Behavioral Interview Questions

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Today I am mentioning few Behavioral Interview Questions that are asked by interviewers to check the mindset , attitude and the adaptability of the candidates. These are extremely important if any candidate wants to land the dream job that he/she is looking for.

  1. Tell me about a time in the last week when you’ve been satisfied, energized, and productive at work.What were you doing?
  2. Tell me about a time when you had to juggle several projects at the same time. How did you organize your time?What was the result?
  3. Tell me about a project that you planned. How did you organize and schedule the tasks?
  4. Describe a time when you felt stressed or burdened. How did you handle it?
  5. Give an example of a time when you delegated an important task successfully.
  6. How do you determine what amount of time is reasonable for a task?
  7. Recall a time when your manager was unavailable when a problem arose. How did you handle the situation? Who did you consult with?
  8. What would motivate you to make a move from your current role?
  9. What’s the biggest career goal you’ve achieved?
  10. When was the last time you asked for direct feedback from a superior and why?
  11. Tell me about one of your favorite experiences working with a team and the contributions you made.
  12. Recall a time when you were assigned a task outside of your job description. How did you handle the situation? What was the outcome?
  13. Tell me about the biggest change you have had to deal with? How did you adapt to that change?
  14. Tell me about a time when you had to adjust to a co-worker’s working style in order to complete a project or achieve your outcomes.
  15. What are the three things that are most important to you in a job?
  16. What’s the most interesting thing about you that’s not on your resume?
  17. What would make you choose our company over others?
  18. Tell me about a time when you led by example. What did you do and how did others react?
  19. Tell me about the toughest decision you had to make in the last 1 year
  20. Describe a time when you volunteered to expand your knowledge at work

“Tell me about yourself” interview question

This question seems to strike fear into the hearts of many candidates – and yet, ironically, the motivation for asking it is to relax people at the beginning of the interview! It also allows you to get off to a good start and to highlight some key, interesting facts about yourself – so make the most of the opportunity.

What is interesting about you?

Make a list of your key achievements, your main areas of work and your particular skills and training. You can also include some non-work related facts. For example if you do work for charity or run a local football team, these involve skills that are of interest to a future employer.

Do remember how many times the interviewer will have asked this question and so try to pick some things which are memorable and perhaps a bit different from what everyone will say.

Structure your answer

This type of answer really needs some structure otherwise you can end up just burbling away and then running out of things to say.

Introduction

This is like the top line of your CV. It’s a thumbnail sketch of who you are, what you do and what kind of roles you are looking for. It will probably be just a few sentences.

Three main points

Look at your list and select three things to structure your answer around. Three is a memorable number – it helps the listener to follow what you are saying and also allows you to keep on track.

For each point;

Explain what the skill or area of work is.

“I was responsible for creating a new software database for my department.”

Emphasise what you did, what was involved and how you did it.

“I had to do a lot of research to discover what was needed and I had to make sure that everyone bought in to it and was able to use it.”

Add what you learnt and what you gained from it.

“I learnt that some people can be resistant to change, but that once I had explained the benefits fully, and really listened to their input, then they accepted it. Now they say they can’t imagine how they managed all those years without it. It really gave me the confidence to initiate and lead projects.”

Try to end with the most powerful and interesting point as this will stay in the interviewer’s memory.

Conclusion

It is very important to finish cleanly and on a strong note. So sum up and then end by re-stating what kind of role you are now looking for (being sure that it fits appropriately with the current interview).

Practice

Practice this answer out loud a few times so you get a sense that it flows well and makes sense. Don’t learn it off by heart – as it is then difficult to make it seem spontaneous. But do become familiar with the material, and adapt it as necessary depending on the job you are applying for.

How to overcome interview nerves?

Everyone gets nervous at a job interview. If you didn’t get nervous, it would mean you didn’t care. The problem is that sometimes the nerves can affect your performance so you may appear lacking in energy or unenthusiastic or just plain terrified! So here are some crucial techniques to help you control your nerves.

Practice

This is something which many people neglect to do – and yet it makes a huge difference. Either get someone to ask you some specimen questions or ask yourself the question and then practice speaking the answers. A lot of nervous energy comes from fear of the unknown or fear that we are going to freeze or look stupid. So by practising answers aloud, it will start to feel more familiar and your confidence will grow.

