What are some tips & tricks I should know before going to an interview?

First impressions are pretty important (Primacy effect).
So make sure you are appropriately dressed, well-groomed, and enter the room with a smile and a pleasing countenance.

So is the final impression. (Recency effect)
Make sure you end the interview on a good note. Do your homework when it comes to the role you are applying for, the company profile, the industry outlook and future trajectory.

Most interviews end with the interviewer soliciting questions from the candidate. Try and ask something relevant and interesting.

Get some sleep the night before.
You want to be well-rested and fully awake the next day. Lack of sleep would mean you are a little foggy, grumpy, and not performing at your best.

Be honest.
Nobody expects you to be perfect and all-knowing. If you do not know something, admit it. It is better than beating-around-the-bush and trying to cover up, which almost never works. And if you get caught bluffing, it's a sure shot way of getting rejected.

Be yourself.
Some people try to be nicer. Some try to be more professional. And it backfires a lot of time. You can either come across as a suck-up, or downright rude. Also, if you are not preoccupied with the pretense you are putting up, you can focus more on the things that actually matter.

Clean up your social media footprint.
A lot of interviewers have started doing background research on candidates by going through their social media profiles.

Make sure that your Linkedin profile is updated, there are no objectionable photos on your Instagram account, your retarded, inflammatory, or plain ignorant Facebook posts.

Make sure your resume is updated.
If the latest item on your resume is something you did more than a year ago, you will come across as either incompetent or just too lazy to even update your profile.

Arrive on time.
Don't think, "It's just a 15-minute ride. I will start 20 minutes early". Start an hour before instead. Make sure you have factored in any chance unfortunate incidents like an unlikely jam, an accident, the cab breaking down, not being able to find the office or the exact interview location.

Also, if you arrive decently early, you have time to do a sanity check. Wash your face, comb your hair, check your documents, be mentally prepared. Make sure your "interview persona" takes over as soon as you enter the company premises. Be polite to everyone starting including the security guard and receptionist. You never know who else is there in the waiting area.

Treat it like a date.
Make it an interesting conversation rather than a terrifying interrogation. After all, you are there not only for the interviewer to judge your competency, but also for you to evaluate whether the profile, the team, and the company culture is in sync with your personality.


A wonderful article/series of illustrations on Lifehacker does a good job of explaining the basic etiquette to be followed before, during, and after an interview.

Interview Objective: Join the 180° Club

What You Hopefully Did Months Ago

Because I GUARANTEE This Will Happen Before Your Interview

What You Should Do Leading Up to the Interview

What You Should Bring

The Suit

This is Not a Party

"Fashionably Late" Does Not Exist

The Handshake

How Enthusiastic You Should Appear

Question Category Overview: What I (the Interviewer) am Really Trying to Figure Out

Tell Me About Yourself

What are Your Strengths?

What are Your Weaknesses?

Your Phone

Describe a Time You Had Difficulty Working with a Coworker.

What Was Your Biggest Mistake?

Describe Your Ideal Workplace

What Do You Know About this Company?

Why do You Want this Job?

Do You Have Any Questions for Me?

Lunch: Price Considerations

Lunch: Limit Your Pickiness

Lunch: Appropriate BAC Level

Lunch: Very Important Additional Consideration

What to Remember Regarding a Thank You Email


P.P.S. Here's a website listing the FAQs in interviews and how to tackle them

  • Question 1 Tell me about yourself.
  • Question 2 What are your greatest strengths?
  • Question 3 What are your greatest weaknesses?
  • Question 4 Tell me about something you did – or failed to do – that you now feel a little ashamed of.
  • Question 5 Why are you leaving (or did you leave) this position?
  • Question 6 The "Silent Treatment"
  • Question 7 Why should I hire you?
  • Question 8 Aren't you overqualified for this position?
  • Question 9 Where do you see yourself five years from now?
  • Question 10 Describe your ideal company, location and job.
  • Question 11 Why do you want to work at our company?
  • Question 12 What are your career options right now?
  • Question 13 Why have you been out of work so long?
  • Question 14 Tell me honestly about the strong points and weak points of your boss (company, management team, etc.)…
  • Question 15 What good books have you read lately?
  • Question 16 Tell me about a situation when your work was criticized.
  • Question 17 What are your outside interests?
  • Question 18 The "Fatal Flaw" question
  • Question 19 How do you feel about reporting to a younger person (minority, woman, etc)?
  • Question 20 On confidential matters…
  • Question 21 Would you lie for the company?
  • Question 22 Looking back, what would you do differently in your life?
  • Question 23 Could you have done better in your last job?
  • Question 24 Can you work under pressure?
  • Question 25 What makes you angry?
  • Question 26 Why aren't you earning more money at this stage of your career?
  • Question 27 Who has inspired you in your life and why?
  • Question 28 What was the toughest decision you ever had to make?
  • Question 29 Tell me about the most boring job you've ever had.
  • Question 30 Have you been absent from work more than a few days in any previous position?
  • Question 31 What changes would you make if you came on board?
  • Question 32 I'm concerned that you don't have as much experience as we'd like in…
  • Question 33 How do you feel about working nights and weekends?
  • Question 34 Are you willing to relocate or travel?
  • Question 35 Do you have the stomach to fire people? Have you had experience firing many people?
  • Question 36 Why have you had so many jobs?
  • Question 37 What do you see as the proper role/mission of…
  • Question 38 What would you say to your boss if he's crazy about an idea, but you think it stinks?
  • Question 39 How could you have improved your career progress?
  • Question 40 What would you do if a fellow executive on your own corporate level wasn't pulling his/her weight…and this was hurting your department?
  • Question 41 You've been with your firm a long time. Won't it be hard switching to a new company?
  • Question 42 May I contact your present employer for a reference?
  • Question 43 Give me an example of your creativity (analytical skill…managing ability, etc.)
  • Question 44 Where could you use some improvement?
  • Question 45 What do you worry about?
  • Question 46 How many hours a week do you normally work?
  • Question 47 What's the most difficult part of being a (job title)?
  • Question 48 The "Hypothetical Problem"
  • Question 49 What was the toughest challenge you've ever faced?
  • Question 50 Have you consider starting your own business?
  • Question 51 What are your goals?
  • Question 52 What do you for when you hire people?
  • Question 53 Sell me this stapler…(this pencil…this clock…or some other object on interviewer's desk).
  • Question 54 "The Salary Question" – How much money do you want?
  • Question 55 The Illegal Question
  • Question 56 The "Secret" Illegal Question
  • Question 57 What was the toughest part of your last job?
  • Question 58 How do you define success…and how do you measure up to your own definition?
  • Question 59 "The Opinion Question" – What do you think about …Abortion…The President…The Death Penalty…(or any other controversial subject)?
  • Question 60 If you won $10 million lottery, would you still work?
  • Question 61 Looking back on your last position, have you done your best work?
  • Question 62 Why should I hire you from the outside when I could promote someone from within?
  • Question 63 Tell me something negative you've heard about our company…
  • Question 64 On a scale of one to ten, rate me as an interviewer.

19 Replies to “What are some tips & tricks I should know before going to an interview?”

  1. When you are short-listed , it means you qualify the first round. You have the skills and certificates that they need. But now , the second round ; interview , you need to prove it.

    Don’t forget these :

    • First impressions are very important either its an interview or a date. You Only Have 7 Seconds To Make A Strong First Impression , says Anna Pitts , the featured author on Business Insider.
    • Step into their shoes. Use your imagination. Imagine what it be like if you were the questioner , what would you like to see in the candidate. What will make you feel bored. What would make you feel interested in the conversation.
    • Sell yourself. You are here to convince the questioner that you are the best option for this job.

