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  • INTERVIEWMost intense `dyadic communication.Dyad 2 persons seeking to exchange information.Helps both the interviewer and the applicant achieve their goals.


  • JOB INTERVIEWSTo select dynamic people for the organisation.

  • PROMOTION INTERVIEWSUsed as an additional instrument for assessing the suitability of an employee for a higher post.Less formal

  • ANNUAL INTERVIEWSUsed to confirm the achievements of the employee and also to point out his strengths and weaknessesMore of discussion, less of Q/Answers

  • EXIT INTERVIEWSInteract with the employee who has resigned and to get his feedback on the issues that led to his/her resignation.


  • STRUCTURED / FORMALPrepared qs asked.Used in screening stage.Conducted to gather facts at lower level.Poor measure to assess applicants personal qualities.

  • OPEN-ENDED/INFORMALEncourage the applicants to express freely.Helps in bringing out an applicants personality.Conducted for middle/top level managers.

  • GROUP INTERVIEWSSeveral candidates are interviewed together to judge their inter-personal skills.

  • INDEPTH INTERVIEWBrainstorming interviews.Taken for hiring operational people.

  • STRESS INTERVIEWPoint blank questions asked.Interviewee criticised for answer/ appearance.Subject to long periods of silence and deliberate interruptions.


  • Know yourself- skills, accomplishments, interests and personal values.Know your resume- carry 5 copies; know contentsKnow the company information about the genesis, function & development plans of the org.Know the position Job content, role, responsibilities. Prepare with your strongest qualifications.Contd

  • Contd..Rehearse possible questions.Know the meeting time, place, name of the interviewer; arrive early.Speak with insiders to know about the work culture, ethics, basic salary ranges; DO NOT INTERROGATE!!


  • Dress formally Men light coloured shirt, deep coloured trousers, polished shoes, a well-shaved face, neat hair, clipped nails. Women Light coloured saree/ corporate suit, min. jewellery, comfortable footwear that dont reveal toes, manicured nails with a very soft nail colour if case may be.Do not wear strong perfume/ cologne.Wait patiently for a call.On being called, dont dash into the room; knock twice on the door & seek permission before entering the interview-chamber.


  • Give a +ve first impression; smile and time-wish; Give a warm handshake on being offered.Dont sit down unless asked; however, if a little late, ask for permission to sit down.Dont drag chair, sit straight, composed, comfortable & confident.Show enthusiasm, interest, listen attentively.Never interrupt the speaker, point fingers.Avoid confrontation.Think & organise yr answers; do not think for long; keep answers brief, stay focused and answer honestly

  • Never ignore any question; a polite `I am sorry, I am not aware would suffice. Look at all the interviewers while answeringIf an interviewer is discouraging your correct answers, dont lose cool; yet answer all the questions without ignoring him/herAsk thoughtful questions about the company/position.Avoid first names, jargons, unfavourable commentsAvoid `know it all attitude.Dont smile throughout, have a sober expression.Thank all while leaving, lift the chair and place it back in its position and dont slam the door.


  • If any specific actions were to be accomplished, do so promptly.Send a prompt thank you note.Record your experience ; learn from the mistakes & improve them .

  • SURVIVING GROUP EMPLOYMENT INTERVIEWDont try to dominate.Dont be a passive listener.Have the confidence to initiate & conclude the discussion.Do not interrupt abruptly.Use the right tone and pitch, never scream.Dont stare at just one person; address all.


  • PREPERATIONAnalyse the applicants resume carefully.Focus on core information reqd.Plan basic questions you would like to ask.Be aware of national/state regulations regarding fair employment practices.Omit personal bias

  • DURING THE INTERVIEWGreet the candidate warmly.Put the candidate at ease; ask about his/her hobbies.Make clear the purpose of the interview.Ask only one question at a time; avoid personal questions.Be patient, allow candidate to become interactive.Do not put the same question to all candidates.Write notes as it will help in evaluation.


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