Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Quality Tips for Winning in Interview

01. Prepare Well :

- Gather company information.
- Prepare questions and responses.
- Prepare questions to ask.- Reach early.

02. Frequently Asked Questions (Categories) :

- About your present Job, Responsibilities and Key Result Areas.
- About reason for looking to change your Job.
- About your special contributions and achievements in your career.
- About you.
- About your attitudes.
- About your attitudes to problems.
- About your approach to the Boss.
- About your career.
- About your Education.
- About former employment.
- About the interviewing company.
- About salary expectations.
- About your personal life.- About self-evaluation.

03. Answering the Questions :

- Be upbeat and positive. Never be negative.
- Rehearse your answers and time them. Never talk for more than 2 minutes straight.
- Don’t try to memorize answers word for word. Jot down and review a few key words for each answer.
- Find out what an employer wants most in his or her ideal candidate, and then show them how you can meet those expectations.
- Be honest … never lie.
- Listen to questions carefully to comprehend. If you have not understood a question, politely request for a repeat.
- Speak each word clearly and loud enough to hear.
- Answer immediately without wasting time.
- If you are complimented for your answers, remember to thank the interviewer.
- If your answer or opinions are rejected by the interviewer, remember to say sorry.- If you want to disagree with the interviewer, do it politely after expressing regret or asking for pardon.

04. Carry with you for interview :

- Three copies of your resume
- Educational data including original and copies of degrees, diplomas and certificates; evidence of professional development such as conferences and training courses attended.
- Job history with appointment letters, experience letters, appreciation letters etc. mentioning details of employers, positions held and major successes.
- Evidence of your achievements, volunteer experience, community work etc.
- Evidence of reports, publications, honors and awards.- Present Salary details and proof.

05. Dress Code-Men :

Wear a full sleeve, white or light colored shirt. Select pure silk tie that blends in color and pattern with the rest of your suit. Shoes should be black or brown leather, well polished and in good condition. Socks should be in good condition with proper elastic. Generally look for colors such as dark blue, black, grey, brown or beige. A simple, plain analogue watch is acceptable. Remove all other jewelry except for your very personal items such as your wedding ring. Wear black or brown belt on your trouser. Use after shave lotion and/or deodorants.

06. Dress Code-Women :

Silk sari is preferable to cotton, unless weather does not permit you to wear anything heavier than cotton. Keep your jewelry down to minimum. Plain earrings and necklace and your wedding or engagement rings are acceptable. Footwear should be leather, preferably in black or brown. Makeup should be light to give you a professional look.

07. Entry, Seating and Exit :

- Switch off your mobile phone before entering the room for interview.
- Knock at the door and then enter even if your name is called out.
- Greet the interviewer as soon as you enter, the lady first and the gentlemen thereafter.
- Sit down only after you are asked to.
- Remember to say Thank You before being seated.
- Avoid pulling a chair. Instead, lift it if necessary and always enter from the right side of the chair.
- Sit without crossing the chair and straight.
- Look at the interviewers instead of looking down.
- Keep whatever paper & material you carry on your lap, and not on the table.
- Bend little forward while answering questions.
- While answering a questioner, remember to look at the other interviewers also.
- Avoid fidgeting like touching mustache, scratching nose or arranging hair.
- Avoid carrying anything like a key bunch or a pen in your hands.
- At the end of the interview, get up and move out only after thanking the interviewers.- While moving out, step back first, then turn and walk away.

08. Possible reasons of rejection :

- Attitude Problems
- Appearance
- Lack of research
- Not having questions to ask
- Not readily knowing the answers to interviewers questions
- Too much humility
- Not relating skills to the employer’s needs.
- Handling salary issues too soon.
- Lack of career direction- Just checking out market value.

09. Salary Negotiation :

- Never discuss salary until you have a job offer.
- Don’t forget the value of benefits and perks when negotiating a salary.
- Market your competencies.
- Be willing to walk away.
- Don’t say no to an offer right away.- Request for proposed offer in writing.

10. Factors for Evaluating Multiple Job Offers :

- Advancement opportunities
- Amount of travel
- Benefits
- Level of autonomy
- Level of responsibility
- Location
- Market value of skills / experience that you will get from the job
- Opportunities to learn and grow in job / company
- Organizational culture
- Prestige of Job or Organization
- Quality of higher management
- Salary
- Stability of Industry
- Stability of Organization
- Support for continuing education or advanced degree.- Training and development opportunities

Related Links :

01. Do You Know About QCFI?
02. QCFI and its Contribution to Quality Circle Movement In INDIA
03. Dr. K. Ishikawa : Founder of Quality Circle
04. History of Early 1950's
05. Services Offered By QCFI
06. Tips to Deal With Interruptions
07. Tips to give Good Feedback
08. Benefits of ISO 9001 : 2000 Quality Management System
09. Debatable Points Related to ISO 9001 : 2000 Quality Management System
10. Re-Defined : Quality
11. Job Titles in Quality Field
12. Four Absolutes of Quality Management
13. Crosby's 14 steps to quality improvement
14. Tips to Create Your Own Luck
15. Cost of Poor Quality
16. ISO 9001 : 2000 - List of Records

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