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Sahil Sharma,
What Information Should You Share During a Job Interview?
25 Jun, 2015
30 Oct, 2015
When you apply for jobs online and appear for the interview, always market your strongest qualities and sharpest skills to the interviewer, tell them about your work related interests, relevant experiences, and the things that you enjoy most about your career. Personal information should always relate to the job itself and kept to a minimum. The following interview tips are quite helpful.

First Prepare by Gathering Information

Before appearing for any interviews thoroughly read the job description and research the company. This is the most important element of how to find a job. Match your skills and make a list to review and reference before going for the interview, note your most relevant job skills and use them during the interview to insure you are deemed an ideal candidate for the position. Become familiar with the company’s history, products, and services as this may come up during your interview process, it also lets the interviewer know the depth of your interest in his company. Check out the following career tips to emerge successful at the end of the process.

Avoid Emotional Subjects

Topics such as politics, religion or sports can invoke an emotional response and should be avoided. Stay focused on subjects that tie into the company and specific job for which you are applying.

Add Value

Add value to yourself by sharing your key work related assets, talk about successful situations and how you achieved positive results.

Share Your Expertise

Share some job related personal qualities, skills, and areas of expertise that demonstrate how you will excel in the job being offered. Keep it simple and over the course of the interview bring up additional strengths and revisit ones already mentioned.

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Kumar Shanu,
The Most Common Interview Questions Asked by Employers?
24 Jun, 2015
30 Oct, 2015

Interview Question: Tell Me a Little About Yourself?

This question is an ice breaker. A strong, but brief answer will quickly get the interviewer’s attention and separate you from the pack, indeed a great help when looking for a job. Give a concise description of who you are and your key job qualifications, strengths and skills. Relate your answer to the job offered by declaring the strongest asset you offer an employer, it will leave the interviewer wanting to know more.

Interview Question: Why Do You Want to Work for our Company?

The interviewer is trying to measure your enthusiasm for the opening as well as your knowledge of the company. Give examples of what attracted you to the company. Focus on your strengths and how they match the job description, making you the right candidate for the job.

Interview Question: What Are Your Greatest Strengths?

This question is to find out what you are particularly good at and how this would complement the role. Talk about a few of your key strengths that are relevant to the job and give examples of how you have used them successfully in the past. Strengths could include: ability to learn quickly, work well under pressure, multi-tasking, team focus, or your ability to work alone.

Interview Question: What Are Your Greatest Weaknesses?

Here they are trying to gauge your self-awareness. Avoid responding with the word weakness and instead use an "area for improvement" that is not crucial to the job, or speak about a challenge that you are working through. Showing a willingness to develop and face challenges turns the answer positive.

Interview Question: What Have Been Your Major Achievements to Date?

They want to know if you are a high achiever and how your accomplishments will benefit their company. Choose one or two recent accomplishments that are directly related to the job. Identify the situations, the actions taken, the skills you used and the positive outcomes. Best job search websites advise you to quantify the benefits when possible and show what you can bring to the table.

Interview Question: What is the Most Challenging Situation You Have Ever Faced at Work?

This question is used to find out your definition of difficult and how you can take a logical approach to problem solving. Employment agencies advise you to discuss a tough work situation and explain the way you handled the problem, including the actions you took and the solution.

Interview Question: What Did You Like and Dislike About Your Last Position?

This is to uncover your key interests and whether the job being offered has responsibilities you will dislike. Focus on what you enjoyed in your last position and what you learned from it, making comparisons to the new role. Also, do not to criticize your last employer and choose an example that does not reflect on you poorly.

Interview Question: Why Do You Want to Leave Your Current Position?

Reply positively about your current employer but state you are looking for more of a challenge, more responsibility, more experience and a change of environment. Explain how your current role can no longer provide that, but how you believe the role offered presents an opportunity for growth on several levels and will utilize more of your strengths and potential.

Interview Question: What Are Your Job Goals For The Future?

