Preparing for the Interview! (part 1)

Interview process is normally one of the last
rounds of the selection process. Be it college or job or even getting
admissions for your children in some schools- you have to pass through an
interview round. It involves face to face interaction with current employees of
the organization who have held the roles similar to what you have applied for,
or they have an experience in that area. Since this is a face to face round, a
lot of things become visible which could have been hidden during written tests
or other phases of candidate screening. While most of us are scared of this
additional stage, this is not necessarily a bad thing. You have a perfect
opportunity to showcase the things about you which you could not show in
earlier stages of the selection process. You can show the interviewers what
sets you apart and why they should prefer selecting you over other similar or
even higher scoring candidates of the earlier rounds.

The interviews mainly are of two types.
Technical and behavioural. There can be multiple rounds for each of these or
within the same round both the aspects of the interview can be handled. This
varies with the organization you are interviewing for and the level you are
interviewing for. If you are interviewing for above manager level, you should
be prepared to handle more than 4-5 rounds of the interviews. So, it is obvious
how important interview plays nowadays in candidate selection. Love it or hate
it but you can not ignore it. Therefore, it is only wise to be prepared for the
interviews.

Technical Round of
Interview

The technical rounds are not much different
from pen and paper rounds except that the interviewer tends to improvise on the
questions and understand your thinking process. On a real job, one can not
expect to deal only with the situations that have come in at some point of
time. There are new challenges every day, therefore it is a fair ask to
evaluate the thinking process of the candidate. Therefore, our advice is
definitely to learn your subject well. You anyway did that for pen and paper
rounds.
But the one extra thing, that we would like to
advice you, is to showcase your thinking process. Take the interviewer through
your thought process and approached the problem. Of course you need to be clear
and organized in your thinking. Only a clear and systematic thinking can be
translated into solving newer problems at work. Therefore, organize your
thought process and practice to express it in a systematic way to your
interviewers. If you are making any assumptions about the question asked,
mention them clearly or ask your interviewer if you can make those assumptions.
If you can showcase your thought process to
your interviewer, there is nothing to bother you in the technical round. Be
calm, and even if you are not sure about the final answer, proceed in steps, in
a systematic way to the most reasonable conclusion you can think.
Good Luck!