Find a job you love and you’ll never work a day in your life ~ Confucius
MBA grads prepare themselves to ‘face Interviews’ through mock interviews and read the Q&A given in websites. Several good books too are available. They tell you how to dress for success, how to sell yourself and how to answer all the tricky questions. It’s good to practice these and gain confidence. http://www.citehr.com/16678-9-tips-facing-interview.html
However be cautious as your responses may become stereo-typed. It is your originality that is liked by the interviewer. When your responses are spontaneous your chances to be selected are brighter. So all you need to do is remain cool and maintain a smiling demeanor – it helps.
Remember the interview is not a test of factual information. The interviewer can infer your personality from the way you field a question – especially when you do not have the answer. He wants to know the real you – do you have the potential – are you trainable? A good interviewer looks ahead and is not biased by the present.
Remember also that the interviewer forms an impression in the first 20 seconds. Make a friendly polite entry. Just be yourself.
Let’s explore how an interviewer gauges our attributes
The attributes given below are interrelated and complementary.
Do you like traveling and visiting places – curiosity and interest, what success means to you – inspiration and values, name your social and professional networks for exchange of information and knowledge – sociability, which seminars did you attend – future trends – will you take-up assignments overseas? Diversity & global mindset
Indirect questions may be asked on your values and ethics and the way you put across your views will reveal your traits. I once asked an ex Satyam Computer manager on his views on Ramalinga Raju. In his response he did condemn Raju but also took pride in telling me about the superb organizational culture of Satyam under Raju’s and top management leadership.
The answers to other questions too would reveal signs on integrity and values.
Decision making and logic
(a) Will you submit to parents’ choice for a life-partner or decide on your own? Ability to balance respect for parents and independent decision-making
(b) What will you do if not selected? Confidence level
(c) To girls – views on the conflict between career and marriage/family? Maturity and reasoning
Money or donations do not mean much. Instances where you actually helped people in need must be given. The interviewer will surely probe more to confirm by correlating with other responses. So it is better to be frank.
Stress and energy level
Explain how do you cope with stress and give examples. What are your views on work-life balance? What sports or fitness regimen you follow? Your interest in outdoor sports – wellness programs will indicate your energy levels and validate or otherwise the answers to the earlier question on stress. Remember you bearing and posture is important.
The interviewer may put you under stress to probe deeper and assess your stress management strengths. At times an untrained or inexperienced interviewer’s behavior may irritate or he may do it on purpose. You must never lose your cool and come what may – remain calm.
The speed of questions is varied to test your alertness and ability to grasp. Always listen intently and maintain eye contact.
Do you play team games or only individual games? Liveliness and keenness shows you are a pleasant and likeable person shows you to be good team player.
Companies give great importance to leadership
Your general attitude and behavior during the interview and the reactions to the various situations gives a fair idea of your leadership potential. How quickly you settle down and tune-in to the interview shows you adapt easily to new situations. Some candidates continue to be nervous despite interviewer’s effort.
Negatives signs are when the candidate tries to please the interviewer by praising him – or self glorification for small achievements – criticizing others – making excuses.
This confirmed when your answers are original – not stereotyped. Do your ambitions match your character or you like to follow the general trend – what made you choose your MBA specialization?
Brilliant achievements with average intelligence reveal extra effort and determination.
No criticism or negative comments about anyone or anything.
I don’t know anything about this company. You must study and know all the key aspects of the company before appearing for the interview.
At the end the interviewer may ask “do you have any question?” do ask – something about the company and if you really liked something about the interviewer. But not just for the sake of asking.
Very Important – Remember to say the bye with a lovely smile! And that “No one can defeat us unless we first defeat ourselves” ~ Dwight Eisenhower
It will be nice if you share your own experience and views. Thanks,