During interviews, most of the candidates get butterflies in their tummies. Even the name of interview creates flutter in their minds.
Remember, an interview is nothing but a face to face conversation for a specific purpose. It’s an exercise in effective communication. It’s an exercise to assess your personal suitability for the job and you have to prove it during this exercise. Mind you, No one else can speak in favour of you as effectively as you yourself can. So, take this opportunity to prove your suitability.
The objective of the interview is to assess the candidate’s personality. Interviewers want to see through you. If we divide the word “INTERVIEW”, then we get two separate words- “INTER” and “VIEW”. It means, interviewers want to have a “view from inside” of you. They just want to check-whether you can communicate well, & freely or not; Are you natural in thinking or stereotyped? So, be natural. By asking different type of questions, they make you talk, to draw you inside out so that they can see you from inside. They try to assess your inner traits and hidden qualities.
A close analysis of some interviews clearly shows following three points-
1) Some of the questions asked during the interviews have no set answers. Through such questions they want to see your originality. Some such common questions are-
• Why do we select you?
• How do your friends define you?
• What’re your strengths/ weaknesses?
• Why do you want to join this job?
• What will you plan if we don’t select you?
Remember, the best questions of an interview are the questions that have no set answers.
2) During an interview, most questions naturally flow from the candidate’s answers. So, from today onwards, start visualizing the possible questions & their best possible answers and see whether there is any information, facts or words in your answer which have any significant importance. If yes, then gather information about that also. While giving answer, try to cover as much of the relevant information as possible. Simply don’t give monosyllabic answer, or say “yes-no” to a question.
3) Facing an interview is an art. As we have already mentioned that most questions naturally flow from candidate’s answers only. So, somehow draw the attention of the board to the area or the subject about which you have good knowledge. If you can do it, success will be yours.