‘Hijack’ an Interview By Shantanu Prasad

Some serious homework is required if one wants to perform better in an interview.

With the placement season in the offing…

Out of the several interview types, one is a structured interview in which an interviewer has predetermined subjects on which he asks questions. He has a written description about the experience, skills and traits, which are required for the organization. The interviewer compares the talent based on the response to what is required. So it is essential to acquire and assimilate knowledge about the organization, work-culture, product-portfolio, competitors, customers, and above all related issues and skills required for the particular job-profile. In an unstructured interview, the interviewer may ask anything that appeals to him at that point of time.

Be ready

Students are supposed to be mentally ready for facing such a situation. It’s better to undergo such kind of mock interviews with the help of faculty members and class-mates, because practice can help inculcate the perfection that is required. Similarly one should prepare for a stress interview, as one needs to remain composed even if he or she is bombarded with questions, which could cause stress.

The interviewer judges you not only on the basis of the quality of answers but also on the basis of how one responds. If the preparation is done keeping in mind these three basic types of interviews, one can handle situational interviews as well, in which situations (which may be encountered on-job) are given and the interviewee is supposed to handle the situation.

Apart from conceptual clarity, one should prepare for some general questions like:

  • Tell me about yourself (the closing response of such question play pivotal role as there is higher probability where one closes the next question may be related to the same if that part is related to the industry or skills required.)
  • Where do you want to see yourself 3 years/5years/15 years down the line? (It is advisable to talk about the roles and responsibility instead of only talking about the designation; this means one means it but one needs to do tough homework to know the hierarchy and the responsibilities different organization-wise).
  • What are your achievements?
  • Tell us about the issues which you have faced and resolved.
  • Why should we select you?

Respond effectively

In order to respond effectively, we need a blend of conceptual knowledge and practical orientation, which indicate that the person will not only prove to be a profitable employee, but will also contribute in creating a conducive environment for the organization’s growth and well being.

We may consider a case in point, in management studies; we discuss the issue of attrition rate that the industry faces. We may use this knowledge for responding to a question like; where do you want to see yourself 3 years/5years/15 years down the line?
We may start our answer by saying that I want to grow with your organization and then one can talk about the responsibilities one wants to discharge at different levels.
This may show the concern about the issue the industry faces and hence one may arrive at the solution.

So, let us do our homework to ‘hijack’ any interview and grab the opportunity.

Mr. Shantanu Prasad
Assistant Professor,Marketing