    There are 7 tips I can give you which will win you an interview for sure :

    [ Tip #1 ] Look Confident

    You will be more likely to be successful in the interview if you look confident. There aremany hacks you can use.

    -Maintain eye contact

    -Sit up straight

    Caution : Remember , confidence comes from the core of your soul. Have a goal. Achieve it. This brings true confidence in you. You can still look more confident among peers if you try these hacks.

    [ Tip #2 ] Look Charming

    It is likely for you to look more confident if you are wearing the best you have in your wardrobe. Prepare your dress one night before the interview day.

    -Smile : You are never fully dressed without a smile. Don’t forget to smile.

    -Don’t Cross Your Arms : This is one of the secrets of body languages.

    Our nonverbals govern how other people think and feel about us.

    Says Amy Cuddy in one of my favorite Ted Talks.

    -Stand when the interviewer enters the room [ If possible ] : Give respect.

    -Shake their hands : Either you use it or misuse it, depends on you. While shaking hands , make sure you shake hands :

    – Firmly

    – Quickly

    – And , don’t avoid eye contact

    -Bring your own water : Drink water, if you suspect your mouth will become dry during the interview.

    [ Tip #3 ] Do Research Guys. Use Google.

    ‘What exactly does this company do?’ Most of the people ask me , says Bee Rogers. This sinks his heart. Go to the Google and research about the company. Know what they do. What is their vision? What is their mission statement?

    But this does not mean that it is illegal to ask any question. Ask relevant questions. Ask questions related to the promotion. If you can’t find a good question to ask , be silent between gaps :

    Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.
    – Abraham Lincoln

    [ Tip #4 ] Tell me about yourself.

    Very commonly asked, the first question is Tell me about yourself. Most of the people start rambling , says Antariksh Bothale. I did it also when I was being interviewed for the first time for the Office Bearer post of our College Society. People keep on telling about random things about themselves which are incoherent and are not connected. This is much boring. And the funny part is you only realize this, after you have finished.

    Solution Prepare for this question.

    [ Tip #5 ] Never say bullshit

    They don’t care. They really don’t care , again. What are your personal interest. If you watch Games of thrones. They are not interested.

    Don’t mention anything personal, except , if they ask about that (maybe a few hobbies).

    They want to see qualities in you. Do you have good skills that they can utilize for their company ? This is what you need to prove. Still , you can use , childhood memory or any incident if relevant.

    [ Tip #6 ] Speak clearly

    Have good command over your words. Have good vocabulary. Practice in front of your family or friends.

    [ Tip #7 ] State your positive qualities

    They want to hear it from you.

    – I have a positive attitude towards life.

    – I have good communication skills.

    – I am determined.

    – I am loyal.

    -I have good analytical skills (or aptitude). I scored 100% (150/150 marks) in mathematics in class X BISE Exam. (The interviewer looks into my resume).

    -I prefer to do smart work instead of hard work.

    -I believe in achieving maximum output with minimum input.

    – Having done internships at X and Y , I have had exposure to the corporate world and find it fascinating.

    -I am inquisitive. I like to learn new things.

    Positive adjectives you can use on your CV [Credits : letterpile]


    This article was originally published here on Self Projections


    Make sure you don’t miss this answer:

    Khubaib Samdani's answer to How do I build a strong resume?


    Happy productivity 😉

  2. A candidate was rejected by the interview panel in a telephonic interview at my company.

    Reason was absurd to say the least!

    He was taking help of another person and answering tech questions. Probably he thought he was on mute, but the panel could hear everything.

    Some time back, another candidate on Skype video interview was googling & typing responses. I'm left wondering why is this happening.

    First of all, an interview is a two-way decision making process to be used by both parties to see if there is a good fit.

    Use this opportunity to understand how you and the employer will benefit by working together.

    If you are not honest with each other, then what's the point?

    You'll be setting up yourself for failure. Because sooner or later, people will understand what you bring to the table. You would have wasted your valuable time, it will hurt you the most.

    In my opinion, honesty & transparency are best ways to deal with interviews. Companies are not looking for perfect answers or out-of-the-world IQ, they are looking for smart & well-rounded individuals who genuinely will help them succeed.

    Show your passion, thought process in the interview, don't try to be someone else. Trust me, it will work.

  3. These days, the anonymity of online applications leaves applicants anxious the second their application is submitted. Will they or won’t they get a response? Naturally the minute a call comes through about an interview, everybody wants to snatch the opportunity up to turn a job possibility into a real offer. At The Execu|Search Group, we have already written a variety of articles that offer interview advice, but if you need a quick reference to ensure you do a great job on your next interview, we put together an abridged list of the most important interviewing tips we think you should know:

    What to wear: The first thing to address is what to wear. When dressing for an interview for a professional position, always dress in business attire, and remember it’s better to be overdressed rather than underdressed. The goal is to present a neat and well-groomed image to the interviewer, because it only takes a second for an interviewer to get their first impression of you.

    When to arrive: It’s best to arrive at an interview about five to ten minutes early. If you have to, make a run through of your commute to the interview beforehand so you can get an idea of how long the commute will take and factor in a few extra minutes for unexpected delays.

    What to bring: Come prepared to the interview by bringing extra copies of your resume as well as a list of references. Many interviewers won’t ask for references until further in the interview process, but it’s best to be prepared just in case. Don’t bring any food into the room, and be sure to turn your cell phone on silent or off completely. It is recommended that you also bring a list of questions to ask the interviewer, and always bring a notepad and pen for taking notes. This shows that you’re engaged and planning to retain information from the interview.

    Question Prep: There are a few questions that are frequently asked, such as where you see yourself in five years, how you would describe yourself, and what you liked and disliked about your previous job. To prepare for these questions, here are some things that you may want to think about ahead of time:

    • your strengths and weaknesses
    • your short and long term goals
    • previous experiences in which you demonstrated a certain skill or overcame an obstacle
    • what makes you a good hire
    • what unique qualities you possess that others may not (i.e. what you bring to the table)
    • why you want the job, and what makes you the best candidate for it

    To prepare for more specific questions, you should familiarize yourself with the position you’re interviewing for and the tasks it calls for, as well as the skills the position needs/requires. Additionally, consider:

    • your ability to learn and adapt
    • how others would describe your character

    Having a grasp on how you measure up in both these realms will prepare you for questions that inquire about your abilities and how others view you. Finally, be ready to answer questions related to identifying and solving real problems. These are called “content questions” because they reflect the content of the actual job, allowing candidates to demonstrate how they would solve problems they would likely face on the job, if hired.

    Expect content questions like:

    • How will you identify problems and opportunities on the job?
    • Tell me about a time when _____________.
    • Recount a situation in which you called upon both your technical and managerial skills to achieve a goal.

    Being able to answer these questions shows you’re quick on the uptake, and shows the interviewer how you think as you solve the problem.

    Body language: Be cognizant of your body language and the non-verbal signals you may be communicating to your interviewer. Studies show that taking up too much space can be perceived as aggressive or competitive, so try not to drape your arms over too many things or claim a lot of space. Alternately, taking up too little space can be perceived by interviewers as a sign of lacking confidence. Finally, match and mirror your interviewer’s body language. There are subtle ways to mirror their body language, such as matching their smile with one of your own. Studies show that people hire people who are similar to them.