Having a sense of purpose is an appealing feature in an applicant, so this question is designed to determine your ambition level and the extent of your long term career planning. Describe how your goal is to continue to grow, learn, add value and take on new responsibilities in the future.

Interview Question: How Well Do you Respond to Working under Pressure?

The interviewer uses this to see if you have composure, problem solving skills and can stay focused in difficult times. You can give an example of when you were faced with a stressful situation and how you handled it. Describe the context, how you approached it, the actions you took and the positive outcome. Demonstrate how you remained calm, stayed in control and got the job done.

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Binny Kalra,
What to share with an Interviewer?
09 Apr, 2014
25 Jun, 2015
Although it might be tempting to share a list of your most compelling qualifications for the job at hand, a more low-key approach will probably help you to develop a personal rapport with your interviewer. Try starting out by sharing some personal interests which don't relate directly to your work. Examples might include a hobby which you are passionate about like chess, tennis or antiquing etc. Avoid Politics and Controversy Typically, you would steer clear of controversial topics like politics or religion. It's important to avoid any references to topics that would cause concern about your ethics, character, productivity or work ethic. You also don't need to share personal information about your family. Transition to Professional from Personal After sharing a few interesting personal aspects of your background, you can transition to sharing some key professional assets that would help you to add value if you were hired for your target job. Consider using phrases like "In addition to those interests and passions, my professional life is a huge part of who I am, so I'd like to talk a bit about some of the strengths which I would bring to this job." Share Your Expertise Then be ready to share three or four of the personal qualities, skills and/or areas of expertise which would help you to excel in the job for which you are interviewing. Ultimately you will want to share several other strengths before the interview is over. Make a list before you go the interview, so you know what you will share. Look at the job description and match it with your skills. Then share the top few skills which make you an ideal candidate for the job. However, be careful not to overwhelm the interviewer with too much information. After mentioning three or four strengths, you might mention that you have several other assets which you would like to discuss as the interview unfolds. At first, you should only mention the asset and allude only briefly to some proof of how you have tapped it to your advantage. For example, you might say that you love to give presentations and that has helped you to generate lots of leads at sales dinners for prospective clients. Later in the interview, you will want to be more specific and detailed in discussing situations, interventions and results flowing from your strengths.
Parneet Kaur Sidhu,
Questions can be asked by an Employer.
09 Apr, 2014
25 Jun, 2015

1. Why do you want this job?

One of the most predictable questions and very important! You need to demonstrate that you have researched the employer and tie your knowledge of them into the skills and interests that led you to apply. For example, an interviewee with a small public relations agency might say:

"I'm always ready to take on responsibility and feel this will come more quickly with a firm of this size. A small firm also gives the chance to build closer working relationships with clients and colleagues and I've found through my past work experience that this makes an organization more effective as well as more satisfying to work in."

Try to find some specific feature on which the employer prides themselves: their training, their client base, their individuality, their public image, etc. This may not always be possible with very small organizations but you may be able to pick up something of this nature from the interviewer.

2. Have you got any questions?

At the end of the interview, it is likely that you will be given the chance to put your own questions to the interviewer.

- Keep them brief: there may be other interviewees waiting.

- Ask about the work itself, training and career development: not about holidays, pensions, and season ticket loans!

- Prepare some questions in advance: it is OK to write these down and to refer to your notes to remind yourself of what you wanted to ask.

It often happens that, during the interview, all the points that you had noted down to ask about will be covered before you get to this stage. In this situation, you can respond as follows:

Interviewer: Well, that seems to have covered everything: is there anything you would like to ask me?

Interviewee: Thank you: I'd made a note to ask about your appraisal system and the study arrangements for professional exams, but we went over those earlier and I really feel you've covered everything that I need to know at this moment.

You can also use this opportunity to tell the interviewer anything about yourself that they have not raised during the interview but which you feel is important to your application:

Don't feel you have to wait until this point to ask questions - if the chance to ask a question seems to arise naturally in the course of the interview, take it! Remember that a traditional interview is a conversation - with a purpose.

