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Interviewing tips

Things to keep in mind before an interview:
  • Research the company in advance. Call and ask for public information, browse through their website, read online news articles on the company and if you know ask people who work there.
  • Get all the documents ready that you will need to furnish during the time of the interview, such as, resume, marks sheet, reference letters, and other certificates that will help you present your skills and qualifications. Keep them in a neat order so that you are able to find them when asked for and don’t fumble around.
  • Dress in a manner appropriate to the culture of the company.
  • Come at least 10 to15 minutes early but not earlier than that, be polite at the reception and look composed and relaxed. Anxiety and nervousness will not do any good to your job prospects.
Things to keep in mind during the interview

  • Establish a friendly rapport with the interviewer - smile, shake hands, be confident and be yourself.
  • Be prepared to respond to basic questions like: "Tell me a about yourself", by asking this question the interviewer is not trying to ask you about your likes and dislikes but trying to gauge what type of motivations drive you, what pushes you to move forward, what has been your achievement till date and what do you intend to do in future. Other questions like “Give at least three good reasons why you should get this job” are asked to prove yourself suitable for the job. In response to such questions you need to highlight the skills and competencies you possess and map them with the requirements of the job in question.
  • Give examples while trying to make your point. For example: your oral communication skills are good and you used to regularly take part and win debate competitions in your school and college.
  • When asked about your strengths and weaknesses never give a disability as your weakness. Instead try to project how your disability has helped you become more motivated and focused in life. Choose a weakness that is work-related and explain what you have done to overcome it.
  • Be precise and direct in your answers. Listen to and think about each question, then answer in a clear and professional manner. If you don’t know how to answer right away, ask the interviewers politely to clarify the question so that you better understand what they are looking for.
  • Be focused and proactively tell your interviewer why you want this job, your willingness to work hard and how you get along with people very easily and show that you are a team player.
  • Be honest about your skills. If any information is wrongly depicted in your resume, admit the discrepancy. Steer the conversation towards your skills and experience that you want to highlight. Always project the positive attributes in your personality. For example: “Although I have not been employed for the past two years, I have been furthering my education and have been upgrading my computer skills.”
  • Be prepared to respond to an interviewer's disability-related questions. Provide honest information and be prepared to demonstrate tools you use to perform job tasks or provide information about the availability of assistive devices that would enable you to perform competently.
  • Do not badmouth your previous employer.
  • Have a question ready to ask the interviewer to show that you are interested in the organisation and are curious to know more about the job. It should not be an obvious question or anything that has already been covered in the interview. Show interest in the job.
  • Once you are through with your session thank your interviewers for giving their time and ask what is the next step in the recruitment procedure. Also enquire if you need to call or will you be contacted by the company. Note down the details.

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