Relaxation and Breathing

It is important to be as physically relaxed as possible before an interview as, not only will this help you to feel more confident, it will also project confidence to the interviewer.

So take a few minutes, either at home before you leave or find somewhere quiet at the interview venue. Roll your shoulders a few times, forwards and backwards, shake the tension out of your arms and hands, look in a mirror and smile to remind yourself to do it later!

Breathe in deeply through your nose to a count of four and then out through your mouth to a count of five. Make sure you are still physically relaxed. Try placing your hand on your stomach and think of breathing deeply (rather than shallow breathing in your chest).

Visualisation

Ask yourself this question: “How do I make myself nervous?” Now think about the answer. No one is making you nervous – you are doing that yourself. So how do you do it? Perhaps you imagine yourself going blank in the interview? Or going red and stammering? Our ability to make ourselves feel emotions by using our imagination is highly developed. It’s just a shame that so many of us imagine the worst case scenario! The result is it makes us really nervous, which then means we perform badly and end up fulfilling that worst case scenario. In order to break this cycle, imagine yourself in the interview with it all going really well. You are calm, relaxed and friendly. You are answering all the questions easily and in a structured way. You are feeling confident and in control. It helps to reinforce the scenario if you use all your senses. So imagine what it will look like, what it will sound like and what it will feel like.

You’re the solution to their problem

Someone conducting an interview has a problem. They have an empty role in their organisation – and you could be the solution to that problem. As you walk through the door rather than focusing on being judged, imagine that you are there to help them. Changing the way you think about the interview can have a huge impact on your confidence.

How to deal with competency based interviews?

Increasingly, interviews are based on competencies. These are particular skills and qualities they are looking for in a candidate. Some examples of competencies are:

Leadership
Team working
Communication skills
Conflict management
Delegation
Influencing
Risk taking
Integrity

Preparation

Check on the competencies required in the job description or the application form. Then think about examples from your work when you have demonstrated them. It is important when talking about competencies to always give examples. Usually they will ask for this: “Tell me about a time when you had to use your communication skills to influence someone.”

Make notes in bullet form so that you can review them before the interview. If possible have two examples of each one because sometimes they ask you for another example.

Don’t worry about stating the obvious. What may seem obvious to you, still needs saying. For example you may believe that you are acting with integrity all the time but you still need to come up with a specific example. If you don’t say it, then they can’t give you credit for it. You could say something like: “My aim is to act with integrity at all times but I suppose a particular example where that became important was…”

Delivery

When answering this type of competency question try using the following ‘STAR’ structure to give coherence to you answers.

S for Situation: What was the situation you found yourself in? Set the scene with a couple of sentences. Don’t go into too much detail at this point – save that for later.

T for Task: What was it you had to do? What was the project?

A for Action: This part is crucial. What did you do? How did you influence the outcome? What effective behaviours did you display?

R for Result : People often forget this part. So make sure you end by clearly stating what happened as a result of your actions.

Using this structure will give your answers clarity and direction and will help you to speak to the point and to know that you’ve given the right amount of information.

Practice

Practice using the STAR technique, but don’t learn answers off by heart as this can sound over-prepared and inauthentic. Instead become familiar with discussing the examples so that when it is required you are able to speak fluently and precisely.

How to sell yourself in a job interview?

Many people find this challenging because they worry they will sound like they’re showing off. It can help to think about it in a different way. You’re not showing off, you’re just explaining directly and positively, why you are right for the job.

Make a list of all your strengths and all your positive qualities and why you would be great for this role. Ask your colleagues and friends as well – sometimes other people can see these things better. Take some time to remind yourself of all your skills and experience, so that when asked, you will appear enthusiastic and committed.

‘I’ not ‘we’

When talking about successful projects or achievements make sure you give yourself full credit. It’s easy to get into the habit of talking as a team because that is often important in a work context. For example: “We achieved the targets.” However in an interview start getting used to emphasising what you did personally. For example: “I made sure that everyone understood what was required by meeting with them individually and as a result I achieved my target – along with the rest of the team.”

Voice

If you voice is monotone or very quiet then you will sound unenthusiastic and they will be less likely to believe you. Practice making your voice more engaging by really focusing on the interviewers and deliberately making what you say as interesting as possible. It can help to record your practice answers and listen to them. Try emphasising key words and slowing down your delivery as this makes the voice easier to listen to.