1. Tell me about yourself.

Since this is often the opening question in an interview, be extracareful that you don't run off at the mouth. Keep your answer to a minute or two at most. Cover four topics: early years, education, work history, and recent career experience. Emphasize this last subject. Remember that this is likely to be a warm-up question. Don't waste your best points on it.

2. What do you know about our organization?

You should be able to discuss products or services, revenues, reputation, image, goals, problems, management style, people, history and philosophy. But don't act as if you know everything about the place. Let your answer show that you have taken the time to do some research, but don't overwhelm the interviewer, and make it clear that you wish to learn more.

You might start your answer in this manner: "In my job search, I've investigated a number of companies.

Yours is one of the few that interests me, for these reasons..."

Give your answer a positive tone. Don't say, "Well, everyone tells me that you're in all sorts of trouble, and that's why I'm here", even if that is why you're there.

3. Why do you want to work for us?

The deadliest answer you can give is "Because I like people." What else would you like-animals?

Here, and throughout the interview, a good answer comes from having done your homework so that you can speak in terms of the company's needs. You might say that your research has shown that the company is doing things you would like to be involved with, and that it's doing them in ways that greatly interest you. For example, if the organization is known for strong management, your answer should mention that fact and show that you would like to be a part of that team. If the company places a great deal of emphasis on research and development, emphasize the fact that you want to create new things and that you know this is a place in which such activity is encouraged. If the organization stresses financial controls, your answer should mention a reverence for numbers.

If you feel that you have to concoct an answer to this question - if, for example, the company stresses research, and you feel that you should mention it even though it really doesn't interest you- then you probably should not be taking that interview, because you probably shouldn't be considering a job with that organization.

Your homework should include learning enough about the company to avoid approaching places where you wouldn't be able -or wouldn't want- to function. Since most of us are poor liars, it's difficult to con anyone in an interview. But even if you should succeed at it, your prize is a job you don't really want.

4. What can you do for us that someone else can't?

Here you have every right, and perhaps an obligation, to toot your own horn and be a bit egotistical. Talk about your record of getting things done, and mention specifics from your resume or list of career accomplishments. Say that your skills and interests, combined with this history of getting results, make you valuable. Mention your ability to set priorities, identify problems, and use your experience and energy to solve them.

5. What do you find most attractive about this position? What seems least attractive about it?

List three or four attractive factors of the job, and mention a single, minor, unattractive item.

6. Why should we hire you?

Create your answer by thinking in terms of your ability, your experience, and your energy. (See question 4.)

7. What do you look for in a job?

Keep your answer oriented to opportunities at this organization. Talk about your desire to perform and be recognized for your contributions. Make your answer oriented toward opportunity rather than personal security.

8. Please give me your defintion of [the position for which you are being interviewed].

Keep your answer brief and taskoriented. Think in in terms of responsibilities and accountability. Make sure that you really do understand what the position involves before you attempt an answer. If you are not certain. ask the interviewer; he or she may answer the question for you.

9. How long would it take you to make a meaningful contribution to our firm?

Be realistic. Say that, while you would expect to meet pressing demands and pull your own weight from the first day, it might take six months to a year before you could expect to know the organization and its needs well enough to make a major contribution.

10. How long would you stay with us?

Say that you are interested in a career with the organization, but admit that you would have to continue to feel challenged to remain with any organization. Think in terms of, "As long as we both feel achievement-oriented."

11. Your resume suggests that you may be over-qualified or too experienced for this position. What's Your opinion?

Emphasize your interest in establishing a long-term association with the organization, and say that you assume that if you perform well in his job, new opportunities will open up for you. Mention that a strong company needs a strong staff. Observe that experienced executives are always at a premium. Suggest that since you are so wellqualified, the employer will get a fast return on his investment. Say that a growing, energetic company can never have too much talent.

