Interviewing Practice

Interviewing is the most important skill in one’s job search.  The hiring managers decide who is hired based on the interviews. Interview is the one to one interaction where one has the opportunity to talk directly to the hiring manager that will motivate the company to hire one.

Despite the importance of interviewing, very few people practice the interviewing skills. Most of the people start by developing a list of questions they think, they will be asked. Then they prepare answers to those questions. Then they search the company where they desire to appear for the interview.

Most people get the practice they need in real interview. They go for few interviews and improve overtime. Two or three interviews would make asked huge difference.

The only way to maximise the interview performance is to practice.  Completing several practice interviews before your first real interview can make one more confident. To identify areas where you can improve, you have to get an outside opinion. The interviewer should select the questions so that you do not know what to expect.  The interviewer can the access the impression you give. The feedback you receive will be invaluable to your interview performance and your job search.

Handling Hypothetical Questions

Interviewers sometimes ask hypothetical questions.  These questions can be tricky if one has not planned a response. A little preparation can help one to tackle them with ease.

1. How to respond a change

‘Change’ continuous to be a big buzzword at work, as the organisation constantly revamps how they operate in order to complete effectively. Employers want to hire participants who are adaptable and flexible.

2. If you are caught doing an unethical or illegal attend

Ethics and legality are the major strengths that every interviewer desires to find in in a candidate. The candidate should respond that he or she would put a trend stop to any unethical or illegal activity.

3. When you disagree with the decision of the manager

One should never immediately speak up as it could mark as a trouble maker. Avoid saying that you would automatically go along with the manager’s wishes. The candidate would not want the interviewer to think that the candidate would automatically long green to do automatically long greeny thing that breaks the rules.

Hence, one should always think about what the employer is looking for before you answer quartos about strengths and weaknesses. Emphasis on team qualities as well as one’s ability to get the job done on your own. Always try to answer hypothetical questions by giving concrete examples.

Rapport Building

In order to successfully perform in an interview, it is necessary to build a rapport with the interviewer. Interpersonal chemistry is incredibly important during interviews.

You need to make the interviewer not only think high about your skills but also want to work with them. Smile is very infectious. One should never underestimate the power of a smile. One should do a research of potential customers inside out. Take notes about the company and relate your experience. Choose the appropriate attire for your interview to help you make a good first impression and build instant rapport.

Eye contact

First impression always counts. So, the first few minutes of the interview to make sure that you deliver extremely professional and confident first impression.

Arrive early

The candidate should calculate the journey time days before the scheduled interview. Late arrivals would not give the desired impression on the interviewer.

Small talk

One needs to arrive at the reception 10- 15 minutes early so you can look around for features you could comment and praise. This would provide some concrete points to be mentioned to the interviewer and help in building a rapport with the interviewer.


One needs to make an eye contact and smile broadly on first meeting the interviewer/s. even if you feel nervous and do not feel like smiling, force yourself to do so.

Firm handshake

One needs to make a firm handshake. If you have a tendency to get nervous, which would result in sweating of hands and then one must wipe and then make a firm handshake.

Wait to take a seat. As a mark of respect, one should seek permission from the interviewer to take a seat. Building rapport is something that one needs to do throughout the interview.

Commitment towards Work

Every organisation desires employees who are committed and focused to their work. Employees can worry that you will join and get trained, only to move on again. So, the candidate must be ready to give a good reason for each and every job move that a candidate makes.

Always try to speak about the positive reasons you decided to join a new organisation rather than the negative reasons you decided to leave your old one.

If you worked for a particular organisation for significantly less than a year, then you may be pushed to explain that you left because you had learnt enough about the job. You can also admit that the job was not right for you.

If you have been with the company but have taken variety of roles, explain each role about land ensure that the message that is conveyed says that each role was about land challenge and that you saw no reason to leave.

The interviewers may also have a concern regarding how you would be able to adjust with the new atmosphere, with fresh faces and different ways of working. One must put all the worries of interview to rest by providing an example of how you have made some positive transition at work.

Breathing out of Tension in Interview

‘Interview’ the word itself can cause tension to some people.  One’s brain, body and behaviour are all interconnected. People who feel nervous, often start to breath more quickly, which can make the person feel dizzy and may also cause a panic attack. In this case, breathing more slowly and deeply can summon up feelings of intense relaxation.

Below mentioned are the few steps:

1. One should familiarise oneself with the company or organisation for which one is interviewing oneself. Knowing more than just basic information about one’s possible new job will prepare oneself better for the interview.

2. One should get a good amount of sleep the night before the scheduled interview.  Being tired on the day of interview can make one feel more worried and less prepared.

3. One should arrive at least half an hour before the scheduled interview time. This will provide plenty of time to review any notes that one would desire to have a glance at. This will make one mentally prepared for the interview.

Once prepared take a walk outside. Doing so will give one extra energy to go smoothly through the interview process. This last step of preparation is a great final way to reduce stress before the interview.

Thus one should not feel pressurised by the mere thoughts of Interview.

Change of Career

The interviewer who asks this question is probably more interested in knowing your motivation and also to check if you know what you are getting into.

When  talking about your passion and determination to enter a new profession, one should make sure that the use of body language and tone of voice should corroborate with the spoken message.

A good response to this question should demonstrate to the interviewer that you have thought about the pros and cons of the career path rather than falling into something that you are unaware about.

Most interviewers are used to dealing with fresh crowd, so it could also be a first time experience for them.

Demonstrate in your response that you are very much determined about the shift of the career.

Construct your answers in such a manner that it shows the time and effort that you have already invested in  researching your new career choice.

Thus,  the candidate should be prepared to talk about the career future. If one is changing careers entirely, then one must assure the interviewer that you have given the matter a lot of consideration and are ready for all the psychological,  practical and financial aspects of doing so.


