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  • Interview Tips
  • Tell me about yourself
  • Resume Preparation
Following are some of the tips to crack interviews

Before going to an interview, Interviewee has to think from the interviewer point of view. With this one can have a rough idea regarding the expectations of the interviewer.

Prepare a good resume, because it reflects the interviewee.

Wear formal shirt( wear pleasant color shirts), trousers and shoes, if requires wear a tie. Wearing formal dress will give you a professional look. Which going to imbibe confidence in you.

Be Punctual to the interview, this always makes a good impression.

Carry all certificates related to academics and also extracurricular activities.

Try to be cool and calm.

Do Extensive research on the company. Well-informed is well begun. So show the initiative of knowing about the company and ask relevant questions to create a good impression of you being seriously interested in working for the company.

You Should be confident on subject knowledge. Follow some of the essential etiquettes like, Knock before entering the interviewer’s cabin and ask for permission to enter. Generally one must wait to be asked to sit instead of going straight ahead and sitting. If you are carrying a bag, it should be kept on the floor beside your chair. Sit comfortably but with your back straight and hands on your lap.

Create impression that you are dynamic in work, and open for learning. It is a very good sign for convincing the interviewer.

Ask relevant and focused questions to learn more about the company and the entry level job. This will prove your interest to the employer. And career opportunities with the company.

Listen carefully and then answer, Don’t rush up with your answers even before the question is uttered fully. Listen carefully and Give answers with tension free mind you may even request clarification on the question if you really want.

Do not discuss about the pay, unless the interviewer asks

During the interview the interviewee should put the smiling face as employers always like people with vibrant personalities. Give shake hand in a firm way. Also maintain eye to eye contact with the interviewers while talking. thank the interviewer when the process comes to an end.

Tips to remember
  • First of all think about What I Want To Hear If I Ask You To Tell Me About Yourself
  • Start with the present and tell why you are well qualified for the position.
  • Best to start with a strong simple statement about yourself (again related to the job
    and type of person they’re looking for) and expand with a synthesized work history
    that shows how miraculously every thing you’ve done up to now has led you to this
    precise moment and prepared you perfectly for this job!
Tell me about yourself
Good morning Sir

First of all I would like to thank you, for giving me an opportunity to introduce my self.

My self Ankitha, I belong from Hyderabad.

I am pursuing my under graduation in Information Technology from CSI Institute of Technology .

I did my Intermediate from State Board with 72% & High school from State Board with 75%.

I like computer, Because In my schooling days, I have scored High marks in that subject compared to Maths, physics.

My Hobbies is playing shuttle, A Passion for music and teaching kids.

My Strength is takes Initiative to work independently, Good leadership skill, Adaptable to any kind of situation in estranged group & Helping tendency.

My Weakness is I am not comfortable, until I finish my work in the given time & over friendly in nature.

My Short term goal is to get the job in reputed company.

My Long term goal is to become more responsible and knowledgeable personality and on respectable position on my company.

That’s all about me!
Thank you very much for giving a great opportunity to introduce myself behind you.

Basic resume preparation tips

The following information is to be presented in a CV in an organized way:

  • Title
  • Career Summary – mostly applicable for the experienced persons.
  • Career objective – mostly applicable for the fresh applicants.
  • Experience
  • Education
  • Additional Information
  • Personal Information
  • Reference
  • Resume Title

    Your name will come first in the title. It should be in ‘bold’ format and in a larger font (avoid using your nick name). Then write your address (your present address where you can receive mails by post), phone number and email address. This portion will be on the center of the page to draw the attention.

  • Career Summary

    This is mostly applicable for the persons having experience more than 4-5 years. State the sectors of your experience in maximum 6 to 7 lines. State in short the achievements of your career (if any).

  • Career Objective

    This section is generally applicable for the fresh candidates or the candidates with little experience (1- 2 years). Mention the immediate goal of your career in this part. Also mention how your experience and potential match with the position you are applying for. Bring up your positive skills for the position. It is important to write your career objective according to the criteria mentioned in the job announcement. Give emphasis on the ways you can make contribution for the company and what is your expectation from the company.

  • Work Experience

    For the experienced candidates, this section should come before the ‘Educational Qualification’ section.

    Things that you should mention in your experience details are as follows:

    • Organization name
    • Designation
    • Time Period – From & To
    • Job Responsibility
    • Special Achievement

    If you have working experience in different positions in a same organization, mention it in different phases.

    State your most recent experience first and then mention one by one your other experiences in the Resume following Chronological Order which is to end with your first experience.

    It is better not to mention experience of short and insignificant experience. Try not to have long gap of time between the jobs.

  • Education & Training

    Education & training part should come before experience part for a fresher. You will mention your degrees in education part with the following information.

    • Name of degree (Such as SSC, HSC, B.Com)
    • Duration of course
    • Name of institutions and board.
    • Year of Examination and date of publishing result (if necessary),
    • Result and achievement (if any)

    You should mention your most recent degree first like your experience part, then mention the other degrees by turn.

