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Personal Interview: Cracking The Code

What The Article Is All About:
You have done all your home work for the Interview very well. Chandrasekhar Singh tells what to do once you are inside the Interview room.

In this article we focus on the ‘in-room process’ and under stand the secret of walking out as a winner.

Pleasant Disposition
There is no better way of beginning the interview process than with a warm greeting to the panelists. The breaking of ice could happen quite effectively through a sunny disposition that you carry into the room.

Leading the Interview
Typically, any interview starts with an open-ended question about you such as, “Tell me/us about yourself.” The interviewer is keen to know a little about you. Also, this is the time he is going to pick up basic data about you and give a direction to the process. This is a golden opportunity that has to be grabbed with both hands by you. To do that, you must be clear about your strengths, weaknesses, career goals, the reasons for your interest in the organization and how you can make a difference to the company.

Communication Skills
Most ‘remarkably good’ interviewees that I have come across have always been keen listeners. A keen listener has a still mind with no ‘turbulence’ and is not unduly concerned about his/her performance. As a result of being an ‘exceptional’ listener, you are able to not just respond appropriately to the interviewer but also to pick up subtle signals that the panel sends through its own body language.

Articulation Skills
As a young manager you must appreciate the difference between what may be termed as ‘up market and jargonful English’ and sound articulation skills. You must be able to articulate the most complex concepts in the most lucid fashion.

Body Language
There is a certain chemistry (positive and negative) in the room with you body. It speaks louder than all that you speak and is irrefutable. If there is dissonance between what you say and what you body says, an experienced interviewer would always rely more on his reading of your body language. Lack of conviction shows very clearly in your body language.

Eye Contact
Another, important sub-component of the body language is the eye contact between two individuals. Do you look straight into the eyes of the interviewers? Or do you give furtive looks? What is your response if a panel member acts ‘unfriendly’? Do you escape eye contact with him or confront him and convey confidence? As you know, a candidate who constantly avoids eye contact with the panel does so for either of the two reasons – not being honest or sheer lack of confidence.

Honesty, At Any Cost
One basic and unquestionable fallout of understanding the body language is the issue of honesty. You cannot orchestrate you body language as per what you are saying. But you can make a strong body language impact by being honest.

Reasoning Skills
Reasoning skills are always seen as very critical to the success of managerial jobs. And as a potential manager, your ability to make decisions based on strong reasoning skills are seen through a microscope in the interview. These could be tested through a variety of questions based on the data provided by you or your bio-data. Any stance taken on an issue without sound reasoning would make you appear opinionated or as one who does not think deep about issues. In fact, in many interviews, you may be given a hypothetical managerial situation and asked to make ‘decisions’ right there.

Confidence Personified
An interviewer is perpetually looking for a silently confident person who has no airs about himself. Assertiveness combined with politeness makes you a sure winner. I am conscious of the fact that this is easier said that done. But there aren’t many challenges in our professional lives for which the above saying is not true.

All the best.

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