Pramod Rao - Chairman and Managing Director – Zicom
Regarding education, if the person is first on the merit list, it would be a point to note.
I do look at education or family background. But do not put too much emphasis on them.
I look at the applicant’s confidence, poise and the ability to deliver.
I am put off by candidates who brag about themselves or who are very academic.
Priti Paul - Apeejay Group
Grooming is important. But it depends on the position they are seeking. It’s critical for a front office job and not so important for a back office post.
Clothes should be smart but understated. The attitude must b positive. Speech must be confident but not cocky.
Being punctual to the interview is essential. Unfortunately, this is not an Indian quality.
The applicant’s education and experience should be relevant to the job. The family background is important.
I am annoyed if references do not check out or if a person is only motivated by money.
Sandra Martyres -Chief Operating Officer - Societe Generate India
When a candidate comes for an interview, I try to be as open-minded as possible. I try to avoid preconceived judgements based on his/her dress, mannerisms etc. That being said, it is always more pleasant and less difficult for the interviewer if the candidate keeps in mind the following before attending an interview.
Try to find out as much as you can about the prospective employer before attending the interview (the Internet is a good start). This preliminary research will give you a fair idea about the type of company you are looking at. You can accordingly dress appropriately. A well-groomed person always creates a favourable first impression as against one with an untidy/careless look. Keep in mind the job you are applying for. A tie is recommended for roost white-collar jobs. Ladies should wear simple but smart clothes. Depending on the company, you can choose between Indian and Western clothes. Generally, dressing
conservatively is recommended.
Greet the interviewer with a smile and a confident handshake. Very often a limp or weak handshake is considered to be the sign of a weak personality.
Speak audibly and clearly. Avoid chewing your words and talking fast. This will help you get your point across.
I get turned off by two things - if the bio-data shows the applicant has changed too many jobs and if he/she goes on talking about his/her achievements. I can’t compromise on quality for these superficial things.
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