So you finally found the perfect organization appropriate for your skills and your future. Your CV and experience in tow, you send in your application and receive the coveted call. What’s next?
The most decisive litmus test of all – Interview.
But before we jump into the Do’s and Don’t’ for an interview, let us look at a connected sphere we tend to ignore. Most of the times we are so fixated on smoothing our edges for the background checks the company performs on us, that we forget the same holds true and vice-versa.
A thorough background investigation of the organization is vital before you decide to join. More often than not it is after joining the company that a person realizes that they don’t like its hierarchical environment, organizational structure or the company culture; a revelation that occurs much too late.
Steps to Do Background Check for Any Organization
- Start by conducting a Google search. Read up on all the articles related to the organization and the people in charge.
- Use all platforms like Linkedin, Glassdoor, and even less conventional ones like Twitter and Facebook for obtaining insider reviews.
- Don’t shy away from connecting to current or former employees through these portals and enquiring about their past experiences.
- Look at the company’s official website. It generally contains most of the information about product and services and the organization’s history.
After this step comes to the final showdown, the interviews. We will discuss the steps to ace interviews belonging to 3 broad categories:
- Human Resource
How to Crack a Technical Interview?
- The formats for a technical interview could either be a coding test or a face-to-face interview. It could also be a mix of both, so be prepared.
- If it is a coding challenge, and one that you need to do at home, make sure you understand the nuances to form the correct program. You can also make the assignment better with added features and send it separately. This helps show your skills to the employer.
- If it’s a face to face interview make sure to communicate your ideas clearly. Your thought process and passion should reflect in your words. Have a solid justification for the steps and shortcuts you use in your test assignments.
- Brush up your knowledge of technical terminologies and languages. Although not a prominent style for interviews now, these could still be asked.
- If you are asked to pair up for a programming challenge it is a test of your communication skills, programming technique, and your ability to work as a team. Your efficiency in all these sectors matter.
- If you are asked to solve an algorithm test on a whiteboard using a marker, feel free to discuss and walk them through your process.
How to Crack a Non-Technical Interview?
- Such interviews are focused on gaining a perspective on your personality. You should be prepared with an honest and confident answer based on your belief that you are the correct choice for the position.
- Don’t bluff if you don’t know the answer to a particular problem. Tell them that and then present your best suggestion. Your attitude should show that you are a problem-solver even if you aren’t familiar with it.
- Your dressing sense, body language, and your attitude matter a lot for a good personable presentation.
- Display your passion for the company and its outlook by asking and answering in a knowledgeable manner.
- Have a thorough brush up of your past projects and jobs, along with the roles you played in them and the things you learned. Incorporate these into your answers.
- The internet is full of helpful articles and websites which discuss and help with some of the most basic and regular questions asked during such interviews. Research and review them.
How to Crack an HR Interview?
- These interviews are done to understand your compatibility with the organization and its vision plus mission. The focus is more on behavioral questions rather than achievements and technicalities.
- Prepare beforehand for the HR interview staple questions, i.e.: “Tell me about yourself”, “Why are you looking for a change?”, “What are your strengths and weaknesses” and “Why do you think you are fit for this job?
- Be thorough with and confident about your resume. If there is a detail that needs explanation, be frank, it will be appreciated.
- Devote time towards knowing the organization. Go through their website to understand the company’s growth, products and services and history.
- Listen before you speak. Understand the question and keep your answer to the point, no one likes a rambler.
- Have a few relevant questions to ask, it signals your seriousness about the job.
The common point amongst all these different sets of interviews is your attitude and calmness of mind. Be well groomed and have confidence in your skills. Don’t treat this as a do or die situation, at the end of the day interviews are simple discussions, treat it as one and you’ll sail through.