for the Students Seeking Job
- What is your direction?
stared into your tea and realized you're not sure what you
want to do with your life?
Self-knowledge can be important
in making an informed career choice, and let's face it -
you're more likely to find work satisfying and rewarding in a
role and environment that best suits you and your
OUTSIDE THE SQUARE --
How do you rate in the top
20 needed skills in the top information technology companies
of the country?
technology reshapes the traditional workplace, the skills
required in the job market will also continue to change. So
how do you rate your 'ability to adapt' or to 'think outside
E-mail or post cv and
interview time carried cv must have the following and must
attract the company where applying:
LESS IS DEFINITELY MORE! --
This is a bloat
alert! It is noticed that some resumes are getting bigger
again, and employers and recruiters do not appreciate
and attachments clog up systems, slow them down, and can even
bring along uninvited viruses for free; so if examples of your
work are crucial for your particular occupation, then offer to
email details on request.
Our suggestion is keep it
simple, and put your effort into crafting a tight covering
letter that clearly matches your skills to the advertised role
- this will do more to get you over the first selection hurdle
than any photo or groovy attachment.
must have the following AND MUST ATTRACT THE COMPANY WHERE
pages, Double Spaced, Body Text 12 Points, Formatted but
Simple not cramped
Name, Fatherí Name,
e-mail ID, Telephone number(s), Address for correspondence,
Passport Number and Place of Issue
Software Skills and
Certifications in Software Skills
(Microprocessor, DSP, Microcontrollers, Digital design, VLSI,
Embedded Systems) Skills and Certifications in these
(for what opportunities and what positions and salary,
Future Plan and
LETTER ADDITIONAL NEEDED FOR e-Mail or Post CV
A tight covering letter
that clearly matches your skills to the advertised role - this
will do more to get you over the first selection hurdle than
any photo or groovy attachment
Technology Skill Jobs:
and Training Jobs:
out whether you have logical thinking skills?
have you planned for the skills for programming in C or C++ or
you planned for practice exercises over 500 programming
problems from the books in any of these?
you planning for Oracle 9i or above?
you preparing for very good grades in one of the Internationally accepted certifications in
Networking, MCSD, Java, J2ME, VxWorks, Window CE, dot net
technologies, Linux, Oracle or CISCO technologies?
you planning for CDAC Embedded systems course or VLSI entrance
you planning to join popular standard training programs of
leading top institutions in the area?
Whether have you skills
for oral presentations on a topic? Do you always present your
class seminar properly after proper preparations and study? Do
you use line drawings and lists frequently in the presentation
for your class seminar? Do you explain precisely?
The purpose of the
interview is, of course, to assess your skills, qualifications
and personal style and determine if there is a good fit with
organizational needs and requirements of the position you are
seeking. It is up to you to make sure the interviewer sees you
in the best possible light and to show why you are the best
candidate for the position.
This is where research
and careful preparation will really pay off. The more you know
about the company and the position, the more you will be able
to show how you can make a significant contribution. At the
same time, the more confident you are about who you are and
what you have to offer, the more effective you will be in
showing how your particular combination of skills and
experience matches the requirements and expectations of the
position and the company.
Refer to the following
guidelines as you begin preparing for your interview.
* Research the company
and the position you are seeking; this will help you determine
which of your skills and qualifications you want to emphasize
during the interview; it will also help you explain why you
are interested in working for this particular
* Review your resume and
cover letter so you are completely familiar with what you have
told them about yourself.
* Decide what points
(key strengths or accomplishments) you want to cover so you
will be able to include those points in responding to whatever
questions you are asked.
* Know yourself well
enough to handle any question that is asked; the more you
understand yourself and your qualifications, the easier it
will be to convey self confidence and demonstrate your ability
to "think on your feet."
* Review possible
questions and REHEARSE your responses; write out some key
phrases, practice in front of a mirror or with a tape
recorder, listen to yourself and evaluate; ask a friend or
spouse to role play and listen to their suggestions; remember,
the idea is not to memorize your responses, but to become as
comfortable as possible in talking about yourself and your
* Prepare two or three questions that
you want to ask; such questions should help to convey your
motivation and interest, while giving you needed information
and perhaps another opportunity to show how you can be of
value to the company.
* Locate the company a
day or two before the interview so you know where it is and
where to go; if you are not familiar with the area, do a
"travel run" so you won't have any unanticipated traffic or
parking hassles on the day of your interview.
* Prepare a list of
references to take with you to the interview; be sure to
include titles, addresses and phone numbers and use the same
format and paper as your resume and cover
* Have work history
information ready in case you are asked to fill out an
application; be sure you have employment dates, names of
supervisors, salary information, etc.
* If appropriate,
prepare a packet of work samples that you can leave with the
interviewer if asked.