    Follow up: As your interview is ending, ask about the next steps that will follow. If your interviewer says he or she will be contacting candidates within a week and you haven’t heard back in that time, it’s perfectly acceptable to reach out and remind them of the timetable they’ve given you. Also, a thank you note sent the same day as your interview is not only a common courtesy, but will also keep you fresh on the interviewer’s mind. Be sure to send a thank you note to every individual you met in the interview process.

    Arm yourself with these tips and you’re sure to nail your next job interview. You’ll be set to make a good impression, give intelligent answers, and follow up thoughtfully. The preparation you have done will result in presenting your candidacy in the most optimal way possible and bring you much closer to landing the position.

  4. Some Tips & Tricks that you should know before going to an Interview:

    1. Research the industry, the company and the players
    2. Research your interviewer
    3. Study the job description
    4. Print out and bring a few copies of your resume with you
    5. Dress for Success!
    6. Be on time – not too early, and NEVER late!
    7. Have a Firm Handshake
    8. Eat well
    9. Smile!
    10. Make Eye Contact
    11. Pay attention to your posture
    12. Mirroring the vocal cadence and body language of the interviewer
    13. Use the “Nuggets” technique to establish rapport
    14. Projecting a Positive Attitude is a critical key
    15. Be a good listener, and never interrupt
    16. Decide what to take with you to an interview

    Please watch the full video to get to know these vital Tips & Tricks – in detail and LinkedIn Survey for 2015

    If you like the video, please don't hesitate to like, comment or share!

    All the Best!

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    1. Reverse engineer your whole interview. Which means think about a smart question to ask the interviewers at the end of your interview. Usually, the interviewers will ask ‘do you have any questions for us’ at the end. Most people at this stage are just relieved to know that the interview is over and run for their life. Don’t be most people. Have a very smart question prepared. It can as simple as ‘What would you say are the top two personality traits someone needs to do this job well?’ or something like ‘if I pick your star employee and ask him/her to tell me 3 good and not so good things about working here what would it be’. This will make sure that the interviewer will remember you and you are not just one of the many who just thanks them and quickly leaves the room.
    2. Researching about the company/college is an obvious suggestion,but you would be surprised how many people don’t do this before an interview. But, research does not mean that you cram up each and every information from wikipedia about the company. Facts will only get you so far. What you really need to research about is the values that are important to the company. Once you figure that out you need to demonstrate through your past stories where you demonstrated those values. Now you got them interested because you are a good fit with the company. Check out my video here where I explain these three tricks in detail. Apart from company culture, here’s the quick list of things you should’ve researched before the interview
    1. LinkedIn profile interviewers
    2. Talk to people with common connection n Linkedin
    3. Glassdoor for salary ranges and company reviews (bearing in mind that these reviews may be skewed by disgruntled, recently laid off people)
    4. Annual report, recent press releases (use google news)
    5. Analyst coverage, industry news
    6. If you are in marketing then Social media sites (Facebook, twitter, youtube, etc)Company blog, blogosphere comments, discussion forums, Competitors' web sites
    7. Sign up for free product trials and/or email list, and see what they send you
    8. Wikipedia
  5. Flip the role in the interview room. A lot of people– especially freshers – make job/college interviews a police interrogation . Guys, you are not wanted criminals. They are as desperate as you to get a good candidate so don’t be shit scared. Ask a lot of question after answering their question, this will get them thinking and engaged with you. Again, the point of all this is to make sure they remember you from like the 10000 others they talk with.
  6. Having said that answer their questions. Lots of people will start answering the question but never really finish because they go on a different track. It's frustrating for an interviewer to get someone back on point, and it can throw you off your rhythm too. They want to know some information because it's important. And it also shows you listened to what was being asked of you and you delivered what was required.
  7. Now that we’ve reverse engineered the end and the middle of the interview, it’s time fix the dreaded introduction. A question you cannot avoid, ‘so tell us something about yourself’. First understand the purpose of introduction. It’s not so that you can repeat what’s their on the CV. Introduction is like a quick advertisement. Think of yourself as a product on the shelf of a super market. Now if you want the customer to buy it, you have to first attract attention and once you have the attention you need to convince them why you are a good and beneficial product for them. That’s all an introduction is about. It’s about the interviewers trying to figure out whether you are a product interesting enough to know more about. Here’s a video below where I explain how to do that in detail.
  8. If you follow these 5 things, you should get that job or get into that college. Unless you are grossly incompetent or lack some key skill for that job/college – that’s a separate issue all together. These tips and tricks will only help you if you are already a good candidate but just need some selling to stand out from other candidates to seal the job/seat in the college.

    Jim, Indian Millennials Academy

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  9. Most candidates have a misconception that, HR interview is a mere formality to give you an offer letter. Although in few cases, it is true, but in this current competent market scenario, it isn’t true with most recruiters.

    With so many to choose from, and little separating the technical skills of freshers, HR round becomes an important differentiator to shortlist the right candidate. If an organization was a machine, the technical skills of an employee becomes the core machinery & their soft skills will be the lubrication – for a smooth run, you need both. That’s where the HR round becomes so important for a fresher recruitment. Corporates like to hire candidates who are good at their soft skills and compatible with their organization, as much as they can do a technical job.

    What does HR looks for

    So now that we know the importance of HR interview round, what exactly does an HR look for during the interview ? Here are few core parameters, that most companies will try to evaluate a fresher against, during the HR round

    Communication skill

    Some candidates think, this is language skill. Sorry to disappoint, but communication is not always about language. It’s neither about your American accent nor Shakespearean English. Of course you need the basic skill to talk in English, but nothing more. The three keyelements of good communication are

      • Listen – Actively listen to what the interviewer is asking. DO NOT interrupt the question or answer before question is complete.
      • Absorb – Understand the meaning and context of the question. If you do not, don’t hesitate to ask. Remember, no question is stupid.
      • Tip: Some candidates, who are not comfortable asking “Can you please repeat?” or “Can you please elaborate?”, can do this an alternate way. Explain the question back to interviewer as you understand & get confirmation. E.g. Q: “What are your outside interests?” You: “So you asking about any of my hobbies and interests other than in academics… right?”
    • Answer clear and loud– Once you get the question, answer in clear words, short and to the point and of course loud. Murmuring under your breath is often frustrating for the interviewer.
    • Confidence

      It’s pretty common for a freshers to get intimidated by the environment and the interviewers and to feel lot of nerves. But hey RELAX! Understand the fact that the company wants you as much as you need them. They called you in for HR round, because they want to select you, not reject you. So just be yourself, like you would be at your home or college playing with your friends. Few things what shows confidence are

        • Sit straight and keep a comfortable posture. Do not lean or sit on edge of the seat, nor lean back too much.
        • Keep eye contact. Don’t look into oblivion (read ceiling, curtains etc.), while answering.
        • Keep a pleasant and smiling expression and show an interest in the proceedings.
        • Answer with simple, clear words and loud enough for the interviewer to hear.
        • It’s okay to say “Don’t know”. That shows your comfort in accepting things you don’t know about.
        • Note: Don’t overdo “Don’t know” stuff. That might turn against you.

        Compatibility with the company

        Each company has a different working culture. When a company evaluates a candidate, one major quality they will look for is how compatible you are with their working culture. Although you get information online on major corporates, preparing for this becomes slightly tricky for lesser known companies. So getting prepared for this part is not 100% feasible, but here are few things you can do, to avoid failing this.

