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The Right Approach To Interviews

Feb 13, 2013 18:20 IST

    Once candidates are over with the written examination and the group discussion the next big hurdle to overcome is to face the interview. Students often misinterpret an interview to be a question and answer session but it is nowhere close to that what they are looking for is a different aspect of one’s personality. Through the answer one should be able to reveal a stand on aspects; diplomatic or politically correct answers should be avoided. There is no harm in taking extreme views as long as one is able to justify them.

    Through the interview the board wants to grasp as much as they can of your personality. Your knowledge and intelligence has been tested so far and now through the interview they want to get an insight on your character and your attitude in dealing with situations and your reaction to the changing times. A lot of toppers have vowed by these simple rules to score great during the interview. We get you a compiled list for you to practice and follow

    Pre-interview preparations

    No information can ever go for a waste. Hence it is always advisable to read as many magazines, books and newspaper u can lay your hands on. You can try mock interviews with your friends. Try to find loop holes in your arguments.  Answers should be given from a logical and rational point of view; they are not here to listen to facts and figures. A good way of practicing for an interview could be to hold a mock interview session, where your record your answers and you hear them to improve yourself.

    Grooming Techniques

    Grooming is another important aspect that must be kept in mind. We should remember to spend time on our appearance before the interview. One must have a clean ironed set of formal clothes ready for the interview, shoes must be polished. Facial hair trimmed to look decent; one can also sport a clean shaven look.  Such small yet effective measures should be taken to provide a lasting impression.

    Punctuality

    Reaching on time is another important pointer. It is never advisable to reach the venue on time or late. One should take the pains of reaching early. Reaching early will provide access to a lot of benefits. One the candidate can interact with others present and expect an exchange of ideas. Moreover at times there is a feeling anxiety and nervousness that will definitely subdue once you get used to the new environment. One can arrive early and take the tension of his head. These are important things that must be remembered.

    The Beginning & The End

    The basic rules that we have been learning from the very beginning apply here. You greet them depending on the time of the interview, give in to a firm handshake and sit when asked to sit. Once the interview is over you exit confidently, with pleasantries and a handshake. You must remember that the interview is over and you cannot change any part of that, but what you can do is at least leave with a good note.

    Answer Concisely

    One should only answer to the point. There is no requirement to beat around the bush. A person should take his time in answering as this would give him time to think. Once you think you are bound to make fewer mistakes. It is important to know that a person is not liable to know everything. Hence if you are unaware of a particular answer you should be honest and tell the interview board that you are not aware of the answer, and would like to know about it. Shooting in the dark can worsen situations for you.

    One should always remember that there is no outlined syllabus that one goes through before appearing for an interview. Anything valuable that a person picks up on his way can be used as a positive factor during the time of the interview. However he can definitely polish his ways by discussing with other candidates, by going through competitive magazines and past experiences of toppers.

    You should always remember the crux of an interview is to not judge your bookish wisdom. Nor is it to see how aware you are of your current affairs but to judge you on your reactions to these issues. You should clearly take a stand on issues and be able to justify your every choice; diplomatic answers can go against you at the time of the interview. So brace yourself with the right attitude every time you walk in through the door and give in your best to the interview board.

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