Interviews are the most common recruitment tool – almost every company will interview a candidate before selecting them for any role. In fact, many companies conduct multiple rounds of interviews before deciding whether a candidate ought to be hired. Also, interviews are conducted for almost every post – irrespective of whether a candidate applies for a job as a peon or as a CEO, he can expect at least one interview before he is offered the job that he has applied for.
Despite the fact that interviews are a very common recruitment tool, most people have a deathly fear of interviews. Many people feel that no candidate can ever be fully prepared for an interview. Thus, most people feel that it is extremely difficult to do well in an interview. However, there are some incredible but highly effective ways to ensure that you are successful in every interview for which you appear. Let us look at some of these methods quickly.
Conduct your own interview:
Strange as this may sound, this is actually the best way to prepare for an interview. Before appearing for any interview, sit down with your resume, prepare a list of likely questions based on the points mentioned in your resume and prepare answers for these questions. Between 80 to 90% of all questions that you will face in interviews would be based on your own profile and on those points that appear in your resume.
Suppose you have mentioned that your hobby is watching cricket. In this case, to check the depth of your interest in the game, you may be asked to describe your favourite match, your favourite player’s statistics, some top players’ statistics, etc. But, you are unlikely to be asked for statistics regarding football. Since you have not stated that you have any interest in football, you are not expected to know about these facts and figures. Hence, there is no point in asking such questions.
Similarly, if a candidate has a science or an engineering background, asking him questions related to latest developments in technology, his subjects of study, etc. would make a lot of sense. But asking him about latest developments in the field of literature or music would not make any sense (unless the candidate has mentioned something related to these as his hobby).
Thus, to a large extent, you can anticipate and predict the questions that you will face in your interview. This means that if you conduct your own mock interview, it will prepare you comprehensively for your actual interview. This will enable you to clear that interview easily and secure your dream job.
Cross question yourself:
After you have prepared the first round of questions and the answers to those questions, go through your answers and prepare one or two sets of cross questions that may appear on the basis of your answers. An interview is a free-flowing discussion wherein the interview panel would be keen to know the depth of your thinking and the logic behind your thinking. Hence, they will often question you further on the basis of the answers that you give.
Suppose you mention that Tendulkar is your favourite batsman and you cite some numbers in support of your statement. In such a case, it is easy for a panel to ask a question like “Why Tendulkar, why not Ponting? Don’t you think Ponting won more trophies/tournaments?” Your answer to this question would reflect whether you blindly admire Tendulkar or if you have sound logic behind your choice.
Such cross questioning is common in interviews and hence, you must be prepared for the same.
Put yourself in the panel’s shoes
In a recruitment interview, the interview panel is interested in selecting the best candidate for the given role. Keep this in mind and then try to think about the additional questions that the panel may want to ask you in order to check your suitability for the role and the company that you have applied for. This is a very useful technique and will help you in identifying many potential questions that you may face in your actual interview.
Why should we select you? In what way are you the most suitable candidate for this role? Why are you interested in this role? What are your long term career objectives? Where do you see yourself 5 years, 10 years, 20 years down the line? These are obvious questions that a panel may ask. Identify such potential questions and prepare for them thoroughly.
These are some unbelievable but very effective ways that you can prepare for your interview. Use these methods/techniques and you will be sure to appear confidently for any interview and will be able to clear every interview successfully.
All the Best!