* Be sure you bring a
copy of your resume so you can refer to it if needed during
the interview; it is also okay to take any other notes or
worksheets with you to "jog your memory" and help you to
respond to questions during the interview.
know when to stop preparing and give yourself time to relax,
both physically and mentally, before going to the
- Do your
- Keep yourself
- Dressing for
yourself during the interview
Getting to interview is only
half the battle - you must also appear confident and
Knowledge about your prospective employer is essential.
It can help you prepare potential answers, plan questions to
ask, and even gain some perspective on your interview
panel - now come on, those stunned mullet expressions in
the company newsletter must reduce the fear factor! You can
begin your research on the Internet with the company's home
site through www.google.com and www.yahoo.com
is difficult to make a professional first impression if a
recruiter has to prompt you to recall the job
a note of what roles you apply for, and include dates,
advertiser details and contact names, and then keep it with
you so that you are ready for a call on the mobile or
First impressions are
critical to the success of your interview. The moment you
meet, the interviewer begins forming an opinion of you. This
initial impression is based almost exclusively on your
personal appearance and how well you are dressed. While being
the "best dressed" candidate may not get you the job,
inappropriate dress could very well rule you out before you
even have a chance to speak. This doesn't mean that you must
invest in extremely expensive clothing.
What it does
mean is that you should pay careful attention to the clothing
you do select and make sure it conveys the appropriate image
of you as a knowledgeable, skilled professional who can make a
significant contribution to the company.
has another advantage as well. When you are comfortable in how
you look, you will be more relaxed and confident in your
ability to sell yourself during the interview.
As you prepare for your
interview, then, keep the following guidelines in mind
regarding your dress and personal
* Dress conservatively,
unless you are applying for a position where creativity and
the unusual are expected; you want to be remembered for what
you say, not for what you wear.
* Dress to your
advantage by wearing clothing that is comfortable and puts you
in the most favorable light; don't wear clothes that will
detract from you as a person, but avoid an overly packaged
"dress for success" look.
* Dress for the
interviewer, the company and the position you are seeking;
however, even when you are interviewing for a position where
you will be wearing fairly casual clothes on the job, choose
business-like, professional clothing that reflects the
importance you place on the interview.
* Seek the advice of
someone whose judgment you trust if you are uncertain or lack
confidence in your own judgment.
* Pay careful attention
to your overall appearance; practice good personal hygiene; be
sure your clothes are clean and neatly pressed and that your
shoes are shined; avoid heavy or excessive jewelry; if you
wear cologne or perfume, be sure it is a light and inoffensive
fragrance, and use sparingly.
* Finally, don't forget
to wear a smile; smiling is contagious, will make you feel
more relaxed and helps to get the interview off to a
If you have "done your
homework" and followed the other suggestions in this handout,
you should be relaxed, confident and well prepared for your
interview. Now, it's time to review some tips and suggestions
that will help you during the interview
* Be early by at least 5
- 10 minutes; using this time to regain your composure and to
observe the work environment.
* Remember to smile and
greet the interviewer confidently; it's best to follow the
interviewer's lead as far as a handshake, use of first name,
* Be natural, cordial
and polite, even if the interviewer reacts negatively or
criticizes a response; the interviewer may be evaluating how
you handle stress.
* Maintain a positive,
confident attitude and a high level of enthusiasm throughout
the interview; remember you are there to sell yourself; if you
don't have confidence in your own abilities, you won't get the
interviewer to believe you have what it takes to
* Keep the interviewer's
attention by varying the tone, volume and tempo of your
speech; establish and maintain good eye contact, but act
naturally; treat the interview as a conversation and act
* Treat every question
as important; always assume there is a purpose to every
question and give a careful and thoughtful response to each
* Listen carefully to
the question; if you don't understand or are not sure what the interviewer is
looking for, ask for clarification or additional
* Refer to your resume or notes to help
you respond to questions; it is perfectly acceptable to ask
for a moment to collect your thoughts and formulate your
response to a difficult question.
* Emphasize the positive
but be honest and truthful; exaggerating and embellishing the
truth will usually come back to haunt
* Never criticize or
talk badly about a former employer or supervisor; if there
were difficulties, accept your share of the responsibility and
put the experience in a positive light.
* Be as specific as
possible when formulating your responses; use concrete
examples that demonstrate your proficiency or illustrate how
your skills have helped you succeed in school or another
* Have 2 - 3 questions
to ask the interviewer that reflect the research you have done
and show your interest in the company.
