Oh! They sound exactly the same!” Hold on, the coincidence doesn’t just lie in the similar pronunciation; an Interview really is an Inner-View. Before things get twisted and you accuse me of being too crude, here’s the disclaimer: These are all my personal views and tricks I trust by and use. As someone wisely said, “One would think that having communicated for so long humans have perfected the art. And yet nerves shake at the thought of answering a few people seated on the other side of the table.” Picture your latest table turning conversation and read on.
Show me yours and I’ll show you mine!
First things first, Interview is not just a conversation. It’s the entire package (of you). As stated earlier, it provides an Inner-view of you, the Interviewee, to the Interviewer. Now this ‘view’ depends on you. You are the Director of this Movie and you shall decide what you want the view to be. You can make this view as beguiling or as alluring as you want. And while you’re at showing your inners make sure you are receptive to what they have to show. Gather their feedbacks. Focus on how they react.
The Two-Piece Tease
The trailer for this movie is your CV. Know your audience and alter the scenes accordingly. That is, stick to the format the Interviewer has provided you with. You cannot expect them to have the same taste as you. Alter the ingredients according to them and yourself. Most importantly, get it spell-checked. And never commit the Carnal Sin of copying someone else’s CV.
Your Pace or Mine?
Once the Movie begins it is in your hands to set the pace and the tone. The audience has paid for the ticket and will at least sit till the interval. It is your job keep them enraptured and wanting for more. It is your duty to make them back come back with a big bucket of Popcorn and Nachos. Just as every movie goes, this one too should have balanced emotions. Keep it appealing but not too amusing to not believe. Make it Intense but not wild.
Dress to Impress
Your sartorial choices unknowingly manifest a lot about how much you value yourself. Please ensure that you are dressed well. Your clothes are ironed. Your shoes are polished and that your tie isn’t crooked. Wear a mild cologne. Avoid flashy socks and flashier belts. Carry yourself with pride and do not forget to wear the most important thing, a smile.
Let the fun begin
An actual Interview takes more than just a strong CV, tone and clothes. The most integral part lies in what really happens behind the closed doors. The questions asked can be broadly sorted into 3 areas, viz:
Questions on What you want?
Questions on Why you want you want?
Questions on What will you do to get what you want?
But they all aim at better understanding one Subject: YOU.
The questions that can be asked are far too many to express here, I am letting you experience them on your own. The key take away should be that you should be ready to answer all the questions on this subject you’ve been mastering for years.
Did you Fake it?
They might say, “Fake it till you make it.” But this is only partly true. You may fake it and procure things you may not deserve, or even really want. The people sitting on the other end of the table are experts at detecting fakes, so don’t even try to project an image of yourself that is untrue. You’ll just make a fool out of yourself.
In the end, the main objective of this exchange-cum-transaction-cum-conversation is satisfaction. Even if the process of Interview is gruelling or worse, dull, and your audience ends up turned off, you should keep in mind there’s always someone having the same interests as you. A bad interview isn’t worth giving up, and no matter what, always remember that the senior-junior culture is at the heart of the SPE family: whether you’re in or out, we’re always there if you need us.