Tips to help you nail your next job interview
In this article, you will learn to answer the million-dollar questions asked by interviewers like what to speak in the introduction, answering key questions like how to prepare for the interview, situational based, why should we hire you, strengths, weakness, idol, etc. Stay tuned to this 5 min read and make sure you crack your next interview.
Here are the quick tips and tricks to master your interview skills.
1) Reading Job Description: Though this looks very natural most of the candidates miss to even read the JD and don’t know about the job. I have certainly faced issues where candidates are not aware of the interview they are sitting for and this gives a really bad impression.
Perhaps, this also helps you to justify your job fit and ask questions to the interviewer.
2) Read about the company & do not miss pre-placement talk: Always make sure that you scroll through all information about the company like the company details, management team, work culture, awards, etc. This gives a fair idea to you about the company and its work culture.
3) Pre Interview Preparation: I am very sure that you are well versed with the technical knowledge that is required for the interview, now let us understand what needs to be done to crack the interview apart from tech know-how:
Learn the skill to master the theory of understanding the interviewer’s mind. With every question thrown on you, always try to understand why he is asking you that question.
Attitude matters a lot at entry-level because generally during placements, people try to pick up candidates with a good attitude as the technical knowledge required for the job can be taught.
Try to have a fair prognosis of the discussion during the interview. Don’t be nervous, treat this as you are going for a meeting. If the interviewer asks you that if you are nervous and the answer is yes, please admit it. You don’t need to be superman and say no I am not, as it is depicted from your face only.
Needless to say, get a knit and tight attire suitable for the interview and take care of your grooming. Look fresh, positive and confident, seek permissions wherever required, and keep smiling.
4) Introduction: This part helps the interviewer to understand you as a person, more than the credentials stated on your resume/ CV. So, make sure you do not fumble while speaking about yourself and take care of your English language.
What to speak in the Introduction?
- Your first name only (They know whom they are speaking to).
- Your academics (Latest to oldest).
- Your work ex. or projects or internships or achievements (Latest to Oldest).
- Your long term and short term goals and time horizon across the same.
- Your technical and personal strengths.
- Your hobbies/ interests.
- About your immediate family (very crisp).
The introduction should at least last for 60 secs and make sure you prepare it well. If required, the interviewer will interrupt and will ask you further questions (if any – career gap, work/ project/internship, academics, etc.) Make sure that you have prepared well for the expected questions.
5) Expected Questions: As you are now well versed with the company and prepared your introduction very well, let us try to assess the expected questions (apart from technical) which might be asked in the interview process.
- Situation based questions: A lot of times situational based questions are asked to understand the candidate’s attitude, genuinity and work culture fit. Apart from that, even if you are right the interviewer will pelt stones on you with questions to check your patience level. The trick to solving these questions is to take time, think, build logic, have patience and take care of your language and attitude.
- Proving your strengths: Let us say that you stated “leadership” as your strength and the interviewer asks you to prove the same. So, how will you answer this? It’s very simple; Quote a real-life example where you have showcased these skills, generally college events, college assignments preparations, etc. suffice your proof of personal strengths.
- Strengths: In this section, you should answer everything related to your technical and personal strengths. For technical you can say that “I am good in all the marketing subjects especially in
XYZ (your strong subject)” and for personal ones, you can say that “I am XYZ, 123, ABC, etc.
(Make sure you have real-life examples to prove this).
- Weakness: Do not answer the weakness unless and until asked for. Make sure that whatever weakness you say, it should be backed up with the ways that you have chosen to cure it; otherwise, the placement team will ask that even if you know your weakness, you didn’t do anything to cure it. Generally, Yoga & Meditation is a remedy for all weaknesses.
- Your Idol: When asked for the idol, the interviewer tries to understand your personality and hence it is most likely to hear some public figures from candidates. If you are uttering the name of any public figure, make sure you know in and out of them otherwise you will straight away fall on the face. The best way to dodge these questions is by making an idol to anything apart from public figures like you can say “A train is my idol because it teaches me to always move forward no matter what happens in my life.”
- Don’t Allow To Dig Much: Get yourself grilled in technical questions but not into HR rounds; otherwise, you will lose the course of your interview and it will not go in the direction you were expecting. Try to close all HR-related questions on the top of the funnel only and don’t allow the interviewer to dig much.
- Why Should We Hire You: When this is asked, always try to connect your strengths to the things stated in the job description. This will instil confidence in the interviewer that you are the right fit for this job.
- What Is Your Expected Salary: Always answer as per the company norms or industry standards but still if the interviewer insists you to answer then clearly state your expectations indirectly. Like you can say that “I have fed my family of four and you understand the expenses to live in this XYZ city so accordingly, I am expecting the pay”.
- Asking Questions to The Interviewer: In the end, if interviewer asks you that if you have any questions then don’t jump on “when can I expect the results of this interview”, always try to understand more about the company; as you can ask about company culture, your job role, what is expected out of you, etc.
I hope you find these tips and tricks helpful, with this I am very sure that you will be able to crack the entry-level interviews across industries very smoothly. All the best for your interview!