Top Interview Skills
The IBPS RRB Officers Scale- I, II & III Interview process is going to commence from Dec 20. So, in an exclusive approach we are providing you with the relevant materials and guidance which will be beneficial for all of you who are going to appear in this year RRB Interview process. Today, we have come up with the Interview skills which you all must keep while the Interview. Hope this will boost your preparation.
With some careful planning and thought you can ensure that you present yourself confidently and professionally in the interview.
Here are some important things to consider before and during the interview:
1. Do your research
Find out as much as you can about the organisation prior to the interview. You can check out the organisation website get a feel for the organisation and its vision. Also look at any relevant articles/publications to see what has recently been written about the organisations’ potential employer and their industry.
2. Prepare your questions
To avoid your mind going blank during the interview, prepare beforehand by brainstorming all the possible questions you may get asked. Here are a few common questions that you could get asked:
- Tell me about yourself
- What are the main strengths you’d bring to this job?
- Show me how you would use your communication skills in the job on offer?
- Why do you want this job?
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3. Practice your responses
To prepare structure, clear and succinct responses to each question, write down your ideal response to each question you have listed beforehand. Then practise each response out aloud. By speaking your response out aloud rather than just in your head you will remember the key words and phrases to use in the actual interview and this will help you to come across more confidently even if you are feeling nervous.
4. Allow enough time
Arrive at the venue well before the scheduled time, at least thirty minutes before the interview. Check the time, date and location of the interview the day before and spend time working out the best way to get there. Keep sufficient time in your hand, anticipating any possible delays. There’s nothing worse than arriving in a panic if you think you are going to be late.
5. Control your nerves
It is usually seen that aspirants get a bit nervous just before the interview. So, you need to be able to know how to control your nerves so that they don’t take over when you start. To help do this you can use a simple breathing technique – focus on breathing out for as long as possible to help release any tension in the body. You will find that your in-breath is deeper and more controlled and this will help to feel calmer before you start. You can do this sitting or standing or even walking around. Just before entering the Interview room, take a deep breathe and then enter the room, it will make you fresh.
6. Slow down
Take care not to race ahead when you first start to speak in the interview. This can happen when you are keen to get your ideas across too quickly. But if you speak too fast you will find it harder to stay focused and may start to ramble or lose track of your key points. Also your interviewers will find it harder to follow. So, focus on slowing down when you first start to speak – especially your first few words. Make sure that you pronounce each word carefully and then pause after your first sentence for a few seconds – it may feel like an eternity but your listeners need time to take in what you are saying.
7. Make eye contact
Don’t forget to look at your interviewers while speaking to them so that you really feel that you are having a conversation with them. A key time to look at your interviewer (s) is at the end of a sentence as this will help you to appear more convincing in your response. If you look down at this point your words will lose conviction.
8. Understand the question
Always listen carefully to the interviewer’s question first and don’t try to formulate a response in your head before you have fully heard it and understood it. Don’t be afraid to ask for clarification if you need to. This will also buy you time to think about your response.
9. Finish confidently
Even if everything hasn’t quite gone to plan it’s important that you finish confidently thanking the interviewer(s) for their time. This will demonstrate that you have good communication skills and help to leave your interviewers with a strong impression.