How to ace your Job Interview

Now that you have completed your education and are ready to set foot on the big wide world and as much as you’d like to be earning 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 too. 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 section answered by Amit Bansal, CEO PurpleLeap


Kannan asked, This is Kannan. For “Tell me about yourself” can I start with explaining my current role & company and then explain my academics and tell them my past roles and companies. Similarly the first company I worked around 5 yrs ago got shutdown. I am currently working in my third company. During my next interview should I mention to the HR that my first company got shutdown. Would it be a problem for me?
Amit Bansal answers, You must tell about what you are currently doing, what you did in the past and your future plan. Keep it to positives and talk about professional and academic details only.

joseph asked, After working for 9 years and taking 3 years sabbatical leave and when asked by the intervier why they should hire?
Amit Bansal answers, Substantiate what you did during the sabbatical and how what you have learned all these years is applicable to the current job profile that you have applied for. The interviewer asks you the question ‘why should we hire you’…because they want to know how your skills, knowledge and attitude to the requirements of the organization.

Sarju asked, These days I find a lot of my colleagues / ex-colleagues having been asked to leave by their employers. How would one face the next interview? And how would one be able to manage that difficult question – “Why me out of 1000s of people?”
Amit Bansal answers, In India layoffs are still looked at as a result of something the employee may not have done. However that’s not true. It’s the organization which is not able to sustain you and give you appropriate work due to lack of business. If you convince yourself that it’s not your mistake you will be able to talk about it with confidence and not feel it’s your mistake.

sinha asked, I m 50 have been changing field teaching to sales to content development. for the fast 4 yrs i m into content development and wants to remain into it. i m looking for good package now. i have done Project Management too and currently taking course in instructional designing also. how should i present myself at an
Amit Bansal answers, Well, you must highlight your instructional design projects during your interview as well as in your resume. In any interview whatever you talk should be relevant to the job profile you are applying for. So extract all relevant work you have done and match it what the organization wants.

upendra asked, Hi Amit, I’m okay with meeting people one on one, but get nervous when sitting across a panel or group of people. HOw can I overcome this fear for the interview?
Amit Bansal answers, It’s an easier task to be in front of the panel because you will find at least one person favoring you. Alright that was in a lighter note. However while you are addressing a panel try and maintain eye contact with everyone to feel at ease and be calm. If you are two edgy then may be ask a few friend of yours to help you deal with it and help you with mock interview sessions as panelists. Practice will help.

ff asked, what to say when asks “Tell me somethig about yourself” means past experience & faily detail?
Amit Bansal answers, Tell me about yourself is asked to check communication skills and your ability to express your thoughts. Ideally you must include professional and academic details on what you are doing currently, what you have done in the past and what you intend to do in future. Include major achievements and projects that you may have done which can also be very critical to the job profile you are applying for.

ldn asked, how to check the attitude of the person who is being interviewed? What are the relevant questions for that?
Amit Bansal answers, Well you need to first identify what areas in attitude will affect the work an individual will be doing. So if the candidate needs to be good in teamwork, interpersonal skills, etc list down those attitudes and ask situation based questions around these attitudes.

kvrao asked, Some interviewers ask: What are your strengths and weak points? How to answer.
Amit Bansal answers, Interviewers ask this question to find out how aware you are about yourself. So when you answer highlight the areas you are very good at and when you talk about a weakness tell about it along with an action plan to improve or work on that weakness.



Chat Date: May 16, 2012


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