How to Crack an Interview in 2021

—-How to Crack an Interview—–




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  •  Summary


# What is an Interview? 

The interview is a widely used process for screening applicants for jobs.

It provides the most direct information about a candidate, his/her skills, background, and personality type.


According to Gary Dessler, “An interview is a procedure designed to obtain information from a person’s oral response to oral inquiries.”


According to Bovee and Thill, “An interview is any planned conversation with a specific purpose involving two or more people.


#  Interview Process Before the Interview

Preparation for a Job Interview

Every interview is an experience of learning which takes place during the preparation. It is useful for the interview you are appearing for.


The initial preparation requires a thorough investigation of skills, accomplishments, expertise, and interests.


The interview preparation includes 4 Ps:

  • Prepare
  • Practice
  • Present
  • Participate.


#  Interview Process Before the Interview

Preparing for a Job Interview


Preparation for an effective interview includes:

  • A good assessment of yourself
  • Researching about the organization
  • Updating your resume
  • Preparing a list of commonly asked questions
  • Understanding the venue details


#  Interview Process Before the Interview

Do’s before an Interview 

  • Dress appropriately as per the corporate setting.
  • Take care of personal grooming and cleanliness.
  • Reach 10-15 minutes early.
  • Be sure about the interview time and location, find out how long it takes to get there


#  Interview Process – Before the Interview

Don’ts before an Interview 

  • Don’t stay up late at night.
  • Don’t overeat or have carbonated soft drinks.
  • Don’t hold negative thoughts of not being selected.
  • Don’t feel nervous.
  • Don’t forget to be courteous to everybody.


#  Interview Process

Men’s Interview Attire

  • Suit (solid color – navy or dark grey) formal black trouser and full sleeve shirt
  • Long-sleeved shirt (white coordinated with the suit) Black/ brown matching belt
  • With or without a tie
  • Dark socks, conservative leather shoes
  • Little or no jewelry
  • Neat hairstyle Minimal aftershave
  • Neatly trimmed nails
  • Document file or briefcase

Women’s Interview Attire

  • Suit (navy, black or dark grey), Sober salwar kameez, Saree (Indian attire) The suit skirt should be long enough to enable you to sit down comfortably
  • Coordinated blouse
  • Conservative shoes
  • Limited jewelry (no dangling earrings or arms full of bracelets)
  • Neat hairstyle Light make-up and perfume
  • Neatly manicured clean nails
  • Portfolio or briefcase


#  Interview Process – During the Interview

Do’s of an Interview

  • Treat everybody with courtesy and respect.
  • Greet everybody
  • Be ready for a handshake.
  • Be an attentive listener in order to
  • understand questions.
  • Address the interviewer as Sir/Ma’am.
  • Maintain good eye contact throughout the interview.
  • Be alert and sit straight in your seat.
  • Respond to questions warmly and with specific examples



#  Interview Process – During the Interview

Do’s of an Interview

  • Ask for clarification if you don’t understand a question.
  • Be brief and concise in your response.
  • Use formal words and expressions and appropriate grammar.
  • Display your interest in the employer and the job you are being interviewed for.
  • Reply to the questions in a positive manner.
  • Keep your tone polite yet firm.
  • Take time to respond to a situation.
  • Show your enthusiasm.


#  Interview Process – During the Interview

Don’ts of an Interview

  • Don’t take a seat until you are offered one.
  • Don’t slouch and fidget.
  • Don’t talk negatively about previous employers or managers.
  • Don’t show a lack of interest during the interview.
  • Don’t give the impression that you are only interested in money or salary


#  Interview Process – During the Interview

Don’ts of an Interview

  • Don’t be rude and imprudent; say no politely.
  • Don’t use slang and minimize the use of fillers like okay, you know, etc.
  • Don’t chew gum.
  • Don’t smell of sweat
  • Don’t keep your mobile on during the interview.
  • Don’t leave in a hurry.

#  Interview Process – After the Interview

Negotiation Skills


  • The main purpose of negotiating is to get closer to your objectives. As people say,
  • “Negotiation is all about a win-win situation.”
  • Techniques required to be a good negotiator:
  • Put yourself in the other person’s shoes and consider how they would react to your proposals.
  • Do not stick to a specific point of negotiation.
  • Follow different styles and mannerisms to negotiate.
  • Be comfortable in whatever style you choose.
  • Be calm, relaxed, and focused.


