Tuesday, 29 November 2016

What to Expect in the First Interview?

(Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Technical University CODE-810)

Approved by AICTE, Ministry of HRD, Government of India and affiliated to Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Technical University, Uttar Pradesh, 

What Will They Ask Me? 

Interviews in general will cover three areas:

1) Your life, skills, experience, qualifications;
2) The job you are applying for;
3) The company. Review your CV prior to the interview and know it backwards and forwards. Do not assume that the interviewer has read it carefully. You should have remembered to bring extra copies with you so while you wait for your turn to interview, read it again

Your Life 

•Employers are most interested in your personal contributions, motivation and lessons learnt.
•Typical questions: –Why should we employ you? –What can you do for us that other candidates cannot? –What makes you the right person for this job?
•The point of these questions is “Sell me!

The Job You’re Applying For

•Find out why this job is important for the business. 
•Use the Employer Concerns Worksheet to try to discover what the employer’s concerns are. 
•Learn what the career ladder looks like within the organization. 
•Typical questions: –Why do you want this job? –How do your skills make you the right person for this job? •Study the job description. You need to know how your skills and experience make you a good candidate. 

The organization you hope will employ you

•When asked “why do you want to work for this organization never state the obvious. This is your chance to impress the interviewer with your research. Mention presentations, brochures or a news article you found about the organization. This question should never be hard to answer.
•Similar questions:
–Why are you applying to us?
–What appeals to you about this company?
–What do you know about our industry?

How to get rejected?

Negative factors and comments evaluated during employment interviews, frequently leading to rejection (as reported by research):
 Poor personal appearance.
 Overbearing
 Inability to express self clearly-poor voice diction, grammar.
 Failure to research the company.
 Lack of planning for career, no purpose, and unable to express goals.
 Lack of interest and enthusiasm.
 Lack of confidence and poise, nervousness.
 Over-emphasis on money.
 Unwilling to start at the bottom; expects too much too soon.
 Makes excuses, is evasive, and harps on trouble areas.
 Not enough examples for questions.
 Lack of maturity.
 Lack of courtesy.
 No interest or knowledge in the company or industry.
 Intolerant; strong prejudices.
 Lack of appreciation of the value of experience.
 Late to interview without good reason.
 Never heard of the company.
 Failure to express appreciation for interviewer’s time.
 Ask no questions about the job.
 Moaning about previous employers or co-workers.

Do’s of an interview

 Do make sure that you dress the part for the job, the company, the industry. Rather, be conservative with your
 Dress code: remember you are not meeting your friends for a night out.
 Do plan to arrive about 10 minutes early. Late arrival for a job interview is never excusable. If you are running late, do phone the company.
 Do shake hands firmly. Don't have a limp or clammy handshake!
 Do make good eye contact with your interviewer(s).
 Do greet the receptionist or assistant with courtesy and respect. This is where you make your first impression.
 Do avoid using poor language, slang, and pause words (such as "like," "uh," and "um").
 Do ask intelligent questions about the job, company, or industry. Don't ever not ask any questions --it shows a lack of interest.
 Do send a thank you to the interviewer afterward.
Do remain positive. This is not to say that everything you say should be wonderful and inspiring. When you are asked about a weakness, highlight the positive benefits of learning and overcoming your weaknesses.
 Do show enthusiasm. Showing enthusiasm is one of the most natural ways to get someone to like you.
 Do listen. It is easier to answer clearly and effectively if you listen well.
 Do go alone. Never arrive with friends, children, etc. You will look disorganized or lacking in confidence.

Don’ts of an interview

 Don't chew gum.
 Don't tell jokes.
 Don't smoke, even if the interviewer does and offers you a cigarette. And don't smoke beforehand so that you smell like smoke.
 Don't be soft-spoken. A confident voice projects confidence.
 Don't ever say anything negative about former colleagues, supervisors, or employers.
 Don't lie. Answer questions truthfully and frankly.
 Don't answer questions with a simple "yes" or "no." Explain whenever possible. Describe those things about
 Yourself those showcase your talents, skills, and determination. Give specific examples.
 Don't answer mobile calls during the interview. Turn the phone off before your interview or leave it in your car.

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