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Preparing for the Interview! (part 1)


Interview process is normally one of the last rounds of the selection process. Be it college or job or even getting admissions for your children in some schools- you have to pass through an interview round. It involves face to face interaction with current employees of the organization who have held the roles similar to what you have applied for, or they have an experience in that area. Since this is a face to face round, a lot of things become visible which could have been hidden during written tests or other phases of candidate screening. While most of us are scared of this additional stage, this is not necessarily a bad thing. You have a perfect opportunity to showcase the things about you which you could not show in earlier stages of the selection process. You can show the interviewers what sets you apart and why they should prefer selecting you over other similar or even higher scoring candidates of the earlier rounds.

The interviews mainly are of two types. Technical and behavioural. There can be multiple rounds for each of these or within the same round both the aspects of the interview can be handled. This varies with the organization you are interviewing for and the level you are interviewing for. If you are interviewing for above manager level, you should be prepared to handle more than 4-5 rounds of the interviews. So, it is obvious how important interview plays nowadays in candidate selection. Love it or hate it but you can not ignore it. Therefore, it is only wise to be prepared for the interviews.

Technical Round of Interview

The technical rounds are not much different from pen and paper rounds except that the interviewer tends to improvise on the questions and understand your thinking process. On a real job, one can not expect to deal only with the situations that have come in at some point of time. There are new challenges every day, therefore it is a fair ask to evaluate the thinking process of the candidate. Therefore, our advice is definitely to learn your subject well. You anyway did that for pen and paper rounds.
But the one extra thing, that we would like to advice you, is to showcase your thinking process. Take the interviewer through your thought process and approached the problem. Of course you need to be clear and organized in your thinking. Only a clear and systematic thinking can be translated into solving newer problems at work. Therefore, organize your thought process and practice to express it in a systematic way to your interviewers. If you are making any assumptions about the question asked, mention them clearly or ask your interviewer if you can make those assumptions.
If you can showcase your thought process to your interviewer, there is nothing to bother you in the technical round. Be calm, and even if you are not sure about the final answer, proceed in steps, in a systematic way to the most reasonable conclusion you can think.

Good Luck!