Talking about Personal Qualities

Interviewers ask a lot of questions and we cannot blame them for that. They want to make sure that they can hire someone who is the best for the job and can help the organisation to succeed. They always want to play it safe and do not want to end up hiring someone who is a complete misfit for the organisation.

While talking about your personal qualities one must remember to offer a brief example of how you have used your strength at work in favour of the organisation.

Every human has strengths and weaknesses. While asked about strengths, one should also  enjoy prepared for question regarding weakness. Rather than saying that there are no weaknesses, which most interviewers are likely to interpret as arrogance, a candidate should choose minor weaknesses that are unrelated to one’s ability.

If you mention arena weakness that could affect one’s ability to do the job, the candidate should be prepared to describe what actions are ye being taken to improve or develop oneself.

The candidate should ensure not to make extravagant claims about oneself unless they carry any evidence to support it.

Employer Research

Employers prefer to hire candidates who aspire to work for them rather than only for any other company. They like to feel special. In order to make oneself stand out of the crowd, the candidate must be able to talk about the reasons why they look forward to join a particular organization.

Before turning up for the interview, the job seeker should be able to find out answers to few of the following questions:

1. Business:

The candidate should be aware of what services and products does the organization offer. This helps the candidate with immense clarity of the organization in which the candidate aspires to visit.

2. Vision, Mission and Values

Every reputed firm has its vision, mission and values. It gives an idea about what does the organization aim to achieve and how does it aim to do it. In other words, it gives clarity on the short term as well as long term goals of the organization.

3. Organization Panel

The candidate should be aware of the key people within the organization. For instance, if the chairman, chief executive or any of the directors are well known figures in the local or international community, make sure you know their names, so that you do not look confused, if in case the interviewer mentions them in the discussion.

4. Strategy for the future

The candidate can check the strategies that the organization has on mind. What plans or future investments do they have?

5. Staff

The candidate can also come to know approximately how many staff does the organization employ. This would give them an idea if the organization is of a very large employer or a small employer.

6. Officers

This gives an idea if the office is concentrated to just one location or many locations around the country or even the world.

7. Competitors

This would give the candidate a better picture and make them aware of their potentials. What products and services do the competitors offer? How do the products and services of our prospective employer differ from those of its competitors?

Hence, one should visit the website and get oneself updated with the knowledge of the company.

Rules for Men during Interview

Men’s interview dressing has been fairly static over the years. It is in fact pretty much the same whether one is applying for an entry level position or for some higher level one.

Below mentioned are a few tips:

Accessories, Shirts and Grooming for the 1st interview, a white shirt in a business style is the best. Wear a simple shirt collar such as a traditional straight point. Go for 100% cotton fabric. The shirt should be as crisp and white as possible. It might even be worth investing in a new shirt. Provided you choose a light shade.

The tie is extremely important, since it is the 1st thing someone notices in the man’s outfit. Avoid anything overly bright.

Minimize jewelry. Certainly, wear a watch but not a sporty one. One should never wear sporty clothes such as jeans, t- shirts, sneakers etc. for a job interview. Fingernails should be clean and trimmed. One should avoid using mismatched clothes.

Despite fashion changes, it is still the best option to use a formal suit to a job interview. One must wear what makes them look professional. The color of the shoes should match the suit.

The color of the suit should be dark and conservative colors like dark gray, dark brown, black or navy. One can also wear belt but one should not forget to match it with the outfit.

Thus, one must not forget to wear an interview outfit that makes one feel very comfortable.

Frequently Asked Questions in Interviews

Interviews often follow a certain path. Interviewers often recycle the same questions form interview to interview. Interviewers want to know about the decisions you have taken to get you where you are in your career, why are you looking for a new job?

In answering these questions, be sure to provide brief example wherever possible. Below mentioned are few FAQ’s:

1. Tell me about yourself

Many interviewers like to begin by asking this question. The open ended nature of the questions means that you could potentially answer it in a number of ways.

Avoid talking about your upbringing, family, interests outside of work or your goals of life.

Mention your name, qualification, hobbies and your last employer.

2. Glimpse of your career

Speak in brief about your career. Take the interviewer through your 1st employer and gradually to your last employer. Finish off by talking about why you want to move again. Practice the response to this question and time yourself. You should avoid speaking for more than two or at the most three minutes.

3. Your motivation

You should be able to tell the interviewer that you are the most motivated when you are helping the employer to achieve their goals. You can answer saying that ‘I like to know that my work is making a difference and to be surrounded by bright and committed personalities’.

4. Enjoy the most in your job

One must have a nice tactic of responding to this question. Before answering think about the main responsibilities in the job that you are being interviewed for and then incorporate the same in your reply.

5. Least liked thing in your job

The interviewer will not accept if you say that you each and every moment of your job. You can answer this question as:

The paper work in your job is very time consuming.  While answering this question ensure that the things that frustrate you are out of your control or that you have tried to improve the situation but also hold good reasons for not being able to change the job.

6. How is performance measured

Always ensure that you be very specific while answering the questions. The more specific you are, the more believable you will make it. If one is unable to talk about performance measurement, my appear floppy.

7. Describe your current company

While appearing for the interview, one should never speak bad about the current employer. But if one desires to get a job  then ideally one should be able to give the impression that you enjoy serving your current company, but that there are one or two aspects in your interviewer’s organisation that are even more attractive.

8. Salary Expectation

This is one of the deciding questions in the interview.  You can answer this by saying that you are looking for a challenging role that will give you an opportunity to exploit your potentials and channelise them in the right direction. You can give a rough idea about your salary expectation.

Hence, one should answer all the questions with grace and confidence and impress the interviewer.

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