12. What is your management style?

You should know enough about the company's style to know that your management style will complement it. Possible styles include: task oriented (I'll enjoy problem-solving identifying what's wrong, choosing a solution and implementing it"), results-oriented ("Every management decision I make is determined by how it will affect the bottom line"), or even paternalistic ("I'm committed to taking care of my subordinates and pointing them in the right direction").

A participative style is currently quite popular: an open-door method of managing in which you get things done by motivating people and delegating responsibility.

As you consider this question, think about whether your style will let you work hatppily and effectively within the organization.

13. Are you a good manager? Can you give me some examples? Do you feel that you have top managerial potential?

Keep your answer achievementand ask-oriented. Rely on examples from your career to buttress your argument. Stress your experience and your energy.

14. What do you look for when You hire people?

Think in terms of skills. initiative, and the adaptability to be able to work comfortably and effectively with others. Mention that you like to hire people who appear capable of moving up in the organization.

15. Have you ever had to fire people? What were the reasons, and how did you handle the situation?

Admit that the situation was not easy, but say that it worked out well, both for the company and, you think, for the individual. Show that, like anyone else, you don't enjoy unpleasant tasks but that you can resolve them efficiently and -in the case of firing someone- humanely.

16. What do you think is the most difficult thing about being a manager or executive?

Mention planning, execution, and cost-control. The most difficult task is to motivate and manage employess to get something planned and completed on time and within the budget.

17. What important trends do you see in our industry?

Be prepared with two or three trends that illustrate how well you understand your industry. You might consider technological challenges or opportunities, economic conditions, or even regulatory demands as you collect your thoughts about the direction in which your business is heading.

18. Why are you leaving (did you leave) your present (last) job?

Be brief, to the point, and as honest as you can without hurting yourself. Refer back to the planning phase of your job search. where you considered this topic as you set your reference statements. If you were laid off in an across-the-board cutback, say so; otherwise, indicate that the move was your decision, the result of your action. Do not mention personality conflicts.

The interviewer may spend some time probing you on this issue, particularly if it is clear that you were terminated. The "We agreed to disagree" approach may be useful. Remember hat your references are likely to be checked, so don't concoct a story for an interview.

19. How do you feel about leaving all your benefits to find a new job?

Mention that you are concerned, naturally, but not panicked. You are willing to accept some risk to find the right job for yourself. Don't suggest that security might interest you more than getting the job done successfully.

20. In your current (last) position, what features do (did) you like the most? The least?

Be careful and be positive. Describe more features that you liked than disliked. Don't cite personality problems. If you make your last job sound terrible, an interviewer may wonder why you remained there until now.

21. What do you think of your boss?

Be as positive as you can. A potential boss is likely to wonder if you might talk about him in similar terms at some point in the future.

22. Why aren't you earning more at your age?

Say that this is one reason that you are conducting this job search. Don't be defensive.

23. What do you feel this position should pay?

Salary is a delicate topic. We suggest that you defer tying yourself to a precise figure for as long as you can do so politely. You might say, "I understand that the range for this job is between $______ and $______. That seems appropriate for the job as I understand it." You might answer the question with a question: "Perhaps you can help me on this one. Can you tell me if there is a range for similar jobs in the organization?"

If you are asked the question during an initial screening interview, you might say that you feel you need to know more about the position's responsibilities before you could give a meaningful answer to that question. Here, too, either by asking the interviewer or search executive (if one is involved), or in research done as part of your homework, you can try to find out whether there is a salary grade attached to the job. If there is, and if you can live with it, say that the range seems right to you.

If the interviewer continues to probe, you might say, "You know that I'm making $______ now. Like everyone else, I'd like to improve on that figure, but my major interest is with the job itself." Remember that the act of taking a new job does not, in and of itself, make you worth more money.

If a search firm is involved, your contact there may be able to help with the salary question. He or she may even be able to run interference for you. If, for instance, he tells you what the position pays, and you tell him that you are earning that amount now and would Like to do a bit better, he might go back to the employer and propose that you be offered an additional 10%.

