Interview: The make or break decision point
- January 13, 2016
- Posted by: admin
- Category: Campus Placements
Whether it’s about getting in to the top B schools or landing your dream job, The Interview stage is one you cannot dare to ignore. Harsh but true! The weightage of interviews in most selection processes is more than 50%. No other stage is more crucial than this and yet we see so many people taking it lightly, not preparing well and leaving a lot to luck. This is one of the reasons the selection ratio from the shortlisted students is almost always very low.
So what should one do? Prepare, prepare &prepare! As a rule one should spend at least 20 hours of preparation: the first half should go in self introspection and preparing the first draft for most answers; the second half in reviewing and going through at least 2-3 mock interviews.
An interview is the stage where the interviewers want to know about YOU the person, not just at surface level but at a deeper level, your personality. So you need to know yourself first and hence self introspection. Knowing here means –Your strengths, improvement areas, extrinsic motivators, career goals, liking etc.
Once you have a rough draft of what you want to say, the second stage is to find flaws in it and play devil’s advocate. Also at least go through two mock interviews and try to get extensive feedback on the same.
- Be well prepared
- Be well Groomed
- Don’t lie or lie with confidence
- Articulate well
- Be confident
- Ensure proper back up with data/examples
- Don’t overdo it
- Don’t pretend you are SUPERMAN and have no weaknesses
- Don’t try to portray your weaknesses as your strengths
- Don’t compromise on ethics in any situation