Good general Interview Tips. [Resolved]

Posted by Programmer123 under Interview Questions on 9/13/2013 | Points: 10 | Views : 1566 | Status : [Member] | Replies : 5
Can any one give me some good general interview tips.


Posted by: Bandi on: 9/13/2013 [Member] [MVP] Platinum | Points: 50


Top 10 interview tips are

Number 10. Plan Ahead :
Be Prepared! Do a little homeworkprior to the interview. Browse through the employers' website and learn something about the company before you attend your interview. Research the company and the position if possible, as wellas the people you will meet with atthe interview. Review your work experiences. Be ready to support past career accomplishments with specific information targeted towards the companies' needs. Prepare your facts and get them right!

Number 9. Role Play :
Once you have finished your research, begin role playing (rehearsing). Be prepared for questions that are frequently asked by employers such as "Tell me about yourself" or "Why shouldwe hire you?" Write down answers if it helps to make your presentation more concise. Try to keep your answers to the information your new employer will want to know. It is good to get the advice from those who are more experienced or better still, from the HR people to get a clear picture on what the recruiters are looking for.

Number 8. First Impression :
Counts!You never get a second chance to make a first impression! Dress professionally and appropriately (according to the job you are applying for). Flip-flop sandals and singlet are definitely out.

Number 7. Be On Time! :
If possible, try getting to the venuebefore the actual interview day to see how long it will take. Public transport may be unreliable, you may have been stuck in heavy traffic, but however reasonable your excuses are, they won't change the fact that your chances are reduced if you are late. Remember that first impression counts!Worse comes to worst, if you are going to be late, ring your interviewer(s) and let them know. It is a matter of courtesy.

Number 6.Be Positive! :
Don't criticise past employers, particularly within the industry. Focus on positive achievements and views. In particular, avoid negative comments about past employers,. And don't talk too much! You may be shooting yourself in your foot (literally) when you disclose too much of information that you do not wish to be known in the first place.

Number 5. Encourage:
Encourage the interviewer to shareinformation about his or her company. Demonstrate your interest.

Number 4. Eye Contact :
Maintain eye contact with your interviewer. Show that you want the job with interest.

Number 3. Adapt and relate:
Listen and adapt. Be sensitive to the style of the interviewer. Try to relate your answers to the interviewer and his or her company. Focus on achievements relevant to the position. Talk aboutspecific achievements!Interviewers like to know how you felt about a particular success. Some will ask for specific examplesof things you've done that you're particularly proud of; how you solved problems; how you learned - and improved - from difficult situations.

Number 2. Be honest! :
There really is no point lying aboutyour background and/or skills. If you get caught, or even manage to get away with it by getting employed and then get found out, you can be sure you won't be around for long! Job interviews areabout matching needs - if there isn't a good match, then chances are that the job won't work out.

Number 1 And finally, don't give up! :
The fact is that you will not be offered every job you applied for, however perfect you think you may be for it. Feedback from interviews where you have been turned down can be invaluable for improving future results. Ask politely if they can give you any feedback. Always remember that there is a job out there for you somewhere

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Posted by: Allemahesh on: 9/16/2013 [Member] [MVP] Silver | Points: 50


You can follow below steps for good interview:-

1. First impressions
The obvious one – first impressions count! You have no idea how true this is. Ask any psychologist. You need to smile and make sure you have a firm handshake without breaking anyone’s bones. Eye contact is vital so keep your gaze just a few seconds longer than usual, without looking like a lunatic.

2. Questions and answers
Let the interview committee lead the interview but remember that you don’t have to wait until the end of the interview to ask questions. While they’re telling you all about the job and the company, questions from you at this point will emphasise your interest in the position. They may start with the question “Tell us about yourself and your experience, and why you think you would be the best candidate for the job”. This is where it helps to have your elevator speech handy as a brief introduction to who you are and what you can do. Give examples of your technical and transferable skills and show how these will help you with aspects of the job. Prepare stuff to recite when prompted – you’ll find it a much easier process if you do this.

