Introduction Getting prepared for your interview does require planning. Gone are the days when you would just be asked a lot of details about your family background. Today, even for freshers, organizations do find our whether you are for the long haul or just a jumping jack, ready to move on when you gather some vital experience. Be that as it may, the nuances of preparing for the interview, in terms of what to expect as particular questions and then some finer details of your behavioral disposition during the interview, would pertain to a) Get every single detail of the industry and organization well in advance b) Never beat about the bush and be precise c) Experience-based questions will dominate lateral recruitment interviews d) Be polite and do not snub interviewers and e) Always be prepared for "other relevant" questions.
Get every single detail of the industry and organization well in advance Irrespective of whether you are a fresh guy or an experienced person, your preparation for the interview should start on and from the same date you chip in an application. You must be thorough with the global scenario and will be asked everything. If you are fresh and give an answer that you did not study that during your college days, you will be rejected outright. For example, even if you are fresh M.Sc (Chemistry) degree holder and being interviewed for a Chemist position after the initial technical test is over, you will be grilled on what is called the FDA requirements. These are US standards. You must be prepared for this question. If you expose your ignorance, someone who is smarter than you will simply make it. And then comes the domain knowledge. What is this? It is very simple. For example, imagine that you are being interviewed by Dr. Reddy's Labs, for the aforesaid position. They will expect you to know everything about the Indian pharma industry and basic knowledge of patents. They will grill you on the specific products of Dr. Reddy's labs and will also question you on whether you know about their R&D focus and so on. A good number of articles are available on the internet and through press reports. You can easily google information and get the same. However, if you are not smart, you will simply lose the battle. This applies to both freshers and those who are experienced.
Never beat about the bush and be precise You can sometimes try to drag the interviewers to your line of thinking to a limited extent. This is just about okay when they ask you a general question about your hobby and so on. However, overdoing this will be very dangerous. You always need a little sense of humor if you find out that the interviewers look for it. Keep smiling but do not beat about the bush. If you would say no for an answer, word it differently. " Am afraid I may not know the answer right now" is a right way of saying that. However, even here, you cannot give the same answer again and again. If you are experienced, they would expect a lot more maturity from you and you are likely to be not selected if you are not able to answer even fifty percent of the questions. In fact, sometimes the interviewers make a quick judgment that you will not fit their bill, within the first two questions.
Experience-based questions will dominate lateral recruitment interviews Interviews of experienced people are often very much focussed on finding out the quality of your experience. The questions will pertain to the depth of your knowledge, learning, and experience. For instance, if you had made a big impact on cost-cutting through some innovation in your core experience of Supply Chain Management, you will have many questions directed at you on this experience. You can always expect "what will you do in this sort of situation?" questions. You need to immediately draw upon your actual experience in your organization and then closely relate all the learning to your answer in the best manner possible. When you are able to actually draw upon your previous experience and then extrapolate the same to the immediate answer, it is very likely that you will be appreciated and will be selected for the job. It is hence very essential that you sort of become very much prepared for all such questions in your core area of specialization. Of course, there are several organizations that would expect the link also to such experiences in a big way. For instance, you can expect to be asked the cost-cutting of all your innovations and the details thereof. Once you get all the details in order and are prepared, everything will be in order. For example, what you should do is to recollect all details of your experience in the recent past and document the same in the minutest detail, including the savings in cost. You just cannot rely on "if my memory serves me right" kind of preparation. This never works. The human being tends to remember something when it is documented. Even a casual glance at such material will enable you to make a big success of your interview, as you will remember the main points and get to present the same in a very good manner. You must remember that this is a very important aspect of your preparation that can indeed do you a world of good. These days, competition is very huge for experienced jobs. Lateral recruitment is done very professionally, as organizations are very much interested in very short learning curves. The initial baptism into the structured ways of working can never exceed one week at the maximum. You will find a new boss breathing down your neck, every single moment. You might even feel powerless in such a situation. Be prepared for the long haul, and the interview is just one test of your endurance. In Mumbai, sixteen hour work days, on six days a week, is now accepted as a norm and a way of life. It is the city that never sleeps. The best of professional management practices, patterned on the Western model, is very alive and kicking only in this city. In Financial Management and Capital Markets, for instance, this city leads all other cities by miles. It is streets ahead. You just do not have a choice. If your job change is bound to be in Mumbai, grab the opportunity and make it. Never ever hesitate. You can even be a married bachelor in Mumbai and several organizations welcome such a move, even if you negotiate such a deal during the interview.
