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    What do Interviewers look for?

    Subramaniam Balachander

    Assistant Prof. Saveetha University

    Mail to hrtrainingbala@gmail.com

    Call-+91 9487670997

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    mailto:hrtrainingbala@gmail.commailto:hrtrainingbala@gmail.com
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    Road map

    Todays job market

    What interviewers look for

    Successful interviews

    Avoiding the six deadly sins

    Presenting personality

    Ground work for interview

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    Todays job market

    IT

    ITeS/ BPO

    Retail

    Insurance

    Technical Publishing

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    What interviewers look for

    General requirements

    Communication skills

    Articulation of thought

    Presenting opinions

    Stability of thought

    Team skills

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    What interviewers look forcont

    Basic selling and negotiation skills

    Basic etiquette and work standards

    Personality traits

    Presenting self

    Dynamic attitude

    Assertiveness

    Matured behavior

    Emotional stability

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    Attire

    Dress

    Formal

    Accessories

    Footwear

    Tie

    Make up

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    How to dress

    Attract, don't distract

    Wear Winning Armor

    Put Your Best Foot Forward

    Have perfect timing

    Get A-head

    Breathe powerfully

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    Body Talk

    Ostrich's stature

    Presidents posture

    Lions walk

    Command Self Respect

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    Successful interviews

    Avoiding the six deadly sins

    Not listening

    Parroting

    Not taking time

    Diffidence

    Lack of preparation

    Absence of goals

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    Not listening

    Right answers to wrong questions

    Long answers

    Why?

    Nervous

    Known questions vs unprepared answers

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    Parroting

    Self introduction My Name is Strengths and weakness Im a good

    communicator/ Im a very confident

    person I want a challenging job!

    Declaration Above are true to best of

    my .. Why?

    Poor ground work before interview

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    Not taking time

    Immediate responsesSometimes

    even before the interviewer finishes the

    question

    Trying to avoid starting trouble

    Eg: What is probability?

    Probability is..(Long pause)

    No clarification

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    Diffidence

    Buckling under questioning

    Lack of preparation

    Previous bad experience

    Do you have any questions?

    Nothing wrong in asking a question to an

    interviewer

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    Lack of preparation

    What do you know about us?

    Its a multinational organization with anation wide reach

    What is your favourite subject?

    Mathematics but I did that in ISemester

    Dont remember anything

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    Absence of goals

    No career plan or thoughts

    Where do you see yourself.

    I want to learn

    I want to be xyz

    In the same company

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    Presenting personality

    Presenting pleasant

    First impression

    Confidence and self esteem factor

    Physical hygiene

    Attire Dont dress to kill

    Body talkStature, posture and walk

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    Need for groundwork

    A thorough groundwork helps in:

    Identifying skills

    Mapping your skills

    Understanding the growth patterns

    Getting prepared

    Minimize the unknown factor

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    H ll h i i

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    How to tell the interviewer

    that you know about the job?

    i. Opportunity questions

    1. Can you give a grief about yourprevious employment?

    2. What are the key qualities you feel canbe of use to the

    present job you applied for?

    3. What is your functional strength?

    4. How can you add value to the job?

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    ii. Opportunity answers

    Talk about your previous experience in brief. Know about the nuances of the job

    that you have applied for.

    Relate your previous experience to thepresent position applied. If you are afresher, talk about your strengths that canadd value to the job. Example: Your

    patience while handling tough people, Aggressiveness and enthusiasm while

    selling

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    b. What questions to ask?

    i. Work timings if the job is in shifts

    ii. Current clients/projects if the

    respective information is not available onthe internet

    iii. Career path

    iv. Locations/ job postings/ travel

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    Know the job

    Skill requirements

    Opportunity to perform

    Growth patterns

    Industrial standards of pay for the job

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    What ground work to do

    Knowing the organization

    Knowing the job

    Understanding what the job can offer

    you

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    Know the organisation

    Product/ ServiceMain line of business

    Size of the company & reputation/Image

    History, philosophy vision and goals

    Management team, talent and style

    Current problem / issues of the company

    Market demand for product/ services

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    Know the job

    Skill requirements

    Opportunity to perform

    Growth patterns

    Industrial standards of pay for the job

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    How to do the groundwork

    Company website

    The anchor person

    Friends working in the company

    Journals/ magazine/ newspaper companys

    news, general market information

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    Example

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    Example---

    Infosys to hire 12,000 people in Q2, 45,000

    in FY'12----

    PTI Jul 12, 2011, 01.21pm IST MYSORE: Keeping up the hiring momentum,

    the country's second largest softwareexporter Infosys on Tuesday said it will hireabout 12,000 people this quarter.

    The company currently has over 1.33 lakhemployees. "We are looking at a gross

    addition of about 12,000 in our workforceand we are continuing with yearly target at45,000 people," Infosys CEO and ManagingDirector S Gopalakrishnan said on Tuesday.

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    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/photo/9196556.cms
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    With the improving business sentiment andrevival in IT spends, IT firms are stepping uphiring to meet demand for their services.

    At the beginning of the current financial year,Infosys had announced plans to hire about45,000 people. Of this, about 26,000 offershave already been made in college campuses.

    The company on Tuesday posted a 15.72%jump in consolidated net profit to Rs 1,722crore for the first quarter ended June 30,2011..

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    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/photo/9196556.cms
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    How to use the groundwork

    Asking questions to the interviewer

    Using power words

    I Understand (I understand that the

    company is currently working on..)

    I believe (I believe there is a

    requirement for)

    Customized presentation about self

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