Tips for Interviews

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You must remember that the best-qualified person does not necessarily get the job. It is one who presents himself / herself confidently, speaks well and sells himself / herself at the interview. And this can be despite the fact that others may have better qualifications and more experience. The person who makes the interviewer believes that he has that extra magic and that the company cannot afford not to have him / her, is the one who will get the job. The extra magic is really preparation. Successful persons will tell you that to succeed there is no substitute for hard work. Similarly for a good interview there is no substitute for preparation.

Employers look for job knowledge. They want to know what you are doing presently because that is what counts. K. Ramachandran - CEO of Philips India Ltd. - believes it to be critical. Pradeep Gidwani differs slightly. "It's not necessarily an absolute must for us. We encourage people with a limited knowledge of our business and categorically recruit from other industries. This brings in an added perspective to our business and it works for us." Adds Harsh Goenka - Chairman of the RPG Groups - "Candidates must desist from making claims of high achievements without giving any supporting data."

One of the problems young graduates and those who are new to the employment scene face is that they do not have any experience. It is useful then to detail the summer projects and part-time jobs one has done and the experience gained.

Many employers look to see how many job switches a person has made. I recollect sitting in to interview a gentleman for a position. When I perused his CV I noticed that he had switched eight jobs in twelve years. This was a senior position and I pointed this to the chairman of the company. He had noticed it too and commented that he would not expect the person to stay for more than a year but wanted to hire him if he was suitable as there was an important project to be completed. The individual was hired and, as expected, he quit after nine months. O.K. Jain - Chairman and President of Luxor Writing Instruments Private Ltd., says… "If the CV shows the candidate has changed too many jobs, that is a problem area for me. Changing jobs may be a way of life, but it takes away the focus from work. It's imperative to work on a particular assignment for at least three-four years." This is echoed by Blossom Kochhar - Managing Director of Blossom Kochhar Beauty Products…. "I really get turned off by two things…. if the bio-data shows that the applicant has changed too many jobs and if the applicant goes on talking of his / her achievements, I can't compromise on quality for these superficial things."

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