How to Ace an Interview

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April 16, 2014 — 3,384 views  
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What you say in an interview is a major factor in determining whether you get the job or not. Other factors like your work skills are pivotal in the decision making process and talking the correct talk is the last mile for your success.

Do ask pertinent questions

To get a proper shot at the job, it is imperative that the candidate should ask pertinent (read: good) questions. Making queries mean that you are genuinely interested to know about the company and getting a job there. The chance of asking a question usually pops up at end of interview, and you should be prepared with questions to show that you are sufficiently immersed in the process. Some questions suggested include:

  • What are the short and long term issues which needs to be focused on in the applied position?
  • What are the difference of focus between the previous person and you when it comes to the post?
  • What are the organizational issues should you be aware of?

Stress your flexibility

If you are flexible, you are easier to be around. Hiring managers steer clear of complications, and haggling inordinately long over a job description ultimately makes you lose the job. Although you should not project yourself as a “pushover” and the word “flexible” should not apply to your salary negotiation, you can show the potential employer that you are all for results which work for everyone.

Employ words used by the company

Read the company website thoroughly before going for the interview. Gather information about the company and its activities. Try to find out what the organization thinks is important. These usually manifests itself in the company brochure or website. The important words may include leadership, culture, growth, simplistic and team. A judicious insertion of such words gives a subtle hint that you understand what the organization is searching for.

Use the correct filler phrase

If the interviewer asks you a hard question, and you are sure of its answer, it is advisable not to say “I don't know”. Instead, say a filler phrase like, “That's an excellent question” to get a little amount of time to formulate an appropriate answer, and such responses generally gives the interviewer's ego a little boost too.

Reasons why you want this job

Hiring managers are always interested to know the motivation of a job prospect. Do tell them about your future plans and how it fits tour career.

Such thoughts exhibit your identity as a person and goes a longer way to provide the hiring manager a clear idea about your fit into the values and cultural facets of the company.

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