So you are looking for a job (how doesn’t ?). But first let me share with you the secret of my energy to write this article for the benefit of all job seekers who are going to appear for interviews soon.
Last week a few good things happened to me. First, I got great feedback from two candidates about Executive Coaching and Interview Training.
Second, I successfully uploaded 3 videos on YouTube about job interviews, which are:
- Benefits of a Professionally Written Resume
- Easy Ways to Ruin Job Interview
- Entry level interview questions for Accounts, Accounting, Finance Jobs
Now back to the topic Ultimate Tips to Crack Interview. Let’s assume, my dear Job Seeker that you already have an awesome resume. If not, you may take some help from 11 Important Tips for CV Writing . Also I do hope that your resume is well placed at the job portals and it is being noticed by the recruiters. If you need some tips there, you may refer to my earlier articles and avoid the mistakes so that you can reach the interview stage faster:
- Reasons Why your Resume is not getting shortlisted at Job Portals
- Best Ways to Get Noticed by Recruitment Consultants
OK now you have got the interview. Do you have a strategy to convince the interviewer that you are the most suitable candidate? How do you plan to convince the person on the other side of the table to hire you? In short, how are you going to win the interview?
It is a fact that most of us aren’t very good at giving our best during the interview. Here are a few tips convert the interview to your advantage. Here’s how:
1. Prepare a list of Anticipated Questions
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Yes it is quite possible that you can anticipate up to 70% of the interview questions you’re going to be asked. Don’t believe it? Since you know you belong to a particular industry / domain and have certain skill sets, it is but natural for the interviewer to keep the discussion centred around that only as they want to check your suitability and ability for the job.
To begin with there could be general questions such as “ why do you want to work for us?”, “Please tell us something about yourself”, “Why do you want to change?” and as the interview progresses well the questions will become more specific and also technical ( focused on your skills and experience).
If you can’t think of any, then you may like to search on internet “most common interview questions.” If you are a fresh graduate, you can take help from Job Interview Questions and Answers for Freshers
Write down the top 15 to 20 questions you think you are likely to be asked.
2. Plan your Answers
Once you have zeroed down to a set of interview questions, write down your answer for EACH and EVERY question. Be honest and sincere, for it is going to be worth it even though you may feel confident that you can handle them all or you find it a boring or a painful exercise to actually write the answer of each question. But it is important and beneficial as it help to write the answers on the hard disk of your brain well and when you want the answers the recall will be easy and automatic.
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3. Back up your Answers with Facts and Figures
If you have successfully completed the previous 2 steps you should pat yourself on the back. In real life, not more than 50% of the job seekers who appear for the interview care to undertake these exercises and out of the balance 50%, it is my guess estimate that only half would do it so thoroughly. So technically you are already ahead of half of the candidates on this aspect.
The next step is to sound convincing and prove that you have done that or you are what you are claiming to be to the persons sitting in the interview board. This means that every question should be backed up with figures or substantiated with information that proves you have done what you’re being asked about. Suppose you are asked, “do you meet your sales targets regularly?” You should answer that in the last 6 months, your performance has been extraordinary as you have not only met the sales target in each month, but in the months or June, August and September you crossed the 120% line.
Therefore, pick up your paper and pen to write specific figures or story under each answer.
4. Keep plan B ready
It is impossible to predict the actual interview in terms of time to be taken, mood of the interviewer and the intensity of discussions. For example, it is quite possible that after 2 or 3 initial questions; the interview discussions get more and more focussed on a particular subject or an issue. The interviewer wants to go very deep into that subject matter. In that case, you need to have a equally good answer for every question with more details or figures for an in-depth discussion. That way you can have a great discussion and convince them better too.
5. Never Argue with Interviewer
It is highly recommended that you should avoid any kind of unpleasant debate or heated argument with the interviewer. Accept the fact that the interviewer is at a higher positions and he knows the best that what kind of person will fit the position. Even if you disagree with the views of the interviewer, be polite and diplomatic to say that it could also be one of the view points and you would study this further.
6. Practice, Practice and Practice
Bruce Lee said “I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times”. It is not enough to just have great answers ready but you should rehearse them aloud many times.
No two interviews are same and nor are the interviewers. Thus your mind and body should be so conditioned that you can successfully perform in any kind of interview.
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To wrap up
Every hardworking and sincere person deserves a great career and an amazing job.
Here is wishing you all the success for your next interview !
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About the Author
Sundeep Kataria is the CEO of ACS Consultants – a Management Consulting Firm. He holds multiple qualifications: MBA, PGDIT (IIFT), MS in Counselling & Psychotherapy and Diploma in Company Law. He has also formally learnt Digital Marketing and Website Making.
In 1995 he pioneered the concept of professional Career Counselling, Executive Coaching and Mentoring. Over the years he has mentored many professionals, like CAs, Engineers, Sales & Marketing Professionals, IT Experts etc.
The unique style of Sundeep Kataria is that he connects with each and every individual personally, holds in depth discussion before undertaking the assignment.