1. What is an interview?
Interview is a talk between two or more people basically between the interviewer(s) and the interviewee, where questions are asked by the interviewer(s) to obtain information from the interviewee. Main purpose behind interviewing is, to know the potential of the interviewee who has come for a job. Most of them make mistakes in the interview without knowing the effects of that. Interview is the most important part of hiring process. Interview decides whether a candidate is fit for the job or not. Job interviews are ‘the make it or break it’ part of the job application process. Attractive resume leads to an interview and interview leads you to a job.
One has to impress the possible employer so much that the interviewer should think that, nobody else will be appropriate or perfect for the job. Basically interview includes many rounds of interview and this may vary from company to company. Interview is the most crucial part and is the final step of hiring process. It gives both employer and employee, an opportunity to meet each another and exchange information so as to come to a conclusion about hiring.
Interview gives an opportunity to describe your experiences and you can also get a brief idea of what is happening within the company. During an interview, an employer’s goal is to gather extra information about you that is not provided in your resume. They will try to find out what motivates you, your technical skills, hobbies, strengths, weaknesses and mainly communication skills. Interview is a two way process where you can evaluate the employer while the interviewer evaluates you.
2. What are the types of interview?
Interview is of two types:
Interview for assessment: This is one of the most common types of interview where the interviewer wants to assess the potential of an employee for a particular job. This is mainly done to find out how well a candidate will be suitable for a job.
Interview for information: This is a kind of interview which is done to gather information about a subject. This is done to celebrities, spark of the corporate, industrialists, inspirational idols and etc. so as to collect some information which will be useful to the society.
Some other types of interview may include structured interview, stress interview, behavioral interview, panel job interview and telephonic interview.
3. What are the major mistakes done at the interviews?
Major mistakes done by most of the interviewees at the time of interview:
Not dressing properly: Dressing inappropriately is the most common mistake done by many people, as they do not know what to wear while going for an interview. Your attire will reflect what kind of a person you are. So, it is very important to dress up in a formal wear while going for an interview. It is better to go in a suit while you go for a professional position or a plain light colored shirt can also be preferred. Wearing proper shoes is also very important. If you are not sure of what to wear, visit the company once and observe employees coming in and out of the office to check out what they are wearing. One-fourth of the impression you can get is through good attire. Dressing properly for a job interview may help you achieve a competitive edge over your competitors, especially in a tight job market.
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Going for an interview without doing proper research about the company: Most of them go for interview, without knowing anything about the company and they only concentrate on preparing the subject. Most of them stumble when they are asked a question like what you know about this company. This may affect them and may even end their quest for employment, at least with that employer. It is always better to gather some information about the company including its history, locations, divisions, and a mission statement which will be available in an “About Us” section of most company websites. Review it ahead of time, then take a print out of that and read it over just before your interview, to refresh your memory. Also check the company’s LinkedIn page and Face book page, if they have one. Remember that you may create good impression on the interviewer if you speak focusing on good points about the company.
Switching on mobiles at the time of interview: This is one of the blunders done by the interviewees at time of attending an interview. Some people forget to switch off their mobiles, when they go for an interview and they panic when they suddenly get a call during interview.
Some people don’t even hesitate to attend calls, forgetting that they are in an interview. Remember that this may be a sign of your negligence and recklessness and may also create very bad impact about you on the interviewer. It is always better to switch off or at least put it in silent mode before you go for an interview.
Going too early or too late for the interview: Some people have a habit of going too early for the interview and some of them go too late and miss out the interview. Going too early or too late is not a good sign. Going too early or too late like 1 hour or so will show that the person doesn’t have time sense and this may affect their job. It is better be at the interview place before 15 to 20 minutes of the mentioned time.
Not carrying enough copies of resume, ID proof and educational certificates: Most of them carry a single copy of resume thinking that it is enough. Sometimes you may be asked to submit 2 to 3 copies of resumes. In case if you go for an interview with a top MNC or in case if you get selected, they may need more copies of your resumes, ID proof and educational certificates so as to confirm your job at the spot. So, it is always better to carry enough copies of these documents when going for an interview.
