But like you, there are 20 other aspirants appearing
for the same job. So what is that extra thing in you
which will get you selected?
Personal interview is like selling yourself – what is
your Unique Selling Proposition?
o you are a fresher who
applied for a job and have
been finally called for an
interview? That’s great news!
Mother, I am ready
for my interview
and I am leaving,
wish me luck
I can do it! I can do
With all the hard work Radhika had put in building her resume, now was the time to finally
perform live, as she was called for an interview. The bright sunny day started well
She knew she
had to look the best so she picked up a white shirt and a black skirt from her wardrobe, made a
clean ponytail and, to finish the perfect look, she grabbed her formal black office shoes .
Be professional. Prefer formals . Look neat and smart. Reach 10 minutes before the interview. Have
a positive attitude – just as you need a good job, the interviewer also needs good candidates.
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Let’s prepare, let’s prepare! I
must go very well-prepared for
this interview, so I know I will
What if I do not fulfill the wishes
of my mother? She expects so
much from me. What if I fail
Even before the interview, spend some time alone and prepare well. Know about –
– who are the players, what is happening, where does this company fit in?
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– main products and services, website, reputation, employees, revenues/profits.
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– what is the role profile, what skill sets are they looking for, salary, location etc.
– how will you prove you are the best person for this role?
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Why should we
Radhika was anticipating likely questions and very
smartly answered all the questions she framed.
An interview is a matching game –
We must first understand what skill sets the company is looking for (e.g. for a finance career, it may be
excel modeling skills).
Then we must carefully think what ‘projects, experiences or achievements’ will convince the interviewer
that indeed we have those skills (e.g. our financial analysis on a product launch won the first price).
Finally, we need to plan how to speak about
those experiences. Whether directly asked or not, these
must be communicated to the interviewer, because we know this will impress him.
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Radhika, what do
you know about
Tell me about
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know about the
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She started reviewing her resume; she reviewed her skills, experiences and achievements. Resume
plays an important role during an interview. It gives questions to the interviewer and an opportunity
to you to discuss your strong points. Make your resume the basis of discussion during the interview .
Interview is to sell yourself. An open ended question like this provides you the opportunity to
showcase yourself in a manner that highlights what exactly the company would be looking for.
So, option c) works best. Option b) is also partly right, but if you are making any statement (e.g.
“I am goal oriented”), it should be backed by a supporting logic. Otherwise anyone can say that
he/she is goal oriented. Why should the interviewer believe you?
Q. How should you answer the question, “Tell me something about yourself?”
Q. During the interview, your interviewer asks you how much salary do you expect? You will
One has to answer the salary question very cautiously. For fresher jobs, most large organizations
already have a defined salary, and they really cannot offer a package very different from the
existing plan. The goal of this question then is to check whether your expectations are really in
line with what the company can offer. So, we must do our research on what the company has
been offering and quote a number close to that. Avoid the mistake of demanding a salary based
on your personal situation. Why should your personal need concern the hiring company? You will
get what the market thinks you deserve, so focus on trying to convince others why you deserve a
good role. Deserve before you desire!