Interview Process

The Interview Process and How to Prepare for the Same

Long gone are the days when a job applicant or aspirant had to appear only for a single round of interview before he or she could get an offer of employment. These days, an interview is a long drawn affair. These days most corporate organizations have elaborate interview procedure that comprises of several stages. It might include a screening round followed by a face-to-face session, and then an ultimate round where you're given details about the job profile and the salary. Many interview processes have more rounds like telephonic interviews and reference screening interviews and so on.

The Open Interview

These days, companies participate in a job fair where they held open interviews. Open interview sessions are conducted on the spot at different times that may or may not be pre- scheduled. Sometimes, even employment agencies do the preliminary screening on behalf of large companies and pass on the CVs of shortlisted candidates to these organizations.

All candidates are encouraged to appear in an open interview as the organization does not set any benchmarks for the same. Often a company places an online or offline ad for an open round of interview that is usually held in its own premises. Nowadays, the open round is usually the first stage of a typical interview procedure.

The Screening Round

For many companies and business establishments, the screening round is usually the first round in the entire interview process. In this round, your interviewer or employer would like to have a fair idea about your suitability for the position you've applied for i.e. whether you've the right qualifications and the skill-set required for the same. Most companies have a screening process where you're asked to fill an online application document to which you attach your CV and a cover letter.

In the online document, you are asked to furnish information about your skills and education qualifications. There might also be a questionnaire or survey on personality or proficiency appraisal. Many companies also carry out a pre-screening telephonic interview to assess whether a particular candidate deserves to be called for an in-person or face-to-face interview.

The Formal Interview Round(s)

If you're successful in making it through the screening round, you'll be called for a face-to-face session. This formal round of interview could be held in the organization's own premises or the setting could be informal like a restaurant or a coffee shop. The interviewer or the employer over lunch or dinner would make a mental note of how you conduct yourself in real life. He or she would like to correlate you with the person that you claim to be in your resume. If you clear this round, you might be asked to appear for a second or even a third round of formal interview. As far as the formal round or rounds are concerned, your aim would be to put your best foot forward and visibly impress your interviewer with your wisdom.

The Ultimate Round

You'll be called for the final round after your interviewer or employer is thoroughly satisfied that you have the requisite qualifications and skills for the job. In this round, your prospective employer would like to cross-check your references before he or she can make an offer of employment. Only provide references that you can rely on.

Finally, when it comes down to negotiating for the joining date, salary, perks, and other vital aspects, try to get everything in writing. A written agreement where all the terms and conditions are clearly mentioned will stand you in good stead in the future.

Last Updated On: 01/10/2013

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