If no price range is attached to the job, and the interviewer continues to press the subject, then you will have to restpond with a number. You cannot leave the impression that it does not really matter, that you'll accept whatever is offered. If you've been making $80,000 a year, you can't say that a $35,000 figure would be fine without sounding as if you've given up on yourself. (If you are making a radical career change, however, this kind of disparity may be more reasonable and understandable.)

Don't sell yourself short, but continue to stress the fact that the job itself is the most important thing in your mind. The interviewer may be trying to determine just how much you want the job. Don't leave the impression that money is the only thing that is important to you. Link questions of salary to the work itself.

But whenever possible, say as little as you can about salary until you reach the "final" stage of the interview process. At that point, you know that the company is genuinely interested in you and that it is likely to be flexible in salary negotiations.

24. What are your long-range goals?

Refer back to the planning phase of your job search. Don't answer, "I want the job you've advertised." Relate your goals to the company you are interviewing: 'in a firm like yours, I would like to..."

25. How successful do you you've been so far?

Say that, all-in-all, you're happy with the way your career has progressed so far. Given the normal ups and downs of life, you feel that you've done quite well and have no complaints.

Present a positive and confident picture of yourself, but don't overstate your case. An answer like, "Everything's wonderful! I can't think of a time when things were going better! I'm overjoyed!" is likely to make an interviewer wonder whether you're trying to fool him . . . or yourself. The most convincing confidence is usually quiet confidence.

Neha Kalra,
Questions not to ask during an Interview !!
09 Apr, 2014
25 Jun, 2015

When can I take time off for vacation?

Do not discuss previous commitments before being offered a position. Asking about time off before getting a job offer implies that you are not going to be a fully committed employee.

Did I get the job?

This question puts employers on the spot and makes you appear impatient. Instead, you could ask for more information on the next step in the hiring process. For example, you can ask, "Do you generally do multiple rounds of interviews with job candidates?" However, if they are interested in you, most employers will give you this information before the end of the interview.

What is the salary for this position?

Do not ask this question on a first interview. If you know that you will refuse a job that pays less than a certain amount, you can state the amount in your cover letter. However, if you are even somewhat flexible regarding salary, it is best not to discuss compensation until you are offered a position.

How many hours will I be expected to work each work? Will I need to work on weekends?

Questions about hours and extra work imply that you are hoping to work as little as possible. A better question would be, "What is a typical workday like?" The answer will likely give you insight into expected work hours.

How long would I have to wait to get promoted?

This question implies that you are not interested in the position for which you are applying, and that you are merely waiting to move on to something better. Instead, you could ask the employer, "What are some of the opportunities for growth at this company?"

    More Questions Not to Ask

  • What is the astrological sign of the company president?
  • Can I see the break room?
  • How late can I be to work without getting fired?
  • How long is lunch?
  • Will I have to take a drug test?
  • Does this company monitor Internet usage?
  • How many warnings do you get before you are fired?
  • 10. "Can I work at another job part time?"
  • Employers want someone who is devoted to the company, not someone who could burn out by juggling too much, says Robert Galinsky, founder of the New York Reality TV School.
  • 13. "How did I do?"
  • Sure, you want to find out if you're a contender after an interview. "But asking that question puts an interviewer on the spot, and they're rarely in a position to answer," says Frances Cole Jones, the author of "The Wow Factor." Plus, it makes you sound unprofessional. She suggests an effective alternative like, "So what are my next steps?"
Palak Ahuja,
How do I win the interviewer’s trust?
09 Apr, 2014
25 Jun, 2015

Its depends the performance in the interview part, especially the 'tough and tricky' questions.

