TOP 5 Strategies to Crack any Interview

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What’s the first feeling you get, when you get an interview scheduled? In 99% cases, it is always something like:

‘Don’t know what it is going to be… Not sure what would they ask…Who knows what the process is… Don’t know whom will I am meet….’

Well, all such thoughts fit under just one umbrella: ‘Uncertainty’. But actually, if worked out, it is not too difficult to get the answers of MOST if not all. There are ways to find out the answers and make things certain. We call them ‘Strategies’ to crack any interview, in any domain :

# 1. Know the Time, place and duration of the interview

Knowing this can instantly tell you how the first interview will look like. If it is not open, you would get a time window and that gives a very fair idea about it. Based on your domain, you can figure out how many questions can be covered in that time period. For example – Half a day booked for interview would mean to cover almost everything in your domain up to a great extent.

# 2. Know the Interviewer

You would always have the name of the interviewer (s) as the interview would set up. It helps a lot if you know the names, experience, title and work of the Interviewers in advance. Best way to do that is visiting the LinkedIn profile and you would most of information there. In case you have not been told by consultant or HR, you can ask them and get the name.

# 3. Know the Organization itself

Go to the company website and read about it. It really helps in various ways. In 99% cases people are interested to know why do you really want to join that organization. So this helps in making an answer around the facts.

# 4. Google about the selection process of the organization

Most of the large organizations follow a standard process which hardly varies for any of the positions. Many people write blogs or sections which cover the interview process and level of complexity both.

# 5. Read the Job Specs very carefully

Take out the topics which are there in your profile/resume, as those are the ones you would be expected to show your knowledge. So never ever miss reading the job spec and use it as a tool to brush up your skills on the topics mentioned there.

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With just above steps followed, you would have fair idea what’s going to happen actually. And then, be prepared to crack it really with the Action Plan :

Be confident and wear positive attitude. Without this, even the most knowledgeable and technical person can fail. So believe in yourself and your skills. Take everything positively and respond accordingly.

Interact. In most of the interviews, questions come just from one side leaving no scope of interaction so that it can be called a ‘discussion’. But it is very important and only up to the interviewee to make it sound like an interaction. Even when answering the technical questions, the attempt should be to show that you are talking rather than just ‘answering’ the question.

Be Honest and Fair. Often the job requirement needs expertise on many of the areas but we are skilled with only one or two of them. But that does not mean you are less anywhere. The very reason of your interview schedule is that your only one or two areas are good enough to fulfill the need and rest can be worked on. So be honest when the interviewer comes to the topics you have no idea on.

Be Clever. To add to the above point, if you already know the other topics which are needed for this job, just read the concepts of them( if nothing more). That would help you to comment that ‘I understand the usage and need of topic as it helps here and there…’ This shows that you are interested and leaves an impression to them that despite of the fact you have no knowledge, you understand the concepts and have willingness to learn.

Dress to impress. It works like anything. Many a times, people just like you by looking at your personality. Specially, all the non technical interviews are cracked 50% if you dress up well, look professional and confident.

No one in the technical world is perfect today considering the evolving technologies every day. Every single day there is something which is new out there. So having limited knowledge in technical skills is Okay but not having zeal to learn & grow can make you fail any where.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. That’s a great post Shalini. Great going..

    Sharing something from my personal experience- things that I also do from research and preparedness perspective is to read through the media/news articles of how the company has been in news recently- M&A plans, expansion, outsourcing, changing leadership team etc are good things to know about the company.

    Additionally most of the interviewers ask you at the end- “Do you have any questions for us”. It is always to be prepaed to ask a relevant and intelligent question. Research about company and detailed JD could help you here. For example, if you are interviewing for a role that may be impacted by something you read, it is good question to ask about implications in short and long term. This shows your interest in the company and the role.

    Thanks
    Suman

    • Hi Suman,

      These are 2 interesting and very crucial points you have added here. Absolutely agree on both :

      – Gather information about the company from different sources
      – Keep your questions ready to answer the question ‘Do you have any questions for us’ 🙂

      Thanks,
      Shalini

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