          • Show flexibility – HRs see a freshers as a fresh clay, which could be molded to suit thecompany environment. Show them you are that, rather than a hard seasoned pot. Keep your options open, like working hours, location etc. unless absolute necessary. Understand that, it is important to kick start your career, rather than looking for comforts.
          • Stay neutral – Do not overreact or speak out extreme suggestions about any general topic, for which your opinion is asked for. They might be trying to evaluate you against one of their company policy.
          • Example: “What is your opinion on gay rights?” Don’t answer with a condescended tone or be disrespectful. Just answer neutral something like “Everyone should have the right to make choices based on personal preferences, which should go in line with the legality of the country”.
        • Stay legal/ moral – All company policies are based on legal code of the country and moral values. Understand this and while answering, stick on these lines. If question is “What will you do if you see a female colleague being harassed by your friend?” Your answer should be “I will report it to the manager.” An illegal conduct has zero tolerance in any corporate culture.
        • Learnability

          The USP of a fresher to any company is the flexibility in utilizing his/her ability within its different operations – This could be for an expansion plan, an existing delivery process, for a product development team. This is only effective, only if the learning ability of a candidate is strong and steep enough – that is efficient and quick. The learning could be of a new technology, a new culture, a new life style.

            • Your academic graphs is one of the important indicators for this (& hence the cut offs). But that’s just one aspects and remember, you already cleared that hurdle.
            • This is mostly evaluated by few indirect questions – like asking about your experience with team work, any challenges you faced, project works, other trainings (academics / non-academics) you did outside regular schooling.
            • It will be prudent to have at least one example which will showcase you are willing and efficient in learning new stuffs.

            Salary

            Of course you know this – the compensation. A fresher doesn’t hold much bargaining power. But nevertheless, this is a common question asked during the interview. “What is your expected CTC?” Learn about the fresher’s package of the company & try to stay within the limits. All that a HR is trying to look here is, are you really interested in a company like theirs. So when a mid level company usually offers a package of 3-4 L for a fresher, and your answer is 10L, then it says you are looking for a top level company.

          • I interview tons of people and there are 4 little things that I’ve noticed work on me EVERY. TIME. These are so simple, but very few do them, and pretty much no one does ALL of them. Do this and you will make a killer impression.

            1. Thank you email
            • Sending a follow up email after having an interview is a simple yet potent thing that shows interest. I have heard that offer decisions have been made based on Thank You notes, and it’s because companies want individuals who are excited about the opportunity, and there’s an emotional aspect, getting a nice email further solidifies your bond with the team.
            • Here I have a video with an example of a great thank you email, and some tips.

            2. Frequent follow ups

            • In a similar vein to the thank you message, following up frequently also shows interest, and shows you take initiative, which is a very attractive to employers. They aren’t interested in candidates who wait around and are passive. If the company has not gotten back to you after an interview, Follow up every 3 to 5 business days, or the specific timeframe they give you, to ask about next steps, and follow up 3 times before giving up.
            • This is so important, this is not annoying, I have heard several stories of candidates who did not give up and after 2 emails of no reply, their third email is the one that got the response and got them ultimately to the offer, persistence gets jobs.
            • Your follow up email should be different depending on who you are contacting in a company. I have a video on exactly how to follow up with different people in a company, examples of what to do and what not to do.

            3. Do research on the interviewers

            • Research on company is for sure good, but when you look into the PEOPLE on the interview loop you start to build deeper connections
            • I work with someone who was hired at the company a while ago and to this day we still bring up how impressive it was that he had read about everyone in his interview loop and brought up specific blogs they had written or interests they had in the interview
            • It wasn't creepy, this is all publicly available information, but it made each interviewer feel acknowledged as someone worth knowing about, and showed great effort and interest on the candidate’s side. And I already spoiled the ending, but he got the job. 🙂
          • Make sure to get the names of your interviewers before coming in for the interview, this is a common request.
          • Here is an example of how to do this without sounding like a suck-up
          • 4. Ask questions in the interview

            • In most interviews there will be a point where the interviewer will ask, “do you have any questions for me?” And you should always be asking questions during this time. You should be vetting the company just as they are vetting you – you are about to spend the majority of your waking hours at that workplace. You come off as a low quality candidate if you do not ask questions, because it seems like you just need a job instead of the best job.
            • Here are some questions you can ask.

            I get all fired up about helping people have their best interview, you can check out my YouTube Channel for advice videos 😀

          • The Whiteboard Effect!

            Today is one of the biggest days of my life!

            Clearing 3 rounds of interviews for a position with a Fortune 100 company, I am invited for the final round.

            Elated, I start my preparations, researching the company and get my favorite attire ready for the D-Day!

            I desperately need the job and I sure don’t want to make a bad impression by turning up late. But I overestimate the Bangalore traffic and end up an hour early.

            Normally, I am a confident guy who performs well under pressure but today I am certainly off my game.

            Why, you may ask?

            Because I have never worked for a company which is part of a plush Tech-park and when I see that this office is one of the largest buildings here, I start feeling a little intimidated.

            The whole place is nerve wracking with the buzzing IT crowd, never ending line of luxury cars, Starbucks holding foreigners, and then this behemoth – my office building – is the park’s Magnum Opus!

            Nevertheless, I take a deep breath and slowly start my steps towards the building, taking the elevator to the 10th floor.

            Greeting the receptionist with half a smile, I request her to inform the HR about my arrival. She asks me to fill a form and take a seat. At this point I look something like this.

            I see there are a few other candidates waiting at the reception. Obviously, my first thought is to look around and identify my competition!

            Quite silly considering HR won’t arrange 2 interviews for the same position at the same time.

            Alas, I realize I am an hour early for my interview! Go back to scanning!!

            For my role, some of them look too inexperienced and some of them just don't fit. And then there is DON (made up name)!

            Don is a well built, good looking man with sharp features and a dapper blue suit.

            His light brown shoes compliment his silky flowing hair making him look a complete package from top to toe. Something like this!

            I can already tell those waiting (including me) are mesmerized by Don’s suave.

            I am definitely going to ask him about the suit post interview, if he’s still around.

            Then the voice in my head blurts “This guy could be applying for your same position!”

            “Pfft, what are the odds of that happening?” I dismiss the thought.

            He is soon called in and I go back to my mobile to research about the Director who is going to interview me.

            Now the Director is one hell of an achiever. His LinkedIn profile is decorated with all kinds of awards from the company, year on year basis.

            There were stellar recommendations from his peers and colleagues about his work and ethics too.

            Soon an hour passes by and the HR asks me to follow her to the Director’s office.

            When we were 2 steps away from entering, the door opens and guess who walks out of the cabin? The Don!

            I heard the glass shattering off the window panes on my right. That’s my confidence, frantically waving hands up in the air only to jump off the 10th floor!

            I mean, do I even stand a chance? He surely is from one of India's elite Management Institute And here I am with my Bachelor’s degree!

            Wait, why is he checking me out? Did he just smirk at me while on his way? Am I losing it? Surely!

            But then, I do perform well under pressure. So it’s now or never!

            The Director seems like a sensible man (Duh! He’s the Director for a reason).

            There’s another guy, the Manager who sits next to me and has taken my earlier rounds on the phone.

            The interview goes smooth. I answer all the questions to their satisfaction but there isn't anything exceptional about my profile.

            The Director has clarity on the kind of person he needs for his top performing team. And for some reason it looks like he’s already made up his mind.

            I mean, at this point, surely Don has an edge over me. I am still waiting for the right moment. But to do what? I do not know.

            And then comes the question!

            “So, why do you want to work with us?”

            My brain starts processing the question, connects the dots with tons of research I have done about the company.

            I know what to answer but I want them to remember this one.

