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By the time you leave the interview, the interviewer should develop a strong sense that you're a great catch. He should thank heavens for sending you in front of him for this interview. And, he should imagine how excited his boss would be when your interviewer proudly presents you as a invaluable diamond mined out by him, by his hard work. How to achieve this?
No ordinary interview training programs can internalise these qualities in you. You need InterviewMax. InterviewMax programs and products blends all key skills they are looking for. Before that, these programs make you realize what you exactly lack.
Does past performance predict future success? Proponents of behavioural interviewing agree that it does. In fact, behavioural interviewing is said to be 55 percent predictive of future on the job behaviour, while traditional interviewing is only 10 percent predictive.
Your conversations with the interviewer will focus almost exclusively on your past experience as he tries to learn more about how you have already behaved in a variety of on-the-job situations. Then he will attempt to use this information to extrapolate your future reactions on the job.
Composing three or four or more "stories"-actual experiences that illustrate your most important skills or qualifications-is important. Just make sure to structure them in a "Situation/Task/Action/Result" format.
A recent survey revealed that the root cause of employee separation - resignations or firings - is the same: Mismatch.
However, according to various surveys, inability to delegate work is seen as a weakness among most employees. This adversely affect the productivity of the organization and staff at lower lever seldom get the opportunity to learn from their bosses or from other professionals in the organization.
As you know, delegating work will free up your time. With this new free time, it will allow you to concentrate on other, more important tasks that need your attention. You can pass off the less critical tasks, and focus your attention on the larger projects. You're employees and co-workers will welcome the extra responsibilities and opportunities to show what they can do for you.
Many employers consider the ability to delegate to be an important management skill. Therefore, as I have mentioned earlier, your response to this question should demonstrate that you are comfortable with the process of handing off specific responsibilities to trusted members of your team. Your answer should demonstrate that know how to effectively strike the balance between giving away too little and too much of your authority as a manager.
We interviewers are little paranoid while interviewing fresh graduates. Want to know why?
Will Self once said, “Always carry a notebook. And I mean always. The short-term memory only retains information for three minutes; unless it is committed to paper you can lose an idea for ever.”
Interviewer: "Tell me in your opinion, who is a good computer programmer"?
Interviewee: "Err...a good programmer is a programmer who is good at building the sorts of programs that need to be built".
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Behavioural interviewing is a relatively new, but widely used mode of job interviewing. The behavioural interview technique is used by employers to evaluate a candidate’s experiences and behaviours in order to determine their potential for success.
How did you handle yourself in some really tight spots? What kinds of on-the-job disasters have you survived? Did you do the right thing? What were the repercussions of your decisions?
The interviewer identifies desired skills and behaviours, and then structures open ended questions and statements to elicit detailed responses. A rating system is developed and selected criteria are evaluated during the interview. Even if you don’t have a great deal of work experience, companies expect you to be able to relate past experiences from undergraduate or graduate school, campus activities, volunteer work, membership in an organization, etc. to the job for which you are interviewing.
Be careful what you say. Every situation you faced was unique in its own way, so be sure to let the interviewer in on specific limitations you had to deal with. Did you lack adequate staff or support from management? If you made the mistake of plunging in too quickly, say so and admit that you've learned to think things through. Explain what you'd do differently the next time around.
You must remember this: Those interviewers using a behavioural interview are trying to ensure you can really walk the walk, not just talk the talk. So leave out the generalizations and philosophising, and don't get lost in the details. In other words, just tell them the problems you faced, the actions you took, and the results you achieved, without exaggeration.
Do Your Homework. Find out as much as you can about the company and how the position for which you're interviewing contributes to its goals.
Demonstrate Experience and Exude Confidence. Give the interviewer strong answers using concrete examples that are relevant to the position you are after.
Be Humble. Convey the impression that you have the ability to succeed should opportunities present themselves. But avoid giving the impression that you're a fire-breathing workaholic ready to succeed no matter what (or whom) the cost.
Appear Firm, but Not Dictatorial. When you talk about your management philosophy, let the interviewer know that you are able to delegate, keep track of each person's progress, and stay on top of your own work.
Talk about Growth. Tell the interviewer how you've grown in each of the jobs you've held and how your career goals have changed as a result.
Admit to Your Failures. Concentrate on what you learned from past failures, using examples that show how you've changed as a result of them.
Showcase Your Successes. Make sure to position yourself as a professional with a satisfying personal life.
When you objectively know what you lack and see a clear path of systematic milestones to success, you will start working towards your goal. Trust InterviewMax and you will be the candidate all interviewers will be looking for.
The answer is tautological. Tautology is a statement where you see needless repetition of ideas in different words. An example of this is, ‘the spinster woman’. A spinster can only be a woman so there is really no need to say that she is a woman.
Look for the following examples from newspapers:
In a 1988 campaign speech in Ohio, George H. W. Bush said,“It’s no exaggeration to say the undecideds could go one way or another."