Body Language

Body language is also an important element when trying to come across with confidence and enthusiasm. Avoid slumping in your chair or fidgeting nervously. Before the interview, practice how you will sit. Relax your shoulders, sit up and make direct eye contact – and remember to smile as this will make you look confident and friendly. Use your hands to gesture, just as you would if you were talking to someone in a normal situation.

Selling yourself

“Why should we give you this job?”

“What’s special about you?”

“What makes you think you’re right for this role?”

These are typical interview questions, so have answers ready, based on the list of strengths and your experience.

Remember, you’ve done really well to get this interview. Now you need to make sure they understand just how right you are for the job. They are not mind readers… You have to tell them while demonstrating confidence, enthusiasm and commitment.

Ask These Interview Questions to Avoid Misunderstandings

At the end of most job interviews you are asked if you have any question for the interviewer or the company. This is a golden opportunity to position yourself as the best candidate and of course also find out if this is the company where you want to work.

You simply ask the employer to voice their concerns and by being able to respond, you can avoid any misunderstandings. Make sure that you give them time to properly voice their concern and then attempt to clarify or respond.

It takes some courage to ask some of these interview questions, but the return is much greater than other types of questions. When asked in an open and inviting way, they can get you closer to getting that dream job.

Interview Questions To Ask

  • Are there any personal development opportunities available?
  • Now that we’ve had a chance to talk, how does my background measure up to the requirements of the job? To the other candidates?
  • What particular aspects of my background and experience interested you the most?
  • What do you consider the weakest part of my profile?
  • Do you have any concerns about my skills, education, or experience?
  • Are there any areas in which you feel that I fall short of your requirements?
  • What causes you concern about my candidacy?
  • How do you feel I match your requirements for this position?
  • What are your concerns about hiring me?
  • Do you have any concerns about my ability to do the job and fit in?
  • Based on my experience and the job description, is it possible that you may consider me overqualified?
  • Do you have any concerns that I need to clear up in order to be the top candidate?

100 Potential Interview Questions

While there are as many different possible interview questions as there are interviewers, it always helps to be ready for anything. So we’ve prepared a list of 100 potential interview questions. Will you face them all? We pray no interviewer would be that cruel. Will you face a few? Probably. Will you be well-served by being ready even if you’re not asked these exact questions? Absolutely.

Basic Interview Questions:

  1. Tell me about yourself.
  2. What are your strengths?
  3. What are your weaknesses?
  4. Why do you want this job?
  5. Where would you like to be in your career five years from now?
  6. What’s your ideal company?
  7. What attracted you to this company?
  8. Why should we hire you?
  9. What did you like least about your last job?
  10. When were you most satisfied in your job?
  11. What can you do for us that other candidates can’t?
  12. What were the responsibilities of your last position?
  13. Why are you leaving your present job?
  14. What do you know about this industry?
  15. What do you know about our company?
  16. Are you willing to relocate?
  17. Do you have any questions for me?

Behavioral Interview Questions:

  1. What was the last project you headed up, and what was its outcome?
  2. Give me an example of a time that you felt you went above and beyond the call of duty at work.
  3. Can you describe a time when your work was criticized?
  4. Have you ever been on a team where someone was not pulling their own weight? How did you handle it?
  5. Tell me about a time when you had to give someone difficult feedback. How did you handle it?
  6. What is your greatest failure, and what did you learn from it?
  7. What irritates you about other people, and how do you deal with it?
  8. If I were your supervisor and asked you to do something that you disagreed with, what would you do?
  9. What was the most difficult period in your life, and how did you deal with it?
  10. Give me an example of a time you did something wrong. How did you handle it?
  11. What irritates you about other people, and how do you deal with it?
  12. Tell me about a time where you had to deal with conflict on the job.
  13. If you were at a business lunch and you ordered a rare steak and they brought it to you well done, what would you do?
  14. If you found out your company was doing something against the law, like fraud, what would you do?
  15. What assignment was too difficult for you, and how did you resolve the issue?
  16. What’s the most difficult decision you’ve made in the last two years and how did you come to that decision?
  17. Describe how you would handle a situation if you were required to finish multiple tasks by the end of the day, and there was no conceivable way that you could finish them.

