) Professional hair style. Light make-up & perfume. Neatly manicured clean nails.
    22. 22. First Impression       First impression counts Be on time, or little bit early. This allows you to relax and feel comfortable. Start strong by beginning on a positive note. Send the right body language Sit straight, maintain good eye contact, use positive gestures, relax.
    23. 23. Developing An Interview Strategy
    24. 24. Prepare For Interview      Research the company. Know the job requirements. Prepare your Resume. Get your career goals in focus. Identify your main strengths related to the job
    25. 25. First decide what type of job you want
    26. 26. Preparation is the Key to Success   Review at your end: - Check you Resume - Prepare key selling points. - Practice commonly asked questions and answers Research about organization: Collect information from website, and other sources
    27. 27. Preparations for the Interview
    28. 28. Before the Interview   Practice with yourself or with a friend. Find the dress code in advance and dress accordingly.
    29. 29. Types of Interviews   1. One-to-one Interview: The interviewer wants to see the suitability of the candidate for the job Candidate has to show how his/her skills will benefit the organization.
    30. 30. 2 .Telephonic Interviews * These are mostly screening interviews to select a few for further face-to-face interview.
    31. 31. For Telephone Interviews      Prepare as thoroughly as for ’real’ interviews. Select a comfortable and quiet place. Have a copy of resume and company information. Have pen and paper ready. Be yourself.
    32. 32. 3. Group Interviews   These are conducted through: Group Discussions(G.D) This is to used to uncover the leadership skills, communication skills, and the candidate’s ability to work in a team.
    33. 33. Qualities Employers Seek        Good communication skills. Team work ability Capacity to work hard. Initiative & self reliance. Enthusiasm, commitment & motivation. Good all-round intelligence. A balanced personality.
    34. 34. Competencies required        Adaptability Team work Drive for Results. Integrity Innovation Open Exchange of Information. Sound Decision Making
    35. 35. While Answering       Listen carefully, seek clarification. Keep answers specific & short. Take time to respond. Illustrate your answers with examples. Speak clearly, smile and show enthusiasm. Be alert to interviewer’s body language.
    36. 36. Dealing with Nerves Being nervous is normal, even interviewers are aware of it.  However, excessive nervousness can work against you, especially if you continually apologize for it.  However, it can be minimized through practice & mock interviews. 
    37. 37. What creates bad impression?       Poor personal appearance. Lack of preparation. Poor knowledge. Failure to give concrete examples of skills. Lack of interest & enthusiasm Negative attitude or evasive answers.
    38. 38. Closing the Interview       Make one last solid impression. Let them know that you want the job! Shake hands, thank them, be positive. Be confident. Ask for the interviewer’s business card. Remember, they are still evaluating you until you are gone.
    39. 39. Close Positively Thank You & A firm Handshake
    40. 40. Summary     Know yourself and the company. Success depends on your ability to sell yourself – communicate your strong points. Interest & Enthusiasm are important. Remember- you are not just looking for a job, but a career. So, prepare accordingly
    41. 41. After the Interview      Within 24 hours, follow up thanking them for their time. This is another opportunity to stand out Balance persistence with harassment. If you don’t get the job,don’t lose heart. Remember: Every interview doesn’t turn into jobs. So, Keep going.
    42. 42. Expected first Question  Tell us about yourself.
    43. 43. What are your strengths?
    44. 44. Follow up --- When the Interview is finished.
    45. 45. Ask for the next steps Get permission to contact them
    46. 46. Send a hand written card or note
    47. 47. Evaluate the interview
    48. 48. Evaluate your interview     Analyse: What did I do well? What did I miss or forget? What will I do differently next time?
    49. 49. Most Importantly --  Every interview may not turn into a job. So, don’t lose heart. Don’t give up . Keep going
    50. 50. Most Importantly- -
    51. 51. Till you become successful
    52. 52. Any Question
    53. 53. Thank You N.G.Palit -
    54. 54. At the End Please feel free to send your valuable feedback to the author at: or through face book