3. And again – your turn
Have questions ready to ask. It’s really important that you ask relevant questions about the job, the company, your prospects within the company… Show the panel that you’ve gone the extra mile and taken the time to find out that bit more about the company – it will definitely go in your favour. Sods Law dictates that they will answer your best question during the conversation, before you’ve had a chance to ask it, but don’t worry about this all through the interview. It’s automatic to experience a feeling of dread at this point, when you think that you’re not going to have any killer questions to ask at the end. But worrying about it only distracts you from the interview process, so if this happens, let it slide. Just remember to let the interview panel know that you were keen to ask a particular question, but they had already answered it earlier. It will also serve as a recap and you might be able to think of something else related to it on the spot.

4. Preparation
Before the interview (not the night before – do give this some thought) you should consider how you handle situations like interviews. A common question from an interviewer will be “What makes you nervous”? Have some idea of how you will answer this. They want to know how you handle stressful situations and an interview is a prime example. How will you answer a question like “What are your salary expectations”? A difficult one if you don’t know whether you are over or under selling yourself. Figure out what your strengths and weaknesses are – you need to be able to say what you’re good at and what you’re not so good at. But, do remember to add how you have overcome this weakness using an example e.g. nervous speaking in front of groups = attended a course on PowerPoint presentations/public speaking and am now much better at it!

5. Your reasons for wanting the job
Ask yourself why you want this job because you’ll likely be asked this on the day. Only you know the answer and you need to make it a good one. Just because you need a job isn’t a good enough reason for someone to hire you. Ask yourself what you actually know about the company. Are you interested in a long-term career or is this simply a stopgap for you? They might ask you where you see yourself in 6 months’ or 5 years’ time – how will you answer this. Easy if you see yourself long-term with the company, but not so easy to answer if you don’t.

6. Dress Code
To add to our recent article, “Got an Interview, What to Wear, What to Wear” make sure that you dress professionally. Casual is not good and gives the wrong impression. Of course, this will entirely depend on what type of job you are applying for, but for a professional career position, get it right and buy that killer suit.

7. Be enthusiastic!
You’ve been invited for interview because they believe you can do the job. It’s just down to you on the day to show that you can do it better than anyone else they might be interviewing. Even if you don’t tick all the boxes for the job criteria, I’ll bet you have something just as good or even better to offer. The interview panel don’t know this yet, so you have to tell them. Don’t be negative about a past (or present) employer, working conditions etc., as this will give a really bad impression. Try to show that you are flexible and willing to take on responsibility.

8. Timing is critical
Whatever happens don’t be late! Arrive 10 minutes before – and if you’re too early then take a walk around the block. Just don’t leave it until 5 minutes before the interview is due to start, because the interview room might be some distance away from the reception area you have reported to. You don’t want to hurried up 3 flights of stairs and arrive out of breath and stressed.

9. No coffee stains please…
Sometimes, you might be required to take your references with you, so make sure you have these ready and in good condition in a folder. Don’t expect an interviewer to be impressed if you hand over evidence of your capabilities with coffee mug rings as your personal logo.

10. The evening before the interview
I’m not going to say try to relax the evening before because you won’t. If you really want the job you’ll be pretty nervous. That’s natural – and that’s the best advice anyone can give, to just be natural and be yourself. That’s the person they’re looking for. Good Luck!

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Posted by: Allemahesh on: 9/16/2013 [Member] [MVP] Silver | Points: 50


9 Great Tips to Get You to Round 2:-

1. Ask them upfront why they wouldn't hire you.
The interview is coming to a close, but make sure you stick your landing, says Roberta Chinksy Matuson, President of Human Resource Solutions and author of Suddenly in Charge: Managing Up, Managing Down, Succeeding All Around. "Always end the conversation with the following question: 'Is there anything about my background that gives you concern?'" says Matuson. Now you've bought yourself a bonus round to derail any doubts.

2. Prepare sound bites.
Successes and skills need to be displayed clearly. "A sound bite is succinct and direct, catchy and easy to remember. An example is 'I've designed logos for three Fortune 500 companies,' or 'My efficiency plan decreased product-delivery times by 15 percent without costing the company one cent,'" says Charles Purdy, senior editor and career expert at Implant these one-liners in your brain, and you won't be grasping for words.

3. Ask for homework.
Until you're hired, you're an unknown to your potential employer. You sound great, but can you perform? Erase that question by asking for a trial assignment, suggests Sara Sutton Fell, CEO and founder of FlexJobs. "Ask whether there's any job-related task that you could do for them that would allow you to showcase your qualifications and maybe even save them a little time," says Sutton Fell. Do a good job, and you'll be getting paid to do the same work soon enough.