Salary Questions:

  1. What salary are you seeking?
  2. What’s your salary history?
  3. If I were to give you this salary you requested but let you write your job description for the next year, what would it say?

Career Development Questions:

  1. What are you looking for in terms of career development?
  2. How do you want to improve yourself in the next year?
  3. What kind of goals would you have in mind if you got this job?
  4. If I were to ask your last supervisor to provide you additional training or exposure, what would she suggest?

Getting Started Questions:

  1. How would you go about establishing your credibility quickly with the team?
  2. How long will it take for you to make a significant contribution?
  3. What do you see yourself doing within the first 30 days of this job?
  4. If selected for this position, can you describe your strategy for the first 90 days?

More About You:

  1. How would you describe your work style?
  2. What would be your ideal working environment?
  3. What do you look for in terms of culture — structured or entrepreneurial?
  4. Give examples of ideas you’ve had or implemented.
  5. What techniques and tools do you use to keep yourself organized?
  6. If you had to choose one, would you consider yourself a big-picture person or a detail-oriented person?
  7. Tell me about your proudest achievement.
  8. Who was your favorite manager and why?
  9. What do you think of your previous boss?
  10. Was there a person in your career who really made a difference?
  11. What kind of personality do you work best with and why?
  12. What are you most proud of?
  13. What do you like to do?
  14. What are your lifelong dreams?
  15. What do you ultimately want to become?
  16. What is your personal mission statement?
  17. What are three positive things your last boss would say about you?
  18. What negative thing would your last boss say about you?
  19. What three character traits would your friends use to describe you?
  20. What are three positive character traits you don’t have?
  21. If you were interviewing someone for this position, what traits would you look for?
  22. List five words that describe your character.
  23. Who has impacted you most in your career and how?
  24. What is your greatest fear?
  25. What is your biggest regret and why?
  26. What’s the most important thing you learned in school?
  27. Why did you choose your major?
  28. What will you miss about your present/last job?
  29. What is your greatest achievement outside of work?
  30. What are the qualities of a good leader? A bad leader?
  31. Do you think a leader should be feared or liked?
  32. How do you feel about taking no for an answer?
  33. How would you feel about working for someone who knows less than you?
  34. How do you think I rate as an interviewer?
  35. Tell me one thing about yourself you wouldn’t want me to know.
  36. Tell me the difference between good and exceptional.
  37. What kind of car do you drive?
  38. There’s no right or wrong answer, but if you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you be?
  39. What’s the last book you read?
  40. What magazines do you subscribe to?
  41. What’s the best movie you’ve seen in the last year?
  42. What would you do if you won the lottery?
  43. Who are your heroes?
  44. What do you like to do for fun?
  45. What do you do in your spare time?
  46. What is your favorite memory from childhood?

Brainteaser Questions:

  1. How many times do a clock’s hands overlap in a day?
  2. How would you weigh a plane without scales?
  3. Tell me 10 ways to use a pencil other than writing.
  4. Sell me this pencil.
  5. If you were an animal, which one would you want to be?
  6. Why is there fuzz on a tennis ball?
  7. If you could choose one superhero power, what would it be and why?
  8. If you could get rid of any one of the Indian states, which one would you get rid of and why?
  9. With your eyes closed, tell me step-by-step how to tie my shoes

Group Interview Tips

Standing Out

Anybody remember the old detergent ads a kid with a bright white shirt standing in the crowd, that concept always caught my attention. Well, stop thinking! I will explain how is it important to the interviews. the concept always remind me to give the best effort to stand out of the group (don’t mistake and end up choosing a bright shirt for your interview). Group interviews are one such interviews where you need to stand out of the group with your ability.

There are two types of group interviews, one you will be facing a group of interviewers alone, it is also called a panel interview or the other, you will be along with a group of candidates while facing the interviewer. Here are a few group interview tips.

Be the Early bird

Have you heard the saying that “the early bird catches the worm”, here you might not get the job just by coming early. In group interviews, you most likely to be monitored from the time you enter, being early gives you the chance to be remembered, and also it helps to keep your nervousness at bay as you get a chance to know the other candidates catching up with the basic formalities.

