Interview Tips – Job Seekers

Interview Tips

In a recruitment process, an interview is invariably one of the last but most crucial processes. It involves a one to one interaction of the candidates with the prospective employer. Besides giving the interviewer a chance to evaluate your strength and skill, it also gives you an opportunity to understand what to expect from the organization.

No matter how well qualified and articulate one is for a job, there is nothing to replace thorough preparation for the interview. Have a good grip of your strengths and weakness. Know what to talk at the interview and how to handle the situation, if things do not go as planned.

Planning a Strategy

The first step in preparing for an interview is to put together a strategy. Try and analyze that the interviewer would have already reviewed your resume, which provide the hard facts of your employment history and skills. You can make a good impression by reviewing how to bring forth your essential skills.

There is a need to portray sincerely and politely, though enthusiastically your knowledge about the organization and its mission. For instance, it would be good to know the names and positions of key people in the organization, its products/service and key business competitors.


• Keep yourself calm. Often going well prepared is the best way to enhance your confidence.

• Know all about the company, its business. Research the company and interviewer if possible.

• Analyze why you want the job.

• What soft skills do you have to offer the organization? For instance the resume may have shown some concrete examples of skills as a team player, but you need to convince interviewer of your ability to fit within a team.

• Prepare questions you wish to ask about the job or organization.

• Line up reference in advance in case you are asked for them.


• Punctuality is of essence. Arrive well in time for the Appointment.

• Be positive to everyone that you meet at the office, it counts. Be aware of body language, vibes and reactions, as someone might be noticing them.

• Be personable yet professional in your conduct.

• Do not assume that the interviewer knows how to elicit the information he is looking for. Bring it out clearly.

• Answer all questions honestly but in the positive light.

• Take some time to formulate your answers before you speak.

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At the Interview

• Shake hands with the interviewer firmly.

• Appear confident.

• Remember the names of the interviewers.

• Make eye contact when you talk to people and be natural.

• Answer questions honestly. If you mentioned something on your resume, make sure you know about it. If you don’t know much, mention that you have not worked too much detail in the area.

• Ask the interviewers about the company. You are usually given time for this.

• Find out what the advertised job involves so it will enable you to make a fairly quick decision if you are made an offer.

• Thank the interviewers after the interview.

• If you have been interviewing at other companies, it is not unfair to ask when you can expect them to make a decision.

By: Yogesh Pahuja
The author is a practising Consultant and Trainer with 14 years of experience and can be reached on

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  • seema

    respected sir

    gr8 article and very helpful



  • i want to know more about interview how i will face interview and which type of factor should i consider for facing the interview

  • srividhya

    resp sir,

    the questions and the guidelines provided by this session is very useful



  • Respected sir,

    In interview ,if the interviewer ask quiestion like why you choose hr? then what i have to answer.


    respected sir,

    i would like to know the questions asked in the IAS interview and their correct answers

  • archana

    very useful info indeed.

  • misha

    Respected Sir,

    Tips given by u are really valuable and will definitely going to help me a lot.Thank u very much.

    Sir i would like to ask u a question that “Definitely companies prefer to have HR executives with a substancial experience but ,to start with what should fresher’s do to have a fast growth and what kind of company and job profile they should opt for in starting?”

    And sir,”What would you say about career for HR in small scale industries?corporate start would be good or SME would be a better option?”

    thank u.


  • tulsi

    its pragmatic , and more factful things, thanks for this

  • Maheswaran

    really a nice helpful tips to understand some basics for the interview

    thanks a lot

  • Venkat

    Dear Sir,

    What type of questionaries ask in HR interviews. I attended few interviews, they ask general questions like tell me about yourself, why u want to leave the job, what value shall we engage you and what u achieved in previous jobs etc., Beside all these, are they any questions to ask them posibile? Becuase i have to prepare well before attend it.

    If there, plz send to my mail


  • nilesh

    Respected sir,

    I want to know when interview ask why are you leaving present job then what is the right answer

  • barkha temle

    Dear Sir,

    Thanks its really very good & helpful for us. but please give me one answer that interviewr ask generally why i keep u over here whats ur qualities




  • jibi

    how to face a bpo interview.

  • gayathri

    respected sir,

    ur tips were really very useful.

    i am a final year mba student with specialisation in hr & systems.i ve planned to take up a job in HR.can u plz help me by giving a clear picture about the questions and answers for a HR interview.



  • harini


    The infos provided here is amazing.we will definitely make use of ur words while v r preparin for the interview.ive got 6+ work exp in the front desk ,since im doin my MBA in HR,when goin for interview for positions like trainee-HR most of the questions ive faced was why uve taken HR instead other specialisations? could u pls help me out like how i should answer for this sort of questions?


    with regards,


  • Ashish Rajwal


    this artical helpful.


    ashish rajwal

  • Rouchelle


    I Am an MBA graduate and at present am working in a consultant firm which consists of around 60 employees. Now since i have sucessfully completed 1 1/2 year in my present job i am looking out for a change and a good break in a good corporate company. But when i attend interviews the one common question is why do you want to get into a company and how will you be able to manage the company environment. Kindly request your help for this question.

  • shady

    i need to know how can i select the right candidate according to the interview assesment.

    also need to know the KPI in interview

  • Prem Kumar

    Hi Yogesh,

    i have one question please help me for this question.

    1.why should we hire u ?

    Please answer this question.

  • Harshit Jhaveri

    Thank you very much for taking your time and going through the trouble of explaining this to us. One cannot quantify the value of your input.

    God Bless You

  • Nandini Detha

    respected sir

    gone thru ur article,its really very useful.sir im a fresh HR cud u plz guide me hw to face my 1st interview & what type of questions i can expect from the interviewer.



  • asad moquim

    PREPARATION/maintain biodata

  • Navneet kaur

    good it is & very helpful

  • dharani


    it would be very useful if you can provide information about how to prepare for the post of HR trainee- fresher… the concepts which has to be made clear …..



  • Respected Sir ,

    In interview ,if the interviewer ask quiestion like why you choose hr? then what i have to answer.

    As i am pursuing my M.P.M 3rd sem and hunting for job. pls reply me .


    Respected Sir,

    I am in mba-2nd sem and have to prepare for the summer training interview in hr.As summer training holds a lot of importance in the placement,i’ll be extremely grateful to u if u kindly tell me how to prepare for it..i need to know what to reply for questions like “about yourself?,why hr?,etc..”

    thanks a lot

  • Riyaz Ahamed

    i really got an usefull by ur words