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A Few Tips For Succeeding In A Job Interview

Updated on November 28, 2014

Nowadays, almost every job involves an interview because it is a very important tool for recruitment. In certain jobs, there may be written tests for testing the skills of the candidates. While you may not find the written tests very difficult, you may abhor interviews.

But recruiters have put in place the interview process for achieving the twin aims of assessing the personality of the candidates and for checking if they are suitable for the positions. In fact, the importance of job interviews has been growing because the number of job seekers has been increasing at a very rapid pace. But employers are still lamenting that they are not able to get the right candidates for the vacancies they have in their companies.

If you are a job aspirant, your interview may generally begin with questions on your profile. Your replies must be brief and to the point which means that you need not give an elaborate description about your family background. There may be many other candidates waiting for their turn and so, the interviewer may not have much time to listen to your tirade. Much of your background including your family background may be there on your profile. Remember you are being tested for your communication skills.

Also remember that employers have large resources but their aim is to choose sharp candidates. Therefore, before going for the interview, you must do your homework properly and know the history of the company. You cannot afford to be complacent on this aspect. Unlike in the past, you can know all the details including the company's organisational structure, future plans, financial results, etc. from their website. Even if you gather details from other sources, you must carefully check the veracity of the details before quoting them.

If you are a fresher, you must more carefully gather all possible details about the company because failures in the first few interviews may upset you and may cause disillusionment in you.

Never give monosyllabic answers because this may irk the interviewer. The aim of the interviewer is to test your communication skills and such answers may defeat the very purpose of the interview process. Job market is highly competitive and reaching the interview level itself is a remarkable achievement. So, you must not squander the opportunity. You must ensure that the interactions you have are fruitful as well as fulfilling.

Remember that the interviewer will be observing you very closely and therefore, you cannot afford to be dishonest. If you do not know the anwers for some questions, you must tell the interviewer honestly that you do not know. You can add that you are keen to learn the details.

Interviewers may sometimes make use of what are called "stress interviews." The purpose of these interviews is they want to know if you can be a good fit for some special assignments or if you can handle crisis situations.

You may be asked to talk about your achievements also. You must talk only about job-related achievements, if you have any, or your professional achievements. The aim of the interviewer is to find out how you perceive about your abilities and skills. Not only that, they expect you to give innovative answers for the theoretical questions they ask.

Be yourself throughout the interview but at the same time, ensure that your body language and the way you speak portray that you are very much interested in the position.


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