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12 Lessons (1h 11m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Class Project

    • 3. Module 1: Information Gathering

    • 4. Preparing for interview 13082003

    • 5. Module 3: Dress Code & Behavior

    • 6. Module 4: Be Conscious of your body language

    • 7. Module 5: Answering the questions asked

    • 8. Module 6: Asking the right questions

    • 9. Module 7: Actions to be taken on the same day

    • 10. Module 8: Actions to be taken thereafter

    • 11. Module 9: Tips & Tricks for online interviews

    • 12. Bonus Module: Visualization

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About This Class

The class takes you through the "Interview Life-cycle" by dividing it in nine modules, three modules covering each of the three phases, "Before Interview", "During Interview" & "After Interview".

For each of the nine modules the class covers, "Why" the module is needed? "What" should the Applicant know? and "How" can s/he implement the learning?

Besides this the class would also cover three "Rarely shared insider secrets" that would give a lot of advantage to the learners during their interview.

The Nine modules are as given below

  1. Information gathering
  2. Preparing for interview
  3. Dress & BehaviorĀ 
  4. Body Language
  5. Answering questions asked
  6. Asking the Right Questions
  7. Actions after the interview on the same day
  8. Actions to be taken thereafter
  9. Tips- Online Interview session
  10. Bonus Module : Visualization