#  Interview Process – After the Interview

How to handle negotiation responses?


Tips to handle responses:

  • After getting a response from the other party
  • Do not feel obliged to respond immediately; take time, ask for clarifications, if required.
  • Write down the keynotes/points, if required.
  • Evaluate the given proposal and compare it with what you have proposed.
  • Discuss the responses in detail.


#  Interview Process – After the Interview

How to handle negotiation responses?


  • Tips to handle responses Share your feedback on the terms offered.
  • Talk about the inconsistencies, if any.
  • Give suggestions on how things can move closer to your objectives.
  • Negotiate in a calm but firm way and don’t
  • forget to be polite.
  • Settle the things if it is agreeable to you.
  • Always have a written agreement to avoid disputes in future.
  • Always conclude on good terms.
  • Give a positive response for continuing correspondence.


#  Tell me something about yourself!


  • Be brief while responding.
  • Don’t include life history nor irrelevant details.
  • Talk about relevant work experience, achievements, and expertise.
  • Show your interest in joining.
  • A brief of your career objectives should be given.
  • Talk about your strengths and skills that you have to offer to them.


#  Tell me something about yourself!


  • Start with a greeting, for instance: Good morning or Hello everyone!, depending on whom you are speaking to.
  • Then introduce yourself by saying “My name is or, I am(your name)”.
  • Never say myself (name).
  • Talk about your academic qualifications, for e.g. I have completed my Bachelor’s Degree in Science from Maharashtra University.
  • If you have achieved a First class or distinction, please mention it. If you have higher academic achievements after bachelor’s, then mention it first.
  • After that speak about your technical skills; if you have any special skills, awards, and any certification(s) then you may talk about those.
  • If you have work experience, draft a career summary and mention it here


#  Tell me something about yourself!

  • Mention any projects or special assignments that you are proud of.
  • Talk about your goals and objectives.
  • Strengths and weaknesses can be mentioned in a diplomatic way).
  • Most companies do not expect/encourage too much personal information.
  • Thank politely and end the conversation gracefully (be ready for questions)


#  Why should we hire you?

  • Talk about your best qualifications and experience.
  • Talk about how you can be an asset to the company.
  • Talk about how you can produce exceptional results.
  • Talk about your passion for the job profile.
  • Talk about your communication skills and abilities to convince.
  • Talk about how you can be a team player


#  What are your strengths?

  • Make sure that your strengths match the job requirements.
  • Be genuine and accurate.
  • Be brief and concise.
  • Your responses should be relevant to the job.
  • Demonstrate with example


#  What are your weaknesses?

  • While answering this question:
  • Make your response skill related.
  • Make a weakness appear to be a strength.
  • Describe it as an action that needs to improve.


#  What do you know about the organization?

  • Research the company thoroughly.
  • Go through the company websites before going for the interview.
  • Give details about the organization.
  • Talk about the company’s position in the corporate world.
  • Display your knowledge without sounding as though you know all about the organization.

#  What is your career objective?

While answering this question make sure that your answer:

  • It creates an impact.
  • It is a short and targeted statement.
  • It is not more than 3-4 lines.
  • Relates to and matches the job requirement.

#  Where do you see yourself five years down the line?

Make sure your answer:

  • It is a blueprint of your aim.
  • Follow the SMART approach.
  • Is realistic.
  • It is not a threat to the interviewer’s position.


#  Points to remember

  • Be thoroughly prepared.
  • Research the organization.
  • Update your resume.
  • Reach before time.
  • Dress formally.
  • Be polite and courteous to all.
  • Follow the SMART approach while answering.
  • Give brief and concise responses.
  • Be aware of your body language.
  • Leave the interview venue on a positive note.

#  Points to remember

  • Be ready for a handshake.
  • Be sure of what you want to say.
  • Don’t hesitate to negotiate.
  • Avoid using slang.
  • Show your enthusiasm for the job.
  • Avoid tea/coffee if offered.
  • Don’t forget to follow up.

#  Summary

  • In this module, you have learned, The importance of an interview.
  • The skills and expertise an interview requires.
  • The engagement rules of a face-to-face
  • interview.
  • To answer the interview questions effectively.
  • The Dos and Don’ts of an effective interview.
  • To develop a good opening and closing interview strategy.
  • To recognize your strengths and weaknesses.
  • To gather general information about the organization that has called you for an interview.



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