Career Planning in Job Market – Job Interview

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Job Interview – Types of Questions :

Yes or no questions: These questions are generally asked to make feel at ease. Sometimes interviewers would like to check on certain details like important dates, information about subjects studied and past work experience. They may ask questions that demand monosyllabic answers. Use this opportunity to expand your answer in answer in one or two sentences rather than to respond in one or two words to convince the recruiters of your linguistic proficiency even at this early stage.

For example: Did you have any difficulty in reaching the place?
Candidate A: No, sir
Candidates B: No difficulty sir, I am staying with my uncle who dropped me here in his
Car.
Candidates B’s answer is certainly preferable to that of A.

Open Ended questions :

Open – ended questions are broad and unstructured. They provide you scope to speak continuously for a few minutes. Recruiters listen to you with interest and curiosity and it gives them an opportunity to assess your communication skills and grasp of the subject knowledge. Some times of the interviewees are woefully unprepared to tackle these questions and speak hesitantly and nervously. Some other abruptly end their responses. Remember that the answers should brief and should be brief and should have the effect of completeness.

Example for Open – Ended Questions :

  • Why do you propose to change your organization?
  • What make you think that you will prove to be an asset to our organization?

The response to an open – ended question helps you impress the interviewers and also project you r personality trait. You should, however, be guarded not to go off the track and bear in mind the fact that brevity is the soul of the wit.

Stress questions :

Stress questions are deliberately posed to find out how you react to them. There are certain positions in which pressure and tension are the order of the day and for such jobs, the employer requires persons who could handle the challenging situation with confidence. Your line of approach should be to maintain your poise and respond to the questions coolly in an intelligent manner.

Some recruiters adopt non – verbal cues like grim face and angry look and try to induce stress. Some even sit unconcerned and look at you critically and would like to start the conversation. You should not be upset by these distracting verbal and non verbal tactics but face the panel confidently and respond to questions, using convenient pauses to your advantage. A smile now and then may relax your face.

Example of stress questions :

  • For the present we don’t have an opening. However, if you’re exceptionally good, we would think of employing you. You got a first class in your course. There are persons with more than 75% marks in our list. In what way are you better than these persons?

Ice Breaking Question :

Before the interviewers start asking serious questions, they would like you to be relaxed. For that purpose, they ask a few simple questions which you can easily answer without any difficulty. These questions are called ice – breaking questions. Some of them are given below.

  • Tell us something about yourself
  • Tell us what your friends think of you
  • You are from Trichy. When did you come to Chennai? Where do you stay here?
  • You did engineering at St. Johns. Trichy
  • Tell us some thing about the College

 

Job Interview – Dos for the Interview :

  • Arrive at the place 30 minutes earlier
  • Enter the room opening the door noiselessly
  • Walk erectly
  • Shake hands with each interviewer (Make sure that your handshake is firm)
  • When asked to sit, on the chair thanking the interviewer
  • Keep your hands under the table
  • Speak clearly
  • Be courteous and show an active interest in the interview
  • Keep your answer and to the point
  • Be positive and professional in your approach
  • Thank the interviewer when you are complimented
  • Avoid the use of slang
  • Respond to interviewers, using their names
  • Watch the non – verbal signals of the interviewers
  • Expect the unexpected
  • Be consistent in your claim
  • Look every person in ‘the eyes (Evading eye contact may be considered an act of suspicion)
  • Thank every person individually at the end of the interview. Another hand shake is preferable

Job Interview – Don’ts for the Interview :

  • Don’t forget the names of the interviewers. Don’t mispronounce them
  • If you are a smoker, don’t smoke before the interview. Avoid eating a heavy meal
  • Don’t sit with folded hands
  • Don’t sit before you are offered a seat
  • Don’t be critical of your present and earlier employers
  • Don’t be critical of your college
  • Don’t argue
  • Don’t be overtly aggressive and arrogant. You can be reasonably assertive
  • Don’t be emotional
  • Don’t touch the button and scratch your head
  • Avoid the over use of ‘I’. Use ‘we’
  • Don’t bluff. (Most companies fire the employee when a lie is detected)
  • Don’t forget to close the door when you leave.

The Telephone Interview :

Interviews are conducted over the telephone to speed up the selection process. In the telephone interview you are informed sufficiently in advance about the actual date and time of the interview and you must be ready and wait for the telephone to ring.

You may not have much anxiety, as it is not a face – to – face interview and you deal with one invisible interviewer and besides, you have an access to records and notes. The interviewer however has a drawback, as he can not visualize your personality or body language. You may have to impress him only with your voice.

A telephone interview requires as much preparation as you make for a face – to – face interview. The interviewer will have complete concentration, as there is no distraction from your side. He has to assess your performance on the basis of what you speak. Perhaps the assessment criteria may be on the two – point scale – content and language with little emphasis on personality factor except what the interviewer may gather about the candidate’s attitude from his response.

These interviews may be a long drawn affair as there is no question of unnecessary talk and distractions. Sometime foreign companies conduct telephone interviews for potential candidates and the call is received from outside the country. Such interviews usually run for more than one hour and questions are essentially subject – relevant.

A few Tips :

  • It is your first responsibility to create an ideal atmosphere for the interview with absolutely no interference from outside.
  • The interview generally begins with the interviewer introducing him / her and then it is your turn to introduce yourself.
  • Write down the name of the interviewer and the telephone no. Seek his permission to call him back in case you require some clarification.
  • Respond to question completely. Take notes so that you can have some follow up action.