Job Interview and Soft Skill Pre-requisites

A job interview is a test for hiring people for work in a company by a board of interviewers who represent or are a part of the company. During the course of the interview, interviewers evaluate the candidate through a conversation including a sequence of questioning and answering.
The mode of interviews conducted by different companies may vary. It could be through a direct walk in face to face conversation or an online process. Recently, companies have employed an interview methodology where people attend the session at lunch with the interview board members. Proficient companies raise great standards in the process so that they hire only the best people around.

Some of the following tips may help you to be successful in a job interview.

Express Passion

A company aims to identify individuals who are capable of providing leverage and contribution towards fast growth of the company. They require people who have commitment and loyalty. This can be shown by a candidate by expressing passion. Passion can be shown by conducting research on the interviewing company and the designation or position offered. This research must include what the company does exactly, who their competitors are and what are the current issues. Study the company website and job description in and out of the box, i.e., a higher level of research on the next level of the job. Critical thinking is another important meter which should be applied to your research. This can be demonstrated by bringing forward ideas and opportunities which the company might not have discussed earlier. Discuss the ideas and opportunities in a meaningful way.

  • It is advised not to express arrogance or self assertive behavior.
  • Acting indifferent is a DON’T to be strictly followed. Behaving desperate or disinterested will not lead to better negotiation but instead will likely lead to negative consequences.
  • Companies require people who have a better understanding of the vision of the company and who can get the work done promptly. Companies go for people who can raise their standards.

Time plays a major role in estimating the candidacy of an individual

A research on 'decision making fatigue' was conducted by Professor Jonathan Levav at Stanford University in 2011. This refers to the deterioration of the quality of the decision taken after the long process of decision making. Regarding the job interviews, it is inferred that the choices about unimportant things must be limited in order to avoid 'decision making fatigue'.
Time plays a major role in decision making. The person is fresh in the morning. So it would always be better to schedule job interviews first in the morning. It can help people make better decisions and evaluate the efficiency of the candidate. It is recommended to avoid early morning meetings as the interviewer might be preoccupied with family matters. Last meeting of the working day must be avoided as the interviewer might not pay sole attention towards the candidate as they might be thinking of their priorities away from work. Avoiding meetings before or after lunch is better as people would be countering the decision making fatigue. Scheduling interviews after a holiday or weekend must be avoided as the interviewer might be distracted or struggling to get things done after a long holiday.

Potential for a higher level job

In the course of the interview, the interviewer determines whether the candidate has the potential for the next level or a higher level job apart from which they are being interviewed for. The candidate must provide suitable 'success stories', i.e. presenting events as a reference that reflects ones achievements and strengths which are required for the job. Prepare most correct answers for commonly asked tough questions in the interview and do not panic or rush verbally in order to fill the silence. Another important task is to prepare meaningful questions to ask the interviewer which shows that the candidate is prepared, knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the job.

Tailoring the interview to the company

The most important step of all is to tailor the interview to the company or organisation. The company evaluates if the candidate is able to take up the job and carry out work efficiently and continue the same at a higher posting. An employer employs people who create leverage for the company. They require people who can help in the growth of the organisation and who are capable of taking up higher order jobs or projects in the future. They employ those who they trust to be committed, learning and supportive for the development of the company. So exhibiting the ability through creative ideas can help in nailing a job interview.