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Chapter 1 : Introduction

Introduction arrow_upward

  • An interview is important part of a recruitment process for right selection.
  • An interview is a structured meeting.
    • Between you and the potential employer.
  • All interviews involve questions and answers.
  • Interviewing is a skill.
    • You need to prepare and Practice.
    • Just as you can learn swimming and driving you need to learn basic interviewing skills.

    “This application will help you to prepare yourself for the Interview Process and provides basic guidelines, tips and strategies to ace your interview confidently.”

    Purpose of an Interview arrow_upward

  • To find answer to your question:
    • Is there a fit between your professional goals and the job?
  • To find answer to employer’s question:
    • Does your skill meet the needs of the employer?

    Goals of an Interview arrow_upward

  • To get and give information
  • To assess the abilities/potential of a candidate for the job
  • To recruit

  • The 3 Critical Questions (Employer) arrow_upward

  • Can you do the job?
  • Will you do the job?
  • Will you work in the team?

  • The 3 Critical Questions (You) arrow_upward

  • Do I like this job?
  • Do I like the hiring manager?
  • Do I like this team?

  • Steps in the Interview Process arrow_upward

  • Major corporations like Microsoft involve following 3 steps in the interview process.
    • Step 1: Phone Interview
    • Used for screening the candidate
    • Go/no go decision for next step
    • Step 2: One-on-One Interview
    • Conducted by hiring manager and a group of folks chosen by the hiring manager.
    • Go/no go decision for next step.
    • Step 3: As appropriate interview
    • Interview done by “the Big Boss”
    • Boss of the hiring manager
    • Go/no go decision for hiring

    The Single Most Important Step arrow_upward

  • A good resume is the single most important step to succeed in the interview.
    • No spelling errors
    • No grammatical errors
    • Tailored to the specific job for which you have applied
    • Emphasize relevant work experience
    • Emphasize academic qualifications

    The Term “Interview” arrow_upward

  • “An Interview is a two-way communication process.”
  • It is an opportunity for two parties to market themselves.
    • The employer is selling the organization to you.
    • You are marketing your skills, knowledge, and personality to the employer.
  • Interview is an opportunity for both the employer and the applicant to gather information.
    • The employer wants to know if you have the skills necessary for the job.
    • You want to evaluate the position and the organization.

    Stages of Interview arrow_upward

  • Introduction – The interviewer will attempt to establish a rapport with you.
  • Review – The interviewer will ask questions to know more about your background.
    • Education
    • Work experience
    • Career goals
  • Discussion – The interviewer will discuss about the job and ask questions to determine your fit with the role.
  • Conclusion – Points can be clarified by both parties and questions asked and answered by each i.e.
    • Interviewer may explain procedural matters.
    • You can discuss how and when further contact will be made.

    Formats of Interviews arrow_upward

  • Unstructured or non-directive interview:
    • An unstructured conversational-style interview in which the interviewer pursues points of interest as they come up in response to questions.
  • Structured or directive interview:
    • An interview following a set sequence of questions across all respondents.
  • Qualitative interview:
    • When the questions are not totally preset and the interview takes a conversational approach, it is often called qualitative interviewing.

    Before the Interview arrow_upward

  • Research and prepare
    • Know what the job offers
    • Know what the team offers
    • Know what the company offers
  • Choose Professional Attire
  • How the job fits into your employment plans?
  • What are your career goals?
  • Find out the dress code in advance and dress accordingly.
    • You do not need a tie and a suit for interview with Microsoft (Don’t over dress)
    • You will need a tie and a suit for interview with Goldman Sachs (OK to dress up)
    • OK to ask the hiring manager
  • Practice the interview questions

  • During the Interview arrow_upward

  • Arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of the interview.
  • Maintain right body language:
    • Greet the interviewer with a firm handshake
    • Maintain good eye contact
  • Show energy and enthusiasm
  • Appear Confident
  • Ask relevant and clarifying questions
  • Maintain a positive state of mind
  • Speak clearly and concisely

  • After the Interview arrow_upward

  • Write a ‘thank you' email or note.
  • Follow up with a phone call.

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