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1. Introduction: Hello everyone, Welcome to the session on "INTERVIEW: Tips, Tricks & rarely shared insider secrets. You're going to enjoy this one. Hello. Welcome to the class. Let's begin with the class basics. What skills are we going to learn in this class? In this class we are going to learn how to prepare, practice, and appear confidently for an interview. Who is this class for? This class is for everyone, a beginner, will learn a lot more and an experienced person would also have a few key takeaways. So even if you are a beginner level, It's okay. What are the key takeaways from this class? There are two main key takeaways from this class. The first one is the ability to prepare and confidently appear for any job interview. And the second one are the three key insider secrets, which I'll be sharing with you and will help you do better in your interviews. Hello everyone. My name is Atirakshit. I have over 15 years of corporate work experience across seven different countries. I've worked in various areas, right from consulting to coaching. In terms of coaching, I've trained, & coached more than 500 people internationally and that too; right from a beginner to a CXO level. Now let's see what all topics are we going to cover in this training? Let's look at the end-to-end interview. We have divided the end-to-end life cycle into three parts. That is before the interview, during the interview, and after the interview. So before we start the interview, you will typically have a candidate who's worried, not exactly prepared. And then we make him go through all the different modules. That's around nine modules. The first module we start with is information gathering. Now, in each of these nine modules, we'll be trying to cover the following questions. Why do we need this module? What is it that we should know and how should we go about implementing it? In the information gathering module, we'll look at how do we gather more information about the organization, its culture, its people, etc. In the second module, which is preparing for the interview, our focus is primarily on what type of questions will be asked to us. How can we get the answers for these questions and prepare for the interview in general? In the next module, we'll be looking at the dress and the behavior of the candidate. So on the day of the interview, How should you be dressed? How should be your behavior? The second, you enter, the interviewers premises. And in the fourth module, we'll be looking at the body language. Now this is one part that's often neglected, but it is very important because just by body language, the interviewer can make out whether you are lying or not. So it's very important to ensure that our body language is in sync with our verbal language. In Module 5, we will look at how are we going to answer the questions during the interview. I'll be sharing one of my top secrets in this particular area. In the sixth module, we'll be looking at asking the right questions. So almost always at the end of the interview, the interviewer will ask if you have got any questions or doubts. What kind of questions need to be asked here is what we'll be looking at in this particular module. In the seventh module, we'll be looking at the actions that we need to take on the day of the interview once the interview is done so as to have a positive impression on the interviewer. In the eighth module, we'll be looking at the actions we need to take their on so as to get an outcome and find response. In the ninth module, we will look at the different steps that we need to follow if our interview is being conducted online. The general idea is once you go through all these nine modulus, you should be a lot more calm and composed before your interview. You should be very confident and also fully prepared. And not to mention the hidden secrets that I'm going to reveal during this entire training. The next module is going to be on the class project. See you there. 2. Class Project : Hello. Let's take a look at the class project. The main purpose of the class project is to help you implement practically whatever we learned in theory. Keeping this in mind, I have created a workbook which will help you to achieve the same. For you to finish the class project, you have to ensure that you have completely filled this workbook. Ideally, as soon as you finish a particular module, immediately you should go ahead and fill the workbook. Now let's take a look at what all is there in this workbook. Let's look at the project workbook as explained earlier, the project workbook is there basically to help you go ahead and implement whatever you have learned in the theoretical sessions. Now in the project work MOOC, you have these tabs for different modules that we go through in the recession. And the idea basically is once you go through the session, you come here, you look at the questions that have been asked over here and try to go ahead and find answers for them. I also parotid space to put a web page link. Because sometimes what happens is we find the answers and afterwards we forget from where we garden. So putting the link over here will basically help you afterwards in case you have to find out where you got that particular answer from. So likewise, in the interview prep part will typically need to look at what other type of questions you would ask. What are the answers that you would get for them, and the webpage name. Their address and behavioral part is a bit different because this is more of a checklist for you in terms of what you need to have done on the day of the interview. The How To answer is again, the secret model that I'm going to bring you on. And this is going to have more information in the training. The ask great questions. Actions on the same day and actions later on are also somewhat similar to the other tabs we had in the beginning. So that's all for the project workbook part. The next session is going to be on information gathering. So see you there. 3. Module 1: Information Gathering: Hello, Welcome to the session on information gathering. Let's find out first why is this particular session important? Now let's talk very frankly, if somebody calls you and gold soon forward to our meeting, the first thing you will do is to try and find out why are they calling you. What's the reason for you to spend your dollars over there? Right? And this is just two hours we're talking about. But when it comes to your job, you will be spending almost eight hours over there. That's almost 1 third of your life. Don't you think it's important for you to gather information about that organization? What does it have? Is it where does it do when you become lower there? It will be red. That's the point. So gathering information about an organization will give you the confidence about the organization and the fact that you want to be there. Correct? The another point is as you are gathering information about the organization, you would also be gathering information about the culture of the organization. Is their office politics, and culture free to you? Is it totally different? That would also help you boost your confidence about the entire organization. And the third and the final point is from the salary perspective, when you are researching for an organization, you will also get an idea of what salary would you be expecting. So rather than going in Langley and quoting or figure which you would not be able to justify. It would be good to go prepared the set expectations and just define the expectation. Now let's look at the what and how, what is it that you should know and how is it that you should find? The first thing is to understand the organization. Find out what is its core business, what LLC goals, and this is what is it that they do with sector they belong to? What is the actual work? Also drive to find out information about the organization such as across how many countries is it spread, what does its total strength of employees across the globe? This would give you a perspective of an idea in terms of how big the organization is and how comfortable you would be ordered. It's also important to find out things like what has been the company's profit, what has been its revenue? Is it having incremental growth year on year or not? This will tell you about the financial health of the organization. So in short, gathering all these things now how do you gather it? The easiest place to gather this information needs to go to the company's website. On the company's website, you would have a column which would be like about us, which would give you more information about the number of countries, the people, and all these things. You would also have a section that will say services and products offered that will give you information about their products or services. And most of the big organizations also have an Investor Relations section which gives you all the information about their financial health. The next thing that we typically look at, understanding the culture of the organization, try to find out how is leakage or is it more employee friendly? Are the policies that the organization has more focused towards employees or is it something? It's also, it's important to find out whether the structure that they have, is it identical? Is it flat? Because of that structure, you