Beyond Q & A: 10 things that matter in a job interview

safe_imageThere is so much that goes into the making of a successful interview session and not just the content of one’s responses

Interviews are one of the most effective and widely used hiring tools. Beyond the misconception that it is just a Q&A round, interviews have much more qualitative aspect and value.

A candidate is not assessed solely basis the responses he/she gives in an interview, it is just a part of the entire process/interaction. There is much more to an interview! lists some points, recruiters and consultants insist candidates must keep in mind while preparing for an interview, besides focusing on the ‘how to answer’ part of it…

Energy level: A candidate should show lots of energy and enthusiasm. In many job profiles energy levels are considered critical. A high energy level indicates a willingness to take initiative. Many roles need quality in abundance, especially if multi-tasking is required. This is true for even senior profiles and even for the C-suite.

The company and role: It is important to read and learn about the company and the role. It shows the interviewee is serious towards the job and organisation and has done enough research before arriving for the interview. Even if a job sounds apt for your skill-sets and qualifications, ensure you spend time reading the job description thoroughly.

Willingness: More than the required skills for a specific job/role, it’s the eagerness to learn and adapt which matters more to an employer.

Preparation: The amount of preparation which one puts before going for an interview reflects on the D-day. In a way, it is a reflection of the level of hard work and dedication you will put into the job you’re being interviewed for. The preparation includes having copies of your resume, necessary certificates/degrees, sample of previous work experience, understanding the company/role, practicing some common interview questions and other related stuff.

Presentation: Do make sure that you are presentable in terms of mannerisms, dressing rightly and aptly and overall attitude.

Making that contact: Maintaining eye to eye contact indicates confidence and integrity.

Crisp answers: Keeping your responses to the point shows command over the subject and clarity in one’s thought process.

Punctuality: Always, always be on time. It shows that the candidate is well planned and responsible.

Remember, that you are being called for an interview because the recruiter thinks you have the potential and capabilities they want, so why not prove them right!



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