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Preparation Guide for The Interview

Before entering the interview, prepare yourself objectively by ­completing the following checklist. It will not be easy; in fact, it’s likely to prove frustrating and quite difficult. But it will be helpful. This preparation will make you more informed and more focused, help you anticipate and practice likely interview questions and answers, and put you more at ease and in control of the interview ­process.

Information about Self

What do you want the interviewer to know and notice about you? In the left column of the format given on the following page, list four things about yourself that are not on your résumé that you want to highlight, and in the right column indicate how you’ll communicate these things to the interviewer.

 

Things To Put Across

How To Communicate

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Knowledge about the Company (for Job Interview); About the Institution or the Course (for Admission Interview); and About the Function (for UPSC Interview)
Write a paragraph demonstrating your knowledge about company, institution or function (depending upon the type of interview you are preparing for), writing at least three facts that might prove ­relevant during the interview.

 

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Special Skills

What special skills or competences might you be asked about (for example, what presentation skills do you have?) and how might you demonstrate your competences?

 

Special Skills I Might Be

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How I’ll Demonstrate These

Skills During the Interview

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Information to Learn

What do you want to learn from the interviewer? List three things you want to find out during the interview (for example, about the job, about the company, about your potential role in the company, about salary, etc.) and how you might discover these during the ­interview.

 

Information I Want to Know

How I’ll Discover This

Information

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Contributors

What can you contribute to the company? List three things you can do for the company that you may want to bring out during the interview. Next to each one, indicate what you can say to demonstrate your ability to make these contributions.

 

Contributions I Can Make

Evidence That I Can Make

Such Contributions

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Likely Questions

What are you likely to be asked? List three questions that you’ll possibly be asked and what you believe to be their effective answers. If you anticipate problems (for example, on the basis of experience, education, age or any number of other issues), include the questions that might raise these issues along with your anticipated answers.

 

Possible Questions I May be

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Possible Answers I Could

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