Guide to Job Interview Preparation
It was a scene straight out of a nightmare…well...not exactly nightmare but the news that
my brother was called for an interview gave us the shivers. Our concerns were for
ourselves alone and not for him. We can still recollect the days of note-keeping,
grooming, confidence building that otherwise turned our clean well kept home into job
interview preparation coaching-mess!
With his last debacle at the tables turning into a complete disaster, my sister decided to
give him a one-on-one on behavioural interviewing! Am I not putting on my best
behaviour? Why do I need one now was his refrain.
Armed with all the information that my sister had gleaned from a recent article that had
caught her interest, she proceeded to teach, preach and impress. Her point of view,
behavioural interviewing has rapidly become the most popular way to interview in the
1. You have set your alarm clock to wake up but it fails to go off and you lose two
precious hours. How would you handle that kind of situation?
My brother’s immediate answer was that he would work overtime to compensate for the
lost time. The answer seemed partly good, but will that impress the interviewer?
Most likely not. As the question was intended to see how a negative scenario could be
turned into a positive one, my sister proselytized that the likely best answer would be
what immediate steps would a person take in such a situation. Step one could be to call
up the office and inform them of your coming in late. Step two to entrust any pending
work to a co-worker, finally make up for the lost time by staying late.
2. How would you adapt to unexpected changes or you were asked to plan and coordinate
a project from start to finish due to your senior falling sick.
My brother was a bit perplexed as he had never undertaken a project leave alone plan or
coordinate a project from the start to finish. In such circumstances, my sister advised to
frame his words carefully so that the interviewer would be impressed. But to honestly
inform the interviewer that he never had the opportunity to execute a project from the
start till its completion, given the chance would love to do it as he is confident he can
with a little guidance from his seniors carry it off with great élan.
There were some that were based on the peremptory question of salary, another on the
preparation of the interview, on adaptability, on ambition, on analytical thinking and so
Thus continued the preparation for a full-set interview between the two while I wondered
who had devised the behavioural method of interviewing!