In the last post we tried to clear some air around that scary interview.
We reached upon some conclusions:
• The interviewer is going to build his interview questions only on the answers that you give to first few questions asked by him.
• He would look towards a normal conversation with you.
• YOU are bound to be better prepared than him.
And so on….
Now you are expected to prepare on:
• YOU AS A PERSON
• YOU AS A STUDENT
• YOU AS A PROFESSIONAL
This post is going to elaborate on YOU AS A PERSON. Other two portions of your personality would be covered in subsequent posts.
HOW TO FIND ‘YOU AS A PERSON’
START INTROSPECTING YOURSELF.
Think about what your life has been like. Take a sheet of paper and start writing as you recollect some important incidents and their impact on your behavior and life.
How Do You Do That?
Start from scratch. Try and write about:
• How you had started off as a kid.
• Some crucial events that happened in your life. What you learnt from those events?
• How has your family been through all those years? Your family background…your parents and siblings (if any).
For Example, if someone belongs to Army background, then their grooming would have been entirely different from the grooming of a child belonging to civilian family.
This is important because it would help you understand and communicate your family values better.
• What is your dream? NOTE: The dream should be a realizable dream.
It is important to set your expectations right. Your targets should be achievable.
• Your values and dreams generally help in building your viewpoint about yourself. Think about defining yourself in one line…better in one word [A very common question asked in the interview].
General questions from this section include:
• Introduce yourself?
TIP: A combination of School + college + family + values and beliefs + interests etc.
• What are your strengths and weaknesses?
TIP: From your experience, find out where you have been always good…where you were mostly bad
• Some examples/experiences which support your strengths and weaknesses.
Try answering these questions.
My advice is to sit down and start writing. Give yourself ample amount of time. Effectively, answering these questions should take at least 3 – 4 hours.
Prepare a draft and go on editing it as you find some new points which you think are relevant and should be included. Discard points which seem irrelevant. After a few cycles of adding and removing points, you will be able to describe your PERSONAL Side in an excellent manner.
Go ahead! Explore within and put down yourself on a piece of paper.
The author is a management Graduate from a premier B School, worked for nearly 3 years in the industry.
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