Personal Interview (HR)
Confidence speaks. Yes, though there are few guidelines available as to how to attend to a personal interview, the confidence with which we speak, the confidence with which we present ourselves, counts the most. There is no specific subject on which questions can be asked, so the HR section always seems to be a bit confusing. But here are some very useful tips to prepare for HR interviews.
The most important part of any HR interview is to know yourself. What are your strengths and weaknesses. Remember, people form their 90% of the openions and impressions about you in the first 90% of the meet.
Your should dress neatly in formals and be cool before attending any HR interview.
Don't be late for your appointment.
Never underplay your achievements. List out all your wins and achievements and draw a second list from it, which highlights different aspects of your personality but don't be over confident.
Resume is your selling instrument. Prepare your resume the best way which highlights all your achievements. Your resume must be spell checked properly.
Speak the positive language. Never say I don't know; say I don't remember or I can learn.
Collect atleast some information about the company. This will help you a lot if they ask you "Do you have anything to ask?" But do not ask too many questions.
Smile whenever possible and keep the eye contact and conduct accordingly during the interview.
Be ready for the unexpected. Prepare some of the general questions before. Tell us about yourself? What do you know about our company? Why do you want to work for us? Why should we hire you? How long would you stay with us?
Don't make mistake of not having information about your hobbies that you tell. Prepare some general questions about your hobby and try to answer for yourself. Some more questions could be - What was the last book that you read? Movie you saw? Sporting event you attended? Which magazines do you read? Which news paper you like? What was the heading in your 'so-&-so' news paper?
What is your greatest achievement so far?
Prepare for "Describe what you feel to be an ideal working environment?" if you are already working for some organization and applying for a new post. And also "How would you evaluate your present firm?"
Don't criticize your present(previous) company or the people you worked with.
Don't ask about salary or benefits in the first interview. You don't want to risk making the impression that you are more interested in the money than in the work.
If you are still studying in the campus, one more general question would be - When will you join us?
Don't volunteer information about your weaknesses or shortcomings. If you are asked be honest, but don't be too harsh on yourself either.
Don't be too modest. Speak up positively about your strong points. Don't brag or boast, just tell it straight and emphasize your contribution.
N.Rahul Dev, MCA, REC Warangal
Don't use the word 'sir' many times while addressing the interview personnel.
Be prepared for questions like - Where do you see yourself the next five years to come?