    Remember that you should mention ‘appeared’ if the final result is not yet published. Please mention ‘ongoing’ if you are continuing any program. You need not to mention the result of any degree if any of the result is a very poor one. Remember that, it looks odd if you mention the result of one degree and avoid another.

    If you participate in any particular training program that supports your work experience, you should mention it. Mention the training institution, topic and duration of training. You can place the list of training right after the education part.

  • Additional Information

    The information that does not fall in the above mentioned parts but is related with the job must be shown in this part. For example:

    • Professional Achievement
    • Award
    • Language Proficiency
    • Computer skills
    • License, government identity, publications and authorization.
    • Voluntary work etc.
  • Personal information

    You can mention your parent’s name, present and permanent address, religion, traveling places (Country) if any, hobby etc. in this section.

  • Reference

    You should not mention the name of any close relative as referee in reference part. Referees should be the persons who have seen you closely in your student life or working life. You must mention the phone number, address and e-mail (if any) of your referee. It is better to mention two or three persons as referees. It is important to inform your referee that you have mentioned his name as referee in your CV.

  • Do you have any questions for me?

    Always have some questions prepared. Questions prepared where you will be an asset to the organization are good. How soon will I be able to be productive? and What type of projects will I be able to assist on? are examples.

  • Tell me about the most fun you have had on the job.

    Talk about having fun by accomplishing something for the organization.

  • What has been your biggest professional disappointment?

    Be sure that you refer to something that was beyond your control. Show acceptance and no negative feelings.

  • Describe your work ethic.

    Emphasize benefits to the organization. Things like, determination to get the job done and work hard but enjoy your work are good.

  • What position do you prefer on a team working on a project?

    Be honest. If you are comfortable in different roles, point that out.

  • Tell me about a time when you helped resolve a dispute between others.

    Pick a specific incident. Concentrate on your problem solving technique and not the dispute you settled.

  • What qualities do you look for in a boss?

    Be generic and positive. Safe qualities are knowledgeable, a sense of humor, fair, loyal to subordinates and holder of high standards. All bosses think they have these traits.

  • How do you propose to compensate for your lack of experience?

    First, if you have experience that the interviewer does not know about, bring that up: Then, point out (if true) that you are a hard working quick learner.

  • Do you think you are overqualified for this position?

    Regardless of your qualifications, state that you are very well qualified for the position

  • If you were hiring a person for this job, what would you look for?

    Be careful to mention traits that are needed and that you have.

  • Do you have any blind spots?

    Trick question. If you know about blind spots, they are no longer blind spots. Do not reveal any personal areas of concern here. Let them do their own discovery on your bad points. Do not hand it to them.

  • What have you learned from mistakes on the job?

    Here you have to come up with something or you strain credibility. Make it small, well intentioned mistake with a positive lesson learned. An example would be working too far ahead of colleagues on a project and thus throwing coordination off.

  • Describe your management style.

    Try to avoid labels. Some of the more common labels, like progressive, salesman or consensus, can have several meanings or descriptions depending on which management expert you listen to. The situational style is safe, because it says you will manage according to the situation, instead of one size fits all.

  • Are you willing to put the interests of the organization ahead of your own?

    This is a straight loyalty and dedication question. Do not worry about the deep ethical and philosophical implications. Just say yes.

  • Would you be willing to relocate if required?

    You should be clear on this with your family prior to the interview if you think there is a chance it may come up. Do not say yes just to get the job if the real answer is no. This can create a lot of problems later on in your career. Be honest at this point and save yourself future grief.

  • How would you know you were successful on this job?

    Several ways are good measures: You set high standards for yourself and meet them. Your outcomes are a success. Your boss tell you that you are successful

  • Are you willing to work overtime? Nights? Weekends?

    This is up to you. Be totally honest.

  • What motivates you to do your best on the job?

    This is a personal trait that only you can say, but good examples are: Challenge, Achievement, Recognition

  • Do your skills match this job or another job more closely?

    Probably this one. Do not give fuel to the suspicion that you may want another job more than this one.

  • Tell me about your ability to work under pressure.

    You may say that you thrive under certain types of pressure. Give an example that relates to the type of position applied for.

  • What has disappointed you about a job?

    Don’t get trivial or negative. Safe areas are few but can include: Not enough of a challenge. You were laid off in a reduction Company did not win a contract, which would have given you more responsibility.

  • Tell me about a problem you had with a supervisor

    Biggest trap of all. This is a test to see if you will speak ill of your boss. If you fall for it and tell about a problem with a former boss, you may well below the interview right there. Stay positive and develop a poor memory about any trouble with a supervisor.

  • What would your previous supervisor say your strongest point is?

    There are numerous good possibilities: Loyalty, Energy, Positive attitude, Leadership, Team player, Expertise, Initiative, Patience, Hard work, Creativity, Problem solver

  • What is more important to you: the money or the work?

    Money is always important, but the work is the most important. There is no better answer.