directly have access to the top management. Whereas in a hierarchy, hierarchical structure, you would need to go through multiple layers to reach to the top management. And the third thing that we'll talk about is the salary structure. This is very important. I mean, not only the salary structure, but also what kind of appraisals happen? Is it yearly is at half yearly. What are the things look bad? What is the average percentage that you get? It's good to know all this information. And a very important point I would like to make here be very clear about the CTC. That's a cost to company or salary that you would get. And how would we the bigger? Let me quickly quote an example here. This was way back around some 1314 years back when I just finished my MBA and had appeared for the interview of an organization, I cleared the interview and I got an offer letter and I was very happy because the organization was offering INR 3.5 lakhs and that was a big amount. But only while going through the offer letter, I understood that out of the 3.21 lag was basically for loyalty worse. So only phi spend five years with that organization. Will I get that money? If I leave before five years? My CDC was as good as you know, minus1 metal piece. So it's very important to understand what is the actual takeaway that you're going to get at the end of the month rather than just a big CPC. Now how do we do this? So there are two ways to do this. One is there are many websites like Glassdoor, payscale,, et cetera, et cetera, which gives you a lot of information about the organizations they give you the employees we'll use of the organizations, the salaries. They offer a wide band of questions they asked, et cetera, et cetera. So you can use all these websites and gather more information about the organization. In case if these websites are not sufficient, then you can also go on to a Linkedin and reach out to the employees of the organization and see if you can talk to them. You might have some people in your first cerebellar second circle on LinkedIn, reach out to them, talk to them, tell them that you are getting an offer. And most of the times that I ve so two people there have been very infinitely. Yeah. So considering all this, it kind of becomes very important for us to gather all this information out an organization in order to make a very informed decision. So that's all for now. I'll see you in the next session that is in W preparation. Till then, take care and see you. 4. Preparing for interview 13082003: Hello, welcome to the next session that is preparing for the interview. Let's look at why is it important to prepare for the interview? Now when you go for the interview and somebody asks you a question that you have never heard before, you get approximately five seconds at max to think about the answer. Now, imagine if for the same question you get an own 10 to 15 minutes to prepare, Don't you think that would be very good? That is exactly what we are trying to do in this particular section is preparing for the interview. When we're trying to find out different questions and it's possible answers and knowing these answers in advance and preparing for their nicely or not only giving you the confidence boost that you need to go and appear for the interview. But also for those people who are problems like this timer while answering, or they think their fluency in English is not that great. They get this additional time so that not only can they prepare the answer, but they can also practice getting the answers in front of the mirror or with a colleague or with a family member and try to hone their cells so as to not have this problem of stammering or not being able to speak fluently in the interview. And finally, the most important part it basically helps you to understand is your fitment correct? Now what do I mean by fitment? What I mean by fitment is that let's say you're applying for the post of a manager, right? And while going through this particular process, you realize that the questions and answers are asked her something you understand very easily and something that we did one year ago. And that's an indication that your fitment should be for a senior manager. I'm not a manager. On the other hand, if you realize that all the skills that are being asked for something that you are not aware of all at all, then in that case, you should be looking at the lessor heard from Dr. ABM, assistant manager. So these are the primary reasons why this particular section is very important. Now let's move forward and see at what should you know and how you should get below this. The first part of what you should know is what's hints are needed and whether the skills match was not. So this kind of gives you an idea of order Friedmann. What they typically say is if your skills and the skills that are asked for our 75 percent and above match, then you can go ahead and apply for that particular endeavor. However, if you match is somewhere between 50 to 75 percent, then from this time bill, the day of the interview, you have the time. Update yourself to hold yourself so that you are able to match the skill level at least 75 percent and then give them. However, if you see that the skills required and your skills are matching less than 50 percent, then I suggest that you should typically look for some other job rather than this one because this would not be that much of effect. Now, how do you understand this commitment? How do you know what skills are required? Mostly whenever you look at a job description, typically they would mention the skills that they would want the ideal candidate. So going through the job description thoroughly will give you an excellent idea how you are suited in terms of kids. The second thing is we also tried to find out what are the different types of questions that are asked in these interviews? Is it like objective type of questions, ABCD? Is it subjective? Is it experienced based on what kind of questions do they ask? Now, you know you were asked Okay, how would I get denovo this? So in the earlier section, I have listed in a more of that sites like,, ambition All these websites also have a section wherein they mentioned, you know, for x particular job role. These were the questions are answered or asked and it not the website that puts it up. Typically the people who have gone through the interview the day, go ahead and update this information over there. So that's a very good place for you to go and do your research in order to find out that for a particular company, for a particular job road, what are the possible questions are? What type of questions can be asked? The third thing that we look at, the actual questions. So when you go through these sites, you browse through them, you will find those extra questions, list them down. Tried to find out the answers to these questions. There may be some that would already be there on the side. For others, you might have to go and search around the Internet to get that particular information. So for the ones that is already there on the site, That's great. But for the ones that are not dead on this side, and you will have to find the ethnically specific websites. So let's say if you are into pharmaceuticals or if you are into some high-tech boding, paying, your particular area of expertise would have some websites that was specialized in that particular area. So you can take help of these sets to prepare your questions. So once you have understood the type of questions and once you have gone through and found out which had been most common questions that are asked for this particular job role and prepared the answers for it. The last part that remains is for you to make sure that all your answers are grammatically correct. Now how do you do that? The simplest form is to approach someone you know who is good in grammar and get it checked by him or her in case you feel you do not have anyone then online sites like, which would typically help you to go ahead and ensure that whatever you have written is grammatically correct. So that's all we have for now for this particular session, I will meet you in the session or the next session, which is typically based on the dress code that you should have on their day of the interview and your behavior, how it should be when you enter the premises of the customer. That's all for now. See you in the next section. Thank you. 5. Module 3: Dress Code & Behavior: Today we're going to talk about your dress code and behavior on the day of aid. And will be frank if someone turns up for me, shabby dressed orders issued and act on genes being not very lately unless it's an acceptable candidate to hire that person. Simply because the way lessons conveys as he listens about how important that is he considering. And more important than that nicely. And indeed, the rest dressed in a suit with a tie and formally, you could, from within you get a feeling of being good. And that actually use a lot of boost your confidence. Not only that, but being dressed properly in formulas and going inside gives a very good impression on the interviewer as well. Also considering the behavior part. Now, different organizations to create differently. I also known about organizations that have behavior as a part of the interview without actually letting the intervened. We know that he's being absorbed or SP here is being absorbed. Whenever