Ice breaker

Have you ever noticed when you start getting comfortable with interviews, for most of us it was while giving our introduction or called icebreaker, as it is with what you start the conversation? So be prepared to answer about yourself and don’t forget to highlight your achievements. Keep it short yet unique and simple.

Be inclusive

You need to make sure to get the focus light on you but remember that doesn’t mean taking the whole time for your voice. Interact and allow others to put their voice which indicates leadership quality and teamwork.

Emotions

A group conversation might easily end up in arguments, where you are putting best efforts to prove your statement. Interview is definitely not the place for argument so keep your emotions, tone always on check. and prove your point with base statements.

The basics are always same, formal attire, communication skills, body language, keeping eye contact and smile while answering, interpersonal skills, problem solving, etc all these are closely monitored by every interviewer, like default setting for job interviews.

Finally don’t forget to thank the interviewer, taking the feedback and asking any queries which you find important to be understood by you.

Video Interview Tips

Technology development has made distance seem less.

Equipment


First and foremost, if the conference is at the company learn about the equipment being used with the help of a technician, or if it is at your place make sure to pick a good product that does not give you any technical difficulties during the call. You will be more confident once you know how to use it.

Conform with your interviewer about any transmission delay or voice breakage, which can be corrected, controlled at the beginning.

Angle and lighting


Make sure the camera angle is focused on your face, remember not to zoom it (unless you wanna scare your interviewer). Do you know how your picture looks if it is taken from a wrong angle? It is the same with the video also make sure the lighting is sufficient and in the right direction making your appearance clear.

Your surrounding


In a video call, it is not only you that is visible but your surrounding also, if the interview is at the company, mostly it will be held at the conference halls not much for you to be worried but if these are done at your house make sure to keep the table is neat. Look at the background of the video, make sure the wall is not filled with huge artworks, picture frames, or any other means that can be distracting the interviewers’ attention.

Interview Attire

No cheating, don’t go with a formal suit for the upper half and the denim for the lower half, video interviews are equal to one on one interviews. So treat them as such and be sure to follow the proper interview attire.

Listen with your eyes

Your face is the main focus in the video interviews keep a check on your reactions and nervousness as well as the interviewers’ reactions while replying.

Rehearse

Rehearse well on your voice, body language, smile, face reactions, hand gestures. Try recording your voice and learn to adjust the pitch and corrections, don’t shake your hand vigorously in front of the video cam, don’t slouch or lean too close to the camera.

Finally, microphones will not only catch your voice but can pick up and often amplify any sound. Don’t try to tape you pen on the table, flipping paper, or don’t let any other source of sounds be a distraction, have a look at the phone interview tips also.

Panel Interview Tips

Jury Day

Have you heard of a jury verdict anytime? A group of people sitting and listening to the whole argument or the explanations before passing a verdict and these are tough jobs, its not one person you need to convince but different people with different mindsets on your behalf. Jury and panel interview are almost alike, panel interviews are mostly conducted to attain immediate results. You either meet the panel individually or along with the group. Here are a few panel interview tips to ace the job.

Everyone is important

The first diamond rule of the panel interview is to make yourself prepared that it is not one person you are talking to.

Greet all the panel members individually

Make an eye contact with all the panel members

Don’t concentrate on one individual, while replying.

Be Attentive

The golden rule – always keep an eye on which direction the bullet is coming from, the questions asked might not be related to each other, as they reflect the choice of a particular individual. So, be attentive to what and from whom you are asked. you can’t ignore a question, if you don’t have an answer politely decline to answer or accept your unawareness on the issue, showing your eagerness in learning it further.

Whom to Impress

With most of the interviews, you would already understand who is impressed with you and who is yet to be. Don’t concentrate only on the people who are impressed with you, it would be comforting to express to a person who is open to you but concentrating and winning over a person who is most likely to reject you, show your ability in reading people.

Amoeba Questions

Remember amoeba? The shapeless microorganisms.you might come across questions

Like these at the interview panel, these are not structured to any shape or graphic patterns they are random and total shapeless. Be prepared to answer these, practice them earlier. Remember you are not obliged to answer, politely decline if you do not intend to answer.

Concentrate on your attire, communication skills, smile, firm handshake, confidence levels and don’t forget to keep you mobile on silent, adding cherry on top be on time and thank the panel for the time taken and given.

Interview Answering Tips

How should i speak?

