Life is full of challenges. We
meet many confront in our daily life. When we are at the
stage of entering school/college/university, we face many
hard nut cracking challenges and learn many lessons of
practical life through them. After acquiring graduation/post
graduation, students usually move towards their
specialization or adopt a profession of their choices,
according to their own interest, keeping in view the market
Talents and Skills are the only tools, which could lead an
individual towards the door of success in this challenging
time. To qualify for a professional degree or a job, one
should have strong past educational background along with
integrated multi dimensional skills. It’s of no use
acquiring higher degree without building character,
confidence, and expressive personality.
To meet the challenges of professional life, one has to be
familiar with many skills to grab the attention of an
interviewer, out of which Interview skills are the basic
necessities to meet up the future challenges with success.
Either you are applying for a job or want to qualify an
entrance examination for a professional degree; you should
have to be prepared in advance for an interview. It’s the
only way you through which you can gain the trust of an
interviewer. An interviewer always attempt to decide that
why they should select you? What are the qualities, which
you have and other do not have? How can you benefit their
If you can show your trust, your confidence, your
commitment, and appropriate skills, then you could win a
Interview is a form of oral communication. It’s one to one,
or one to group interaction, where an applicant proves
themselves as a unique person to be the part of an
Remember that interview is always pre-planned and
structured. It’s a formal presentation between an
interviewer and an interviewee.
Only those pass it with flying colours, who are original and
show their interest with confidence and who present
There are many types of interview like Information gathering
interview, appraisal interview, exit interview, hiring
interview, college/ university interview, persuasive
interview, counseling interview and many more. In this
article, we are going to learn about College/ university
entrance and Hiring interview.
Hiring/Entrance Interview is one of the best known and the
most widely experienced type of interview, where an
interviewer is taken by HumanResource Manager/ Educational
To reduce your chances being rejected, here are some basic
professional skills, which will lead you towards the path of
success in your interview.
First of all, prepare your mind in advance, that you are
going to have an interview next morning. Relax yourself and
do not get nervous, tense or tired at any cost.
Before going for an interview,
pre-planned few things:
1. Learn about the company, organization or educational
institution and do some research in advance.
2. Why should you perform an advance research?
3. Simply to develop good answers and to prove yourself
4. What you have to Research?
5. You can gather information about organizational
structure; type of their clients/ students; departments and
its branches; past and present achievements etc.
Simply search yellow pages or ask your friend or family
member/relative who are familiar about organization or you
can collect information through newspapers and websites.
Prepare answers to typical
Practice your answer and never
rote learn it.
Here are few of the sampling
questions, which you can practice in advance.
1. What do you feel about our organization?
2. What are your weaknesses?
3. Why do you want to become a part of our organization?
4. Tell me about your self and about your hobbies.
5. Who is your role model and why?
If you are lucky to know the name of a person, who will
interview you, then memorizes his/her name properly.
Decide what to wear.
Remember to dress simply but elegantly. Dress should be well
ironed without crease. Wear comfortable shoes. remember to
wear basic hosiery. You can even check what management wears
and dress similarly without over kill.
Do not Dress casual or wear Athletic Shoes. Do not spray
lots of cologne or wear lots of jewelry.
Do not wear wrinkled attire or flashing tie.
Prepare your file having your portfolio, educational degree
copies and extra copies of your resume.
Find the proper address in advance, that where are you going
in the morning.
Last but not the least; get a good night sleep.
ON THE DAY OF INTERVIEW
Take a bath. Do not apply heavy makeup. Always carry a purse
or a small handy briefcase with you.
Do carry your portfolio file. Dress effectively. Do not eat
anything containing garlic or onion in your breakfast.
Arrive 15 minutes earlier to show your prompt and
Start it off winner. Offer your hand and give a firm shake,
else greet them with your pleasant smile.
Take a permission to sit on a
Show a positive confident
attitude and introduce yourself.
Don’t get tense. Be comfortable and face the interviewer
Listen to their questions effectively and answer it
Answer every question with confidence. Have a proper eye
contact towards your interviewer. Remember that the
interviewer might be more than one, so keep your eye contact
with every individual interviewer to make them feel unique.
Whatever you want to answer, speak clearly with a normal
tempo voice. Do not shout.
Show your confidence level at every moment of an interview.
Show your certifications or achievements only when they ask
you to show.
Always sit straight. It might help them to analyze your
personality and your traits.
Use the medium of answer, in which you feel comfortable.
Remember to use good grammar and strong vocabulary with
Always clarify your answer. Do not say Yes or No.
Never complains about your past organization or employees.
While giving effective answers. Do not argue and always give
respect to your interviewer. Always keep neutral thinking
and try to mould your answer according to your interviewer
Do not eat chewing gum, while answering questions.
If they give you a chance to ask any query or question, only
ask relevant question.
TRADITIONAL INTERVIEW QUESTIONS
Few of the traditional interview questions, which an
organization might ask are
1. Tell me about yourself (in two minutes).
2. Why do you feel that you will be successful in ...?
3. Why did you decide to interview with our organization?
4. Are you willing to relocate?
5. Tell me about your scholastic record.
6. Tell me about your extra-curricular activities and
7. What are your strengths and weaknesses?
8. Why should we hire you?
9. Why did you choose to become a teacher, nurse,...?
10. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10 years?
11. Why do you want to leave your current job?
With a pleasing smile, say thanks and ask about the next
step in the process. Follow up. Call them if you do not get
a call within a given time frame and dont forget to write a
thank you letter to an organization for taking out their
precious time for your interview.
Few reasons for not getting a job.
Might be you lack oral communication skills or writing
Your inappropriate attitude could also let you down in your
Lack of knowledge about the working world.
Lack of confidence.
Lack of experience.
Lack of motivation.
PRACTICE INTERVIEW SKILLS.
CHIN UP AND GEAR UP FOR YOUR NEXT INTERVIEW !
About the Author:
Munir Moosa Sewani is one of the famous, prominent and
creative names in the field of Education. He is in this
field since 8 years. He is a Teacher Educator and a
Freelance Writer.He is the famous author of award winning
e-book for children, "The MORAL STORIES FOR CHILDREN" and
has also written Biology and Pakistan Studies course book
for Secondary Classes. He has written more than 30 articles
on social, health, educational and cultural issues, which
are Internationally recognized and published in most of the
famous world wide websites, magazines and newspapers.
He is also a Social worker, private tutor, career counselor,
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His future plan is to write dozens of informative books and
articles and to work for education and media also, in order
to develop the sense of understanding many dimensions of
life through his creativity.