Interview tips

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Offline shibli

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Interview tips
« on: March 29, 2010, 01:55:22 PM »
TIPS FOR INTERVIEW:
Here are a few suggestions on how to approach the interview process:

•   Research the company. It is good to become familiar with the organization, the position and the person who may be your boss. Try to match your skills and experience to the position you are seeking.

•   Look good. First impressions are lasting, so make it count. Projecting a confident and professional image is essential. Dress professionally, but don't overdo it with jewelry or excessive perfume or cologne.

•   Know the location of the interview. Consider driving/ arriving at the location in advance. Rushing around trying to find the facility can add to your nervousness.

•   Know your resume. Be prepared to discuss and defend every aspect of your education and career experience.

•   Focus more on the interview, less on the job. There's time to evaluate the job and whether you want it after the interviewer has learned about you. For now, your goal is to get invited back for a second interview or an offer. Then you can decide if the job is just what you want.

•   Talk about your previous contributions. Prospective employers are interested in knowing how you made a difference in your previous job. In a way, you need to convince the interviewer that you're the answer to the company's needs.

•   Look for ways to sell yourself. Seize opportunities to tell the prospective employer how good you are. Be careful not to boast, but speak confidently about your skills.

•   Don't overdo it. Choose your words carefully and don't talk too much. Most people only retain 20 percent of what they hear. Select your words, speak clearly and get to the point.

•   Avoid fear by visualizing the interview. It's just an interview, not the gallows, so imagine the experience in advance. Try to visualize various things like your clothing, items to bring, physical presentation, eye contact, body language, etc.

•   Listen carefully. Pause briefly after each question before you respond to be sure the interviewer has finished speaking. Answer questions directly and concisely. If you don't understand, ask for clarification.

•   Bring your questions. You also are interviewing the company, too. Start with questions about the organization and move to career growth, working conditions, etc. Save benefits and compensation for last.

•   Write down important data. Get the names and titles of the people with whom you interview. Be sure the spelling is correct, as you may need the information later.

•   Don't run away. After the interview, don't just hop up and head down the hall. Try to leave a good final impression by letting the interviewer know you really want the job and that you're ready to move to the next step in the employment process. If that doesn't feel right, simply ask about the next step in the process.

•   Obtain resources. Grab an annual report, product information or other data that will give you a better picture of the company and the kind of work you might be doing.

•   Don't become invisible. Following the interview there is a way in which you can be contacted, even if you are out of town.
Those who worship the natural elements enter darkness (Air, Water, Fire, etc.). Those who worship sambhuti sink deeper in darkness. [Yajurveda 40:9]; Sambhuti means created things, for example table, chair, idol, etc.

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Re: Interview tips
« Reply #1 on: April 25, 2010, 01:17:00 PM »
Thanks shibli sir,
 your guidelines for interveiw are really helpful for me as well as our students.

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Re: Interview tips
« Reply #2 on: April 25, 2010, 02:38:55 PM »
Sample Interview Questions and Answers
       
•   Tell me about yourself. Your answer should contain much more about your job skills than your personal life. Talk about the growth of your career, what you learned from previous employment or even things like how your volunteer worked help you develop your organizational, time management and leadership skills.
 
•   What are your strengths? If you really enjoy new challenges and tackle them in an organized manner, this would be a useful strength in almost any situation. You can talk about your ability to find unique solutions to problems.  Be prepared with some concrete examples, since that may be the follow-up question.
 
•   What are your weaknesses? A "good" weakness might be that you have trouble leaving the office behind when you go home in the evenings. This is a very difficult question that is not asked often, but it's one you should prepare for anyway.  If you talk about your temper, your tendency to gossip or the fact that you're lazy, you may as well pack up and go home right then.  If you mention a weakness such as your lack of patience with people who don't do their share of the work, you should also mention that you keep this impatience to yourself and try very hard not to express it toward others.
 
•   Do you have any questions about our company? If you have paid attention during the interview and if you have done your homework, this would be a good time to ask for more details about some aspect of the company's organizational structure or products.  It would not be a good time to ask about your first raise. You could also ask questions about the community, their training program or details about the work environment.
 
•   Where do you expect your career to be in 10 years?
Be careful here.  You do not want to give the impression that you're simply using this company as a stepping stone to another career.  Think of a related managerial position within the company that would interest you.
•   What skills do you have that would benefit our company? If your skills are not exactly those that the company may have requested, you can point out the skills you have that would be valuable to any company.  Examples of these skills are: your ability to plan and execute long-term projects, your ability to organize information into usable data, your ability to research complicated issues, or your ability to work well with a team. If your skills are not perfect for this particular company, you can mention how quickly you were able to adapt and learn in other situations.  Again, be prepared with specific examples in case you are asked to elaborate.
 
•   Why did you leave your last job? This is not an opening to speak badly of your former employer.  There is almost always a way of wording the explanation so that you do not sound like a "problem employee" and  your former employer does not sound like an undesirable company. As unfair as it may seem, there is almost no time when you should say something bad about your former employer.  You can talk about the lack of potential for upward mobility, the fact that your job responsibilities changed to the point that it no longer fit into your career plan, your need to move to be closer to your aging parents, the need to reduce travel time, your need for a more challenging job, or anything else that does not get into personalities or other conflicts.

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Re: Interview tips
« Reply #3 on: April 26, 2010, 03:22:50 PM »

Thanks a lot, Madam. Students will be benefited from your contribution, i hope
Those who worship the natural elements enter darkness (Air, Water, Fire, etc.). Those who worship sambhuti sink deeper in darkness. [Yajurveda 40:9]; Sambhuti means created things, for example table, chair, idol, etc.

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Re: Interview tips
« Reply #4 on: April 26, 2010, 04:32:47 PM »
Thank you Sir & Thank you Mam,

These are really very useful tips. I already collect this. I'll apply this in my life.