Tips To Overcome An Interview
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So what if you are not a mountaineer. Or a keen hiker.
You still cannot treat your interview like a careless
morning trot along a jogger's path. Your jaw-jaw at
the interview table is nothing less than a cautious
up a mountain trail--which begins around your early
childhood and meanders through the years at the academia
before reaching a new summit in your career. And as
you retrace your steps down memory lane make sure
that you post flags at important landmarks of your
life and career, so that you can pop them before the
interview panel scoops them out of you. You don't
want to be at the receiving end, do you?
Face the panel, but don't fall of the chair in a headlong
rush-and-skid attempt to tell your story. Take one
step at a time.Don't go into unnecessary detail about
how you aced your business math midterm in your sophomore
year at accounting
school. Here are a few preparation tips from the
Team of Freshersworld.com that books on interviews
sometimes overlook. Remember, as a fresher you do
not have anything to loose but to gain.
QUESTIONS THAT AN INTERVIEWER WOULD ASK
1.Tell me about yourself
The most often asked question in interviews.
You need to have a short statement prepared in your
mind. Be careful that it does not sound rehearsed. Limit
it to work/Study-related items unless instructed
otherwise. Talk about things you have done well at your
college and how you wanted to perform in the first job.
2. Why Should We Employ You?
For this question, your answer should list out strengths
that you feel are relevant to the job. Given below are
some answers which could help you with your answers.
However, structure them to suit your requirements.
I have good co-ordination skills
Good analytical skills
I can persuade people to see my point of view, and get
the work done
My greatest asset is my ability to motivate people
Even during emergencies, I do not loose my cool
I have good entrepreneurial skills
I have consistently met my deadlines and targets
Can say “no” to people when required to do so!
I am very co-operative with my sub-ordinates, and would
like to see them grow
I am a good team player
I am very flexible, and have the ability to work hard
under difficult work conditions
I have the experience and knowledge relevant to this job
(Here, give appropriate details and examples)
3. Do You Have Offers From
Other Companies ?
This is of course a difficult question to answer.
Obviously, you must have applied to other companies if
you are looking for a job or would have some offers from
other companies already. Therefore, do not lie that you
have not. However, you are on thin ice here! The
interviewer could be checking your honesty. On the other
hand, he/she may also be trying to find out how focused
you are - are you applying randomly, or is there a
Whatever your answer, it should match your career goals.
4. What Salary Are You Expecting?
Try not to get into salary details early in the
interview. If pressed, you could say that it all depends
on the job, and would like to talk about it after a job
offer. Say this in a convincing tone. In case you are
asked this question in your latter interviews, give a
direct answer. Do not sound apologetic while quoting the
figure you have in mind.
1. How much do you expect?
If you have done your homework, you would know how much
other people in similar jobs are paid. Quote the range
2. How much do you think you are
Work out how much you should be paid, given the market
value of the job and your skills. If you can bring some
extra skills to the table, do not hesitate to ask for
more than the market value.
3. What kind of a culture are you
It is better to be frank about your preferences. Your
interviewer will get a clear idea about your
4. Which is more important to
you-salary, perks or growth opportunities?
This one will reveal the real you. So be sure what you
are going to say. Above all, be true to yourself. If you
think this is a negotiation move, then say clearly that
you will never sell yourself short.
5. What do you know about our
Do not give your opinions about the company. Stick to
reported facts that you have gathered from newspapers
and so on. Talk about the product portfolio, size,
income, and market perceptions of the company. Also it
is better to refer details about each company before
going for the interview from Freshersworld.com or
6. Why should we choose you over
Talk clearly about problems that you have solved in your
College/Project Team and highlight the quality required.
6. Your qualifications are excellent,
but you may be overqualified for the position we have to
Point out that more experience can never be a drawback.
If you are multi-skilled, then highlight the fact that a
company on the fast-track needs multi-skilled people. It
needs people within different departments to work
together. Also emphasise that the company's future
growth will be an exponential function of your
QUESTIONS YOU SHOULD ASK :
Interviewers usually round off by giving you an
opportunity to ask questions. Treat it like a welcome
You could ask questions like.
a) Tell me about your company.
b) Now that I have outlined my career goals, do you
think you can offer me the opportunities I need?
c) What kind of training and learning can I expect in
d) Describe the work culture and the management style of
e) What is the long-term vision of your company?
As a fresher, current position and
status can impact the way you are interviewed. Fresh Out
The basis on which you will be judged
is your academic background, family background, and
If looking for your first job, ensure that your previous
experience, even if it is part-time, is noticed.
Mention projects or responsibilities you may have
undertaken. This will indicate your area of aptitude.
You should be willing to put in regular hours, in line
with the company's policies. The interviewer needs to
know whether you can be punctual and put in full-time
In case you have applied for the post of management
trainee, you should display an ability to adapt, and
indicate all-round interests. Moreover, you should have
good interpersonal skills.
You should be enthusiastic to learn, and show commitment
towards the organization, as the company will be
spending a lot on your training.
with you :
a) Copies of your resumes
b) References and letters of recommendations.
There is a common saying that minds are made up within
the first 5 minutes of an interview. So keep in mind
these important first impression indicators. Walk in the
door as if you already work there, carry yourself as
though you feel perfectly comfortable with the
situation. Arrive on time or a little early. In the
waiting area, politely tell the receptionist who you are
meeting and in a friendly way, ask where you should sit.
Take slow, deep breaths to help you remain calm and
focused. When introduced to the interviewer, have a
firm, but not painful, handshake. Smile. Have good
posture when sitting or standing. Introduce yourself in
a relaxed, confident manner. Have a well-groomed,
professional appearance. Project a feeling of
confidence. Bring extra copies of your resume, some
thing to write on and something to write with.
wish you all the best of luck in your Job Interview !