Let me tell you a story.
There were two best friends – Ramesh and Suresh.
Both were good in their studies. Ramesh scored 90% in his final exam, while Suresh secured 80%. Both of them got an interview call from one of the top most MNC.
When the interview results were out, to everyone’s surprise, Suresh got the job. Before understanding the scenario, let’s first understand an interview.
The word “interview” refers to a one-on-one conversation between an interviewer and an interviewee. The interviewer asks questions to which the interviewee responds, usually providing information. Interviews are face-to-face and in-person, but there can also be videoconferencing and telephonic interviews. It involves a spoken conversation between two or more parties.
Face-to-face interviewing helps both parties to interact and form a connection, and understand the other. You don’t need to memorize an answer, but do take the time to consider how you’ll respond. The more you prepare, the more confident you’ll feel during a job interview.
Interviewers will ask questions to gain insight into your personality and determine whether you’re a fit for both the job and the company. These are open-ended questions that will allow you to show the employer that you’re well-qualified for the position.
- Tell me about yourself.
- Tell me about something that’s not on your resume.
- What are your hobbies?
- Why are you leaving your job?
- Why did you quit your job?
- Why should we hire you?
- What are your salary expectations?
- What makes you angry?
- What do you know about this company?
- Are you willing to travel?
During the interview, the interviewers will assess some of the following Applicants’ capacities :
- To listen,
- To communicate – verbal as well as non-verbal ( facial expressions, body language ) communication
- To work with a team,
- To have attention to detail,
- To learn and implement,
- Emotional intelligence,
- Openness to new experiences,
Now you must have understood that it is necessary to prepare for an interview though you are a topper student. Interviews assess your academics as well as your personality. Many students and their parents fail to understand this, which results in their rejections.
I feel one should always keep on preparing for an interview as it is a process that tests your subconscious state of mind.
Research has shown that how well an applicant does in the interview can be enhanced with coaching. Additionally, interviewees tend to have positive reactions to coaching, which is often an underlying goal of an interview.
Coaching focuses on improving the interviewee’s understanding of the skills, abilities, and traits the interviewer is attempting to assess and responding with relevant experience that demonstrates these skills. The effectiveness of coaching is due, in part, to increasing the interviewee’s knowledge, which in turn results in better interview performance.
Tip – Never go unprepared for any interview; it will not only hamper your reputation but also lower your confidence.