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Succeeding In Interviews & Common Mistakes made

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Well, your resume /CV has been shortlisted, your work is just half done. You need to work on the next steps to further to ensure success. So what are the next steps? Well in this article I am going to talk about how to succeed in interviews & common mistakes made.

Creating Positive impression in the interview

Creating impression in interview
Creating impression in interview

Let us start with the basics always be punctual for the interview and give time to your self to relax.Be completely familiar with everything on your CV. Know why you are interested in this job. Ensure that you show your interest in the job. Mention how the position will expand your skills and why the work will be meaningful to you. Be prepared to answer any difficult questions based on education or work history.

Practice image management it is important to look good and sound professional. Dressing comfortably that is not to causal and not too smart. Dressing smart will lead to people taking you seriously. Whenever possible back your answer with evidence-based replies.

Some common mistakes made

  • Misreading the culture or personality of a person interviewing you.
  • You use humor inappropriately.
  • You didn’t do your homework.
  • You criticized your current employer.

Preparing for tricky questions

Think about the potential questions that can be asked and think about the purpose of it.

1. What are the specific skills and knowledge you can bring in the job?

2. What are your strength and how can you make sure that will be discussed in the interview?

3. What is your weakness? Do you feel worried discussing about it?

While giving an interview be candid and clear. Use a lengthy answer only when you think you can demonstrate thought in detail and will add value. If you don’t understand the question ask for clarification instead of answering it wrongly.

The most important thing is to keep the focus on your worth and not on cost. Know what figure you will happily accept and the bottom range beyond which you will walk away.

The areas that could possess a challenge in an interview.

  1.  Experience and management skill.
  2.  You opinion about industry and professional trend.
  3.  Reason for leaving current job.
  4. Value of past achievement.
  5.  Work Habits.
  6.  Salary expectation.
  7.  Expectation for the future.

Your solution to scenario types questions will tell a lot about yourself during the interview. Stating can you make the tough decision or do you possess leadership skills.

Common mistake to avoid

  • Criticizing your former employer.
  •  You get angry or defensive.
  • Thinking interview is one-sided.

Succeeding in Telephonic Interviews

Telephonic Interview -Skype
Telephonic InterviewSkype

Before starting the interview be well equipped that is having a pen, paper to note down the information across. Carefully think about the like shape of the interview. Understand the information you need to give along with what question you need to ask.

Make sure you find a quiet room to take the call where there will be no distraction or interpretation. Be aware of your own voice. Watch the tendency to talk too much, take short pauses while giving out the answer. Take care that you do not become monotonous. An interview should sound positive, friendly, and like a business.

Listen to the interviewer to pay attention to the non-verbal aspect of speech like tone, pitch, and inflection. Make notes of important facts and agreements it is easy to forget because there is no visual cue.

Succeeding in competence-based interview

The idea behind the competency-based interview is to determine how well suited you are for the job. Your learning and experience from the past job. Prepare with an example for the interview. It is useful to showcase with an example of how you developed the core competence outlined for the job.

Forming answer around the below questions will be helpful.

1. What did I do personally in situation?

2. How did I manage to overcome barriers or pitfalls?

3. Is there anything I would have or should have done differently

4. What did I achieve?

5. What did I learn from the past experience?

Know the job you are applying and desire to work. Read the job description carefully before the interview and the core competency required for it. Try to anticipate the questions around the roles & responsibilities mentioned in the job description.

Think about your present job and particularly how your role fits in the team. Try to identify the transferable skills that you will be able to carry across in the new job.

Succeed in Internal Interviews

Some companies like to fill in an internal vacancy by conducting an internal interview. Within an organization, there can be all types of assumptions that can complicate the process. Sometimes people may be tempted to take interview process lighting especially if the person knows the interviewer.

Do your homework to find about the position as much as possible. If you have an HR department try to find out more information about it.Before you give an interview for the position try to talk about this decision to your boss that your intent to move. It can create a nasty environment if they find out this news from someone else. Anticipate what the interviewer will want to know about your experience or core competency. Do not take this area for granted.

Succeeding in Stress Interview

In stress interviews, candidates are deliberately put under pressure to check the response in a stressful situation. Organizations use this method only when they can clearly show the need for it. This technique is usually used in security, Defence forces, and banking sectors.

Generally, the interview is testing your ability to manage surprises and confrontational situations. The trick to succeeding in this type of interview is not to take the comments personally and recognize that you are required to play this type of role.

Whenever a stressful question is asked, remember to take a deep breath and take time to respond calmly. Maintain the answer with clear logic and emotions. Try to anticipate the next question which will keep you ahead of the game.

Succeeding in Technical Interview

Technical Interview

In this type of interview, the technical knowledge level of the interviewee is checked by asking questions related to the work field. The organization tells you in advance about the technical interview.

Sometimes the firms may also ask to prepare a presentation regarding a particular topic.

Consider the type of audience that will form the panel. Try to find out the number of people and their organization positions along with it. Sometime theses presentation may go wrong when the interviewer asks an obvious question or the tricky question. Try to remain calm and try to view the interviewer as the customers for you.

Work out what your interviewers will want to know and make sure your knowledge is up to the scratch in the correct area.

Succeeding in Panel Interview

Panel Interview
Panel Interview

Sooner or later in the job interview, you may be asked to attend the interview with the panel. These types of interviews are popular in the public and private sectors.These interviews are conducted to save the time of every participant in the process and reduce the danger of overrunning.

It can be quite intimidating at times but this is also a good opportunity to showcase your strength to multiple people at once. Before the interview try to get information about the organization as much as possible. Look into company websites, annual reports, and try to talk with people familiar with the organization. Research and try to get a feel about the companies values, success factors, and people.

Prepare for the interview mentally by considering the below point.

  • What are your major selling points.
  •  How can I get across to each member of the panel.

Try to imagine answering each question easily and bonding with each interviewer and having a successful conversation. When talking try to make eye contact with each member in the panel that is holding the gaze for 3 sec and then moving to the next interviewer. Remember that you are selling and try to get your point across clearly.

Make sure you discuss your strength and the reason they should employ you.

Succeeding in Psychometric Test

Psychometric test
Psychometric test

Large firms often use the psychometric test as a way to understand whether the candidates has the knowledge, skills, personality for a particular job. This test helps to identify the candidates for future leadership roles.

There are two types of Psychometric test

1. Psychometric test – Attainment test (These are the test designed to find out how much you learned from past training and experience)

  • General intelligence test – This test is concerned with the ability to learn new skills and measure the critical thinking
  •  Special Aptitude tests – Conducted to reveal general or specific aptitude that the employee needs to develop

2. Personality inventory – Personality questionnaire, Interest inventories, values questionnaire

Before the test, it is better to know exactly the skill and knowledge that will be tested. A good idea would be taking some practice tests before giving the actual test there are thousands of books available for practice.

Generally when taking the personality test speaking out the response that first comes to the mind will be the best one. A good method while answering the question is to answer only the question you are sure of first of most and then proceed with the remaining questions.

Remember that the test results are just one indicator and trust your intuition if the results seem of the mark. Well, these were a few of the types of interviews that you can face during the hiring process. Be mindful about the pitfalls that can happen in the interview and surely success will be your for taking



Roopesh Bhosle is an author at Hackedwits and writes on summary for books from Business and Finance. A Project Manager at day and content writer at night. Love to learn new things, to connect dots in life. Connect with me on LinkedIn for collaboration on project or Guest Post

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