Crack Interview | Interview Tips and Tricks: Personal Interviews (PI) forms an important part of admission to various universities, government exams and job recruitment process. Getting the Interview call in itself is a moment to cheer but the days ahead hold loads of anxiety, stress, sleepless nights, efforts in brushing up the basic concepts, updating your resume and preparing for some “common questions”. Cracking the personal interview makes you almost close to your dream job or take you to the next stage of the recruitment process. It is important to prepare well and follow some proven interview tips and tricks to crack an interview.
A candidate is mainly judged on three key areas – Knowledge/skills, communication and organisational/job fit. There are various other areas such as problem-solving, creativity, critical thinking, confidence, flexibility, body language, adaptability etc. which plays a key role and are being graded in an interview but more or less they are covered in the three key areas mentioned above. The article below details all such interview tips that can help you crack interviews. You just need 2-4 days to ace any interview by following these interview tips.
While preparing for the personal interviews for jobs, the following interview tips and tricks need to be kept in mind -:
- Background research about the company – Background research of the company, job role, industry and even about your past companies is an important part of your preparation to crack an interview. Interviewers often ask 2-3 questions from this area. Here you need to know about the history, establishment, current market share, business strategies, unique features (strengths), last year annual reports, products/services offered, etc. of the company you intend to join. For instance, you may be asked: Why do you want to join our company? What was your job role in your previous company? Who are our current competitors?
- Introspecting about yourself – The interviewer want to know about you and hence the initial questions in an interview are usually about the candidate. For example, introduction, hobbies, strengths and weakness, reasons for leaving the previous jobs etc. It is important to prepare such commonly asked personality-related questions before going for an interview. For instance, you may be asked: Why should we hire you? (here you need to tell about your strengths), What do you like to do in your free time?
- CV/Resume – This is one of the most important interview tips. A resume is a summary of who you are. It captures details of your academic qualifications, past work experience, your hobbies, your contact details, past projects, achievements etc. While preparing a CV, remember the following points –
- It is important to prepare a CV covering all important aspects from educational to professional.
- Use professional language and strong action verbs. For example, while mentioning about an internship, highlight what you learnt, what you achieved, what role you played in that particular project.
- Make sure that the CV should not be more than 2 pages (rather 1 page is preferred).
- Do not mention points that are not true. You might face a problem when the interviewer asks any question about it or seeks proof for the point mentioned in your CV.
- Go through your CV properly as interviewers often throws questions about your past projects, low grades in schools etc.
- Be careful about formatting in the CV.
- Mention your contact details in the CV.
- Keep the CV and other important documents in a file as it looks more organised.
- Take multiple copies of the CV for the interview.
- You may support your CV with a cover letter.
- Preparing for technical rounds – Often the candidates are grilled on technical questions, concepts, practical application of those concepts and even on some case scenarios. In order to crack an interview, one must brush up on the key concepts and important questions that are generally asked by interviewers for the job role. You can find a list of common questions for a particular job role on the internet and from people who have given an interview in that company or for the concerned job role. Also, there is a high chance that the interviewer may ask questions related to any latest happening in the job role (such as a new technology) that you are applying for to check the candidate’s awareness about the field he/she is working in.
- General Awareness and Current affairs – Interviewers want to hire smart people in their organisations who can add their valuable opinions and ideas. They often check the viewpoint of candidates on the latest happenings such as a new government policy, a start-up etc. You can also use the reference of past or current happenings in the world to answer other questions. This might give you some cherry points and help you crack your interview round. Also, do read about the latest happening about the company you intend to join.
- Confidence and Body-Language – Your confidence is the icing on the cake. Everyone is impressed by confident communicators. While preparing for an interview try to give mock interviews in front of a mirror with “commonly asked questions”. You may speak at a slow speed but be confident and clear, ask before entering the room, have eye contact with the interviewer, enter the room with confidence and greet the interviewer, show gratitude towards the interviewer and avoid any sort of argument, keep a smile on your face and if you don’t know the answer to a question simply say that “I am not sure about this one”.
- On the D-day – On the D-day i.e. the interview day, make sure to check that you comply with the following :
- Leaving from home on time and reaching at least 15 minutes before your scheduled time
- Carrying all relevant documents such as interview call letter, ID proofs, CV etc.
- Carrying a pen and a notepad to note important things or to solve/explain a question
- Dressing up professionally
- Avoid using phone or reading any topic at the last minute
- Keep your phone on silent mode inside the office premises
- Relax, calm down and drink some water before your turn
Follow the above interview tips diligently to crack your upcoming interview. Always remember that the interview is being conducted to hire you and not to reject you. So take positive vibes in the interview room. All the Best for your interview.