7 Commandments for Success in Campus Interviews:
Campus Interview is what one looks forward to with enthusiasm, fear and excitement
towards the beginning of the final year. For some it's a make or break, at least
that's the way it's looked at and for some it's a matter of pride. The constant
thought in one's mind is - what shall make this click! What is it that the interviewer
is looking in me! Here's what the companies look for when they visit the campus
for interviews. Following are the 7-Commandments for success in facing a Campus
1. Know Thyself!
Not everyone is good in each and every field. Each one of us has our fortes and
weaknesses too. But that's not a stumbling block! What the industry looks for are
people who know their area of specialization and are an expert in it. Therefore,
it pays to be a master in some fields if not the jack of all. The most common mistakes
many make is to profess knowing a field of which they know little about. Remember
that huge and bulky resumes are as tough to read as they are to make. So, identify
your skill set, and keep your resumes simple and straight. Know your limits and
polish on your strengths.
2. Testing What You Know and NOT What You Don't.
Many interviewers may ask the student the subjects that she/he wishes to be interviewed
upon. Eureka!! Here's a golden opportunity. Answer this wisely! Never end up choosing
a difficult subject that you know only little about, rather choose the one you are
most confident of.
3. Rack Your Brain - Analyze
The interview is not just limited to testing your knowledge base, but is also interested
in knowing your ability to apply it. Often questions that need to be solved then
and there are asked. Now keep in mind - the right answer is not the only thing being
looked at. The focus area is also the way in which you attack the problem i.e. approach
to problem solving is equally important. So, remember to put your thinking caps
4. Ask for Help!
Murphy chooses to strike at the appropriate time! Inspite of the fact that you may
know something very well, it might just slip your mind. After all, heavy preparation
does takes its toll. Who better to ask for help than the poser of the question (of
course, don't try this too often!)! Remember the interviewer is not there to grill
the confidence out of you, but to bring forth the best in. Just in case you are
stuck, ask for a hint. Things might just click. Also, stay alert for clues.
5. What are your biggest accomplishments?
You may like to begin your reply with: "Although I feel my biggest achievements
are still ahead of me, I am proud of my involvement with.... I made my contribution
as part of that team and learnt a lot in the process". It will be a good idea to
close your answer with also specifying what attributes and circumstances made you
6. Be Calm, have Clear Verbal and Sound Non-Verbal Communication
Calmness shows emotional maturity. True, being calm in a job interview is a difficult
proposition, but then that is where it is required! Calmness does not imply being
unenthusiastic or apathetic during the interview, but knowing that you are nervous
and not letting it come in the way. A clear verbal communication implies clarity
of the thought process. One should also watch out for the impressions made in non-verbal
communication. Body language and facial expressions can assist you in establishing
a good rapport with the interviewer. Pauses, silences and gestures may all indicate
what you mean, understand, or would like to emphasize.
7. Two-Way Exchange Process
The interview process is a two-way exchange of information. Make sure you also understand
about the company, its activities, job requirements. The company is in need for
good candidates and you need a good company to launch your career. Interview is
an opportunity to present yourself and your skills to your best advantage. Make
sure you make the most out of it. And YOU are the best one to do it!!