Never Blame others

  • There are many tough questions that put pressure on you or create stress.
  • E.G :- "Why did you leave your last job?", or "Why have you had so many jobs?"
  • If you say all your jobs have been terrible, you'll be seen as someone who blames others and fails to take responsibility for your own actions and decision.
  • Moreover Employers don't want to employ people who blame others.
  • "So, Always express positive reasons and answers when given an opportunity to express the negative. Never blame anyone or anything else.

Answer questions directly

Then elaborate with examples. Choose an example that highlight past successes and relate it to the projects or issues that interviewer is facing, but avoid excessively lengthy responses.

Manik Narang,
How to crack an Interview?
05 Apr, 2014
25 Jun, 2015

Today I am going to tell you a few tips on “HOW TO CRACK A JOB INTERVIEW. First let’s get this straight,

First thing - Your appearance and Body Language.

You should be well dressed preferably in a formal dress or business casuals.

Be clean shaved and appear quite active and energetic.  

So, its about the JOB - weather it be a Receptionist job or a Operations Manager’s job in a giant MNC. Choose a job that has some competition for the position. Where you have opportunities to grow and succeed.

You should have an excellent resume. It’s doesn’t have to be crammed with lots of stuff. It should not be hand-written or typed on a typewriter. The printout should be neat and clear on a white paper. A best resume is never more than 3 pages long with highlighted main points.

Let’s start with the Interview:

 

  1. Greet your interviewer or employer first instead of waiting for a hello or good morning from his end.
  2. Use professional greetings like Good morning or Good afternoon instead of Hi or Hello.
  3. Sit straight and do not lean on the chair or table.
  4. There should be a smile on your face and be optimistic. Always bear a positive approach to almost everything.
  5. Use proper English during the interview and avoid using unprofessional language.
  6. Avoid verbal blunders that could cost you the job like : YEAH instead of YES, GONNA or WANNA instead of GOING TO or WANT TO, AKSED instead of ASKED, AIN’T instead of ISN’T, DON’T instead of DOESN’T, HOW IS YOU instead of HOW ARE YOU, CV instead of RESUME, THANKS instead of THANKYOU, NOPE instead of NO etc.
  7. You should be heard clearly instead of being loud.
  8. Answer all the questions confidently and don’t look confused. If you don’t know the answer simply say – “I DON’T KNOW”.
  9. When you speak look straight in to the eyes of the interviewer and sound like a grown-up professional adult.
  10. Do not make too many gestures with your face and hands.
  11. During an interview you need to be the person that you think the company wants to hire.
  12. Here are some examples of the questions on how they should be answered:
Answer: “I don’t own my own car, but I’ve made arrangements to get to work.” Or “Yes, I have my own transport.”

Why do you want to work for this company?

Answer: “I am looking for a career more than a job. I’ve read some great things about this company and based on the job description I believe that my skills and experience will be a good fit.

Why did you leave your last job?

Answer: “There wasn’t any scope for growth in my last position”

What are your strengths and weaknesses?

Answer: “Funny you should ask, I guess my weakness could also be considered my strength. I’ve been accused of being too organized. I like to have everything in it’s place, I like to complete a task, follow it through to make sure it’s completed, then file all of the paperwork appropriately before I leave for the day”

 

THE MOST IMPORTANT PART OF THE INTERVIEW… and the part that most people don’t take advantage of the part where they ask: Do you have any questions for me?

 

This is where you can out-stand the rest. All you need to do is check out the company online, to get a little information and figure out some questions to ask. Here are some examples:
  1. Is this a new position or has someone recently left, leaving his position available. (if they left, and the interviewer doesn’t say why… then say: May I ask why they left?)
  2. How many employees work at this location?
  3. Who would I be working with?
  4. I noticed online that your company has several locations, is the position for this location?

 

IMPORTANT– don’t ask about Salary or Holidays. These questions can be asked when you are offered the job. AND if they ask you what you are expecting to earn… give them a range. There is no reason to bid against yourself. Unless you already know exactly how high they are willing to go… give them a range… and when you are offered the job, you can discuss the specifics.

Good Luck

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