7 Golden Rules:
1. Know Yourself: Know Yourself Strengths Skills Factors that motivate you Weaknesses Communicate all above to the interviewers
2. Know Your Academics: Know Your Academics Brush up on technical knowledge Know the titles and important details of the subjects studied [This speaks volumes about your ability to gain and assimilate knowledge] Current Affairs (at least related to your specialized subject) Be exact in stating percentages of marks (as stated in your resume).
3. Research the position your seek: Research the position your seek Details of the organization Requirements of the particular position Present projects handled by the company Company’s status in the field Important personalities of the company
4. Create a positive impression : Create a positive impression First five minutes conversation is the most crucial Body language Appearance Attitude Appear enthusiastic Be transparent about your urge to join
5. Be Honest : Be Honest Do not lie to hide your inadequacies Be natural Be yourself Focus on your strengths Do not try to act smart The way you tackle the problem is important than the right answer.
6. Remember : Remember It is an opportunity for your to gauge if you would indeed fit or be comfortable in the position and whether it will fulfill your expectations. Feel free to ask questions at appropriate moments on the things you would like to know about the company and work environment.
7 General Tips :
General Tips Know the place and time of the interview in advance confirm that you will be attending the interview Keep all the records, documents and recommendations neatly filed Calm yourself, take a look at other participants and deduce organizational culture Be a good listener to the questions Be polite and courteous Do not interrupt Do not harp on the monitory compensations Do your homework, Be positive Learn from your experiences Interview tips for MBA students Top Ten Critical Success Factors With all the different questions being referenced, you may wonder what exactly the employer is looking for. And I will tell you.
Following is the list of the top ten critical success factors that nearly every employer is seeking:
1. Positive attitude toward work
2. Proficiency in field of study
3. Communication skills (oral and written)
4. Interpersonal skills 5. Confidence
6. Critical thinking and problem solving skills
7. Flexibility 8. Self-motivation 9. Leadership 10. Teamwork
Show your competence in as many of the above critical success factors as possible and you will rise above the competition.
Fifty Standard Interview Questions It is not enough to have solid answers only for the above questions. You need to be prepared for the full spectrum of questions that may be presented. For further practice, make sure you go through the required mock interview (see the “Competitive Interview Prep” Section) and for further review, look at some of the following questions:
1. Tell me about yourself.
2. What do you want to do with your life?
3. Do you have any actual work experience?
4. How would you describe your ideal job?
5. Why did you choose this career?
6. When did you decide on this career?
7. What goals do you have in your career?
8. How do you plan to achieve these goals?
9. How do you evaluate success?
10. Describe a situation in which you were successful.
11. What do you think it takes to be successful in this career?
12. What accomplishments have given you the most satisfaction in your life?
13. If you had to live your life over again, what would you change?
14. Would your rather work with information or with people?
15. Are you a team player?
16. What motivates you?
17. Why should I hire you?
18. Are you a goal-oriented person?
19. Tell me about some of your recent goals and what you did to achieve them.
20. What are your short-term goals?
21. What is your long-range objective?
22. What do you see yourself doing five years from now?
23. Where do you want to be ten years from now?
24. Do you handle conflict well?
25. Have you ever had a conflict with a boss or professor?
How did you resolve it?
26. What major problem have you had to deal with recently?
27. Do you handle pressure well?
28. What is your greatest strength?
29. What is your greatest weakness?
30. If I were to ask one of your professors to describe you, what would he or she say?
31. Why did you choose to attend your college?
32. What changes would you make at your college?
33. How has your education prepared you for your career?
34. What were your favorite classes? Why?
35. Do you enjoy doing independent research?
36. Who were your favorite professors? Why?
37. Why is your GPA not higher?
38. Do you have any plans for further education?
39. How much training do you think you’ll need to become a productive employee?
40. What qualities do you feel a successful manager should have?
41. Why do you want to work in the _____ industry?
42. What do you know about our company?
43. Why are you interested in our company?
44. Do you have any location preferences?
45. How familiar are you with the community that we’re located in?
46. Will you relocate? In the future?
47. Are you willing to travel? How much?
48. Is money important to you?
49. How much money do you need to make to be happy?
50. What kind of salary are you looking for? Don’t just read these questions–practice and rehearse the answers. Don’t let the company interview be the first time you have actually formulated an answer in spoken words. It is not enough to think about them in your head–practice! Sit down with a friend, a significant other, or your roommate (an especially effective critic, given the amount of preparation to date) and go through all of the questions. Make the most of every single interview opportunity by being fully prepared!