5 Golden rules to prepare for an interview

Know the rules prism

Each one of you must have thought about the ideal way to prepare for an interview.:

Prism HRC brings you 5 golden rules that you should follow before appearing for any interview:

  1. What you have learned – Involves your education and subject matter knowledge. 
  • All that you have studied till date, whether at school, college or any institute, will enable the interviewer to understand your interests, learning and skill-set that can be expected of you.
  • Ensure that you have good subject knowledge and more importantly, be strong with basic concepts in the field of your expertise.
  • For instance, if you’re a Chartered Accountant and heading for an interview for a taxation profile, it’s highly possible that the interviewer may ask questions related to concepts you might have studied long back in junior college. So be prepared to face such questions.
  1. What you have done – Involves your practical exposure on field
  • Describe how your past work preps you for the new role. Be specific about your skills and experience.
  • How you executed tasks given to you, what challenges you faced while executing them and how you handled them, the qualities that you discovered   about yourself while executing these tasks are some of the most important questions you should be prepared to answer.
  • If you’re a fresher, prepare to answer questions related to any projects you handled in your college days or any internship that you have done.
  1. Understanding the JD (Job Description)
  • It wouldn’t be inappropriate to ask the recruiter to share the JD with you before the interview. Start thorough preparation for each and every point mentioned in the JD.
  • Just in case you’re clueless about any point or topic, research about it from your colleagues or the internet but make sure you don’t leave any point.
  1. Research about the company and interviewer
  • It’s important to know where you are going and who is going to interview you. Glance through the company’s business description, about us section, research and achievements, market position and annual reports, if available. Know why you wish to join the company.
  • Ask the recruiter for the name of the interviewer before the interview. Go through the interviewer’s LinkedIn profile to understand his background which may help you seek a common ground during the interview process.
  1. Responding to HR interview questions
  • While responding to questions like why are you looking for a new job, what salary are you expecting, justification for the hike you are asking, how long do you propose to stay in this job, what are your career aspirations and expectations from the company, keep your answers brief and to the point.

We are sure if you follow the above rules, you will equip yourself to crack the toughest of interviews.

All the best!!!

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Author: Nikhil Vaidya (Director, Prism HRC)