V.Raghunathan
Process Industry Consultant / Soft Skill
Abedeen7
Assistant Manager Human Resources
+1 Other

We all have faced interviews many times and for entry or mid level interviewers spend ten to fifteen minutes with a candidate. Can a candidate potential and skills be judged in this short time? I personally have attended many interviews and have conducted many interviews also.

I would like to share my experiences as a candidate. At the beginning we are not so comfortable with the interviewer. There may be many reasons as the environment is hostile and the interviewers are aliens to us. Generally we take time get familiar with the people and environment. We have a feeling that interviewers know everything and we may not know all. Sometimes we got scared because of failure; what will happen if we don’t get selected. Success rate is higher when we are continuing in a job as there is nothing to lose more.

Then how to click interviews is one of the most searched items in Google. Few things that have helped me and all are proper grooming with professional attire, as first impression lasts long. Be positive and confident but sometime over confidence can cost us heavily. Honesty is the biggest asset a candidate has and is appreciated by employers so try to be honest. Looking in the eyes of the interviewers will work. Communication to be short and precise means candidate’s reply should be to the point. Communication is very vital and we need to have excellent communication skills in English. Feedback from interviewers will help us in next interview so don’t miss out asking for the feedback. Nothing is impossible if we try.

I would request our seniors to add their valuable views to make it more effective. Correct me if I am wrong and would be more than happy to learn.
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If reading so much content on succeeding in interviews available in both electronic/internet and print media enables a candidate to succeed, then he should succeed in every interview he attends. That is not to be so in reality. Almost every aspiring candidate must have read it.You may find most people coming well dressed.in suits and tie for interviews.Most of them must also have been well articulated also.Even some of them behave in such a way that his selection is a certainty and this interview is only a ritual. Sometimes you might also find this posturing,intimidating to other candidates also and the not so confident among the aspirants for job, might be developing some complex also by such posturing. At the end of the interview, when the panel announces the list of candidates shortlisted for further process, you might be surprised to see names of some unassuming people in it while the so vocal missing.What happens in the interview room is different.What they see is whether you are some one who has the knowledge and skill to meet their needs.So you need to understand the job profile thoroughly and know about the company thoroughly and check whether you have what they want to have..

At the interview venue, I often found that some aspiring candidates anxiously gathering around a candidate who just came out of the interview room to get the feed back and that candidate might reel off some questions asked to him and also might pass judgment often negative, about some members of panel.After hearing the feed back, people often get restless searching for proper replies for the questions asked to him and must also be thinking of strategies to counter the not so friendly members of the panel.This anxiety may trip the candidates off balance.Normally the panel does not ask the same questions for all candidates.The questions vary as per candidate's own profile Therefore I do not encourage this practice. Be relaxed and be sure of your profile.Of course it is important to look decently dressed. If you are not comfortable in suit, wear a tie only.So far as communication skill is concerned, do not unusually exert pressure to be too fluent. Communication does not mean being bombastic or sounding jargon or talkative.Express in simple words and clearly.There is no harm to take the help of Hindi or your mother tongue or the language known to the panel, if you are stuck in English as the panel knows that one can be best communicative in his mother tongue or Hindi at the work place an dafter all what is more important is that the work is not stuck for them for wrong communication.

B.Saikumar


Dear Abedeen,

Thank you for raising an interesting and ever green topic about attending interviews.

About attire, grooming and fluency in communication, diverging opinions exist.

While an old adage goes Do not judge a book by its cover,

IMAGE consultants are of the firm belief that you need to create a good impression in about thirty seconds!

In reality it does take time to correctly judge a persons ability and suitability. You have been very generous in saying that we get about fifteen minutes and lament that period is less. However in my personal experience after you get all the approvals and start recruiting at the eleventh hour {close to the completion of a project construction and the pressure to commence manufacturing} even fifteen minutes are an ill-affordable luxury! Certainly we would not be doing full justice, but we mostly err on the right side. One or two wrong selections do make us think otherwise, in retrospect.

As you recruit a person, we can say that the time spent to recruit increases as we go up the hierarchical ladder. So you give less time to first level manager/ trainees, some more time for middle level and the most for the top management. This of course pre supposes that the initial screening has been done well to meet the obvious requirements.

Certain organizations like BARC used to give as much as 40 minutes to one hour for entry level graduate engineers. In some companies three rounds of interviews at different levels each consuming about 10 to 15 minutes per person is also in vogue.

V.Raghunathan
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