Some Important Tips for Interview
Some Important Tips which you have to keep in your mind while going for Group Discussion (GD).
- Be as natural as possible. Do not try to be someone you are not. Be yourself. In an attempt to be someone else, your opinions will not be portrayed;
- Sit with a straight and confident posture;
- Be assertive yet humble. You need to stick to your values and beliefs, but learn to respect the values and opinions of others too;
- Grab the opportunity to speak first, i.e. to start the group discussion with your opinion. It generally leaves a good impression on the evaluator, but take the move only if you have complete knowledge of the subject;
- Do not repeat a point, or be lengthy or irrelevant. Also intervene, if someone else is going on an irrelevant track;
- Facilitate contribution from others. Do not just go on and on and on with only your opinionated view. Remember, it is a group discussion. Allow others to speak too;
- Make an eye contact with all the participants. It creates more room for conversation. Also keep nodding, when others speak, it shows receptivity;
- Be an active and dynamic participant. The examiner wants to hear you speak. So do put forth your views;
- Be positive and prepare your thoughts well but do not be over-confident;
- Think well before you speak. You are being heard and judged upon
- When raising an objection to a point kept by another speaker, back it up with a solid reason to get the point across;
Some Important Tips which you have to keep in your mind while going for Interview. 1. Tips on Preparing for the Interview-Day:
- Use quotes, facts and figures, statements, everyday life examples to express a clear chain of thoughts. Also it might leave a good impression on the examiner and help you score well.
2. Brush up your communication skills.
- Gather information about the bank or organization that has invited you for the interview. This will give you a clear idea about the philosophy, work environment and reputation of the company.
- Read the job description carefully as to what they expect from you.
- Evaluate your qualifications, experience, and core competences, areas of strength and accordingly draw up a questionnaire along with your replies to the expected questions.
3. Attending the Interview: Go with a smile (not a grin) on your face, with confidence and determination to succeed in your heart. 4. As You Enter:
- Interviewers normally ask you to highlight your strengths and weaknesses.
- Strengths of course can be emphasized more easily but even the weaknesses can be presented in a positive light. For example, ‘I am a little impatient with the people who are not focused enough, or non serious about the work in hand’
- Go with a positive frame of mind, without worrying much about the outcome.
5. Facing the Interviewers
- Depending upon whether you are being interviewed by one person or a panel of interviewers, greet politely ‘Good Morning’/Afternoon or Evening depending upon time of the day.
- If there are more than one person then address them as ‘Sirs/Madams’ and try to encompass them all in your greeting. If there is only one lady in the panel, it is polite to greet her separately.
- Most probably you will be offered a seat. Do not sit down unless you are asked to.
6. The Body Language
- As you sit across the interviewer(s), look confident and relaxed.
- In most cases the interviewers themselves will try to put you at ease.
7. Pay attention to the following.
- Good body language can be inculcated and practiced. Your facial expression, appearance, gestures, how you walk, talk, stand, sit, use your limbs etc. all form part of your body language.
- Sit straight comfortably without craning your neck. Do not slouch.
- Look attentive, keen and interested.
- Talk clearly, maintaining a pitch that is comfortably audible to the person(s) around.
- Do not get overexcited even while describing your achievements and strengths.
- Listen to the queries attentively, constantly maintaining polite eye contact with the interviewers.
- Nod your head to show that you are listening, interjecting appropriately with ‘Yes Sir/Madam’, absolutely, definitely etc.
- Lean forward a little as you speak and backward as you listen.
- Do not touch your face, or shake your legs.
- Keep your arms either on your sides or in your lap. Do not fold your arms, as it is a sign of rudeness.
- Use short simple sentences while talking. |
- Do not make unrealistic tall claims during
- Never get too arrogant or aggressive in front
- Do not show your disappointment and disinterest.
- Poise till the end.
- Always thank the interviewers as you leave.