Key to great interviewing

With the placement training to get underway, I thought I will give you my 2 c worth 😉 Having been a career counselor and an executive coach of some standing and seen some of the interviewees fail (including some good capable candidates), I felt that I will share some useful pointers to make you stand out.

Before you go into some “interview mode training” and some of you parroting “standard responses” to equally “standard questions”, PAUSE..! Do a little bit of exploration, some introspection and arrive at a “sweet spot” that’s unique to you. You will be authentic and good employers will pay a premium to such professionals than cookie cutter /imitators. Please keep in mind that the guys who got ahead of the pack didn’t do what the pack did; but took the road less traveled and in the end that made all the difference!

Here’s a sample list of questions that should lead to some interesting personal discoveries:

  1. What are you best at doing? It is amazing how many people spend years trying to get good at what they’re bad at instead of getting better at what they’re good at.
  2. What talents do you have that you haven’t developed? Don’t say none.
  3. Which of your skills are you most proud of? This often reflects obstacles you’ve overcome.
  4. What were you doing when you were happiest in your work life? Could you find a way to be doing that now?
  5. What are your most cherished hopes for your future work life? What could keep you from realizing those hopes?

Well, thinking about these questions helps you define your “self worth” and that is key to great interviewing.

Author: Mr. Subbaraman (Subba) Iyer, Information Technology professor, S P Jain Center of Management. Prof, Subba has spend 28 years in technology, business, consulting in various corporate roles in the IT and Internet industry. Despite of his  success in the corporate world, his true calling is exploiting human potential and he attempts to do it through counseling, coaching, and inspiring people to scale new heights. As a executive coach, he has helped  professionals and teams improve performance significantly by expanding perspectives and envisioning new possibilities.

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