In the previous post on Interviews the opening question was emphasized as very important to the success of an interview. I am sharing a few thoughts. Hope it is of some help to the prospective candidate.
This question must be used as an opportunity to make your first impression. The interviewer wants you to settle down and make a decent start. His aim is to relieve you of anxiety and nervousness. What you say at this point can have a significant impact on him. It may help the interviewer to gain some ground to field subsequent questions.
Most candidates come well prepared for the opening question. But do not make a hasty start. A small pause will help you to compose your thoughts. It gives an impression that you think before you speak.
E.g., some interviewer may ask you a series of questions all- together in a deliberate tone and in a clear accent – you’re early background, relationship with your parents, your friends your teachers and which games you liked and school
and college activities.
He wants to test your comprehension, recall ability and how well did you listen to him. So concentrate and give your answers in the same sequence. Be as brief as you can and don’t waste your best points at this stage. Answer fully all the points in the same sequence that you were asked – don’t stop or break the flow even if you cannot remember any one point in the sequence. Move on to the next point
Some interviewer may ask an open-ended question – ‘tell me about yourself’. Reply in brief the three points mentioned in Para above. Do not to repeat resume points as the interviewer has read the same in your resume. Also go easy on your achievements save it for later.
Lastly remember a seasoned interviewer wants to be friends with you! So do make your narration interesting and vibrant. Give the interviewer something to remember you about.
Wish you all the best 🙂