you go to give an interview, the moment you set your foot inside the premises, you should be on alert because you never know what you are being judged on, right? Also, your behavior shows the kind of character you have. Whether you care about people, whether you are helpful in nature or you are just arrow guaranteeing, ignore people do not go importance to anything else. And finally, your behavior. If it is good, for example, you are smiling with the security guard or you are smiling for the receptionist, other things. This all shows good character and once you start talking to these people, it also gives you a lot of information and gets wet, rainy day, the entire atmosphere in place. So that's the why. And now let's look at what do you need to know and how will you go ahead and do these things, right? The first that we have is, as I mentioned earlier, being dressed professionally actually gives you a good feeling. Now, what do we define as professionally dressed? I wouldn't deep dive much enjoy it. It's there on the slide, you can look at it. But to put it in very simple terms for a guy, it would be typically soup or nice formula short trousers. For a lady who Reidel viewers, smart business casual or something like a sorry if you are an Indian. One thing that I would typically like to mention is, at least for the gents, is at when they are very formal goals, their color and the color of the shoes should match. This is typically what is looked at if the people are really aware about the dress code that I also remember having been picked upon for not having matching shoes and socks. So it can kind of become picky. But then, you know, depending on what organization it is, at the very end, it didn't change. So put it on the safe side and show the color of her belt and choose match the color of your shoes and socks. They also match it. Next, of course, look your best. So one typically that I do or something that I use myself is that I always reach the interview plays at least 15 to 30 minutes or as soon as m there and I have informed the receptors and therefore w shall make me sad because I reached earlier. So not only does it convey a message to the interviewer, because the second though, citizens calls the interview and informs our eyes. They know that we're a punctual person and you arrive either on or before rate. And secondly, I also use this time to use the Washoe and idea because even if you are traveling in a car or something, that is a good chance that your head it will get all the rough boiled and might have some those stand out like in India, there's a lot of it. So it's always good to go to the washroom and ensure that your face is clean, your head is properly own and you look your best, right? Again, as I said, it's important deck, you arrive at least 1513 minutes before because it creates good impression on the individual. And to do this, what I typically do is I always use of vague or Ola or some tab aggregator like that. And on the day of my interview to go from my office to that so that I am on time well before time and not at least in Mumbai, there is a lot of rush and hustle bustle India. So by the time you go to the place off, we'll do via public transport, there's a good chance you will be all hazard and may even smell of perspiration, something really nobody would like, right? So try to use and Cadbury, they get an hour cab or in case if you have your own garden would be absolutely the best. Second is always care about the mice and the people. So when you are entering, wish the security person, wish the receptionist over there. If you find a paper, sit around on the table or something, just see I mean, I'm telling you to go ahead and clean the entire office or the waiting area. But whatever is possible within something just in front of you, go ahead and do it. It's not not take much effort or it will definitely come, they would feel. So this is what you can do to actually convey that you care about the people and the humanizes. And finally, make everyone feel comfortable level. So let's say if there is someone sitting, smiling, then talk to them. And this is very beneficial, let me share an experience. So once I had gone for an interview in an organization and I reach our own 45 minutes early. I was just sitting at the reception and there was this person of approximately the same age sitting next to me. So I smiled at him is my left knee and then I just got talking. I thought he sold them for an interview. So I asked him, Are you there for an interview and he said No, no, no. I'm a vendor for this organization. I say, Ah, this MOOC. So then I asked him, okay, so what are your feelings about the organization? How is there any information you can go it does. I've come here for an interview. What are the guys that actually shocked me? He basically said the run, run as fast as you can. And I was like, why, what happened? And he's like, You know, I'm a window and these guys haven't paid argues for the last three months. And organization that doesn't pay its windows for more than three months is not a good sign. And he also informed that he has heard the employee stocking that we haven't got a salary this month is getting delayed, et cetera, et cetera. So that immediately set the alarm bells ringing. But of course, I am not going to blindly believe any person who sees anything and kind of go off. I stayed back, I gave the entire interview. Fortunately, one of my colleagues was an intern over there. I talked with them later on and I found out that what the person was saying was really true. So even though I had an offer from that place, I didn't join because the repetition was not really that good. So you never know in what ways you get help or information. So this will go to everyone, smile and via Q best behavior pen at the customer witnesses. That's all we have for this session. I talked to you in the next session, which is going to be next topic, which is going to be very interesting and that's all about your body language. So see you there. 6. Module 4: Be Conscious of your body language : Hello, Welcome to Module 4. That is all about your body language. So first, let's try to understand why is this important. This is important because just by your body language and interviewer can make out whether you are no, I'm not. Not only that if he's good enough, he can also make out if you're lying on your board. So it becomes very important to ensure that our body language as well as verbal language are in sync. Because if you get this right, then you will have a very good impression on the interviewer. Now let's move on to what do you need to know and how you are going to implement this to body language is one of the first secrets that I was going to share with you, the incentive secrets, which people normally do not talk about. But again, this is not something that I can show it to you on a slide or something of that sort. Yeah, so I thought the best way of trying to tell you about this is to take you through the entire process and tell you reach out to particular points where you will be scrutinized or to be looked at. So I'm going to take you through the entire life-cycle. That's a second. You come in for the interview and you go in for the interview till the moment that you step out of the ok. And I would like you to pay careful attention to this entire process and if possible, try to get it fixed in your mind. Because the last module that we'll be looking at visualization, this process would come in very handy in that particular modulus way. Okay? So let's start with this. You're standing or other you're sitting in the waiting area and then somebody tells you, okay, Your next you going. Okay. So now there could be two scenarios that you have a single interviewer or you have a panel of interviewers. I'll be telling you about both the things work you shouldn't be doing, okay? Now as you go towards the interview room, you push the door a little bit. You knock on the door and you ask me, I come in, right? Of course. Somebody from inside even say, yeah, please come in or anything of that sort, walking into the room. If it's a single person, look into the eyes of that person, wishing Good morning, good evening, whatever, give him a comfortable handshake. Yeah. In case if it's a panel of people, then you turn my turn in the entire room. Look into the eyes of each and every interview out there. And I think it wouldn't be possible to shake hands with all of them, but at least look at each one of them and acknowledge. This shows the kind of confidence you have when you try to hold their gaze and look into the eyes? Yeah. Wait for a second. Also, typically one of them would tell you to sit down in case if someone doesn't tell you, then you can politely ask that. Can I take a seat? And most world it is a I assure Please sit down. Yeah. Just thank them. And then say dot and then look towards the person who is sitting in the middle. Typically he will be the person who will ask you if if that person is not starting the interview, what someone else's, then whoever is starting the interview, you look towards that person. And try to acknowledge and understand what he's saying or what he's asking. Okay. Again, one more important point that you have to remember here is that when you're sitting down on the chair, you should not be sitting on the edge of the chair because typically