Interview Basics

Lets first try to look inside the mind of an interviewer.If you were the one responsible to select 10 candidates what would you expect from them? Write down the qualities that you would like to see in those candidates.

Lets look at the following points that many interviewers have written in the order of their relevance:
  1. Knowledge
  2. A friendly but confident "Attitude"
  3. Sincere
  4. A professional and clean apperance

Now that you know what the interviewers are expecting from you, try to inculcate all these qualities in yourself.
Here are some of the things that you should start with:


A short research about the company and the questions that have been asked earlier is really helpful . Ask your seniors or your colleagues about the interview experience they had. Though, it would not be the same person taking your interview, but more or less the Questions are similar because the interviewer in any company is given a list of questions that they need to ask the candidates and the provide the feedback.

You must have seen a sheet that they carry where they tick and write after listening to your response. The sheet contains a list of parameters over which they have to judge you , which essentially remains constant in all the interviews!! Yei!!
[Follow the link for the list: Common Interview Questions and Answers ]


Now that you know the pattern and type of Questions asked in an Interview. Practice! Practicing the questions would save the mini-heart atttack that you get in an interview when a question like "Why Should I hire You?" is asked. Prepare well for such questions so that when you are thrown such a question you are well prepared and can answer well instead of blabbering rubbish(Many Of the candidates do that! )!

Read Your Resume:

Do not just copy paste your resume from others. You are allowed to follow the design but copying an entire resume and then just replacing his marks with yours is a strict No-No!. In some cases we have found that in a campus selection interview almost all the students have the SAME CAREER OBJECTIVE!!(well! that's the height of Unity!),it clearly shows that you are either lazy or you lack originality.Such things might drag you down, and can be a prime reason for your rejection expecially if the company you are apearing for is amongst: "Yahoo", "Google", "CISCO", "Microsoft", "McAfee" etc.These companies literally scrutinize your resume.
In fact some of the times the Interviewer's first Question might be: "What is you Career Objective?", and this can send you for a toss if you are unable to reply what is written on your resume.
You should be able to explain each and everything that is on your resume, be it your academic projects or your achievements.

Be on time:

Always be on time for your interview. Reach the centre 10 minutes prior to the scheduled time and cross check your documents. Anybody hates waiting, and your interviewer is not different. Particularly in case of off-campus interviews, the interviewer is generally tired after having taken a lot of interviews and would get pissed off and reject you right away for such a small thing, no matter how qualified you are. Moreover, being late shows that you are "irresponsible".

Mind your Attitude:

Everything that you do reflects your attitude. Never ever try to show off, just try to be modest. Never start an argument with the interviewer, that simply reflects childish attitude. If you find that your thoughts and the interviewer's thoughts are clashing, just present you opinion politely.
Always try to carry a friendly smile on your face. Sometimes the interviewer asks a very difficult question just to see how you react! Do you panic? Does the smile on your face disappear in a click? Do you start looking upwards or here and there? Or Do you try to answer calmly and accept gladly that you are not aware of the answer, but do not miss the chance to ask him the answer to the question :-) .This has happened a number of times in interviews and most of the times candidates who did not panic have emerged successful.

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