4. Mirror your interviewer.
You might feel like you're in the hot seat, but if you can match your interviewer's speed of speech and mannerisms, you'll both feel more like you're old friends and less like you're in an NCIS interrogation room, says Ken Sundheim, CEO and Founder of KAS Placement, a New York City-based staffing agency. Not sure how you're doing? "If you're following their tone, speed and breathing correctly, validate your pacing technique by taking a sip of water - the interviewer will take a drink as well," says Sundheim.

5. Be a stalker (within limits).
I hope you're already Googling the person who will interview you, and reading about the company - but you need to feel it out further. "Dig deep by using tools like Klout and Pipl," says public relations executive Meryl Weinsaft Cooper co-author of Be Your Own Best Publicist: How to Use PR Techniques to Get Hired, Noticed and Rewarded at Work. "Lurk around LinkedIn. Do some investigations by interviewing people who work there, or those who have left, to get the skinny on the culture and crowd."

6. Record a pre-interview practice.
Ever wish you could tell how you sound in an interview? Find out, suggests Marlene Caroselli, Ed.D., author of The Critical Thinking Toolkit: Spark Your Team's Creativity with 35 Problem Solving Activities: "A week ahead of the interview, record your reply to expected questions. Play the tape back and analyze your responses. Would you hire you?" If the answer is no, press rewind and try again.

7. Lean in for the kill.
OK, we're exaggerating slightly. But you do want to lean slightly forward so your interviewer can tell you're game. "Slouching or leaning back may send the wrong signals. When you sit down for a formal interview, lean forward to show interest and active listening," says Kathryn Minshew, co-founder and editor-in-chief of PYP Media, an online career consulting tool for women.

8. Use the word "we."
Look, I trust you when you tell me you're a team player - but during an interview, you can come across as a total narcissist by using only the word "I," says Kimberly Schneiderman, job search consultant and owner of City Career Services. She suggests talking about what your last team created, and only then describing your particular role. An example: "At ABC Company, the New Projects Team, of which I am a member, created a new app that would identify bakeries by location for our users. My role on the team was to identify bakeries within a specific radius of New York City and categorize them by specialty."

9. Bring props.
Think of an interview as show and tell, suggests Jenni Luke, national executive director of Step Up Women's Network. "Bring a 'brag book' of career accomplishments which demonstrates the quality of your work. [Or] if you see great work that a competitor is doing, bring that to the interview and critique it," says Luke. This will clearly show what you can do and how you think. Bonus: Having a prop can also calm jittery nerves.

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Posted by: Allemahesh on: 9/16/2013 [Member] [MVP] Silver | Points: 50


Difficult Interview Questions

Questions About Co-Workers and Supervisors
-> Tell me about a time when you had to deal with a co-worker who wasn't doing his/her fair share of the work. What did you do and what was the outcome?
-> Give me an example of a time when you took the time to share a co-worker's or supervisor's achievements with others?
-> Tell me about a time that you didn't work well with a supervisor. What was the outcome and how would you have changed the outcome?
-> Have you worked with someone you didn't like? If so, how did you handle it?
-> Tell me about a time that you helped someone.
-> Tell me about a time that you misjudged a person.
-> How do you get along with older (younger) co-workers?

Questions About Your Abilities
-> Describe a decision you made that was a failure. What happened and why?
-> Tell me about a time that you worked conveying technical information to a nontechnical audience.
-> Tell me about a time that you worked with data, interpreting data, and presenting data.
-> Why do you think you will be successful at this job?
-> Tell me about a time that you participated in a team, what was your role?
-> Tell me about a time when you were faced with conflicting priorities. How did you determine the top priority?
-> Tell me about a time when you failed.

Questions About Your Career Goals
-> Start with your graduation from college and explanation the rationale behind each of your career moves.
-> Also explain the thinking process that went into making each if those decisions.
-> How many hours a day/week do you need to work to get the job done?
-> If you stayed with your current company, what would be your next move?
-> How do you measure success?
-> Describe your dream job.
-> Describe a job that would be your worst nightmare.
-> If you were the CEO of this company what would be the top two things that you would do?

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Posted by: Bandi on: 9/13/2013 [Member] [MVP] Platinum | Points: 25

refer our(dotnetfunda) interviews section

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