Job Interview Strategies

Now that you have completed your education and are ready to set foot in the real world and would like to earn some money, the idea of job-hunting can be pretty intimidating for some. If you’re feeling shy and lacking confidence about getting out there and talking to employers, you are far from alone, according to many career counselors.

Job interviews have a lot in common with having a first date. You really want one, and you are thrilled when you get one, but then you start worrying about everything like, what to wear, what to say, what not to say and how not to act like an idiot! Though Job interviews can be nerve-wracking experiences, they can also be wonderful opportunities. If you are well prepared, confident and do everything right, you will make a winning impression and obtain your goal.


Below are the Q-A sessions in Rediff chat answered by Amit Bansal, the founder and CEO of PurpleLeap.


Trainee asked, Mr.Bansal Recently we had an internal job opening. Three people applied including self. After application scrutinizing the HR announced that the criteria s are being revised, which is really strange and out of the policy frame work. Some people say that expected person whom the seniors want to promote has not applied, hence this drama. I have been waiting for such an opportunity for last 4 years, now i feel completely lost to the corporate politics. How should one deal with tis ?
Amit Bansal answers, I understand your concern… dynamics of every organization is different. However, before giving in to rumors i suggest please contact your HR and find out the real issue. Maybe you can reapply.

Yogi asked, Hello sir, I m working as a manager in marketing department.I have given interview for one company.I have to change my job location.But for that,new company negotiated me for salary 30 % less than my currently drawn.SHall I accept that proposal due to job location change.
Amit Bansal answers, I suggest look at your priority. However 30% is a huge chunk to negotiate with. You may find difficult to cover this gap in future. Give it a thought before you decide.

mandy asked, What sould be min years we should work in 1 company on same position?
Amit Bansal answers, 1 to 2 yrs.

gop asked, is it necessary to talk always in english during the interview?
Amit Bansal answers, Yes absolutely unless your job requires you to interact in regional language only.

mandy asked, Every Time I face tough Technical Questions that I dont know the answers…what to do in these situations?
Amit Bansal answers, You can accept that you do not know the answer. Ideally if you do not know one or two answers in an interview it is acceptable as long as you show good subject knowledge otherwise.

gop asked, how can i approach them i.e.naukri,timesjobs etc.
Amit Bansal answers, There are always phone numbers, email IDs and even website addresses mentioned. Please contact on those.

klk asked, Is there a right answer to the question “Where do you see yourself 3 years from now?” Is it ok to answer something like “I see myself leading a team or I see myself as a Senior engineer ”
Amit Bansal answers, It’s okay but besides leading a team is there a goal for self development as well?

sriniold asked, Currently I am a Tech Lead, planning to move towards Management. What is my first step towards that?
Amit Bansal answers, Well look for an internal job posting. Getting an experience in the current organization will be better than moving into a new place and then learning.

gop asked, i have been applying jobs through portals for last 1 year.but i have not got single response from them. could you please help me in this regard?
Amit Bansal answers, Just applying will not help, please follow up with the respective people through phone.

Zulfi asked, Hi, I’m 31 & A Finance Professional. Since 23 Years, I Have Been Only In Telecom Industry Where I Have Grown From Executive To A Manager. 2 Questions: 1. Right Time To Shift To Another Upcoming Industry 2. Any Other Industry Which Is As Vibrant As Telecom? Thanks.
Amit Bansal answers, Zulfi, all depends on what you want to do. I think if it’s your interest any industry will look vibrant.

amitbansal asked,  I know someone who keeps on changing job every 1 or 1.5 years. In his 14-15 year career, he has changed 10 or 11 jobs. I am not able to understand why he is able to get a new job? Ordinary qualifications and job in IT sector. Doesn’t prospective employer look for stability in a candidate? According to me, it takes 6 months to settle in a job and another 3-4 months for looking for a new job. So for 1 year tenure, you would be productive only for 1-2 months.
Amit Bansal answers, Well I know your concern here, however I am not sure what kind of companies this person has usually applied for and it also depends on this person’s ability to prove his worth for the organization. There can be various parameters.

rahul asked, what if i dont know the answer??
Amit Bansal answers, Say you do not know it right now, if you are given time you can find it out. But in no case you should give a wrong reply.

priyanka asked, i am a masters in design and work as design manager in a design consultancy firm. i work in projects where innovation in product and business, marketing strategies is to be studied. how do i enter core marketing/ strategies field…i do the same things but for lack of an mba, can make a breakthrough in interviews
Amit Bansal answers, I think knowledge and experience counts. So if you are able to substantiate a job experience in that area maybe you can get a breakthrough. I know that some companies have a basic eligibility as MBA.. in those cases I am not sure if you will be able to make it. So look for lower options and then progress to better ones if you want to change your domain.

rahul asked, i am not much confident when m answering
Amit Bansal answers, I suggest practice before you go for interviews.

Riju asked, I am working as Manager in MNC.. i recently had interview… interview went well and it was there for close to 1 hr…Interview was completly Management related questions.. I answered almost everything.. at end of interview two interviewers went out for 10 mins discussion and came to room again and said.. It was nice talking to you.. how long is your notice period and gave me overview of job waiting for me and how they plan to train me etc… does it show i am selected?
Amit Bansal answers, Looks positive… all the best!

gop asked, is there any difference between MNC and Indian companies interview pattern?
Amit Bansal answers, Companies follow their own interview procedures. I suggest each time you get a call from the HR, please clarify the interview process so that you are ready.

abc asked, How do we handle a PI where on a panel 3-4 individuals are sitting and shooting Questins one after the another?
Amit Bansal answers, Handle all the questions, address the entire panel while you are answering, do not look nervous and keep a pleasant smile.

Chand asked, Hi, when we go to an interview the first question they usually ask is tell me something about yourself. Since my whole resume is already there with them, what else can i tell them?
Amit Bansal answers, Well you need to talk about your highlights. Keep three things in mind, what you did, what you are doing and what do you want to do in future. Create a response based on these three things.

asdasmd asked, how to negotiate salary? if the interviewer asks to quote a number then should we quote?
Amit Bansal answers, Salary negotiation should be based on your previous drawn and industry standards.

sur asked, Normally what questions , candidate can face during interview for SENIOR MANAGEMENT POSTs like VP/CEO/CTO
Amit Bansal answers, For senior management positions, the interview is usually based on sharing real time experiences and business projects. More than the qualifications the implementation of projects, business and revenue impact will be scrutinized.

sss asked, If employer says we will call you back and doesnt it advisable to call HR and ask for Interview status
Amit Bansal answers, Yes you may call the HR to give you a clear response on your selection. Most professional organizations will send you an email reply but if they don’t you can ask the HR about the status.

a asked, Is there any thumb rule for preparation of Interview?
Amit Bansal answers, The thumb rule is to refer to the job description while preparing for an interview.

Amit Bansal says, There can be various types of interviews, like the one on one, group interview, panel interview, stress interview, behavioral interview, telephonic interview… there can be many other types also depending on an organization.

Mangesh asked, What does interviewer actually expects from candidate..???
Amit Bansal answers, All interviewers expect you to talk about your skills, knowledge and attitude required at the job you are applying for. All interview questions will be based on this description.


Chat Date: November 23, 2011





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