sitting on the edge of the chair portrays that you are kind of nervous. Yeah. So sit comfortably in the middle of the chair. And when I say confronted doesn't mean that you go all the way back and put one leg on top of the other inset. You have to sit at a comfortable position at the same time your back has to be upright. You know, you shouldn't be slouched like this because this doesn't show a positive body language. It to be sitting upright and straight. Okay? Now, another thing when you are sitting is to not cross your hands like this. Don't cross your hands, don't cross your legs. Because in body language, typically when you cross, it shows that you're trying to be defensive. You are trying to hide something. Yeah. So to ensure that your hands are not fidgeting around with something because fidgeting around with something again portrays nervousness. So just keep your hands on top of your lap on the nice. Or if you have a desk, just keep them on the desk and, you know, just one on top of other. Keep them clasp. Yeah. Don't fidget around with your hand or don't keep a pen in your hand and then keep on toiling the pen or something. These are all telltale signs of being nervous. Okay. So once you were seated and you are looking at the person, if it's a single person interviewer, then it's quite easy. You just have to respond to what the person is seeing by looking into his eyes. And when I see by looking into his eyes, I don't want you to stare continuously or dead person without blinking your eyes. Yeah. There is a difference between having and maintaining eye contact and staring and it's a very thin layer. So ensure you are not staring into the eyes of the interviewer. Okay? Now as the interviewer asks you questions and you answers to the integrals questions, keep one thing in mind. Keep your hands on the table. Do not let your hands move. Of course, if you are explaining something or if you're using to make some guess shows it's understandable. Yeah. But however, when you're speaking something and maybe you are lying or maybe you're saying something that you shouldn't be seeing, then your body typically reacts. And in such a situation, one of the reactions that take place as you are hand will go towards your chin or towards your nose or something like that. And when you hand typically goes and even around your mouth, it's an indication that you're saying something that you should not be seeing. So actually your body is trying to stop you from saying anything. However you are conscious mind is not allowing him to put a hand on your mouth. It's roaming somewhere near the mouth. So whenever you are speaking, either your hands should be on the table, on your knees or you should be using it to gesture something. You should not hold a pen or anything. If you have taken a copy of your CV, it should be in a file. It should be placed on the table. Your hands should be either on the table or on your nice. Okay. It should not be crossed. And when you are speaking, you have to maintain eye contact. We're clear so far. Great. Now, if it's a panel and if somebody has asked you a question, always start by looking into the eyes of the person who was asked the question as you begin your answer. However, as you go through the answer. Do casually look around all the panel members and how a brief eye contact which each. And then while you're finishing the answer, return back to the main person who had asked that particular question. Okay. I get it. When you're sitting, if you are holding your hands like this. This portrays a position of conference, a position of authority. So it's again, a dicey guess sure that you have to be a bit careful how you use it, because it shouldn't come across as you are too confident and arrogant. Yeah. Again, while you're answering, it said that typically when you try to remember something from your memory, your eyes would go towards the top left-hand side. And when you are trying to cook up a story or you're trying to make a lie, you are accessing the creative side of your brain. Then you isolate the papillae, go towards the right saying, yeah. And this is, I mean, I've been practicing body language for quite some time, but this is one gusher I have not been able to control because it just happens instinctually. It's very difficult to control a lot of your body language. The best thing to do in this case is to ensure that you do not tell lies. Because if you tell a lie, your body will react or sooner or later it will get caught. Anyways, it doesn't make sense to get a job or crack an interview by telling lies because sooner or later it will be caught. And yeah. So ensure that you do not do any of these actions as you sit and you are answering to the person, maintain eye contact. Do not shake your legs or hands or show you are impatient or anything along those lines? Yeah. Also another thing is always trying to pull your ears. Yeah. Because like as I said earlier, that your body language reacts by trying to cover your mouth because it doesn't want you to say something in a similar fashion when you scratch your ER or move around, it's basically your body's trying to would you or yours, so you don't hear what the person in front of you is saying. So it's any indication that, you know, you, I'm kind of bored or not really interested in what is being said and you really don't want to listen to it. Yeah, that's again, not a very good reaction. So you continue your integral in this manner, maintaining the eye contact and giving examples and justifying everything. And you go through the entire interview. Towards the end, when you are asked for any questions. At this point, you know, when you're always through the, through the interview, if you move a bit forward in your chair, then that actually shows interest. So remember this, It's a very thin line. If you sit at the edge of the chair when you have come in first, it shows nervousness. However, when you hear something interesting and you want to be involved in that discussion, moving towards the edge of the chair from the middle is actually considered as showing interest in what's going on. Yeah. So remember if you do this towards the end when you give you an opportunity to ask questions, they will get the message that you are really interested in asking the questions I in towards the end when they until you get so just have an eye contact with all the team members. Thank them for their time and said you felt really good and that you'll be waiting for them to get back to you. Okay? So I really hope that this is helpful to you. The best policy as always is to be honest when you're giving the interview, because you can to an extent, try and control your body language. But to a greater extent, It's really difficult to control. And if the person who is watching us and export, Hey, we'll still be able to catch. Yeah. So that's all I have for this session. I hope you enjoyed the first secret, the next secret I share Hinton next session. So have a good time and talk to you later. 7. Module 5: Answering the questions asked: Hello, welcome to the next section, which is how to answer the interview questions. Now first let's understand why is this particular topic important? When we go into the depth of how to answer the questions, the first thing is, giving answers in the correct manner conveys your wisdom and your knowledge, which is very important, right? I deliberately it's your skills and your knowledge that is being Gosh. So if you're unable to convey what you have, it's going to be a major disaster, right? The second reason is basically the secret. The second secret that I'll be sharing with you, and I'll be sharing with you in the next couple of minutes. This is very interesting. And finally, when you go ahead and supplement your answers with actual experiences that you have had, that goes ahead and establishes your credibility as an expert in that particular area, right? So for these reasons, it's very important for us to study this particular section. So let's move on to the, what do you should know and how you should go ahead and implement it in terms of what you should know. The first thing that you have is hopefully you would have prepared in the earlier section where we had looked at how to prepare for the interview. And once you've done that and you have the questions and it's grammatically correct answers ready. It should be comparatively very easy for you to answer the questions that are being asked in this particular section. Next is, whenever you are answering, it's always important to have an eye contact with the person you are answering two. Now why do I say The person you are answering two? If in case it's a panel interview that you're giving and there are four to five people seated. You should typically be having an eye contact with the person who asked you that particular. Next. Is that be sure that whenever you are answering questions, your suitability for the role becomes visible through your answers and any experience that you might have heard in that particular area. Now, let's look at this secret. Okay. Before looking at the secret, let me also take you through the house. Would you do it? And in the end we'll keep the secret because it's going to take some time to explain. Be very careful. Because as we saw in the earlier chapter of body language, it's very important to ensure that your body language is