Busting the Interview Myths
- January 13, 2016
- Posted by: admin
- Category: Campus Placements
The reason that most people fail to crack interviews is because they don’t know what is expected out of them and I would today bust a few myths about interviews.
Myth no 1: Equating best with perfect!
Although it finally boils down to competition and whether you are better than others but we cannot equate best with perfect. What I mean by this is ‘you’ can be the best even with your shortcomings so please don’t hide your weakness. The fact that you are sitting there and appearing for this interview is enough proof of your capability. An interview is where they want to see the “Real You” i.e. you as a person. So it makes a lot of sense to be genuine and honest with the panel. I have consistently seen students going blank when it comes to their weaknesses – do you expect the interviewer to believe you don’t have any weakness. No… that simply means you don’t know yourself. So introspect, think hard and be conscious of your not so good areas or shall I say improvement areas.
Myth 2: Interviewer is stupid and I can fake my weakness as strength.
The interviewer, in most cases, is a very smart guy and that is why he’s there! He/she interviews hundreds of students every year and can see through you. So please stop saying “my weakness is – I am a workaholic or I am a perfectionist”. However does that mean that if I tell the interviewer about 3-4 weaknesses, he’ll be very happy? NO! The next question he’ll then ask is- how or what are you doing to improve that area. So be prepared with a solid improvement plan and also quote instances of improvement if any.
Myth 3: My teacher will give me answers and I’ll get through if I ‘by heart’ them.
The key to success in interviews is “thorough preparation”. Yes, your teacher/trainer can help you by guiding you to the real question behind the question. However, you can leave no stone unturned by thinking and preparing extensively. Your answers have to be personalized. The answers should be honest and should be backed up by sound logic and specific instances. So reflect upon the questions to understand the real question, think of the possible answers to that question and then select the best answer.