Be polite and do not snub interviewers This is another vital aspect of life. In the interview, you need to maintain a very calm exterior, even when faced with the most provocative questions. There are interviewers who would try to expose their depth of knowledge and corner you for whatever reason. You should stay calm and not try to snub the interviewers. This might be a very natural reaction and this is often related to your ego. Please do note that ego displays at any point in time, during the interview is just not in order. At least two guys sitting on the opposite side of the table might be more experienced than you and would know far more than what you know. It is always a fact of life that when you are in a position of strength the interview itself will be an attempt to somehow pull you inside their organization. This happens in a one-to-one interaction and will center around the job description, the freedom, and the money. This holds good only for very senior positions. Even at the General Manager level, you are likely to be grilled by Directors and sometimes Executive Directors who would have three decades of experience.
Always be prepared for "other relevant" questions Picture this. You are being interviewed for a Management Trainee position and you are from a second grade B school. Your MBA is okay, but the test of your readiness will come from what you know. Expect questions on GST. Expect questions on the state of the economy, industrial growth, investment in agriculture and so on. Never think that this is not what you did not study at college. If you think so, you are already out of the game. This holds good for experienced candidates. You would do well to make friends with the Finance guy and learn the basics of how GST is calculated and its wider implications. Your organization is unlikely to smell a rat because they would tend to think that you are showing interest in learning something new. Grab the opportunity and document the learning. Once done, do not discuss that with anyone and be prepared for the interview. This is the surest way of succeeding in today's hyper-competitive situations. If you tend to think that you are not so smart, you will always be. The trick is to become street smart at any point in time. All the very best for your interview.
Conclusion The interview is a test of your skill, your behavioral disposition, and your attitude. Get prepared for it in the right manner and some points discussed above will help you to a large extent. You just do not have any choice. Today, competencies are the main focus of most games.
All the very best.
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A nice article from the author. Using his experience as an HR person the author gave very good points and the article will be very useful to the fresh people who are going for the interviews.
How you behave and How you answer the questions is more important to be successful in the interviews. One should be confident and the answers should be precise. One should answer the question in such a way the next question of what they are going to be asked will easily be predicted by you. This is an art where the candidate can direct the interview in the way he wanted rather than leaving it to the other side. If the question is new to us and if we don't know the answer, it is best to say that you are not aware. There is no rule that one should know all the questions that are being asked. But telling I don't know for all the questions is also not correct. Many companies will try to see how you are committed to your job. So many questions will come on the experience you have and you should be well prepared for answering those questions.
A very detailed article on the interview. It will be a good thing for freshers as well as an experienced person who is looking for a job change. Very good knowledge of the interviewers - I think the writer is an HR person.
Thank you. I was a Senior Manager HR in different organizations for thirty years. Everything is based on experience. I still have miles to go.
The interview is a process where the aspirant potential is truly revealed by each member of the interview panel. To extract the familiarity with the topics being asked by the interviewers, different tricks are adopted by the experts. They may confuse you with some wrong figures in terms of profit of an organization or even the additives of medicines of a particular brand may be misquoted to assess the correct answer from the aspirants. To be courteous is something else but the candidate must react in such an unusual situation initiating the response with - Sorry Sir and should put his comment with a rational answer.
To sum up, they would watch you how tactfully you are responding and in the course of the response, you don't lose your temperament. They would even like to know how far you are ready to tackle the situation in the hours of crisis. Hence the presence of mind is the essential criteria to win the success. However, one thing must be borne in the mind that prior to attending an interview, the product of such an organization, it's productivity, it's supply chain management, profitability, etc has been fully updated by the aspirant.