aligned with your what we'll language. And the best way to do it is not bluff or like who gets paid forward. Otherwise, it's very difficult to guard duty upon. So if you do not know the answer to a particular question, stayed ahead and go say, No. I don't normally answer to this. Honesty is the best policy in this case. If you have not heard the question clearly, you can go ahead and say Can you please repeat it? Right? Even after repeating if I'm not understood the question properly, you can ask them to go ahead and reframe the question. And why do I say this? Because I remember I had this experience with an individual who was French. Now French people, when they speak English, they have a very thick French accent. And for an Indian late me, it becomes really difficult to understand what they say. So let us this particular question when he was asking me so what happened after the hour? And I just didn't know what he meant by alpha. I said could you please repeat it? And he's like, Okay, so what happened after the other? And again, confused. What is this? And so finally I told him so I do not understand what you mean. That's when the person went. I didn't say but one. You take one and you cut it. You have 1.5 the other house. So basically we're saying half, but it's thick accent leg left to right. So if you're having a problem like this, feel free to go and tell the person to go ahead and leave him the question. Also ensure that all the information you have gathered, like the number of people, the revenue, the countries you are in trying to build this in into the answers that you're giving so that the interviewer actually knows that you know about the organization inside out. And I'm really interested in it. Finally, it's always good to go ahead and support your answers with the experience that you have. It really helps. Yeah. Now let's go to the secret. I'll quickly do is I'll move out from the presentation more and I'll go to the Excel file. It'll do much easier for me to explain this to you. Now, whenever you go for an interview, most of the times, the interviewer is not someone who has done this earlier prepared. He doesn't have a list of questions that is we need to ask until and unless it's a technical round of the interview where you create a program or give some technical answers. In that case, it may happen they have requests and predetermined, but whenever it's a face-to-face interview or some person is taking you interview. 90% chances are there that this person is not prepared with what questions he's going to ask you. In some of the cases I had experienced that they had not even bond through ICD entirely. And so they asked me to take them to listen to my CV, so on. So typically what happens in this case is the person would mostly start with a question that would say, Tell me something about yourself or if they have not gone regular see you they tell you, run me through your CV and then tell me about yourself. Now whenever we get you get this question, Tell me something out your cells. It's actually a very good opportunity for you to lead or guide the interviewer. Now how would I do that? You would ask? So what I do is whenever I'm asked the question, tell me something about yourself. I'm amongst all the things that dimension like my education, my experience, et cetera, et cetera. I also mentioned some interesting things. Let's say I'll put one interesting thing that I have got updated in my name. In the other interesting thing that I have had each state and national prices in my technique that they were presentation time in the college days. So these two are some things which people will not typically here. So that catches the interests of the interviewer. And once this catches the interests of the interviewer, they get more gravitated towards these things. So in my case, the typical next question would be either they would ask me about the patent. That is what I have shown here as. The lead to, or they would ask me about my prices. That is what I've put here as lead one. So and you get the basic question. Tell me about yourself. You tell them things like option two, option six, Option 5, 3, 4, etc, etc. And in these opsins, you 14, a leader one and only two. That's two things that would typically stand out. Now let's say the interviewer latches onto these lead to, in my case, let's say he asks about the patent and he said, Oh, you our pretend that that's great. So tell me more about this. Then again, I'll go around and I'll mention 23 things about the patent. And then I'll put in an interesting point. But example, let's say point, I would put them in this, although this paid goodness there. But when you are actually implemented, we had a lot of issues. This again, kind of gravitates or draws the viewer's attention towards this. So then the next obvious question you would follow plus 0. Okay, So what happened during that? Why was it not running? And then you basically have your lead number 4. Then again, in this particular lead, you go ahead and you give him a couple of options and then you would have you. And so what you're doing over here is annoying to the interviewer. You are actually guiding the interview by providing him proper, leap laced, attractive lives for which you would already have nicely prepared answers. So for the interviewer, It's a random thing that's happening. Whereas you, yourself know in your mind that you are guiding the interview through this and you have prepared those answers. Very good. All right. And as you can see, as you go down, as you go through more number of iterations, in number of options you can give, repeatedly reduces. So it becomes easier for you to place in a lead. And typically after, let's say three or four leads, that particular option would get exhausted. And one of two things, if you have spoken sufficiently enough, interview would be over. And if not, then there's a good chance that he may focus on the second lead. Or again, once you have exhausted the second lead, you could go ahead and for the host ID that was there, you could mention some pointers. So they go ahead and paste them mislead. But for you to be able to use this secret, you need to prepare yourself. Finally, it requires a lot of repetition and guidance because you will have to determine that when you asked me something about yourself, what are the options here we'll say, how do you ensure that the two leads you place there? They are really eye grabbing and they catch the attention. And then you have to further prepare the answers for them. And the further. This is not simple, but this is a onetime activity. If you spend time on this and you prepare your entire lifecycle, you can use the same approach in almost all the face-to-face interviews you have. And trust me, this has not failed. Even ones? Yeah. If at all it is failing, the only reason would be that the leads you are placing are not attractive enough. So please practice this, do it in your class project, and be sure to practice your interviews. Yeah, that's all I have for you now in this session, I'll see you in the next session. We'll then have a good day. 8. Module 6: Asking the right questions: Hello, Welcome to the session on asking the right questions. As I have told you earlier towards the end of your interview, the interviewer will typically ask you if you've got any questions. Most of the times, the people feel scared and they do not ask any questions. In fact, this is the perfect opportunity for you to put sensible questions across. Now let's look at why is it am I saying that this is important? The first and the foremost reason is that it shows or it demonstrates your curiosity, that you are eager to learn, you want to know more. It shows that you have a good amount of emotional quotient. Not only that, when when we ask such questions, it also helps us to clarify any doubts we have had in the past. So we went through phases like gathering information about the company, preparing for the interview, everything, any questions that would have a resonant that point of time and would have been sensible are things that you could ask at this particular point of time. Not only that, but asking the right questions can also help you to go ahead and evaluate the offer that you get towards saying, now why am I seeing? So let me put forward a simple example that I had off my own when I was using from one organization to another in my previous organization to medical expenses for my parents, I had to pay separate premium amount, whereas the new company that I was going to join was already including the coverage for my parents. So that was almost around four to 5% of the salary that I was going to get. So even though monetary ways there was not that high, but just the single 5% was automatically an added incentive. Therefore, these are the main reasons why you should be taking this very seriously. Now let's look at what you should be asking and how you should be asking. Or rather, in this case, what are the main questions and then further questions then you should be asking. So the first thing that you should typically ask would be regarding your job rule. Yeah. You can ask different questions like, what my job role is about, whom does this role would report into? How is the performance of this particular role evaluated or judged. This shows you an interest about the job and the job role and the curiosity to