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How to Ace Personal Interview?

Posted on December 29, 2020 by Umer Fayaz  | Academics | Blog

We all work towards finding a dream job that guarantees financial security, growth, and is in sync with our career goals, but only a few manage to crack it in the first attempt. Some of us spend a considerable amount of time in shifting between jobs while others go for advanced courses for upskilling themselves to be eligible for the job of their choice. Whether you’re applying for an entry-level job or a senior position, a personal interview is an integral part of the hiring process. Through interviews, recruiters evaluate an applicant’s candidature for a particular job and in most cases, it’s the deciding factor for getting a job. It is important to leave a lasting impression in an interview to maximize the chances of being hired. Let us now understand how to ace a personal interview.

Know Your Employer

The first step towards preparing for any job interview starts with reading about your potential employer. It is necessary to have a fair idea of the policies, goals, motivation and services of the company you are appearing in an interview for. Not every question asked by the interviewer will be about the company, but most of the important ones will. Once you research about the company, align your skillset and knowledge with the interests of the organization. Be thorough in your research and the best way to do that is to go through the company’s website and social media profiles.

Review the Job Description

Once you have everything that’s there to know about the company, the next step is to give the job description a second read thoroughly. This is the part where most of the questions will be asked from/based on. The interviewer will have to know if your skills match the job description and if you can make a perfect fit for the job role. Prepare beforehand a quick strategy on how will you improve and contribute optimally in the role if given the opportunity. Read more about the skills that are required for the job.

Try Mock Interviews

No matter how good you are and how impeccable skillset you have, if you aren’t able to articulate your responses properly, it won’t work. Interviewers look at your leadership and management skills as equally important as your job specific skills and they frame their questions in a way to test you on all the parameters in shorter span of time, and that is where the real work comes in. Being well prepared and keeping your calm can help a great deal. It is ideal to go for mock interviews with your friends, family or your trainer to attain that.

Dress Appropriately

Every interviewer might not be particular about how you dress but dressing appropriately is important to make a statement that you are serious about this position and you have come prepared. While you research about your company, you should get an idea of how you should dress up for the interview.

Tips to Ace A Personal Interview

Now that you are aware of what all to ensure before coming to the interview, here are a few quick tips to give your best during the interview.

  • Bring all your documents including your resume with you to the interview
  • Sound professional and confident, not arrogant
  • Take charge of the situation but be calm and composed
  • Score a success in first five minutes
  • Allow your interviewer to complete and then take your time to respond
  • Be specific with your examples and avoid confusing statements
  • Ask questions wherever necessary to sound more participative

10 Common Interview Questions

Confidence is the key to ace a personal interview. To give your best, it is advisable to prepare some frequently asked questions in detail and practice them in advance. Here are some of the popular questions asked in an interview.

  1. Why do you want this job?
  2. Out of all the candidates, why should we hire you?
  3. What is your greatest professional achievement?
  4. What are your greatest strengths?
  5. What do you consider to be your weaknesses?
  6. Why do you want to leave your current job?
  7. Describe your dream job
  8. What is your leadership style?
  9. Tell me how you think other people would describe you.
  10. What are the three traits your top performers have in common?

By now you should have familiarized yourself with how to ace a personal interview. Being an important part of any job hiring process, we at Indian School of Business and Finance along with providing global education prepare our students for interviews and that has allowed us to achieve 100% placement results this year as well. All the programmes taught at ISBF receive academic directions from London School of Economics and degrees are awarded by University of London. To explore cutting edge curriculum, visit our programme page.

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