16 Jun 2011, 2:08pm

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Feeling worried about the interview – Follow these simple steps

You have an interview very soon and you feel constantly worried about what the interviewer is going to ask you. You feel you don’t know anything. You don’t feel confident about answering even the simplest of questions.  A lot of times you think that interviewer can ask us so many questions. You wonder what to prepare and what not to prepare.

It is quite normal for us to feel anxious about the interview as we feel really in need of that job or position.The following structured way of preparation will ease your nerves and allow you to put your interview preparation on the fast track.

Start by researching the following three three things:

1. Yourself

Do a quick analysis of yourself: list down your major achievements, your strengths, your work experience, your interests, etc.  

2. Organization you are interviewing with

Once you are done with your self-analysis, analyze the organization. Check out their website, and read about them. Read the about us page and get a thorough understanding of their mission, vision, and values.  After that read about their products and how they are doing in the market.  Try and talk to someone working in the same organization, and ask him about the organization, what is the work culture like, how is the performance evaluated etc.

3. Position you are interviewing for

Understand the position very clearly. Understand the roles and responsibilities.  What is the daily work schedule like. Talk to someone in the same position working with the same or a different organization. Ask him a few questions about the role and get a clearer understanding of the responsibilities and expectations.

Once you are done with the research. You are ready to answer the two most important questions that are asked in any behavioral interviews.

Question 1: Why do you want to join our organization?

In the answer to this question, you need to connect your own values and mission in life with the values and mission of the organization. Tell them how the work that the organization is doing resonates with you. 

Here the interviewer is trying to assess what you know about their organization and are you there just looking for a job or have made a well thought out decision based on your values and aspirations.

Question 2: Why do you want to work in this position?

In the answer to this question, you must match the skills required for the position with the achievements that you have had in the past. You may want to give illustrative examples of how passionate you are about the subject matter, by telling them about the work you have done in the past.

Here the interviewer is trying to know how much you know about the position, its roles and responsibilities, and why do you think you will perform well in this position.  

A lot of other commonly asked questions will get answered with this research and questions preparation, e.g. If he asks “tell me about yourself”, you can give a quick overview of your major salient points related to the position and the organization. For every question try to connect yourself with the position and the organization.

In summary, in order to prepare for the behavioral interviews you need to know about Yourself, the Organization, and the position that you are interviewing for thoroughly.  Also, you need to be able to make a strong connection between yourself and the organization, and also yourself and the position.

Wish you all the very best for your upcoming interviews.

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Whether you get the job you want really depends on your answers during the interview, even so during this economic crisis!


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