Interview Tips

Tips for effective Interview

Whether you are searching for jobs, looking for career avenues or climbing the corporate ladder, you can't escape interviews these days. Many people find interviews extremely exciting and many people find it very stressful - here are a few tips to make it easier:

The main thing to remember is that the interview is a two way street. This is as much your opportunity to find out about the company and the role you are being interviewed for as it is for the company to find out about you. So just relax, and follow our simple rules and the interview will be a positive experience for both sides.


Types of Interviews: There are various types of interviews which are as follows:

I) Panel Interview - These do not have a pattern and always comes in different forms. These interviews are either with Top Brass of companies or with prospective or recruitment assessment centre for multi-parametric evaluation (psychological tests for pressure-handling abilities, team-player skills and so on).
• Make your best moves.
• Fine tune interpersonal Skills
• Don’t quake in your boots
• Prepare for stress
• Showcase the important things
• Rehearse well
• Create a mental picture of yourself
• Ask relevant questions
• Decipher the exact intent and look beyond
• Variety in answers

II) Campus Interview - This happens for colleges and institutes in the final year of graduation. These have a specific pattern and is catching on as a big and pompous event for both the company and college. The 7 commandments for a campus interview are as follows:
• Know oneself
• Test on what you know rather than what you don’t know.
• Analyse than paralyse
• Stay alert for clues
• Talk about your achievement
• Clarity in thoughts and expression
• Ask plenty of questions.

III) Group Discussion – This usually is a part and parcel of Campus Interview. This is basically to screen out the best of the candidates for an in-person interview. The basic tips are as follows:
• Grasp the subject of discussion.
• Usually a person needs to speak for the subject or against the subject
• Make quick note on your thoughts in a piece of paper.
• It is good to speak in the start or end of the GD.
• Make notes on what others say and quote some of them while speaking your own pointers.
• Don’t be meek or over-aggressive.

IV) Technical Interview – This is all about testing for technology the company would hire for. The best thing is to brush up the base technical knowledge and put up your hands up if one has not aware of a particular technology.

V) HR Interview – This is usually the last round of interview process, basically to understand the fitment and softer aspect of an individual.

Human resource interview tips - Do's
  • Be sincere, direct and courteous.
  • Read about the organization
  • You have to prepare for questions and listen carefully to the interviewer.
  • Ask about the next step in the process.
  • Thank the interviewer.
  • Learn about the Human Resources Analyst Program and understand the different facets of human resources.
  • You never know what the interviewer will ask you about, so be prepared to talk about anything you have included on your resume. You should be truthful about your   experiences and skills.

Human resource interview tips - Don'ts
  • Don't show depression or discouragement.
  • Don't start the topics like salary, benefits or working hours.
  • Don't look at your watch.
  • Don't take extensive notes.
  • Don't be too serious.

VI) Telephonic Interview – It is in vogue and basically used to screen and get to know each other and to shortlist people from a large pool and also to check the interest level of the candidate. Also it is to also save cost of bringing down the cost of recruitment for outstation talent pool. Phone interviews can happen in a short notice and the tips for the same is as follows:
• Listen well
• Shut up all unwanted disturbances like TV, other phones, call waiting, and other potential distractions.
• Voice modulation
• Keep your answers short and sweet
• Summarize the call and thank the interviewer at the end.

VII) Videoconferencing – This type of interview is catching on quite swiftly. The tips for the same is as follows:
• Dress formally and sit in a straight chair.
• Clean the room in a proper sense so that the interviewer does not see any unwanted things thru the webcam.
• Avoid other people walk-in during the interview
• Check sound clarity and picture quality before the interview.
• Smile and pay attention.
• Thank after the call.

General Tips for an Interview:

Preparation Research
Research is essential to a successful outcome. Make sure you know what the company actually does and how well it does it. The easiest and most accessible means of gathering information is by visiting their web site. If the company is a large one, ask them to send a copy of their annual report. Make sure you read your CV again before you go in. Remember to prepare some intelligent questions

Practice
If it has been a while since your last interview or you are not feeling confident try to role play the interview. Think about the questions you might be asked and speak your answers out loud. It will help you immensely when you are actually on the spot. There is a list of a few typical interview questions at the end of this document.

Review your Resume
You should look at the job profile the company is offering and review your resume with accordance to the same highlighting the things that the company is looking at. Recheck spelling and grammatical errors. Take a copy of the resume along with your credentials before the interview.

