Sailing Right through Interviews

Interviews remind us of butterflies in the stomach. Even the most experienced people among us dread interviews and prefer to land in a job sans any interviews. Understand that interview is a tow way communication where you need to sell yourself to the company. You need not be a marketer to sell yourself and land in the job. However, if you can just understand some of the factors that make up an interview, you can sail through an interview with ease.

Interviewers test your intellectual side. They try to gauge the complexity of tasks that you have performed in your earlier job. They also test your ability to manage and organize things. Your words reflect how you manage your priorities. Your communication and rapport with your colleagues can also be understood with the help of a few questions. Most interviewers begin it plain by asking, "Can you tell me something about your current experience?" Others prefer to be more specific. The way in which you present the profile of your previous job also speaks volumes about your ability to excel in the new job.

Interviewers examine how motivated you are to face the challenges in the new job. They try to guess your likes and dislikes. You need to paint a better picture by explaining your aspirations. Your enthusiasm and high energy levels are revered and considered to be the most important factors in succeeding in a job. Interviewers are smart enough to recognize the passion that you have towards your current field of operation. If you show any dislike towards your occupation or profession, they might consider you to be wavering and lack loyalty. Your passion towards your current field pours out quite unintentionally.

Once the interviewers are aware of your intellectual and motivating sides, they focus on your personality factors. Past interactions and interpersonal relationships with different people paint a clearer picture of your character and attitude. Managers look for people who are amicable and flexible people who like to work in a team. With the help of some negative questions, they try to examine if you have any self-defeating behaviors. You need to answer these questions carefully by using key words that exhibit your leadership skills and problem solving abilities. Do you remember the recurring questions – Tell me your strengths and weaknesses.

Ultimately, they try to ask situational questions to test the depth of your knowledge. Prepare a list of possible questions and answers and revise them a day before you are due for the interview. Once you are ready with the toughest of questions, all the fears desert you to happily breeze through the entire process. If your knowledge levels are in sync with the requirement, they will be eager to select you. However, in these times of enormous competition, you need to come up with something really extra to make it in the interview. Learn more and always try to have an advantage over others who can compete with you.

Most interviewers give you ample time to feel at ease. Indeed, the first question to tell about yourselves is an indication to stay calm and gather your spirits. While most interviewers prefer this approach, there are others who act as if they mingle with the candidate and get onto the personal side. However, it is the responsibility of the candidate to understand the attitude of the interviewer and tread tactically. Stress Interviews and behavioral interviews are just complex terms used for asking few of the questions stated above. Managers prefer to have a stress interview if the job has more number of applications than the actual requirements. When the competition is more, all these questions act as elimination points. Beware of this process of elimination and steer away from answers that might land you in a mess.

Chakravarthy Tenneti