* Watch your nonverbal
communications; pay attention to your posture and don't let
yourself become too relaxed, even if the interview is going
very well; hand gestures are okay if used naturally, but be
sure they are not detracting from what you are
* Always keep the focus on what you can do for
the company; the interviewer is most concerned with your
ability to do the job and benefit the company, not with the
company's ability to meet your expectations; if you are
changing careers or have little direct work experience, it is
particularly important to show how the skills you have
developed in another setting are transferable to their
* Be prepared to respond to some
questions that are inappropriate or illegal; all questions
should be job-related, but some interviewers may not be aware
of what they can legally ask; if you feel uncomfortable with a
question and feel that your answer could hurt your chances,
trust your feelings; decline to answer in a firm, but tactful,
non threatening way; then go on with the interview as if
nothing negative had occurred.
* Wait for the
interviewer to bring up salary or benefits; generally, salary
is not discussed until the last interview; however, once it is
mentioned, it is okay to ask questions; let the interviewer
make you an offer before you give any indication of what you
are expecting; if pressed for a figure, ask what the range is
for the position before responding; however, if you have a
definite minimum that you will accept, it's okay to state
this, but be aware that you may eliminate yourself from
consideration by doing so; remember, you should consider the
total range of benefits offered in addition to the actual
salary when considering an offer; benefits such as health and
life insurance, retirement plans, etc., vary considerably from
one company to another and can add as much as 30% to 40% to
the total compensation package.
* Before the interview
ends, be sure you have the name and title of the interviewer;
the best way to accomplish this and assure that you have the
proper spelling is to ask for a business
* As soon as possible
after the interview, jot down some notes on what was
discussed, your impressions, what comes next, etc.; while you
think you will remember everything about each interview, it is
easy to forget key points after going through several
interviews or a period of time has
* Be sure to send a
thank-you note within one day after your interview to express
your appreciation and reaffirm your interest in the
1. Tell me about
2. Describe the major
functions of your current job; how did you go about learning
3. How have your past
work/educational experiences prepared you for this
4. What would you
consider to be your greatest accomplishment(s) over the past
5. How would your
current supervisor/professors describe
6. Why do you want to
work for this company?
7. What are your
8. If you could have
made one suggestion to your boss at your last job, what would
it have been?
9. What work/educational
experiences have been most valuable to you and
10. How do you plan and
prepare for the day/week? What do you do when
unexpected comes up?
11. Why do you want to
leave your current job? Why did you leave your last
12. Tell me about a
project you initiated. What was it? How did you go
it? What was the outcome?
13. Describe a situation
where you had a conflict with another person. How
go about resolving it? If a similar situation arose now, what
would you do differently?
14. How did you go about
choosing your major? What factors did you
consider? Are you
satisfied with your choice?
15. Give me an example
of a difficult problem you have solved and how you went about
16. What types of
situations put you under pressure, and what do you do to deal
with that pressure?
17. Tell me about a
situation where you had to persuade another person to accept
your point of view. What did you do? Were you
18. What can you
contribute to this company?
19. Are you willing to
relocate or travel as part of your job?
20. When do you feel
really charged up at work? When do you feel burned
21. What particular part
of your job/college courses did you enjoy most? Least?
22. Describe the type of
work environment/supervision you need to be most
on the job.
23. We are looking at
several very good candidates; why are you the best person for
24. What decisions are
easiest for you to make? the most
25. Give me an example
of how you have been particularly effective in
26. How would you
describe your supervisory/leadership
27. Where do you expect
to be in five years? What are your long-range
28. Why did you go to
(the college you attended)?
29. What type of student
30. Describe the
best/worst boss you ever had.
31. What interests you
about our products/services?
32. Did you ever change
your major? Why?
33. What personal
characteristics do you have that would be of particular value
to us/in this position?
34. How do you handle
35. Would you rather be
in charge of a project or a member of a
36. How did you prepare
for this interview?
37. How do you feel
about your career progress to date?
38. Are you interviewing
with any other companies?
39. What would you do if
your boss told you to do something immediately, and your boss'
boss asked you to work on a special project that also needed
40. Have you ever been
passed over for a promotion? What did you
41. How do you think
your work should be judged/evaluated?
42. How many hours a
day/a week do you think a person should spend on the
43. What have you done
about your own career/professional development over the past
two or three years?
44. How do you go about
judging or evaluating your own work? How do you know when you
have done a good job?
45. What questions do
you have for me?
46. Is there anything
else I should know about you?
47. Why should I hire
1. How would you
describe the ideal candidate for this
2. What are the
department's current major projects/priorities? What is
planned for the future?
3. Is this a newly
created position or would I be replacing someone? (If
replacement: Why did that person leave this
4. What are the most
significant challenges for this position over the
5. How has this position
changed over the last few years? Do you anticipate changes in
this position in the future?
6. How does the company
evaluate work performance? What standards would be used to
evaluate performance in this position?