Some are from another American politician Dan Quayle,
"A low voter turnout is an indication of fewer people going to the polls"
"It isn't pollution that's harming the environment. It's the impurities in our air and water that are doing it"
"If we don't succeed, we run the risk of failure"
For politicians, tautology is a way to give evasive answers, without any sort of accountability. Not in a job interview, where you are judged for your accountability.
Many people ask me, “How to avoid tautology in your answers”? I have formulated the following methodology in consultation with other experts from InterviewMax and Espoir Technologies, they are renowned executives in global corporations.
Develop a better vocabulary. Often people make tautological statements because they are using two imprecise words to describe something and don't have the vocabulary to express themselves in fewer words. I recommend you to ask your facilitator at InterviewMax centre or visit www.ideaBasedEnglish.com.
Start thinking about the meanings of the words you use. For example, it may be obvious to you that a "mystery" is unexplained by definition, yet many people pair the word with "unsolved." "Unsolved mystery" is an unnecessary repetition because "unsolved" is already implied by using the word "mystery.
Look over a list of the most common tautologies. These include "free gift," "digital download" and "short summary." If making tautological statements is a common problem for you, studying lists of frequently used examples before you begin writing will put you in the mindset to aim for accuracy.
Do some practice exercises. One good way of learning to think of what words mean is by doing analogies. You can find practice analogies at InterviewMax or www.ideaBasedEnglish.com products. Analogies ask you to relate one word to another based on the precise definitions of the words. If you do many of these exercises, you will start thinking of words more precisely.
Our colleagues at InterviewMax centres will be happy to help you out in identifying your inadvertent use of tautological language. Practice and attend your next interview with an undue advantage.
Even the most experienced interviewers confess that only 60% of interview outcomes are correct. Therefore, it is extremely difficult to evaluate a candidate in a job interview, and even more difficult if this candidate is a fresh graduate.
When we interview a fresh graduate, we know we are taking a risk. It is because, we can only talk about your grades, the courses you took and the projects you did during your studies. But we cannot learn from your previous experience, especially how did you interacted with persons in authority. Of course we can focus on your soft skills or your problem-solving abilities, but we still need to predict your performance doing a job that requires specific technical skills.
As an interviewer, I think if you follow the following points, you can easily give confidence to an interviewer that you are the right candidate.
Don't be afraid to say you'll need help or an orientation training before you actually start contributing. And when you do need help,make sure that the interviewer knows you'll ask for it. Not many companies are looking for, or expect to find, a 22-year-old know-it-all. If you are a 22-year-old know-it-all, keep it to yourself.
Admit that you don't have all the answers. Or begin a lot of your answers with phrases like "I think. . ." or "From what I know about the industry. . . ."
Don't appear squeamish at the idea of going through the school of hard knocks. Tell the interviewer, "Sure, I know this position has its share of unpleasant duties, but I'm sure everyone who's had this job before me has learned a lot by doing them."
If it took awhile for you to find your direction, admit it. Nobody has all the answers at 18 or 19. Most interviewers will not be surprised that you changed your major as an undergraduate. Show how your other studies contributed to making you the best candidate.
For more information about how to be successful in a job interview, visit nearest InterviewMax centre and my colleagues there will be happy to help you. I am sure you will be able to attempt realistic interview practice sessions and final interviews any number of times.
Therefore, your interviewers will be curious to know your ideas about delegating, how do you delegate, what type of work usually you delegate, and how do you ensure you get desired outcome from this delegation.
Few examples of responses related to delegation:
I ensure to clearly define each employee’s role in a project up front and base each assignment on the skills and experience of each employee. To do this effectively I work hard to acquire a deep familiarity of my team members skill-set and very clear communication with my team. Touching base with each part of the project at regular intervals is also important.
Knowing what you can expect from each team member and believing in your team enough to let them run with the assignment. There’s no sense in delegating if you look over the team’s shoulders the whole time. It doesn’t save you time or give your employees room to grow.
I am sorry to say that I see candidates applying for managerial positions commit silly mistakes that costs them futuristic lucrative opportunities. These mistakes could well have avoided if they try to consolidate their learning from attending interviews and by gathering information from others about successful and unsuccessful interviews.
As you interview, keep a journal to reference old interview experiences and learn from them. Use your journal to organize your research prior to interviews and as a space to track each interviewing experience. Start by pasting job advertisements to the page. Record your interview names, phone numbers, job titles, email addresses, what happened, what questions were asked, and when they occurred.
Your journal's information will become more valuable with time. You can use it as a resource when you are job hunting, hiring people of your own, or supporting relationships by sharing the information with those who are looking for work. As your career develops you will find your interview journal an invaluable resource.
At InterviewMax we say, “No project can be declared as successfully completed unless we sit together and brain storm about ‘things went right’ and ‘things went wrong’. Then how some things went ‘right’ and how other things went ‘wrong’.
Smart Resume Checklist: Ensures your resume is smart and complete in all aspects. We have a software and physical checklist.
Your Interview Journal: It compels you to input date, interview date, company name, position, contact details etc and is linked to the Espoir InterviewMax Smart Interview Track-Sheet.
