Interview Preparation Guide : Knowing The Organisation

About the Job/Organisation

As soon as you receive a call for an interview, collect background information relating to the job applied for and the people with whom you would be working. Kindly make sure to find out about the training opportunities and the chance to progress to greater responsibility. One is required to get the answers to basic questions about the pay and service conditions prior to the interview. This will enable you to decide how much the job suits you. You will cut a sorry figure if you feign ignorance about the organisation. Take it for granted that a reasonable good information about the following will stand you in good stead at an interview:

  • A brief history of the organisation
  • Its main functions, products and services
  • Location of its headquarters, branches, units and divisions
  • Any significant issue of the organisation that is newsworthy
  • Details about the job applied for and the hierarchy in the organisation
  • If you are applying for an Executive post, make yourself available the Annual Report, The Balance Sheet and any other Promotional material of the organisation.

Place of interview

Acquaintance with the location and settings of interview comes in handy for a candidate’s self-confidence. It is advisable that the candidates take pain to discover beforehand exactly where they have to go and how best to reach there. They should plan their journey to allow unforeseen hazards such as traffic jam, delay in bus, absence of taxies etc. The candidates may also take precautions to protect themselves against rain and heat so that they do not appear for the interview sweating or in rain-soaked clothes.

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Preparation for Interview

Rehearsal/mock practice

A sizeable number of aspirants who have been successful lament that they could have done still better had they prepared well. This shows that preparations in right earnest lead to success. While preparing for mock-interviews the following questions may be of help. They may be seen with a view to knowing what the interview board wants to find out in the candidate.

  • Name of the Institution you studied & its association fame with personalities/organisation Subject you studied and your favourites, with reasons for the same
  • Whether educational qualifications are important for excelling in jobs
  • Reasons for your choosing a particular course of study Your education/training/skills and if they are any useful for your present job
  • Whether you prefer studies to advance your career or for self-contentment
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Tell something about yourself.

  • Your strong points and weaknesses
  • Your family background and if it has influenced your working life
  • Your leisure activities and its relevance/use in the present job
  • Name of television programmes you watch/like, reasons
  • The way you would like to describe yourself to others
  • Your present engagement, its likes and dislikes .
  • Your greatest achievements in life till date and whether you are satisfied
  • Your major failures and corrective actions
  • Reasons for choosing this career/job/organisation
  • Whether you are familiar with computers and its relevance in the present context
  • Why you had changed courses of studies/jobs so frequently

Other Important Points

  • How you will cope with lack of experience in this field  
  • Whether you prefer to work alone or as part of a team
  • The type of work/job you most like to do
  • Of money and power, which is more important to you?
  • Sort of people you get along well with
  • Describe your management style, man management and work management.
  • How long do you intend to stay in this job?
  • Your knowledge about the Chairman/MD and Ministers of the organisation
  • The negative aspect in you which you think will be disadvantageous for the job
  • Your ambitions/goal in life
  • How do you think you are best suited for the job?
  • We all miss opportunities. What have you missed? What newspapers/magazines do you read?
  • What took your notice in today’s papers?
  • How much television do you watch and how much is enough?
  • What books do you read? Tell about the last book you read.
  • What did you learn from your last job?
  • If you have a better offer in two months’ time, would you take it?
  • What do you look for when seeking a new job?
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  • What appeals to you about this job?
  • If salary and job satisfaction conflict, which would you choose?
  • What action would you take if you disagree with a decision of your superior?
  • How would you describe your ideal boss?
  • Do you regard not having professional qualifications as a handicap?
  • Was your university education worthwhile?
  • Where do you expect to be in four years’ time?
  • Why should we employ you in preference to other candidates?
  • What are your career aims?
  • What are your strongest/weakest attributes in management terms?

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