know more about what you are going to do. This puts a very positive to focus on. Next is you can ask about the team, right? For example, with the team that I'm going to work for, how is it like? Does it have a flat structure? Does it have an hierarchical structure? Or you could even ask that, you know, can you tell me some information about the team? How is it to whom does it report into? What is, who will be the main key stakeholders with whom we will have two deed on a day-to-day basis, etc, etc. So all these questions not only show how good you are, but also provide you with a lot of, of information for your own self. And the third type I would typically say is, you know, during the as I mentioned in the y section, during your preparation and information gathering, if you have come across any questions, you can go in and ask them also. A couple of questions I would typically ask is, how does the organization do for you backwards employees? What is the feedback mechanism like? And then you could also ask is, how long do you expect the interlude to go on? Because as you are preparing for the interview, do not know how much time they mutate. So all these are sensible questions that you can look at. I've given you an example of just a limited view. If you go and search on Lange in Google, you will find a lot of money questions, right? Just to be careful to ensure that these questions are sensible and appropriate. Let's not go around asking what the interviewers the salary is or what is the salary of your peers, etc, etc. So as long as you're sticking to these basic rules, you should be good. I'm leaving a very great impression on the Internet. That's all for this session. I'll see you again in the next session, which is more about the actions that you should be taking on the day of the interview as soon as you interview is done. That's all for now. See you in the next session. 9. Module 7: Actions to be taken on the same day: Hello, welcome to the next session, which is basically the actions that you need to take on the day of the interview. Now first, let's look at why is the section there. Why do we need to take these actions? First and foremost point is everyone likes to be appreciated. Then be it an individual, be the intermediate or B. So this is a good opportunity for us to show our appreciation not only to the HR, but also for the interval. That is why we should be taking actions here. Second thing is it will also convey to the individual that is, it is not that once the interview is done here for Gordon about so we would also be conveying that we are still interested and we are awaiting the results of the interview. And finally, the third important point. It shows that you take actions promptly. So as soon as the indigo God over you went home, you relaxed for some time, and then you went ahead and communicated with the organization. So all of these basically creates a positive impression on the organization itself and also helps you to ensure that you are not easily forgotten. Now let's look at how and what, what needs to be done and how it needs to be done. First thing is you should be getting in touch with the HR as well as the interviewers. If they have this close to their names to you, and you should be appreciating them first, pairing their valuable time to conduct your them. How can you do this? So very simple way. Please draft an email and appropriate response, simply stating that you would like to appreciate the effort that the interviewers have taken and you would like to thank the HR for our engineered. This serves two purposes. One, it shows your appreciation. Second, it lets the user know that the ground has actually happened. Sometime what happens is HR sits up here into your round. However, the person who's going to conduct the interview is not available. So at such instances, the really doesn't know what has happened. So when you communicate, not only do you thank the interviewers or do you also let HR know that the interview has actually happened and then you tank of it. So it's overall every direction you are creating a positive impression. The next point I would say is basically if a bug, you have gone through a third agency or a concert and it's also good to reach out the consultant, appreciate them for their efforts and also let them know yet yes, around has actually happened because they, being a third party, are most of the times in darkness or we'll have some time passed by before they could actually get to know whether they interview has happened on Mars. In such a scenario, you immediately sending out an email to them. Works like magic. So always remember, you should always appreciate the people, the HR as well as the interviewer, as well as the third party is any That does help you go ahead and become a part of that interval. That's all for this session. Thank you for attending and I'll see you in the next session, which is what do you do after a couple of weeks on this has happened. So see you there. 10. Module 8: Actions to be taken thereafter: Hello, and welcome to the eighth module, which basically covers what actions do you have to take after two weeks have passed by. So to be very simple, for the first two weeks, none will take any action other than the e-mail that you sent out appreciating them. After two weeks, you can drop an e-mail reminding the HR or the third party, whatever the case may be, that you have been waiting for the result of your interviews. If for whatever reason, they do not respond to this, continue doing it for the next two ones at a gap of two weeks each. So in a nutshell, first two weeks now follow-ups, no actions are either apply for other jobs and other companies. After the first two weeks go by Rob, a reminder email to the HR stating that you are waiting for this. If you still do not get any output, then for the next two months at a gap of every two weeks, keep on sending a reminder. And how do you do that? I've seen this to be a very effective method. If while writing an email to someone, you put in the subject line itself, reminder to reminder three reminder for what happens is it's more of a human psychology when they start seeing the number increasing that reminder to reminder, three reminder for the start feeling scared that we have already been reminded four times and we have not taken any absent. So this sometimes helps you through kind of hook pressure on the third party or the HR to go ahead and respond back. If at all after two months also, you do not get any response. It's more or less an indication that they have moved on and so should be. Ooh. Yeah. So that's all I have for this session now. Short and a good session. So see you in the next session. That's basically tips for online reviews. Thank you and see you there. 11. Module 9: Tips & Tricks for online interviews: Welcome to Module 9, tips for online interviews. Now first, let's understand why this module is necessary. As we see that most of the people these days are working from home. Everybody is going online. So there is a great chance that the interviews that you will face these days are willing to be online interviews. And the online interview arena is not exactly the same as an offline. It's a bit different ballgame. There are some pointers or points to which we should pay attention. So this is existing primarily because you should be comfortable and able to appear for online interviews as well, not only the offering. So this module will give you the confidence boost that you need. And finally, to refrain or other to help you to not commit any silly mistakes that can easily be avoided. I thought it's necessary to introduce this particular module. Now, let's go to the tips directly and see what are the different IP stack you have whenever you are having an online interview, the first thing that you will have to ensure is that you have a stable Internet connection and that you are not gravelly. Please ensure this because I remember in one of the interviews that I was getting, there was some confusion with the HR and the goal was set up when I was traveling on National Highway. Trust me, the interviewer dropped at least four times and half of that. He was not able to be here, what I will say. So then I requested him and I told him Please let me reach my destination and then I'll call you back. So to avoid such things or do avoid interrupting the interviewer, always ensure that your connectivity is good and that you are not driving. The next is if you have been given a link of any of the online mediums, for example, link, Zoom or Microsoft Teams or anything, always ensure that you tested out. Rethink that, you know, since a link is new and it will automatically invoke, it's not necessary. Sometimes some tools have certain requirements which you will not be known to you, right? So to avoid any last minute conclusions or any last minute running here and there, always connect a day prior and see if everything is working out. Okay. The next thing is, on the day of the interview, ensure that you restart your laptop at least one hour before they enter. The reason why I'm saying this is if you ask someone like me who keeps on working the laptop horsey long hours and after that doesn't switch off the laptop, but this puts it on the sleep mode and goes off. And then again the next day, I'll wake it up from sleep and start working on it. Right. Now what happens