Have you ever been left with confusion on thoughts like, how should I speak? what should I tell? etc…..not everywhere but for interviews, these questions are important to be considered. Well, how you answer is what determines what is awaiting further the interview. your answers should be like “just finishing work is not important, but how smart you finish is what matters”. So, check out these few interviews answering tips.

Crisp and Clear

Speak clear, crisp and try to work on your tone. these details give an image about your confidence levels, enthusiasm and interests in the job role.

1 2 3 Bang

Stop! no need to rush with a reply to the gunfire, pause before replying it gives you time to think and answer effectively.

“Umm” “ah”

There is no problem in taking the help of umms and ahhs to fill the gaps in between, make sure the reply doesn’t sound complete with them only.

Attentiveness

Be attentive to the questions of the interviewer and let him lead the conversation. If you don’t know the answer, reply politely on knowing, the interviewer does not expect you to be an encyclopedia. If you don’t understand the question don’t hesitate to ask for the repeat.

Don’t Complain

Your disappointment in a previous job or boss, the interview is not the time to let it out. Conversations let us get carried away. Try to be discreet, diplomatic, and practical while replying.

Experience Speaks

Experience be it work or life leaves a lot of examples, let your experience speak about you. Demonstrate your knowledge, skills and learning with examples from the past.

Be Positive

“I don’t know, I have no experience in that area, I can’t “ instead of expressing what you don’t know, emphasize more on what you know, what you achieved.

Being shy to express yourself will not help you yield the job, speak up for yourself with confidence. you can speak to you better than you.

Face to Face Interview Tips

You never get second chance to make a first impression

Definitely at places where you need to be judged at fractions of minutes, you will not get the second chance to make first impression. one of such place is interview. these are just like the court stitutions with judge, victim and attorney, in interviews you won’t have an attorney to defend you nor chances to appeal for next session. especially face to face interviews, which at times and places is also called one on one interviews are like final judgement. this is not trying to scare you but just to warn you, there is no need to panic all you need to do is organise and prepare little head for the interview.

Note down Calmly

First once you get the call on conformation about the face to face interview schedule. Note down properly place, time and company and job criteria. Clear any further doubts about any attire specification or any other documents required etc. (don’t ask irrelevant or unnecessary question making fool of yourself).

Research

This is very important homework, no interviewer would be expecting any candidate who doesn’t have basic information about the company, which is easily obtained on internet or through social network (no time is an obvious stupid reason and a white lie which is clearly visible). this clearly tells the interview about your disinterest for the placement and the organization. so, take your time and collect as much information possible in terms of achievements, goals, assets, awards, projects etc.

First 10 Minutes

The first 10 minutes is the crucial time to make a mark on yourself and to grab the attention.

ATTIRE – interviews are not the places to make fashion statements. please check on the interview attire tips and check on your industry people or the organization attire policies by asking the employes softly. keep it neat, subtle and sophisticated.

HANDSHAKE – give a firm handshake, it shouldn’t be too tight nor too loose in grip. too tight points at your bad manners and too loose points your lack of confidence. practice, quiz your friends hands till you get it right.

SMILE – One big weapon which can hold a war. observe yourself before head once, when you talk smiling the voice changes, if you are trying to guess what is the reason for change, its because smile brings confidence. so, keep smiling at the interview (Caution: its SMILE not LAUGH).

Confidence

Sorry guys this is not available in any stores to purchase. you need to develop it. how? first and foremost know yourself, weakness, strengths, goals and directions. oh ! for interviews in particular your resume. you should know it properly, prepare answers for what you had provided in your resume. you are selected seeing your documents so its your turn now to base your documents.

Basic Answers

No interviewer will directly hit you with the technical question. there are these basic questions which are very casual or usual, but gives huge information about you.

why do you like to work with our company?

why do you think we should hire you?

what is the reason for shifting from the previous company?

how is your work experience with your previous employer?

These questions are not as simple as they sound, they have more weightage than you think. Think before you respond. don’t badmouth your previous employer or organization. don’t show your dis-satisfaction in work or work environment. your negative approach will only take away your chances of placement. keep your answers truthful and smart.

Posture

Every body is given a back bone, so sit straight don’t slouch or lean on the chair. From time to time lean little front while engaging in the conversation. its shows your active interaction in the conversation and support to the statements made.

