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The preliminary test

The first job interview is usually a process rather than a one-step event. The preliminary test is the first in the process of elimination. It is a test of your knowledge of the subject, usually your ability to apply what you have learnt rather than your memory. Make sure you are thorough with your concepts and their application. If you have been lazy throughout, this is the time to dust those books and get to the grind! A whole lot of sample test papers and questions are available online. These give you an understanding of what an organization looks for in its future employees.

The group discussion

The next step is the Group Discussion or GD. This is again an elimination process, where recruiters try to separate the grain from the chaff. Your ability to interact with your peers and put across your point of view in a logical, clear and concise manner is under the scanner. So is your ability to convince or arrive at a consensus. They are not interested in people who are rigid, shout down others, and disrespectful of the other’s point of view. Good listening skills will add to your performance.

Most of the topics for the group discussions are based on current affairs or topics that tend to raise strong emotions. Think before you start talking. Make sure you have a valid point to make and add to the discussion. Do not repeat yourself or paraphrase what others have already said. Back up all your statements with logical evidence or facts that complement your statement.

The personal interview

The next and final stage is the personal interview. Things you should carry to the interview include:
• A well written resume listing all the activities that you were a part of during your time at the university/college/institute, both academic (projects, seminars, paper presentations) and extra-curricular (debates, quiz contests, cultural events, sports)
• Copies of the project work undertaken
• Copies of seminars and papers presented
• Certificates to support your claim of wins or participation in various extra -curricular events

When you attend the interview, make sure your dress is neat and crisp. Decide on styles, colors and outfits that complement your personality. At the same time, ensure the colors you choose are not loud and the outfits and styles too casual or outlandish. Even if it is mandatory to dress formal, make sure your personality shines through.

Body language

At this stage of the selection process, you are under minute scrutiny. Usually the interview is carried out by a panel. Body language will include how you enter the room, shake hands, sit, answer questions, eye contact and many more. Make sure you enter the room by asking permission, give the panel a firm hand-shake, seek permission to sit and take your seat.

There are some things you can definitely expect the panel to ask. They will ask you to introduce yourselves, to talk about your strengths and weaknesses, things that you are proud or ashamed of and lessons that you may have learnt from those incidents and many more such questions. You may also be questioned on your subject. If you are not sure about something accept it. Do not try to bluff your way through the interview. You will be pulled up for it in no time. When asked a question, first think of what you want to say and then begin your answer. Don’t be in a hurry and don’t give one word answers. At the same time, make sure you are making relevant conversation. Some of these interview questions are also available online. A glance will help you know the qualities they seek in their future employees.

This blog is to give you a brief idea of the selection process. Each of the components will be dealt with in-depth in the future. Do let us know through the comments, if you need more clarification about any particular aspect and feel free to share any questions you may have. We will try to address them either through our future blogs or reply back to your comment. Feel free to contact us for any help in improving your Spoken English skills, group discussion skills, interview skills etc.

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The way an interview happens, depend on 3 factors: your resume, the interviewer and their nature, and you. We wonder what could an interviewer expects from a candidate. But we can never know how we suit to a position or not. But can we mold yourself to that image? If yes, next question is how? Here we list some tips for you:

1) Research: Get a quick idea about the company website won’t tell you sufficiently about the company you are interviewing with. Your specific role needs some research as well. You need to find why the hiring is on, so you need to check the company profile and staff list. Find out what they do and how they face challenges in their industry. Find out how they meet the challenges and solve those problems and mention them on the desk in front of them.

2) Rehearse: A proper rehearsal is a must! You can rehearse in front of a friend or before a mirror. You should practice the answers and your body language as well. You have to show openness and honesty while appearing welcoming and friendly.

Read  more at: The Best Way To Nail A Job Interview

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Here are few interview tips for fresher to crack the interview :

1. DO A RESEARCH OF THE COMPANY:

Carry out a detailed study of the employer and the industry, so you are prepared for the interview question “Can you tell something about this company?” Try to recall what you have found out about the organization while replying to the questions. Get to know the interviewer’s name, and address it amid the interview. In case you do not know the name, enquire before the interview. Developing affinity and giving a personal touch can up your odds of getting the job. Employers tend to procure candidates they like, and who appear to be a solid match for the organization’s environment.

2. BE PUNCTUAL:

Be on schedule for the interview. On time implies five to ten minutes prior. In the event that need be, leave early to drive to the interview location early so you know precisely where you are going and how much time it will take to reach. Give yourself a couple of additional minutes to visit the rest room, check your clothes, and stay relaxed.

3. BE PREPARED:

Rehearse your answers to the common interview questions and answers 

for more tips: 5 Tips For Interview

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