            Typically I would have answered by glorifying the company, the brand name, company’s growth in the past years, the industry, blah times three.

            But today, it’s a matter of the Darwinian Evolutionary Theory. Survival of the fittest!

            I look around and I see there is a Whiteboard! I ask if I can use the whiteboard to answer this question. They oblige!

            I start drawing a Tree chart with the Director’s name at the top, branching out to his awards (remembered couple of them) & achievements, his growth (his first and current position) within the organization, his team including the manager (guesswork based on LinkedIn info), and his carefully crafted recommendations (by peers).

            I am done with the chart and my answer is

            I want to be part of a team which has consistently outperformed and grown over the years. That shows vision and passion at the top. Filled with numerous awards and recommendations, this tree chart is a proof of one such team. You have seen my skills, and you know exactly how I can fit in. All I want is an opportunity to be part of this successful team and prove you right.

            A moment of silence, the Director turns to the Manager, who greets with a nod!

            When can you join us?” comes the response!

            Sweet chin music Don!

            With the Whiteboard technique, you portray the following 5 C’s

            · Confidence – If you are able to get up from your chair in front of your prospective employer, take that marker, maintain composure and start drawing on the whiteboard, then it reflects your immense self-confidence.

            · Creativity – Knowing an answer and presenting it are two different things! The whiteboard method highlights creative capabilities and out of the box thinking which is essential for problem solving.

            · Communication skill – So you are saying, apart from your reading, writing and speaking you are able to articulate an answer using charts! Damn!

            · Connecting the dots – It shows the ability of your brain to remember, connect the dots, create and present with so much grace!

            · Cooking under pressure – Let alone, getting boiled in such a pressure cooker situation, you were able to make an aromatic Biryani out of it! That’s the kind of a guy the Director wants to run to when there are deadlines based deliverables!

            I have used the Whiteboard technique for multiple interviews at different stages and cleared all of them. So go ahead and try it out next time.

            Oh and if there is no whiteboard in the room, close your eyes and pray that Don doesn’t turn up for the same interview! 😉

            Ciao!

            Image 1 & 2 Source: Google

            Edit 1:

            1. Coming from the land of Bollywood, I have obviously added some masala (Don) here to get the message through. But the Whiteboard technique was true to the dot. Post that interview, I used it couple of times successfully with similar outcomes. All the best!
            2. Please do share the answer with your friends /relatives, comment and Upvote if you like the answer. It's a huge encouragement for newbies like us to write more. 🙂

            Edit 2:

            Thanks for reading! If you liked my above answer and you have just enough time for one more, then I am sure you will agree with me on an important lesson people (below) often learn late in life.

            Moloise Daniel's answer to What are the lessons people most often learn too late in life?

          • The following Q&A will help you in preparing yourself for interviews.


            Interviewers primarily evaluate the following:

            • Does this candidate have the knowledge and experience required for producing results as per the job requirement? (This is the reason why they probe into the projects completed by you.)
            • Can this candidate consistently produce the expected results if selected? (This is the reason why many organizations say they want consistent 60+ in at least 6 or 7 out of 8 semesters.)
            • Is this candidate the best fit out of the candidates shortlisted for the position?
            • Will this candidate gel well with the team and the organization after he/she joins? (They also try to gauge if you are a loner / solo performer or a team player.)
            • Does this candidate possess the type of communication & leadership skills required for the job to be done? (This can be gauged through group discussions as well as interviews.)
            • Does this candidate have a potential for further growth in our organization or will he/she not be able to grow in our organization because of his/her limited capabilities/potential?

            You should go well prepared for any interview if you want to get selected. A casual approach to interviews will not help.

            Many good candidates are rejected because they don’t handle interviewers & their questions well. Sometimes they blurt out something they should not say.

            There are some Dos & Don’ts to follow when you appear for an interview. The same are listed below. Also, some frequently asked questions with suggested answers are stated below.

            Make sure that you have eaten reasonably well before any interview. Also, have a soft drink or tea before an interview. (It is observed that candidates perform well if they have eaten well before an interview. If they are hungry or thirsty, then they don’t sound very confident/forceful during their interviews.)

            • Don't try to do anything unusual to impress the interviewers. (If you try to do something unusual, then it may look a bit odd and may work against you.)
            • As the first impression definitely counts, dress well for all your interviews. Don't take dressing casually for any of the interviews. Not even for the 2nd,3rd or … th interview in a company.
            • Recommended dress code:

            Stick to formal business dress.

            Well ironed full sleeve shirt (preferably plain white or light), dark trousers, well polished shoes.

            Tie and/or Jacket, depending upon the position and the local norms.

            Short, trimmed hair.

            For women, any conservative formal dress like Punjabi Dress in India is okay.

            (Dress for the job for which you are going to be interviewed. If you are a software engineer and you are going for a marketing job, then dress like a marketing person.)

            • Show confidence. Look into the eyes of interviewers when you enter and when you talk to them.
            • When you enter the interview room, say ‘Hello’, to get connected with interviewers.
            • If you are comfortable shaking hands with them then do so with a firm handshake but don’t crush their hands.
            • Give respect & importance to all panel members even if some of them are silent. Remember that all panel members give their rating. Sometimes, the most silent or unimpressive person in a panel is the most important person. Only those people are selected who are liked by the panel members. (Remember, out of many technically equal candidates, only those who are liked by panel members are selected.)
            • You should show your ‘I can do it’ / ‘I will do it’ attitude throughout your interview. You should not say things like ‘I am not sure’/ ‘I will try’ as these indicate that you are not likely to take responsibility for your on-the-job performance. If you indicate that you are not sure and you are not confident about producing results, then why should an interviewer select you?
            • PREPARE YOUR ANSWERS IN ADVANCE to these typical questions:
            • 'Tell us something about yourself':

            Tell only positive things about yourself in 10-20 sentences. Your education, experience, something that you are good at… Make sure that whatever you say highlights those skills which are required for the job for which you are being interviewed. Rehearse 5-10 times at home.

            • 'Tell us about key projects that you have executed':

            Make sure that you can explain 4-5 good projects well, including (1) What the project was about,(2) Application (like Inventory control, Financial accounting, Device driver…),(3) Client name, (4) Industry, (5) Technology, (6) Team size, (7) Your role,(8) YOUR contribution, (9) Challenges, (10) Highlights…(THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT PART in any interview. So, prepare yourself well for this part.) Rehearse 5-10 times at home.

            • What do you see yourself doing after 5 years?

            This is normally asked to know the following:

            Are you clear about your career plans & career direction?

            or Are you a directionless person?

            If you are a directionless person then your interviewer may not like it.

            If you are a person with a direction then s/he would like to know if your plans match with what her/his company can offer you in the next 5 years. If there is a substantial mismatch then you may not be offered the job.

            Normally, when somebody is employed, we would like him/her to be with our company for a long period unless we don’t like his/her attitude or his/her work.

            So, if you say ‘I want to go for post-graduation in the next year’ or ‘I want to start my own business after 2 years’ or if a girl says ‘I am planning to get married in the next year.’……….., then the interviewer may reject you as the interviewer would like you to be with the company for a long period and not just for 1–2 years. Employees start producing substantial results only after 1–2 years and so interviewers would like you to be with the company for a much longer period than just 1–2 years.

            (‘I am planning to get married in the next year.’ can mean that she may have to relocate and so may leave because of that reason.)

            Please note that employment is almost like a marriage. It is intended to be for a long term.

            If you start talking about divorce (=leaving) for whatever reasons even before getting married, then the interviewer would not feel comfortable with your selection.