Job Role

Be clear on the job role you applied, emphasise on your achievements, interpersonal skills, subject, knowledge and how well you can fulfill the role. provide them stories theories and your experiences. explain your weakness and how you tried to overcome and strengths how effective you used them for productivity.while answering all of these make sure keep an eye contact with the interviewer, giving the information on your truthfulness and confidence.

Question Time

Interviews are not only for the interviewer to ask question about you but also for you to know more about the company. so, ask the interviewer about the organization or any doubts that needs to be understood. Encourage the interviewer to explain about the organisation. this adds up in showing your interest for the job placement.

Finally thank the interviewer for the time taken and given. If selected for the Second round take information of what are the aspects and criteria. Send a thanking mail and requesting for the conformation on next round timing and dates.

60 interview tips

Checklist
When we leave our house or while leaving your desk before going home, we tend to wait for one last minute, look back once more. why do we do that? I do it because that’s the last confirmation call I take, to all the details needed are checked before leaving. there are a lot of detailed job tips, interview tips but to take one short look before an interview, we need to make a list of all the details. tried to make it shorter, here are 60 interview tips checklist.

Resume – Its your image in words helping the interviewer in selecting you.
1.keep it clear and truthful
2.Take you seniors, or our experts help in building an impressive resume
3.Don’t be a miser with words in expressing your achievements
4.Always keep few extra copies
5.Make sure they are neat and are not crumpled
6.Don’t forget to submit or upload them on the job sites etc.

Phone call – your voice taking the next step

Before
7.make sure the premises are clear and sound proof (look your room)
8.choose a place with good network connectivity.
9.keep your resume and notepad in hand
10.now calm down and hit the call button

While attending
11.let the interviewer speak completely
12.note all the details like the company name, person’s name and designation, job role and rest other details provided initially while introducing himself.
13.address the interviewer with his last name and with respect
14.be attentive, reply promptly and confidently
15.before cutting the call thank the interviewer formally.

After
16.make a note of the important points of the conversation

Now START Preparing

Research – what shows the interviewer your enthusiasm and interest for the job role.
17.research about the company, its views, goals and achievements
18.keep tab of recent updates about the organization
19.if you can find, look for the interview panel members
20.try to study what the company demands and looking in the candidates for the job role.
21.not to miss do your revision on the subjects required and the new development in you domine, not necessary you should learn them but its always good to know the updates.

On the i-day – Interview day

Interview Attire
22.interviews are formal affairs, so keep your attire formal
23.shades and neutrals are vice choice in colours
24.suits, and formal shirt and trouser with a neck tie if needed is smart
25.don’t forget to press them properly, its tidy and no stains or smears
26.interviews are a place to make a mark but don’t misunderstand it to make a fashion statement
27.skin show is a big no for both men and women remember interviewer is looking at brains for more information look into interview attire tips and related articles

Documents Check
28.check for all your certificates arrange them in order and properly
29.keep your portfolio or research documents intact.
30.If carrying laptop or other devices check for the accessibility, battery and place on the screen where you can find easily.(at this point keep your screen neat and clean)

Time
31.being late and stupid traffic reasons are not acceptable in interviews
32.take down the interview location properly, if you don’t know the place check on it the earlier day.
33.even while replying at the interview, there is no need to reply like a bullet fired but don’t take too long either.

Communication Skills
34.keep check on the negative terms like, i don’t, i haven’t, i won’t
35.try to get rid of MTI (mother tongue influence) something like “ok no”
36.try to fill the gaps in your conversation with “uhs and ok” but don’t let the conversation sound only of “uhs and oks”.

Preparation
37.brush your subject along with the basics.
38.revise your projects submitted in your resume, coz that’s where interviewer will probe with question to know more.
39.keep yourself updated with your expertise subject areas developments and others related around.
40.keep updates of the general day to day subjects also updated, it shows your attentiveness to the world around.

Etiquette-before entering the interview room, these are few things to keep in mind
41.keep your nervousness on hold (breath in breath out)
42.walk in confidently
43.great every interviewer properly
44.give a firm handshake
45.don’t slouch, sit straight or lean little front while answering showing your attentiveness.
46.keep an eye to eye contact
47.remember to have a warm smile while doing all there

Answering-your reply is one of the factor that sets you apart from rest of the candidate
48.no need to run the minute bullet is fired, take few seconds before replying
49.reply smartly, there might be tricky questions to confuse you.
50.be discreet while answering
51.don’t badmouth your previous employer.

