Interview Tips

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Practice

It is important to practice before an interview. Questions such as 'tell me something about yourself?' and 'why should we hire you?' are part of all interviews as the prospective employer uses this and such other questions to understand the candidate, its career aspirations and interest areas to evaluate a candidate's suitability for the role. The idea behind practicing is that you need to be sure and be able to convince the employer about your suitability about the job.

Know your prospective employer

It is important to know the company that you are interviewing with as this will help you answer question 'why you want to change' and 'what makes you fit for this role'. It will also make the interviewer feel that you are informed. If you were referred for the role speak to person referring you to find out about the company and your prospective manager besides reading on the internet.

Arrive Early

Keep a buffer, more so since traffic is unpredictable. You don't want to call the recruiter to say that you are stuck in traffic. It will show that you don't take the interview seriously and also reflect bad on your time management skills. So arrive early, that way you will also get time to arrange your thoughts and not be rushed into the interview.

Do you have breaks/gaps in your employment?

If so, it can be a reason for rejection of your profile in many cases.You can overcome this by writing your resume smartly by focusing on how your skills & work experience make you a fit for the position on offer. The reason recruiter's are hesitant about hiring people with gaps is because such a candidate's skill set may have become stale with time and the company may need to invest time and resources in re-skilling. Before you start applying again, you should also undergo training to refresh your skills. This will help improve your marketability.

Designation vs Salary (Which one would you choose?)

A person changing jobs faces this dilemma, whether to choose a job that offers better salary or one that offers better designation. In these cases, we recommend you chose the job that offers a meatier role and has more growth potential and don't be swayed by money or designation alone. Let us know which of money or designation would you prefer by commenting below. Happy job hunting!

CTC vs In-hand (Salary Negotiation)

The next time you get an offer, focus not only on your CTC but also on your In-hand salary. To get an idea about your In-hand speak to your recruiter and ask for the salary breakup to know the various components of your salary.There are other things besides taxes that affect your In-hand. Amount of PF contribution is one. Any bonuses that get paid out on festivals or specified time affect your monthly In-hand. Some companies include gratuity in the CTC which only gets paid when you complete five years and not otherwise. So always ask for salary breakup before accepting an offer.

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