How to face an Interview?
An interview can be explained as a conversation where questions are asked and answers are given. In common word, it means to a one-on-one conversation between an interviewer and an interviewee where interviewee market himself/herself to prove his/her suitability in interviewer mind.
The total interview can be classified into four parts Initial approach, Introduction, question-answer session, conclusion. Having a good resume already creates a good impression to the employer now in the interview session you have secure your position in their mind and prove your eligibility. Here in the following session, I will discuss each and every section of the interview.
- Initial approach: In this session interviewer physically see the interviewee. So in this session you impression factor will be formal dresses, smiling face and handsome personality and good gesture Like [May I come in?] Then Good Morning or Good Afternoon, Ask your employer permission before sitting. Like[ May I seat? ] In this phase, the interviewer checks your personality attitude, behavior, etc. Don’t be nervous at any moment always try to make eye contact with them.
- Introduction: Generally the company HR Manager asks the candidate to introduce yourself. Here most of the candidate makes some general mistakes. Like they just tell whatever is written in their CV. But as per my knowledge, as TPO is a concern, It is the phase where the candidate can tell something extra whichever is not written in the CV/Resume. Your resume is already in their hand so it is not a wise idea to repeat it.
For example, [this is Subhendu Sharma coming from Kolkata (Nearest location) completed my 10+2 with 70% marks. Then I took admission in Leather Goods Technology through JEXPO. Previously I have the passion of painting, that’s why I want to build my career as a designer. In our three years of curriculum, I have made 20 bags after making mood boards and trend forecasting. I have carried all these images in my portfolio, I would like to show you that if you permit me. I am open minded and hard working person, I am confident if you give me a chance in your company in designing I can prove my suitability. In the future I want to be the main designer of your company.]
So in this section, you can omit your family background some part of your educational details because those parts are already described in resume making which has been discussed in the previous blog.
The introduction should be as per the job criteria. So don’t elaborate anything which is out of the line of the job requirement. The long introduction may create annoyance to the interviewer, so it should be short but sufficient to create an impression.
Question answer session: Then the question-answer session comes, hear the full questions patiently and try to give to the point answer. In this session, if you can’t hear the question, then politely request the interviewer to repeat. (Example Can you please repeat the questions). If you don’t know the answer, Then tell them “sorry sir I don’t know “ Don’t repeat their question in your answer.
Example [Interviewer: How do u forecast the color?
Interviewee: Colour forecasting?……………..hmm— color forecasting ? ]
If your answer will be in this way then the interviewer understands that you are not confident and thus you waste your time as well as you don’t give a chance to the interviewer to ask another question. Thus you can’t prove your eligibility despite having good academic records.
Attitude is an important part of the interview. Sometimes some ordinary students crack the interview despite having fewer marks in the academic result. In last year, GM of a reputed leather goods company asks almost the same question to all my final year’s students in Campus Interview. The question was“ If you are asked to stay in the company for three days at any demanding situation, what will u do” Most of the students said that they need to talk with their parents, some students said they need time to think, Some students replied, ‘staying three days in company is very tough” etc. Only 4, 5 students gave consent to stay. One of my ex-student with an ordinary academic background replied, “It is not a matter, arrange a place in your company, I can stay there until the job is completed”. Here the difference of attitude played an important role in that interview. Nowadays, the company asks 100% of his employees if the situation demands.
Conclusion: In the concluding session, don’t forget to greet the interviewer even your interview was not good at all. Like thank you sir/Madam, Have a nice day, etc. Some of this good gesture may get them to rethink about their decision.
Some dos and don’ts of the interview:
- Dress properly in your college uniform or any other formal dress. Bring all original testimonials and one set of Xerox copy of the above. Bring your resume. (Making resume is already discussed in the previous blog).. if you want to see, just click here.
- Reach the interview place at least 30 min before the scheduled time to concentrate. Don’t forget to register your name in attendance. Bring water bottle and tiffin because some time interviews may be deferred for some hours due to a certain emergency.
- For a campus interview, try to take necessary information about the company and interviewer from TPO. You can do personal research about the company on the internet.
- You can practice some mock interviews with your friends or request your TPO for a grooming session for that particular interview.
- Don’t behave rudely to any person of the company.
- Don’t talk much with your friends in the restroom because of all the zones of the private sector companies are under CCTV surveillance. Always keep it in mind they are watching your behaviors.
- Don’t copy the resume from your friends rather make your own resume. Don’t submit a resume without signature and photograph in a hurry.
Nowadays for experienced candidate interviews over telephone and Skype or other electronic audio-visual medium are common. The basic preparation of that interview will be the same. Only you can adjust some technical parameters like the lighting condition of the room, Microphone condition so the interviewer can hear you properly, Internet speed, Webcam picture quality, etc. In this context, you can request your TPO for a mock session for that interview. For the phone interview, you can follow the video link.
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