Just before the interview
• Dress smartly.
• Make sure you turn up fifteen minutes before time.
• From work at the end of the day give yourself time to unwind so that you appear fresh and motivated.
• If late give a call and inform the concerned interviewer about the delay.

In the interview Do's
• Smile and shake the interviewer's hand firmly.
• Establish eye contact with your interviewer.
• Take notes. (Remember your pen and paper)
• Be honest, and don't be afraid to say 'I don't know'.
• Ask questions but at the right time.
• Check that you fully understand what the role entails, where you will fit in company/team, your responsibilities and what is expected of you both technically and general   terms.
• Pause before answering questions. Consider your reply.
• Show enthusiasm for the job.
• Have a current copy of your CV with you.
• Avoid jargon specific to your current organization.

Don't
• Smoke
• Bring up the question of salary or package at the beginning of the interview.
• Waffle.
• Lie.
• Moan about your current or recent employer.
• Talk of personality clashes.
• Oversell
• Over- enthusiastic or negative.

At the end of the interview try and gain a little feedback. E.g. ask what happens next, or whether they have any reservations about you. After the interview - contact your recruitment consultant ASAP. Your feedback is very important. Finally the most important consideration in an interview is to be yourself whilst at the same time presenting yourself in a positive light.

Interview question samples

Below are a selection of common questions asked at an interview. It is useful to prepare your answers to these questions so that you are not caught by surprise.
• Why did you leave previous jobs?
• What do your peers think of you?
• Why should we employ you?
• What can you bring to the table for us?
• How do you feel working in a competitive environment?
• What parts of your current job do you most enjoy?
• Have you ever disagreed with your managers or peers?
• Give us a brief description of yourself and your current job?
• What do you think are the skills that we require for this job?
• Why do you want to become a ....?
• What do you know about us?
• Why do you want to work for us?
• What is your long terms and short term career plan?
• What one word would sum you up?
• What are your weaknesses/strengths?
• How are you going to address those weaknesses?
• What was the last training course that you attended?
• How do you learn new things?
• How did you prepare for this interview?
• What about your family background?
• How do you handle stress?

Interviewers will often ask for real life examples of how you have dealt with issues in a work situation so consider which examples you would wish to share.

One of the leading Indian IT major is looking for Senior Developers with following skill sets;

  • Position: Senior ETL Developers
  • Primary skill experience in Teradata & Data stage. Secondary skill experience in UNIX
  • Experience level: 3 – 6 years in related filed
  • The candidate should have knowledge on BI/Datawarehouse concepts, should be able to make ETL & Unix Scripts changes independently.
  • The candidate should be able to DB2 SQL queries to TD queries
  • The candidate should be able to meet the planned timelines on a daily basis and would be the SPOC to resolve all the issues on Datastage & Teradata faced in the respective assigned tracks & would be accountable for the overall quality of the work products in the assigned track.

Interested candidates can mail their updated resumes to astra@adastraconsultants.com

 

One of the leading Indian IT major is looking for Senior Developers with following skill sets;

  • Position: Senior ETL Developers
  • Primary skill experience in Teradata & Data stage. Secondary skill experience in UNIX
  • Experience level: 3 – 6 years in related filed
  • The candidate should have knowledge on BI/Datawarehouse concepts, should be able to make ETL & Unix Scripts changes independently.
  • The candidate should be able to DB2 SQL queries to TD queries
  • The candidate should be able to meet the planned timelines on a daily basis and would be the SPOC to resolve all the issues on Datastage & Teradata faced in the respective assigned tracks & would be accountable for the overall quality of the work products in the assigned track.

Interested candidates can mail their updated resumes to astra@adastraconsultants.com

 

One of the leading Indian IT major is looking for Senior Developers with following skill sets;

  • Position: Senior ETL Developers
  • Primary skill experience in Teradata & Data stage. Secondary skill experience in UNIX
  • Experience level: 3 – 6 years in related filed
  • The candidate should have knowledge on BI/Datawarehouse concepts, should be able to make ETL & Unix Scripts changes independently.
  • The candidate should be able to DB2 SQL queries to TD queries
  • The candidate should be able to meet the planned timelines on a daily basis and would be the SPOC to resolve all the issues on Datastage & Teradata faced in the respective assigned tracks & would be accountable for the overall quality of the work products in the assigned track.

Interested candidates can mail their updated resumes to astra@adastraconsultants.com