  • What kind of person would you refuse to work with?

    Do not be trivial. It would take disloyalty to the organization, violence or lawbreaking to get you to object. Minor objections will label you as a whiner.

  • Why do you think you would do well at this job?

    Give several reasons and include skills, experience and interest.

  • Tell me about your dream job.

    Stay away from a specific job. You cannot win. If you say the job you are contending for is it, you strain credibility. If you say another job is it, you plant the suspicion that you will be dissatisfied with this position if hired. The best is to stay genetic and say something like: A job where I love the work, like the people, can contribute and can’t wait to get to work.

  • . What is your greatest strength?

    Numerous answers are good, just stay positive. A few good examples: Your ability to prioritize, Your problem-solving skills, Your ability to work under pressure, Your ability to focus on projects, Your professional expertise, Your leadership skills, Your positive attitude .

  • What irritates you about co-workers?

    This is a trap question. Think real hard but fail to come up with anything that irritates you. A short statement that you seem to get along with folks is great.

  • Tell me about a suggestion you have made

    Have a good one ready. Be sure and use a suggestion that was accepted and was then considered successful. One related to the type of work applied for is a real plus.

  • Why should we hire you?

    Point out how your assets meet what the organization needs. Do not mention any other candidates to make a comparison.

  • Explain how you would be an asset to this organization

    You should be anxious for this question. It gives you a chance to highlight your best points as they relate to the position being discussed. Give a little advance thought to this relationship.

  • Have you ever been asked to leave a position?

    If you have not, say no. If you have, be honest, brief and avoid saying negative things about the people or organization involved.

  • If you had enough money to retire right now, would you?

    Answer yes if you would. But since you need to work, this is the type of work you prefer. Do not say yes if you do not mean it.

  • What is your philosophy towards work?

    The interviewer is not looking for a long or flowery dissertation here. Do you have strong feelings that the job gets done? Yes. That’s the type of answer that works best here. Short and positive, showing a benefit to the organization.

  • Have you ever had to fire anyone? How did you feel about that?

    This is serious. Do not make light of it or in any way seem like you like to fire people. At the same time, you will do it when it is the right thing to do. When it comes to the organization versus the individual who has created a harmful situation, you will protect the organization. Remember firing is not the same as layoff or reduction in force.

  • How long would you expect to work for us if hired?

    Specifics here are not good. Something like this should work: I’d like it to be a long time. Or As long as we both feel I’m doing a good job.

  • Are you a team player?

    You are, of course, a team player. Be sure to have examples ready. Specifics that show you often perform for the good of the team rather than for yourself are good evidence of your team attitude. Do not brag, just say it in a matter-of-fact tone. This is a key point.

  • What kind of salary do you need?

    A loaded question. A nasty little game that you will probably lose if you answer first. So, do not answer it. Instead, say something like, That’s a tough question. Can you tell me the range for this position? In most cases, the interviewer, taken off guard, will tell you. If not, say that it can depend on the details of the job. Then give a wide range.

  • Do you know anyone who works for us?

    Be aware of the policy on relatives working for the organization. This can affect your answer even though they asked about friends not relatives. Be careful to mention a friend only if they are well thought of.

  • Why do you want to work for this organization?

    This may take some thought and certainly, should be based on the research you have done on the organization. Sincerity is extremely important here and will easily be sensed. Relate it to your long-term career goals.

  • Are you applying for other jobs?

    Be honest but do not spend a lot of time in this area. Keep the focus on this job and what you can do for this organization. Anything else is a distraction.

  • What have you done to improve your knowledge in the last year?

    Try to include improvement activities that relate to the job. A wide variety of activities can be mentioned as positive self-improvement. Have some good ones handy to mention.

  • What do you know about this organization?

    This question is one reason to do some research on the organization before the interview. Find out where they have been and where they are going. What are the current issues and who are the major players?

  • What do co-workers say about you?

    Be prepared with a quote or two from co-workers. Either a specific statement or a paraphrase will work. Jill Clark, a co-worker at Smith Company, always said I was the hardest workers she had ever known. It is as powerful as Jill having said it at the interview herself.

  • Do you consider yourself successful?

    You should always answer yes and briefly explain why. A good explanation is that you have set goals, and you have met some and are on track to achieve the others.

  • What experience do you have in this field?

    Speak about specifics that relate to the position you are applying for. If you do not have specific experience, get as close as you can.

  • Why did you leave your last job?

    Stay positive regardless of the circumstances. Never refer to a major problem with management and never speak ill of supervisors, co-workers or the organization. If you do, you will be the one looking bad. Keep smiling and talk about leaving for a positive reason such as an opportunity, a chance to do something special or other forward-looking reasons.

  • Tell me about yourself

    The most often asked question in interviews. You need to have a short statement prepared in your mind. Be careful that it does not sound rehearsed. Limit it to work-related items unless instructed otherwise. Talk about things you have done and jobs you have held that relate to the position you are interviewing for. Start with the item farthest back and work up to the present.

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