Face interviews with ease
Facing interviews are always challenging. Before any interview the aspiring candidates look for suggestions and guidelines to crack them effectively. Assessment and evaluation through interviews have been the oldest methodology adopted by the employers for recruiting the best talent.
Modernisation and identification of differences between technical and nontechnical skills as well as their importance have changed the style and structure of interviews as well. The interviewers are now more particular while selecting a candidate, as every job demands specific skills and orientation of behavior towards them.
In the earlier times, a good degree was enough to get employment. Certain behaviours and non-technical skills were ignored while selecting a candidate for technical posts. But in the present scenario, the skills which were ignored earlier, are given equal weightage. Selection of a candidate is done on the basis of complete personality evaluation, which is a blend of technical and behavioural knowhow.
This improved scenarios and available pool of talented human resource has made the task of recruitment further complex and critical. Even for the interviewee or candidates, the task has become more challenging as well as interesting. There is a need to improvise upon your preparation, and observe for specific behavioral skills to attract the interviewer.
Following are the some don'ts, which might help add extra worth before an interviewer during an interview. This is a very common mistake that every candidate commits. Candidates tend to look out for all possible resources to gather information about the organisation, where they are going for interview. However, in the process, they puzzle themselves while managing the informations. There are some vital points about an organisation that you need to know like its vision and mission, core competency, major promoters, business operations and key clients. Moreover, what a candidate can offer to the organisation and its clients are sufficient to impress an interviewer. In an interview, interviewer asks some ambiguous questions that tend to confuse an interviewee. These questions are especially designed to assess the presence of mind. Mostly these questions become a trap for an interviewee. It is suggested that keep your nerves under control, listen to the questions carefully and answer only when you have understood. In case you are not clear about the question, you have all right to ask the interviewer to repeat the question, rather giving a confused answer. Some candidates are excited about their interviews. Excitement is good but overexcitement is not favorable. In overexcitement a person loses the ability to rationalise the situation and could not understand the meaning of a question. Besides, in excitement your answering speed increases that makes the interviewer uncomfortable to understand. Overexcitement also increases the body movement. Shaking legs, movement of arms, rotation of neck are some symptoms when you are overexcited. These activities do not make an impression. There are three reaction situations, which interviewer assess during an interview. First, when the interviewee does not react, second when he reacts, and thirdly when he overreacts. To check reaction of an interviewee, sensitive questions are asked, which could compel the candidate to react and in the meantime the degree of reaction is measured. This also helps the interviewer to understand the behavior and the level of maturity of the candidate. Managing reaction is a tricky task, but by prac- ticing patience and rational attitude one can win the situaton. During interview, a candidate must not hesitate to ask questions to the interviewer. But make sure that those questions must be useful and relevant for the career. Avoid asking personal questions to the interviewer. But if your question is reasonable and critical to your job description, then there is no need to be hesitant, go ahead and ask a well framed question. There must not be left anything in your mind that you wanted to ask, but could not ask because of hesitation. This will make an interviewee indecisive. Though there are no lie detector mechanism in interview rooms, but interviewer himself is lie detector. Interviewee must not tell lie in any situation. This might lead to insulting situation when found lying. Sometimes interviewer does not show that interviewee is lying, but a strong notice of that rejects the candidature. It is understood that people lie, but at least in an interview, it is expected to speak the truth. This is the reason that there is a declaration at the end of resume. Smiling face is encouraging, and spread positive vibes about the candidate and at the same time reflects his/her confidence. It is suggested to keep an expression on your face, must not sit expressionless, this will mislead the interviewer and make him difficult to understand your behavior. It is also possible that he may lose interest in the candidate and terminate the interview by asking few formal questions. It is suggested to keep interviewer interested in you by your expressions and have a longer interview session. This will help the interviewer comprehend you better. It is not necessary that interviewee keep saying 'yes' to all the expectations and questions of the interviewer. Give answers using the analytical ability. Take time to reason the questions, only then submit answers. This will reflect your knowledge, ability to understand the situation and above all the ability of decision making. It is most important these days to have the decision making skills, as interviewers and the organisations care for those candidates, who can take their own valuable decisions.