            Your answer to this question could be on these lines: “As I see it, I should be a team leader in 2–3 years handling larger projects, and may be a manager leading a larger team in 5–6 years.”. Say whatever is reasonably logical.

            If you say that you would like to be the General Manager or CEO in 5–6 years, then the interviewer would feel that you are a dreamer with unrealistic expectations. If you give this impression then the interviewer may not select you.

            (In reality, you may get quick promotions if your on-the-job-performance is very good. But, don’t sound unrealistic/ immature during interviews.)

            • For how long would you work with this company?

            Your answer should be on these lines: “I haven’t thought about leaving at all. After joining, my first task would be to consistently do a great job so that my manager is happy with my work. I would like to work for several years with your company. As I understand, one can learn more and achieve faster growth if one sticks to one company for a long period.”

            • Minimum for how many years would you like to work with our company?

            “I think, for minimum 5 years. I may not leave for 10-15 years if there no reason to leave. As I understand, one can learn more and achieve faster growth if one sticks to one company for a long period.”

            There are many more questions and recommended answers to the same. However, all answers can’t be listed here as the answer will run into several pages.

            All these questions appear very simple but if you give answers which are not liked by the interviewers, then you are likely to be rejected even if you have cleared your technical round.

            • Why would you like to join our company?
            • Why should we select you?
            • Why do you want to leave your current company?
            • For each job-switch in the past, you should be able to give a 'logical reason for leaving and joining'.
            • For each gap in your education and job, you should have a justification.
            • On which technologies you would like to work?
            • What kind of role are you looking for?
            • What are your strengths?
            • What are your weaknesses?
            • How much salary do you expect?
            • What are your hobbies? Please note that your hobbies reveal some personality traits of yours.
            • Can you please let me know the password of your email-id? I need it for checking some things.
            • Why do you want to join a PSU? (If you are being interviewed by a PSU.)
            • Prepare well for tests (IQ, Technical….) by taking free tests available on the net.

            If you prepare well to answer all these questions, then you will do well in your interviews.

            Let me know if this helps you in your next interview.

            All the best!!

            For your professional growth, as you know, you need to get such quick inputs on many important topics as otherwise you may unknowingly make many mistakes in your career.

            If you get such success tips early in life, then you will be able to plan your career well. Such tips are not given even in any training programs.

            You also know that you can’t get time to attend training programs to prepare yourself for the next steps/challenges in your career.

            For Quora members, we plan to conduct FREE 90-minute online training modules in 2016, using Skype or a similar facility, on Saturdays / Sundays.

            Please let us know, which 2 of the following FREE training modules would you like to attend in the next couple of months?:

            • ‘How to Get Selected in a Job Interview?’
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            • ‘How to get a Promotion?’,
            • ‘How to become an Effective Manager?’,
            • ‘Preparing to become a CEO’,
            • ‘How to become better at Selling and exceeding Sales Targets?’,
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            If you are interested in attending any 2 of these 90-minute training modules on week-ends, Write to ssm@amsoftconsulting.com

            Subject: Training (write your city, state)

            Email-message: I am interested in the following 2 training modules (state the names of the modules)

            You may like to share this information with your friends also.

            Please note: Regular fees per module are Rs. 300.

            You may like to refer to some other answers of mine like the one below also for additional inputs:

            https://www.quora.com/How-will-you-respond-in-an-interview-when-asked-for-the-password-of-your-email-ID/answer/Shailesh-Mahajan-2

          • There  are plenty of ways to impress hiring managers and recruiters in an  interview. Whether your interview is in person or through online video,  the first and easiest thing you can do is look the part.

            Dress  to impress, no matter what the dress code is at the company you’re  interviewing for. It might be a jeans and T-shirt kind of company…but  in the interview, it’s time to pull out your very best. There will be  plenty of time to break in your new pair of sneakers once you have the  job. The interview is a place to be conservative and professional.

            The  biggest way to impress in your interview, whether the hiring manager is  sitting on the other side of the desk or the webcam, is to do your  homework. Employers will ALWAYS know when you come into an interview  unprepared. Look up the company and really do some digging. Don’t just  read the corporate web page and think you’re through. Read all current  and former news coverage of the company to see what issues they’re  facing and what challenges they’ll need to meet. Know the movers and  shakers at the company and memorize the job description. This way you  can tailor your answers to show how you will add value to the company  and help the organization address its needs.

            All  this information will lead you to ask specific, intelligent, and  insightful questions when it’s your turn to start quizzing your  interviewer. Nothing impresses in an interview like having good  questions — and this section of the meeting will allow you to really  show off what you know about the company.

            Lastly, my company, Spark Hire, created an eBook with tips and advice for job seekers to rock their interviews: http://resources.sparkhire.com/t. Hopefully my answer and the eBook will provide you with all the information you need to impress the hiring authority during your interview.

          • Hello Quorans 🙂

            Let me start by telling you an anecdote. In 1970s, my uncle RC, appeared for Maharashtra Police Inspector (PI) Interviews. Many of his friends appeared too. 

            The interviwer asked, "So, Mr. RC, you are BSc in Agriculture. Why should we select you in Police?"
            He replied, Sir I'm the eldest son in my family and I have 3 younger brothers to look after me. So, I need this job desperately. 

            His friends were asked similar question, they said they wanted to do social service and improve the system. Many cross questions followed.

            And guess what what. My uncle was selected as PI in Maharashtra Police and many of his friends couldn't clear despite giving good textbook answers.

            So what might have worked in my uncle's favour: His honesty, humility, down to earth attitude and many such values. We always underestimate these simple things in interviews. 

            I too cleared Civil Services and Engineering Services in 2014 with above average marks in interview. I feel, other than knowledge in specialised jobs, candidates should show a learning attitude, humility, honesty and integrity. Under no circumstances, you should lie or bluff. The interviewers can easily catch us from our facial expressions and body language.

            Best Luck! Cheers 🙂

          • Tips & Tricks-

            1. Know yourself and your resume.
            2. Research about the company (History and current affairs)
            3. Be Confident and smile.
            4. Study and prepare well about the skill you are selling.
            5. Dress well, make up your hair, polish your shoes and have a good cologne.
            6. Sit straight and maintain a good body posture.
            7. If you don’t know anything about a topic say NO do not bluff around. It will create your bad image
            8. Not a Tip but good communication skills help.
            9. Fake it till you make it.
            10. Keep in mind – The Interviewers are not always right and they don’t know each and everything so lead the talk your way.

            Ex – If asked a question about OS, then answer the question but focus on the Kernel part more because you know the ins and outs of kernel. I am pretty much sure the next question will be asked on Kernel rather than memory or anything else unpredictable which you may not be aware of.

            This way you lead the interview as you are writing the next question in the interviewers head as per your skills and knowledge.

            11. Do not lie if you can’t justify it.

            12. Be polite and punctual.

            13. Keep your phone on silent mode.

            All the best…!!!

            Ashutosh Athawale

          • Are you nervous, confused , tensed about your interview ???? An interview for your dream job is bound to make you exude these emotions. After all it’s that one shot you get to make a lasting impact! The thought of facing the big aces of your dream company who will be analyzing all your actions and movements, and will grill you by cross questioning you can be nerve wracking.

            Well here are some tried and tested interview tips that will surely give you the much needed edge!

            Before the interview: Must dos before an interview

            1. Know about the company: Spend time to know about the company’s background and various activities of the company. Knowledge about the company will make you look serious for the job. Also if you have time, read about the competitors.

