The Right Way to Give an Interview
An interview is a formal conversation between an applicant and an official of an institution in which the applicant’s qualifications and skills are being evaluated. The interviewer asks questions and the interviewee responds. Interviews usually involve a transfer of information from the interviewee to interviewer, although sometimes information transfers can happen in both directions simultaneously. In today’s digital age, conversations need not take place at a particular location but online without any hassles. Confidence might be an issue for many people who sit for an interview. The best thing to do is to go prepared. Preparation for an interview first and foremost involves knowing as much as possible about the company you are applying to, for the job. Be clear when you speak and avoid beating around the bush. Second thing to do would be to prepare answers for commonly asked questions. For example, why do you want the job? What do you like about the company? Why do you think you should be working here? etc. Keep your answers brief and add examples wherever possible. It is important that you also share some of your negatives or mistakes with them, but always put a positive spin on that by adding what you learnt from these mistakes and what other approaches you can take. Also go prepared with some things that you might want to ask the interviewer about the job to engage the interviewer in active interaction. Asking them questions will create the illusion of confidence in you even if you are nervous and will also give you a break from the spotlight to compose yourself for the rest of the interview. One very common theme of questions are scenario based. The interviewer may ask you something like What will you do if….? The following are a set of steps to handle this question.
1) Compare the question to a situation in your previous work or in your life itself
It might not always be possible to share a situation like this because it might not have happened in your work. In this case feel free to think about relating the situation to your personal life.
2) Follow these pointers when you share a situation
- Chose something which really took place
- Keep your situation relevant and recent
- Use simple words
- Give details of that particular scenario
3) Visualize the Objective
As you are describing the situation to the interviewer be sure to clarify the goal you were trying to achieve. It Is Important that you address the specific target so that the end result can be easily linked to the objective.
4) Steps taken by you
What you did to achieve your target?
- Why you choose that particular process
- Alternative causes of action you could have taken
The interviewer will be looking for your skills and ability for the problem solving and coming up with the situation.
Share the action which you took and tie them back to achieve the target. If in the scenario you had failed to achieve your goal, there is no need to worry. In this case just mention what you realized your mistakes were and how would you do things differently, this time around. This approach will highlight the fact that you learn from experience.
One last thing to remember while giving an interview is that it is okay to pause from time to time to actually calmly think about what you want to say next. This does not mean you delay too much, but maybe a few seconds to formulate what you want to say next, in your head.