is since you don't exactly close your laptop and the restart does not happen. A lot of the Windows patches do not get installed in their duration in which you not restarted at all. So then if you restart the laptop one hour before, if it tells them have any patches or any updates that need to happen, you have sufficient time to ensure that gets done and you are ready for your interview guide. Otherwise, what will happen is while you are leaving the interview you or laptop and going for a restart. And that would kind of entirely jacket. So please ensure and are before you go ahead and restart your laptop, again, when you have to login to the call, whatever time is given, login at least 10 to 15 minutes before. Because I've seen this happening a mode of times when I was conducting the online interviews, that the person is to come five or 10 minutes late and then give an excuse that I had something that we would be problems on my laptop was not working, et cetera, et cetera, or indi individuals will not typically hold it against you because they also realized that you're shifting to a new EDA. However, it doesn't look good on your part, especially since you could avoid it just by trying to login 10, 15 minutes early. The next point that I have to tell you is that your dress code. Now, don't think that just because you're giving an online interview, you should only be varying the short or the upper portion correctly and lower. You can just keep it as it is. Yeah. Always ensure that you wear properly, fully formal clothing as you bear for an offline into the reason being that in that set of, being in that set of clothes automatically changes your confidence level as well as the expression's that come on your face. So to an extent we can make out if you are sitting varying your formulas or you're sitting with only varying your top. And trust me, again, if it's on the panel, if it's males, females together, it doesn't give a good impression if they kind of gouge out what your situation is. Okay. The next point, R6 pointer is that ensure that your background, Like if you see my background right now it's a plain background and share your background is clean and play. I remember this incident I hired when you were interviewing freshers and one of this guy was in the home staying in a hotel. And there were two of us, myself and NAD colleague of mine. And you know, as it is scenario in some other roosters in India, guys had put their clothes for drying, just end where this person was sitting. And you could actually see all the undergarments of the guys over there. Now, trust me, having a medically wrong with need. Exactly. Very good. And at the same time I feel the discomfort that might GET requests happening. So just told the guy that, hey, you know what mood after five minutes, please ensure that your background is clear. Yeah. So when you are going in for an online interview, always ensure that there is nothing crazy or out of the common interbank. Okay? Next thing is always keep up. Bottle of water or glass or FERPA. Like for example, I always give this board will with me for water. So if at all you feel your mouth is drying up or that you need a bag or something, you could immediately take a sip of water that's kept next to you. Of course, after telling the interviewer, I like in one of the individuate happened and I had to basically sit and wait for the candidate to go to the kitchen during his water and then come back again. Yeah, Let's understand one thing. Dislike our time is valuable. The interviewer's time is also editable. So let's not do such mistakes. Silliness stage wherein you are actually wasting the interview was 10. It will again not give a good impression of yours. Next is keep a pen and notepad handy. You never know what you might have to write down, or you might have a question for which you will have to do some calculations or things on those lanes. And if at that moment you run around your house or your home drying you so much for append and a buyer. You are again listing the interviewer's time. That's our next pointer is when you are setting for the interview, please find a place where there is no background noise. I personally suggest that on the day of the interview, take a leaf from your office. At least that's what I used to do simply because I had a very bad experience wherein one of the interviews that I was conducting, the guy was sitting and whenever he was speaking is enter voice was echoing. And I told him a couple of times you are totally echoing and I'm not able to understand what you're saying. But he was like, I don't know, let me try again and he did a couple of things and then suddenly I could hear the sound of flush the toilet or getting flushed. And then I asked him, Boss, Are you in a washroom? The beginning of saying no-no on Moderna washroom says like what was that flush sound of? And then, you know, it kind of gave up. It doesn't really look good if you're sitting for an interview and there's a flush noise background. Yeah. So please take a day off and then give the interview or maybe worked from home and take a couple of us of break any photo you're doing it from an office. Maybe booking a medium would be a better idea than going into the washroom, attending the game. And finally, if you are taking on any degree from home, ensure that you inform your family members that again, getting into a coil now so as to not having anyone walking in and being visible to the integral. I mean, I haven't experienced this personally. But there wasn't Video in between anything where a professor was being interviewed by BBC and his small P2 Ogden and then his wife forward, and then it kind of went viral. So yeah, so these are the basic tips that I have for you. Hopefully you will keep these in mind when you are preparing for your own learning to you. So that's all for now. I'll see you in the next session. Yes, there is a next session development to view the nine modules, but towards the end I've added 11 more module, which is more on visualization. So see you there in that module. You'll then have a good day. 12. Bonus Module: Visualization: Hello everyone and welcome to the last model. This model is actually a bonus module which wasn't banned earlier, but I've put it in this module, I'll be revealing the third secret to you. And for me, that is visualization. Now what do I mean by visualization? Let me put it this way. The day you get to know that your interview is on XYZ date. Okay. Let's say you are sitting on second of April and you get to know that you have a face-to-face interview on the eighth or ninth of April, then from second of April till ninth of April, you of course, in addition to the other preparations that we have covered, you have to do visualization every day in the morning as soon as you get up, do this. And just before you are going to sleep in the night, do this, okay? Now what do I mean by visualization? What do you have to do is you have to close you eyes, thinking your mind, and you have to run that entire movie through your head, imagining how it would be when you are going for the interview. Picture yourself walking up to the stairs, meeting the receptiveness, telling her that you are here, waiting in the area room for some time and then person approaching you, taking you to the interview room. You are giving the interview first, you are sitting properly as we had discussed during the body language session, you sit properly. You wish everyone, just imagine all that happening in your mind's eye. Imagine that you are answering all the questions correctly. The interviewers are very happy with the interview that you have given. And towards the end as you are leaving, everybody is smiling and very open to you. And then you walk out, imagine yourself getting into a cab, going home, and then next day morning you get a call that says, Yes, you are through the interview, you have been selected. Yeah. This entire process, you will have to repeat. It won't take more than five minutes for you to picture and imagine and see yourself through that, going through that entire cycle. But if you do this every day, in the morning and in the night, I mean, I don't have or it could be very difficult for me to go ahead and explain to you the science behind this. So for now, just trust me on this. From the day you get to know when your integrals to that particular day as soon as you get up in the morning and before you go to sleep. And then I follow this visualization technique where you are visualizing the fact that you are going for the interview. You are going through the entire interview. You are a very happy feel that happiness, feel that joy, that you feel when you will get selected right? And then continue doing this twice a day before or other in older days that you have from the current day to the day of the interview. And I will assure you you will be surprised by a work. Do you see? Yeah. So this was the third and the last secret that had that I had for you. So ensure that you do the visualization properly and without being in a hurry. Okay, that's all for now. I hope you have liked everything. If you're like TEN test session that I've talked too long, do let me know in the comments if you have any questions, queries or anything of that sort, do reach out to me and there to help you. Thanks a lot for being with me and see you in the next training.