            Pro Tip: Set up Google News Alerts for the company and industry you are interviewing for. It shall give you timely news alerts and much needed information & talking points! You can also refer to Social media, website, google search etc. to get more information. Also you can search for people/friends on LinkedIn who are already working in the company and talk to them.

            2. Prepare a paragraph describing you: Generally, the first question asked during the interview is “tell us about yourself”. Prepare a crisp answer beforehand which is beyond your resume. The interviewer has your resume and this is the time to excite the interviewer with information which is not on it. Talking about some key highlights of your career, education background or your passion can be a good idea.Practice this part in-front of a mirror or with your friends and learn to sum it up in less than 60 seconds.

            3. Pen down your strengths and weakness: Preparing a list of around 5-6 strengths is not enough. Recall critical incidents of your life where you leveraged your strengths to achieve an objective. This will help the interviewer to remember better, make your answers look natural and will also leave a good impression. Present your weakness in a very intelligent way, never say things which might work against you. It is good to be honest, but not at the cost of your dream job. Never forget to add that you are working on your weakness. Avoid stating very obvious strengths e.g. “I am very hardworking”, or “I am very efficient”.

            4. Try to fit in the role: One of the most common question which is asked during an interview is “Why should we select you”. Prepare an answer and write it down. Write all your strengths and your prior experience and try to relate how you will benefit the company. Keep in mind your role in the company and write accordingly. E.g. If you are giving an interview for the post of a HR, you can mention all your prior experience, internships in the field. Mentioning about your soft skills, Communication skills, negotiation and problem solving skills, conflict management ability, Multi-tasking etc. will also add weight.

            During the interview: Ensure you don’t miss out on these hacks during an interview :

            5. Be alert and active: Your interview starts the minute you enter the office/ college and are waiting for your turn in the reception area. The way you talk, interact and greet people adds a lot. You are noticed at every second. Be nice to all the employees you meet and greet everyone, you may not know who will take your interview. On entering the room, open the door firmly and walk confidently.

            6. A firm handshake and right body posture: A firm handshake is a sign of confidence, follow this while you are wishing your interviewer and maintain a straight back pose. Never cross arms while sitting. It is a sign that you are not interested. Also avoid playing with your hair or fidgeting with any accessory.

            7. Create a personal connect: If given a chance try to start the interview by treating it as a friendly conversation. If you can create a personal connect in the first 60 seconds it can be a game changer. Imagine the kind of positive liking and more importantly recall the interviewer will have if you are able to connect with him during the interview.

            8. Listen first and try to ask your own questions: Be a good listener. Understand the question first and try to answer only the part which is asked! Try to be short and crisp otherwise, you may invite cross questioning. In-fact try to be more inquisitive and ask your own questions. This can change the flow of the interview and you get a chance to drive a couple of discussion points. Talk to them about your queries or build a question around the discussion in progress.

            After the interview: Things not to miss out on post the interview

            9. Use your network or build one: Post the interview reach out to your interviewer on platforms and LinkedIn and tell them you would like to stay in touch. Be very cautious, don’t act if you are trying to influence them.

            10. Show you are interested: After the interview and before leaving the room, always say thank – you and that you loved interacting with the interviewer.

            11. Send a thank you e- mail: It is a very important gesture. Make sure you send the email within 24 hours. You may start by saying thank you for their time and then proceed by explaining your strengths and skills and how you can benefit the company if given the chance.

            For more Tips and Tricks you can refer to the following link :

            21 Tips & Tricks You'll Ever Need To Ace Your Job Interview!

            Source : I am a Career Coach MINDLER. MINDLER is an organization which help students to choose the right career path based on their interest, aptitude, personality, Eq and orientation style. These are paid counseling sessions. You can refer to the following link Revolutionizing Career Assessment, Planning and Guidance. We have top experts from ISB, Harvard , MDI etc. I have referred to them to gather information. You can mail me at hello@mindler.com for any query

          • No matter how long the interview is, or who it’s with, there’s always the same number of questions: one. And that one question is “Why should I hire you?”

            When someone says “Tell me about yourself,” what she’s really doing is asking “Why should I hire you?”

            When someone asks: “Tell me about your strengths,” or “Tell me about your management style;” “What has been your most significant accomplishment?” or even “How many bricks would it take to scale Trump Tower in Chicago?”

            What she really wants to know is why she should hire you, or why she shouldn’t. It’s up to you to connect the dots between your experiences, skills, passions and values, so that you and your prospective employer both know how valuable you really are. And there’s a simple formula for doing just that.

            The safe-but-subpar response:

            • Interviewer: “So, Danny, tell me about yourself.”
            • Danny: “Well, I graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2010 and got my first job selling widgets. I was promoted to manage a small sales team, and three years ago I landed a new job managing a team of ten at a company that makes bigger, better widgets. I’m now very interested in the next step of managing your sales team to help sell the best widgets in the world.”
            • Interviewer (thinking): Alright, so he’s got some sales experience, management experience, and he’s worked at other companies selling widgets. He could be a good fit for this role.

            The dynamite response:

            • Interviewer: “So, Danny, tell me about yourself.”
            • Danny: “My entire career has been about building the best possible sales processes and teams to bring widgets to the homes of people who need them. Since graduating from University of Wisconsin-Madison, I have pushed myself to grow from an entry-level salesperson to leading small and large widget sales teams that have consistently exceeded targets. From my experience, I’ve learned what I believe to be the best possible approach to widget sales, and what it takes to train and support diverse teams to put this approach into action. I’m happy to go further into my specific management style and results to-date, but the bottom line is I feel my career has led me to this precise opportunity with your company, and I couldn’t be more excited about it.”
            • Interviewer (thinking): Wow. I think I should hire him.

            And here's the formula:

            1. Your thesis statement: Tell your interviewer a statement of consistency about why your career has been building to this exact opportunity. Even if your career is a winding game of Twister (most people’s are!), you can still do this. Get over it, and find an inspiring common-denominator that aligns directly with the job type or purpose you’re applying for.

            My entire career has been about… building the best possible sales processes and teams to bring widgets to the homes of people who need them.

            Or you can try alternative introductions like "I have always had an intense passion for…" or "One of my core values has always been…" or even "I have always enjoyed roles where I can contribute my skills in…"

            2. Your proof points: Share your experiences that are most relevant to this opportunity, in an arc that shows how you’ve grown to a place that positions you perfectly for this next step.

            Since graduating from University of Wisconsin-Madison, I have pushed myself to grow from an entry-level salesperson to leading small and large widget sales teams that have consistently exceeded targets. From my experience, I’ve learned what I believe to be the best possible approach to widget sales, and what it takes to train and support diverse teams to put this approach into action.

            Under-qualified for the position? Remind yourself you’ve already made it to the interview, which means they’re willing to take a chance on you despite your lack of experience. Applying this same #3 principle, you need to point to the learnings and skills that do make you qualified, even if one of those is “I have always dedicated myself to learning new skills on the job in order to be successful, and I know I can learn what it takes to do that again here for your organization.”

            3. Your conclusion: By stating aloud that this is the perfect opportunity for you (and having backed it up along the way in your response), you dramatically increase the chances of your interviewer coming to the same conclusion.

            I’m happy to go further into my specific management style and results to-date, but the bottom line is I feel my career has led me to this precise opportunity with your company, and I couldn’t be more excited about it.

            Don't forget the most important step:

            As other respondents have mentioned, doing your research, dressing professionally, eye contact and asking great questions all help you make the right impression (and make sure you don’t get “X’d” off the list for a small but significant reason within your control).