At InterviewMax, we use the following to track data, gather information and consolidate them as knowledge:
Espoir InterviewMax Smart Interview Track-Sheet: It has two distinctive parts: The first parts must be filled before your interview and the other to be filled after the interview. The first part asks incisive questions about the industry, the company and about your compatibility. It makes you understand and plan in advance for the interview including the items to carry and the dress code. The second part is designed to absorb maximum knowledge out of your interview experience. Visit any InterviewMax centres nearby and feel it yourself.
Record of resumes sent: It compels you to input date, resume’s file name and where it is saved, name of the organization, position, job reference, and contact details. Objective is to help you with all details if you were called on a telephonic interview at short notice.
Therefore, when an interviewer meets you, many questions flash through his mind. “Will you be part of a problem or part of a solution? How do you relate to others? How have you gotten along with others in your past? What do you expect from us? How interested are you in working here?”
Interviewers would like to get clear answer from you for all these questions. Want to know why?
Most employers have had at least one bad experience in the past when hiring someone; they need to know that they won't be making a mistake by hiring you. You must make interviewers feel that the risks to them are very minimal if you are hired. Specifically, you need to reassure them that you will fit in at the company, get along with your coworkers, actively contribute-to the company's well-being and progress, and not add to the challenges that they already face.
When you visit an InterviewMax centre, or in our Interview Simulators, you will find a complete list of questions that address the interviewer's concern. The primary strategy for dealing with this type of question is to provide information about how you have reacted in the past and to show there will be no unpleasant surprises from you in the future. Demonstrate that you get along well with others and can relate to people at all levels of the company's hierarchy.
However, while answering interviewers’ questions, be sure to:
List your interpersonal skills and describe methods you use to deal with people.
Give examples of your interactions with former superiors.
Discuss other people (such as former colleagues, bosses, or clients) only in positive terms.
Visit an InterviewMax centre near to you or use our Interview Simulators. It will be a cakewalk for you to answer the above questions even when it is asked in a random fashion. All the best.
Talk about teams you have worked with and the tasks you accomplished together.
Share positive comments others have made about you.
Explain why you want to work for them.
Describe how you maintain strong communication within your professional environment.
show how you have overcome difficulties or challenges in the past.
Learn to look at your interviewer as a prospective customer.
By responding positively and confidently you can bag the job.
If it is passion and deep interest in the job, you get the job.
It is all about products, marketing, sales & conditions.
They want to assess how creatively you approach a problem.
Who wants to hire an un-ambitious rot-learner, interested only in salary?
How do you create plans and execute those plans reveals your personality.
A right response at this stage can only open the next door.
Be careful, interviewers are trying to measure you.
Interviewers want to estimate how long you would stay in the company.
Still people use them. Who is gaining? At whose cost?
You must shade your answer to match the company’s / position’s requirements.
Like a story, an excellent way to keep your interviewers interested in you.
How to convince them that your goals & interests are same as theirs.
Merit is taken for granted. Likeability is the major factor in today’s recruitment.
There are few interview techniques, which are classic & can be applied anywhere!.
Not that difficult. Do the necessary research & follow these easy steps!
If you realize the competition, you learn to value each and every interview call.
And how such programs mislead and ruin career prospects of million.
You are hired for your strengths. Then, what else should one focus?
A systematic approach to interviews enhances the probability of bagging that job.
Because competitive environments demand un-learners & re-learners.
It is easy to win over a cross-functional team. All you need is practice.
You being the seller, onus is on you to convince the buyer about your value.
You must know how to blow your own trumpet – diplomatically.
Who wants to hear those needless repetition of ideas in different words?
Time management means productivity for the employer.
Companies look for calculated risk takers who knows how to handle failure well!
Which company can afford to carry along a misfit in the team?
Everybody will say ‘Yes”. But How you say that ‘yes’ makes all the difference.
Why is it advantages to delay discussion of salary as long as possible?
Companies realise that the reason for most terminations is poor fit.
If you understand what motivates and drives them, your success is easy.
Demonstrate positivity. They know what you know. Therefore, be honest.
Are your long term goals aligned with your company’s strategic objectives?
Yes. Everyone live by selling something. Goods or ideas!
Will you be part of a problem or part of a solution?
How would you react in conflict or problematic situations?
Why don’t you learn how to make your interviewers at ease and comfortable?
They want to know that change is the only thing that is permanent.
Crash courses make few trainers richer, not candidates any abler!
Your answer can trigger many powerful questions.
Does past performance predict future success? Many think Yes’.
Delegating saves time, & ensures a new generation is trained on the job.
Strategies to improve your value and become the most eligible candidate.
There are no correct answers, only correct approaches.
Think of ways to present your key qualities throughout the interview!
Make sure it includes specific details and makes sense.
Do Research. Because most other candidates are uninformed or misinformed.
Communicate Your Ideas.
Inspire Action! Build A Career!
Communicate Your Ideas.
Inspire Action! Build A Career!