• Interview Preparation: Strategy for Success

    Posted on October 4, 2012 by in Desktop Engineering, MSI Interview Q’s

    The following are Frequently Asked Questions during an interview:

    S No.

    Points

    TO DO

    1

    Capitalize On Your Conversation A good phone interview, regardless of the title of the person interviewing you, should flow like a conversation between two colleagues that respect each other. It is simply an opportunity for two professionals to exchange ideas.

    Take an active role in gathering enough information by asking open-ended questions which prompt the interviewer to share information about the job and company so you can make a well-informed career decision.

    2

     Break the Ice: Open Communication and Get ComfortableAssert yourself during the first 10 minutes.  Since the interviewer will have your resume, but you know very little about them, you must take the initiative to Establish Rapport and Find Common Ground by asking a few simple open-ended questions such as:o How long have you been working here?
    o Where were you working previously?
    o How do you like working for this company?
    o What initially attracted you to this company?
    o What has kept your interest since you’ve arrived?


    The answers to these questions will also enable you to evaluate how excited each person you meet is about working in this company.

    3

     Explain Your Achievements: Be Specific and DirectMake sure you understand a question before you answer.

     Respond by explaining:o What you’ve accomplished, what technology was used, what challenges you’ve faced and what you’ve learned.
    This allows the interviewer to observe how proficient you are and how well you communicate.

    If you don’t know the answer to a question, admit it. Then attempt an educated guess.
    o An intelligent guess will demonstrate how resourceful you can be. Everyone likes someone who can think independently and is willing to take a risk.
    o If you just blindly guess and give them a wrong answer, you’ll look silly. If you let them know ahead of time that you are unsure of the answer and you are going to take an educated guess, even if your answer is wrong, they can at least observe your thought process and problem-solving skills and see how you arrived at your conclusion.

    4

     Ask Questions: Show Interest and Gather InformationGetting Information will make a positive impression and enable you to be decisive. Three important questions are:o What have some of the successful business plans or strategies been during the past 6 months to a year?
    o What are some of the current plans or strategies?
    o What is on the drawing board in the future?


    This will help you understand how projects and this company have evolved.
    It will also enable you to explain exactly what you’ve done in your career that is either similar or relative to what they have been doing.
    o The more you have in common with them, the more valuable you become to them.

    5

     Inquire About Your Future: Get the FactsInterviewers will ask about your short-term and long-term career goals to see if they align with the business plans of a particular group or of the company. o Respond by saying: “I see myself growing professionally and technically in several ways.”o Then reply with this question to gain an advantage: “How do you see me (use your name here, it makes an impact) in this role and what opportunities will there for me to grow?”
    This approach will enable you to Get the Facts about your role and the career path to expect so you can make an informed decision.

    6

    Express Interest: Make It ClearInterviewers aren’t mind readers.  If you’re interested in the job, say it and explain why you should be consideredo “I’m very interested in this opportunity.”
    o “I’m sure a can make an immediate and a long-term contribution because:
    *** Then state again exactly what you’ve done in your career that is either similar or relative to what they have been doing so that it becomes clear why you can be an asset.
    o “I would like to move forward. What is our next step?”

    7

     Never Negotiate Salary

     If you are asked about salary expectations, it is in your best interest to state what your current compensation package includes and then say:

    o “I am looking for an opportunity which will challenge me and enable be to enhance my career. I am sure that if we agree that this opportunity is suitable for me we can reach a mutually beneficial decision about compensation.”


    This is a better approach than simply stating a desired salary range because:
    o If you are perceived more valuable to the company than the range you give, you’ve sold yourself short.
    o If the range you’ve given is higher than what the company initially perceives your value, then you’ve disqualified yourself.


    But, if you allow us to inquire about how the company ranks your strengths against other candidates we can negotiate the best possible compensation package for you.
    o Remember, our compensation is tied directly to yours because we are paid a percentage of your annual compensation. So, the better we do for you, the better we do for ourselves and our company. We have a vested interest in getting you the best offer possible.


    8

    Give Immediate Feedback: Keep Communication Open  Clients call us shortly after you depart to get feedback so they can streamline their interviewing process.o If you haven’t contacted vendor immediately after your conversation, your vendor can’t provide feedback on your behalf which can be perceived as your lack of interest.
    o Additionally, the information you’ve gathered will be fresh in your mind, so your vendor can help you interpret what you’ve gathered before your memory fades.
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