Badmouthing past employers: Some of the experienced candidates try to show as negatively about their past company, in which they worked previously, so as to cover their actual reason of quitting that job. Your last boss was an idiot? Everyone in the company was a jerk? You hated your job and couldn’t wait to leave? It might be true sometimes, but even then don’t say that. It’s sometimes a smaller world than you think and you never know who your interviewer might know, including that boss who is an idiot… You also don’t want the interviewer to think that you might speak that way about his or her company, if you leave on terms that aren’t the best. So, never badmouth your past employers.
Giving irrelevant or wrong answers without listening properly: listening skills are very important for an interviewee. Ensure that you listen properly the question put by interviewer and take a minute to gather your ideas before you respond. If you do not listen properly and if you give a wrong answer, then you will knock yourself out of argument. When an interviewer says that you will be responsible to do so and so roles, then don’t say that you can’t do that. This response will ensure that you wouldn’t get the job. Always try to give positive answers so that you can impress the interviewer.
Poor communication skills: It is essential to communicate well with everyone you meet, in your search for employment. On the other hand, it is most important to positively connect with the person who might hire you. Shake hands, make good eye contact (don’t stare at them continuously), exude confidence, engage the person you are speaking with, and you will let the interviewer know that you are an excellent candidate for this position before you even answer an interview question.
Inquiring about salary and benefits right away: When the interviewer asks what you are expecting from the company? Some people do a mistake of asking about the salary, time off and benefits etc… This is not a good way, as the interviewer may think that you are more focused on salary than work. This is one of the ways to lose a job.
When asked “Why did you chose our company?” Giving answers that are focused on you benefit rather on how you will benefit the company: Many interviewers ask this question to the interviewees that “why do you want to work for our company”? To know how well the candidate can benefit their company. But the interviewee answers the question in a way which will benefit him but not the companies like “I will have a chance to grow”, “I will get benefitted in many ways” etc. instead of this tell something that you can do, for the benefit of the company. This will help you in getting job quickly.
Not having relevant questions to ask when asked, “Do you have any questions to ask?”: Interviewers like to end up the interview by putting a question like “Do you have any questions to ask?” This is the point where the interviewer actually wants to check how greedy you are in learning new things. People start stumbling when they are asked this kind question to answer and they end up saying that they don’t have any questions. Doing prior research about the company will help you in this point. You can ask questions related to the latest technologies adapted by the company, what kind of tools they are currently implementing, etc. Feel free to ask questions, be prepared with this type of questions and also remember that don’t try to ask anything confidential that is related to the company.
Don’t forget to thank the interviewer for the opportunity, which he/she gave to him/her: Many of them hesitate or forget to thank the interviewer after finishing the interview. It is very important to thank the interviewer as it will show your gratitude and also your positive attitude. You can end up the conversation by just saying “nice meeting you sir/madam” or “it was a pleasure meeting you”.
4. What are other mistakes done at the interview?
Some other rare mistake done at the time of interview:
● Directly going and sitting on the chair without waiting for the permission from the interviewer
● Going for the interview in pajamas with slippers
● Chewing gum at the time of interview
● Sending another person to the interview, in place of you
● Mumbling or not speaking anything in the interview
● Wearing sunglasses or too much perfume or cologne
● Not introducing yourself
● Playing with nails or hair
● Shaking legs at the time of interview
● Not sitting properly or leaning on the chair
● Talking too much
● Showing too much of nervousness
● Emotionally blackmailing the interviewer by telling bad incidents that happened in your life
● Forgetting the post to which you have applied
● Begging the interviewer that you are deadly in need of a job
● Not showing enthusiasm for the job
● Using “hmmm” or “ you know” or “actually” or “like “too often while speaking
● Taking material with you and referring it to answer questions
● Not following the instructions properly