How to Prepare for an Interview?

Here are some strategies or general rules that will help you about any question that comes your way. Prepare well for various frequently asked questions thoroughly and practice several times. The first few questions like: Introduce yourself, What about your family background, Your strengths and weaknesses, How you have overcome them, Your favorite subjects, Journals you refer, etc. etc. are generally the same for all. At the same time, you shouldn’t go into an interview with a script of exactly what you are going to say or with so much rehearsal under your belt that you sound like an automation. What you need to take with you are tactics that are versatile enough to navigate any twist and turn the interview might take.

• Do answer the question, because not answering the question is a common and disastrous pitfall. Listen carefully to what is being asked, and answer that question.
• Be candid – but do so strategically. Remember that employers want to get to know you. If they feel they are getting cold responses, they will be turned off.
• Don’t ever give a yes or no answer. Realize that every chance you have to respond to a question is a chance to convince the employer of your value. Whenever a question is asked, don’t give away the answers immediately. Give a pause, think about it and then give your answer (even if you know the answer thoroughly, act as if you’re thinking!). If you are not sure, you can always guess it. You can even tell them that you’re guessing with your body language, but never bluff boldly, never argue.
• Do review your strengths before every interview, and adapt them as needed for each prospective employer.
• Say ‘we’, ‘us’ or ‘Our’ instead of ‘I’, ‘me’ or ‘they’. Let your words show that you like your present job, your colleagues and the employers and their policies. You’re opting this company for your betterment, not because you’ve problems with your present employer.
• Don’t get hung up on the actual wording of a question. Focus instead on what qualities and ~” experiences are being sought.
• Don’t be thrown by questions off the subject of the job. Asking about your thoughts on current events or about your hobbies can yield valuable information for the interviewer and add a human dimension to the interview.
• Be direct. Never be evasive or hesitant. If a question makes you uncomfortable, answer it directly while presenting yourself in the best possible manner.
• Be patient. No matter how tedious the interview may be, try to s cooperative.
• Do collect your thoughts before speaking, avoid unnecessarily quick responses.
• Don’t ever be negative. Unless you are specifically asked about such subjects such as death, illness, accident or failure. Also don’t speak ill of any person, place or thing.
• Be original. If you’re like someone else, what do they need you for?

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