            But once you've grasped the formula and how it works, the most important step is to practice. Practice in the mirror, with your friend, your career coach. You can start with the most commonly asked interview questions, and then trust that this formula will serve you well even when the curve balls come flying.

          • There really won't be a good way to "dazzle" during an interview, unless you invent the answer to all the worlds problems right then and there.  I've seen some pretty big flubs and shockingly funny performances at "leaving an impression" that made me NOT hire.
            Shoot for honesty, have a good grasp on what you have learned at school (review what classes you have taken so you can speak about them), and show a willingness and eagerness to work hard.  Try and avoid saying that you want to learn – that is a given and may be seen as a negative liability.  "Oh great, we have to teach this guy/girl how to do everything.  Hope they can at least find the bathroom."
             
            Again, you want to impress that you will work tirelessly and prove yourself.  Internships are a two way street.  You get your foot in the door to show what you've got, and the employer takes a gamble that you can go above and beyond.
             
            Finally, my golden rule of thumb: if you really want the job, tell them.  It's that simple.  "Thank you for meeting with me today.  I am very interested and hope that you will hire me for the position.  I look forward to hearing from you soon." or something like that.
            I'm amazed that more people don't just ask for the job.  It isn't rude, nor hard, nor is it required, and it goes a long way.  You are telling the interviewer that you, unlike all the other applicants, WANT IT, plain and simple.  This strategy works; plus, it leaves a positive and strong impression.
             
            One more thing.  Confidence.  Speak clearly, loud enough that the interviewer can hear you, and look people in the eye. 
             
            Need more info?  Pick up a book on selling, sales, etc.  You are, after all, selling yourself. 
             
            Good luck!

          • The interview is a concept of questioning a person to determine their understanding and knowledge of the facts or circumstances related to the subject of an investigation.

            Interview Techniques

            1. Make an appointment with the person.
            2. Learn a little about the person before meeting him/her.
            3. Know what you want to get out of the interview.
            4. Write your questions down before the interview, but be prepared to take a different path of questioning if necessary.

            Conducting the Interview

            1. Be on time, and be prepared with paper and pen/pencil.
            2. Be friendly and courteous because they are giving you their valuable time.
            3. Ask your questions openly.
            4. Don't interrupt.
            5. Ask specific, thought-provoking questions and avoid yes/no questions.
            6. Try to stay focused, but if something interesting comes up go with it.
            7. Take good notes. Ask the interviewee to repeat what they said if necessary, but only do this when it is something important.
            8. Obtain all the information needed for ending the interview. If necessary, review your notes with the person.
            9. Thank the interviewee for his/her time.

            For more details regarding interview techniques, please visit INTERVIEW.

          • If you are going to appear for an interview, then the interviewer will definitely bring up this question.

            “Where do you see yourself in three years from now”? The interviewer asked.

            “I…blah blah… (FUMBLE)…blah (SIGH) blah… (PANICKY) …!!

            “Next!” (GLASS SHATTERS)

            No matter your boat is filled with ‘Caliber, Talent, or Competency’, a minute mistake can wreck your boat and plunge into pieces. Yes! Friends, it’s the harsh truth.

            In Today’s era, hanging your 12

            th

            board mark sheet around your neck, or flaunting those numerous degrees isn’t adequate. You got to be ‘Out of the Box’, to crack the nut.

            Aiming oneself for the perfect job is everyone’s fish eye these days.

            3 Techniques to make your Interview awesome:

            1. Spoken English

            “I can talk English, I can walk English, I can laugh English, I can run English because English is a funny language”. I’m sure it is, but what if isn’t in your case?

            Command over English will give you an edge in the interview, enabling you to portray out yourself and paint your profile.

            Mould your English proficiency at home, book a demo class with Qriyo’s teacher: Qriyo English

            2. Personality Development

            Yet a very fruitful tool to crack the nut is to furnish your personality. Personality is the person’s ability to adapt to new situations. Your charismatic and charming personality can hold your audience, and (vice versa :P)

            Groom your personality here: Qriyo Personality Development

            3. General Knowledge

            OH Lord! Save us! Yes, I remember those scream from our childhood GK’s paper; however here is the reality check. You won’t last long if your GK is not in place. An updated and sharp GK is a must to get out the extra attention in your interview. Be updated with current affairs and what’s going around you in the world.

            Look for GK tutor here: Qriyo General Knowledge

            So next time, Open the doorknob, Get in the chair, and remember you’re fantastic.

            Source :qriyo blogs !

          • Job interviews can be daunting experiences, but fear not – there are some very easy tips and tricks to help you cruise through your next interview! If you prepare correctly, take pride in your appearance, and focus on your delivery, there is no reason why you won’t succeed in your next interview.

            Preparation, preparation, preparation! I cannot say this enough, but the more you research and test different answering styles, the more confident and comfortable you will feel in the actual interview. Read up about the company you are applying to work for and find out as much about them as possible. Also use this information to your advantage, for example, if they are involved in any projects which truly interest you, mention this in your interview as a talking point. This will prove to your interviewer that you have a genuine interest in the company, and have some kind of common ground with them.

            Before your next interview, take some time to evaluate how to physically present yourself in the best way possible. Think about your clothing choices and your grooming habits – do these send the right message to your employer? If yes, excellent, keep on going! If no, think about how you can improve. Make sure your clothes are clean and in a good condition. Make sure your personal hygiene is excellent. If you are expected to be clean shaven, or to wear makeup or a particular kind of outfit for work, make a concerted effort to do this for your interview too, in order to show your commitment to your prospective occupation, and employer.

            Another very important aspect you can work on is how you carry yourself, and how you speak during your interview. Stand tall and confident – this will make you appear firm and in control, and even neater. Slouching looks slovenly and unappealing. Speak clearly and carefully, articulating properly in order to ensure your interview can hear you correctly. Try not to come across as overly confident as this will just make you seem less appealing. Aim for comfortable, yet respectful, and attentive to what your interviewer is asking you.

            I hope these tips and tricks have been useful! If you need any further advice to read The Successful Interview by Steve Williams, I have found it to be incredibly useful.

          • Job interviews can be stressful, but they don’t have to be. As long as you’re prepared—and by prepared we’re talking about more than just bringing a few copies of your resume—you’re at the very least guaranteed to impress your interviewer, and maybe even land the job.

            Read on for the 10 tips you need to know before heading out to your next job interview.

            1. Find out as much as possible about the company’s culture. The company website, job postings, LevoLeague.com, Vault.com, Glassdoor.com, and LinkedIn are sources for insider information.

            2. Prepare a list of questions regarding the position, department and company. Bring it with you.

            3. Be prepared to clearly state how your experience matches each job requirement.

            4. Differentiate yourself. Why are you the best candidate for the position?

            5. Be prepared to describe how you’ll add value to the team, department and company.

            6. Consider conducting a mock interview with a friend or family member.

            7. Don’t wear cologne or perfume.

            8. Dress conservatively for the interview. Select your clothes the night before. Make sure your clothes and shoes are in impeccable condition. This preparation not only makes an excellent first impression, it also boosts your confidence. Men: Get a trim and be clean-shaven. Women: File your nails. Excessively long and flamboyantly painted fingernails are distracting and unprofessional.

            9. Plan to arrive at least 30 minutes early so you’re not rushed or late due to unexpected traffic delays. This will give you ample time to breathe deeply, calm down and compose yourself.

            10. If you need to reschedule your appointment, call as early as possible. Companies appreciate advanced notice of schedule changes and will do their best to provide you the same courtesy.

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