Tips for Personal Interviews, Group Discussions and Written Ability Tests

 

PERSONAL INTERVIEWS – YOUR KEY TO A SUCCESSFUL CAREER

There are certain parameters with which every interviewee should abide by for a positive outcome. Interviews are not just your gateway to jobs and professional career, but they enhance an individual’s confidence and communication abilities. Here are a few tips on facing an interview:

 

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1)    Dress appropriately

Your choice of attire may not be an important issue for an interview in many industries, but dressing up appropriately leaves a good
impression on the potential employer.  In recent years, many companies have relaxed the norms for strict dress codes thereby promoting semi-formal or casual attires during interviews. However, the rules are different in the corporate world where you are expected to dress in a formal attire. Thus, always go for an interview after doing your homework on the dress code.

2) Ask questions

Always go prepared to ask questions from the panel of experts interviewing you as it reflects on your acumen and sense of curiosity. Never say no when you are asked to come up with doubts or questions. Reveal your inquisitive side that portrays you as an individual who is willing to learn and progress.

3)    Do not interrupt the interviewer

Listening is as important as speaking during an interview. Never interrupt the interviewer as it depicts the negative side of your personality related to your restlessness. Even if you know the answer to the question the interviewer is asking, don’t be in a hurry to answer and wait for your turn to speak.

4)    Right attitude

The gestures or non verbal cues give an insight into your personality, hence it becomes very important to portray confidence without being arrogant. Maintain a poise and avoid nervousness or actions hinting at distraction such as fiddling with your pen, clothes or hair, unnecessary movement of legs and arms or touching your face and scratching your head. Also, make an eye contact with the interviewer and keep smiling at regular intervals as it emphasizes upon the self assurance.

5)    Appropriate language

Right from greeting the interviewers to giving the details about your
personal and professional background, one must be courteous and
modest. Elaborate your answers in a manner that speaks about your
communication skills. Also, use good vocabulary to emphasize upon your
skills, information and decision making abilities.

 

EXHIBIT YOUR STRENGTH IN GROUP DISCUSSIONS
Being articulate, confident in answering, and driving home your point on the topic of debate are the keys to impress every participant in the  group discussion. Group discussions are a way of expressing your thoughts with conviction and without disparaging with what others are saying. Here are some tips for participating in GDs.

1)    Be attentive

Be attentive and listen to every individual expressing his/her thoughts and do not interrupt as it is impolite and portrays the negative aspect of your personality. Speak only at an appropriate time when you feel your opinion will make a difference.

2)    Clarity in thoughts

Structure your thoughts with clarity and present them in a logical manner. This will keep you focussed on your views and add weight to what you convey.

3)    Acknowledge and appreciate others

Acknowledging and appreciating what others are saying is an important aspect to keep in mind while participating in a group discussion. It is not necessary to be vocal but simple gestures like nodding your head in affirmation or smiling at the speaker can convey your appreciation.

4)    Articulate with precision

Be very precise in conveying your thoughts and use simple yet good vocabulary making it easy for others to comprehend. It is significant to keep a track of time when you speak as it should not be lengthy to the extent of becoming boring.

5)    Speak loudly and clearly

Speak loudly and clearly without being brash. Don’t mince words even when you falter but carry on with confidence and complete your sentence with conviction.

 

GUIDELINES THAT WILL HELP YOU SUCCEED IN WRITTEN ABILITY TESTS

There is no rocket science that goes into preparation for a writing ability test but a simple five-point formula that you need to incorporate in your practice.

1) Read as much as you can

Reading improves your ability to understand and imagine which reflects in your writing. Thus, spend at least 2-3 hours on reading everyday as it will improve your vocabulary in addition to the expansion of your thought process.

2)  Write more

Pick up your pen whenever you have time and start writing as it is the best way to gather your thoughts and express them in a constructive way. Make it a habit to check everything you write today the following day and make improvements.

3)    Structure your sentences well

It is important to structure your sentences in a frame that conveys the meaning clearly. Elaboration should be directly proportional to the questions asked. Avoid explanations where the message can be clearly written in less words.

4)    Time management

Time constraint is of utmost importance especially when you are aiming to complete every task with accuracy. Divide your time according to the need of the writing tasks, as some parts are lengthy and require more time while other segments ought to be attempted concisely.

5)    Expert help

No one is perfect and there is always a room for improvement, thus seeking help is advisable and normal. Don’t hesitate to show your written work to your teachers, professors, and guides. You can also take the help of various software programs to check and improve your language.

With optimism comes the confidence that changes your life forever. Do not count your failures but aim for success and it will follow you like a shadow.

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