Interview Types
52.Understand the interview, what type of interview you are attending.
53.one to one interview where you need to converse and impress one person
54.behavioral interviews will ask you to explain a situation and how you reacted to it rather than how would you react to it.
55.Group interviews, either the candidates are in a group or the interview panel will be in a group in any of the scenarios you need to stand out
56.Lunch interviews can be considered as informal interviews but the assessment will be as formal interviews. so, be prepared as if going for an office interview only at the same time be a little bit relaxed also.

Ending – Starting is always important, at the same time ending is also
57.Interviews are not only for the interviewer to ask, its for you to also get the information on your queries
58.queries show your interest and enthusiasm
59.thank your interviewer warmly for the time given and taken
60.send a thank you note mentioning to know the details for further rounds or the confirmation in the next procedures.

Interview Preparation Tips

In the present day, one needs to earn his living and jobs are one of the major sources for secured earning. So, better grab your opportunity at the campus interviews or fight yourself for the opening available after college. Out the competition is much bigger, without proper interview preparation you will be left with very few options to fit in.

Interview Preparation Tips

Be clear about your aims, goals, and most importantly yourself.

Research the market on the current trends and upcoming trends (next five years on jobs).

If you are learning extra courses to add on, learn something in the direction where you want to go. Don’t nail the entire wall thinking it will get stuck somewhere or the other. That’s aimless and childish. Keep it clear and make sure to hit at one precise point (this shows your commitment, passion and dedication).

Work on your RESUME. This needs your detailed attention keep your resume truthful coz this marks your first chance for interview. Don’t add resume with what you are not (especially freshers). If not a better liar your chances are drowned.

Communication skills, keep your response crisp and clear. Don’t stammer.

Work on your attire, make it sophisticated, appt for the company and of course it should be comfortable for you.

Take your time on

Study about the company its aims goals, achievements, assets and future plans, current projects, successful projects and upcoming projects.

Prepare general answers for the basic questions.

Practice mock interviews in front of mirror or friends etc….

Keep your documents check on what to bring for the interview and arrangement. Carry extra copies of your resume (panel might be more than one member).

Be confident, work on your nervousness, keep calm and answer smartly.

Keep smile on your face and work on your body language.

Most importantly be on time, if possible 10 minutes earlier.

After the interview make a professional exit. Don’t show or act abrupt out of rejection. There are still other companies for you.

Communicating for an interview

Before sending your resume, it is of utmost importance for you to glance it up. There are numerous areas which can be highlighted as per the post you are applying for. In case, you are applying for a middle management profile, you can highlight your quantitative work efforts. Include new areas and relevant ones so that talking during your interview will be relatively easy. Know the most important question is. ‘Say something about your self.’ Here the employer is studying your confidence level and whether you are comfortable about your personality.

For a fresher, rehearsing is good. It will work well if you know some things about the new lingo used in the corporate world. The first sentence you speak must have a word that is convincing. If you are applying for a teachers post, you must make it clear that you love teaching and love kids. This is the highlight of your interview and most of the questions will be around the same. Imaginative ideas are not needed while talking on the panel. The idea is to be relevant and share your experience. The management will also like to know your long term goals and the reason why you want to be here.

It is very important to have an open attitude. In case you are not directly able to comprehend a question it is perfectly fine to ask for it to be repeated. Thereby, you will not ramble and the point will clearly come across. Most of the short listed candidates are eligible ones as they have conveyed a lot via their resume. During an interview the body language must never be dominating. Eye contact with all the interviewees on the panel is a must. There is no need to get cornered and you can state your views with proper conduct in case you differ in an opinion. Tact is the best savior at times.

Most of the employers look for confident people who can multi task. It is true that you must never say, ‘No’ during the first meet but again it is very subjective in nature. The interview looks at your profile as a manager of self and a leader to other work mates. Talking in terms of responsibility, displaying your soft skills and creating a congenial personality are very important part of an interview. Along with the same it’s good to have a well groomed look, good hygiene and impressive attire as per the tone of the interview.