How to Ace Interviews

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An interview is a process of interaction and question answering between a job seeker and an interviewer from the organization.

Interviews are important because its primary purpose is to connect the employer and the interviewee. It not only helps the employers in selecting the right person for the right job but, it also assists the job seekers to acquire the desired position. The employer also gets to know the other different traits of the applicants, thus helping them in judging better, who will be more suitable for the position. This is not just for the evaluation of intelligence and other characteristics of an individual but also due to many legal reasons as well.

1. Research about the company

The interviewer may ask how you perceive this company's position in its industry, or who do you think is the firm's competitor, or how it should best proceed

2. Prepare the explanations of why you would like the job profile

Be prepared to inform the interviewer why you would like that job – including what interests you about it, what valuable rewards do you find in it, and what abilities it requires that you simply possess. The interviewer must think that you're interested in the work only then he or she is going to offer you the job.

3. Common interview questions

Pick any list and perceive which questions you'll presumably encounter the most given your age and standing (about to graduate, trying to find a summer internship). Prepare your answers so that you do not fumble during the interview.

4. Prepare questions for the interviewer

Come up with some intelligent questions for the interviewer that may demonstrate your knowledge about the company. Interviewers always ask if you've got any questions if you say no, the interviewer may conclude that you are not that curious about the job.

5. Score a hit within the first five minutes

The interviewers generally structure their mind-set about candidates within the first five minutes and then spend the remaining time trying to verify that decision. Be filled with energy and enthusiasm, and express your appreciation for the interviewer's time. Also, begin with a positive comment about the company. You can say that you've been very excited about this meeting [not interview].

6. Try and handle illegal or inappropriate questions

The best way to answer these inappropriate questions is to answer "the question behind the question". If they think that would leave your job for an extended period by asking whether you'll have kids or not, you can say that I am not sure whether I'll be planning to have children within the near future or not, but I'm confident to tell you that I'm very committed to my career and can't imagine giving it up."

7. Close on a positive note

Tell the interviewer that you'd really love the work or that you are even more excited about it now.

8. Right body language

Dress appropriately, make eye contact, have good posture, speak clearly.

9. Be ready for "behavior-based" questions -

You might be asked to speak a time when you made a bad decision, displayed a high level of persistence, or chose under time pressure and with limited information. Along with telling about your bad decisions, be sure to tell them what you learned from them and what conditions led you to take that decision.

10. Thank-you notes

Customize your notes according to each interview that you sat in. Include specifically about what the interviewer discussed; for instance, "I was particularly excited about what you said about ..." Notes should be sent within 48 hours of the interview.

11. Practice, practice, practice

It's one thing to return prepared with a clear answer to an issue like, "Why should we hire you?" and altogether another, to speak it aloud in a way that is confident as well as convincing. In the initial trials, you'll sound garbled and confused, regardless of how clear your thoughts are in your mind! Roll in the hay another 10 times, and you will sound tons smoother and more articulate. Another idea (but second-best) is to record your answer then play it back to ascertain where you would like to improve.

Written by – Ritika Singh

Edited  by - Bushra Makhdoomi

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