Interview Skills

Interview Skills

Objective

At the end of this lecture, the student will be able to:

• Identify types of Interviews

• Plan for appearing for an interview

• Prepare Curriculum Vitae and Resume

Introduction

An interview is an integral part of the recruitment process.

It is a formal meeting in which one or more individuals question, consult, and/or evaluate another person. It is also a process that involves study of the industry, the job and the candidate.

Different Types of Interviews

• Telephonic Interview

• Personal Interview

• Panel Interview

• Online Interview

Portfolio

A Portfolio: Sober, Smart

Contains: Two copies of Resume, photographs

Copies of Marks Cards, Certificates, Experience Letters,
Reference Letters

Some spare pages and a pen

CurriculumnVitae (CV) and Resume

• CV – Preparedbby individuals who are in the academic field; very detailed information is mentioned and can be in several pages. It generally lists out every skill, jobs, degrees,
and professional affiliations the applicant has acquired, usually in chronological order.

• Resume – Prepared by individuals looking for commercial jobs; it is in brief and not more than two pages long. It is usually broken into bullets and written in the third person to appear objective and formal.

Preparing a Curriculum Vitae (CV) 

Know what information a CV generally contains:

Most CVs include your personal information, your education and qualifications, your work experience, your interests and achievements, your skills, and references. Use a modern but professional format.

Consider the job you are applying for:

Research the company. A good CV is tailored to the specific job and company you are applying for. What does the company do? What is their mission statement? What do you think they are looking for in an employee? What skills does the specific job you are applying for require?

Brainstorm your hobbies and interests:

Unique interests or hobbies will make you stand out. Be aware of the conclusions that might be drawn from your hobbies. Try to list hobbies that portray you as a team-oriented individual rather than as a solitary, passive person. Companies want someone who works well with others and can take charge if need be.

Make a list of your relevant skills:

These skills often include computing skills, languages you
speak, or specific things the company is looking for, such as targeted skills.

Preparing a Resume

Contact Information:

While it may seem obvious, you would be amazed how many people submit beautiful resumes, but forget to include their contact information. Your Resume should include your name, email address, phone number, and a link to your online portfolio or LinkedIn page if you have one.

Employment History:

The most common Resume form is ordering your employment history chronologically, with the most recent experience first. If you are a seasoned manager, you do not need to include jobs you had in college or your internships.

Education:

In your education sector, include any college or post-graduate work. If you have a bachelor’s degree or higher, there is no need for you to include the name of your high school.

If you have a strong GPA (3.5 or higher), feel free to
include this in the education sector.

If you are a recent graduate, it is also a good strategy to
list significant extracurricular activities (particularly those which demonstrate leadership), these include service to society, life skill courses, etc..

Types of Interview Questions

Traditional Interview

Behavioral Interview

Technical / Case Interview

Traditional interview questions tend to focus on your beliefs, about
yourself – in the past, present and the future.

A job interviewing technique whereby the applicant is asked to describe
past behavior inorder to determine whether she is suitable for a position.

A technical interview typically features questions that are specific
to the role you have applied for. Includes brain teaser questions and/or
numerical reasoning questions, or both types of question.

 

Interview Etiquette

Sit comfortably

Both feet on floor

Hands on table

Lean slightly towards the interviewer

Do not play        

With hair, hands or pen

Focus

Eye contact with the interviewer

Common requirements

Requirement

Telephonic

Personal

Panel

Online

Do some research before the interview on your job requirement and specifications

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Dress professionally

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Take it as seriously as an in-person interview

Yes

No

No

Yes

Make sure you are in a quiet room

Yes

No

No

Yes

Clear your desk of clutter and keep stationery handy

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Listen and don’t dominate the interview

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Carry all relevant documents

Yes

Yes

Be prepared/reach well before time

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Be prepared to handle specific skill questions

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Send a thank you email after the interview

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

Perils in an Interview

• Arrive at the interview late

• Lie and exaggerate

• Make excuses

• Ask about salary and vacation

• Discuss personal issues

Summary

• The different types of interviews are Telephonic Interview,
Personal Interview, Panel Interview and Online Interview

• While preparing for an interview, appropriate cues have to
be taken care of

• Some do’s in an interview: Dress professionally, Switch
off your phone, carry all relevant documents and more

• Some don’ts in an interview: Arrive late, make excuses,
lie and exaggerate and more

• Relevant information to be included in the preparation of CV and resume

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