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How to drive an interview in your favor?

Question asked by Ankita Katdare in #Coffee Room on Jan 23, 2014
Ankita Katdare
Ankita Katdare · Jan 23, 2014
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People who faced 2-3 interviews in their life will always give you advice that it is in the hands of the candidate to to drive the interview in their favor.
Simply put, it means you answer the first few questions in such a way that in the rest of the interview the interviewer is compelled to ask you questions that you have answers too.

This won't ever work with technical interviews, but when preparing for HR or management interviews - a lot of people would want to try that.

What do you think people? What are your ideas, tricks and tips for our friends? Posted in: #Coffee Room
Anand Tamariya
Anand Tamariya · Jan 23, 2014
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Businesses require skills - technical and communication. If a person is good in other soft skills - it's a good-to-have but not must-have. If you are skilled and are not borderline criminal case, company will hire you.
Ankita Katdare
Ankita Katdare · Jan 23, 2014
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Totally agree with you @Anand Tamariya

How does one go about preparing for a management/HR interview such that they ask you questions about the topics you love instead of topics they love?

For example - Highlighting the extra-curricular activities on your Resume that you can talk confidently about and avoiding mentioning the small workshop you attended that you have only little knowledge about.

Such kind of tips from engineers here can come in handy for freshers.
Kaustubh Katdare
Kaustubh Katdare · Jan 23, 2014
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From my own experience - it's possible to do that; but you've to be extremely good at holding conversations! The safest strategy is to be calm and cool and be well informed. Ultimately, most hiring decisions are made on the basis of personal opinions of the interviewer about the candidate being interviewed.

There are ways to turn interviews in your favour:-

1. An interview is a discussion and not a 'question/answer' session, in my opinion. However, it's mostly conducted in "I ask - You answer" format. That's okay. The key here is to turn your answer into a discussion.

For example - if the interviewer is asking questions about your past project; you may begin answering and narrate a few incidences on how you did things differently or achieved success as a team or even talk about the mistakes you and your team did - and how you evolved. Most of the times, that may lead to the discussion.

2. Swiftly switching over to the areas which are your strong points. Of course, you should make it 'naturally' and obviously not overdo it. For example, if you are being grilled on a specific domain which is not your forte; you may use examples from your past projects or academics that connects with your strong points.

There's no clear or well set way to do this and you should only do it when you're confident of your conversation skills.

I've seen people do that on many occasions.
Ankita Katdare
Ankita Katdare · Jan 23, 2014
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Smooth talkers will definitely have an edge over others. Freshers can practice doing that in groups. When you don't want them to talk about your low points, when they ask you about your low points - embed your high points in the answer in a way that they are curious and interested about knowing more about your forte from your mouth. 😀

Like Biggie said, there is no correct or easy method. But if you give a direction to your thinking process for an interview preparation, some good ideas will come to you.
Chirayu Samarth
Chirayu Samarth · Jan 24, 2014
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Just be yourself and a true to yourself...😉
guptas.sneha · Jan 24, 2014
An interview is in already in your favor if you have the desired technical skills, analytic skills, interpersonal skills, social skills and leadership skills. The most efficient way of driving the interview in your favor is to know the company , do a little homework and know your company well, answer politely even if there is a clash of opinion, try to prove your point with examples instead of being violent and rude..
Ankita Katdare
Ankita Katdare · Jan 25, 2014
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Great points all of you.
But I think my point of discussion is lost. Looks like, "driving an interview in your favor" isn't such a common phenomena after all.
Candidates tend to be guided by the interviewer all the time. 😀
Anand Tamariya
Anand Tamariya · Jan 26, 2014
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Ankita Katdare
Great points all of you.
But I think my point of discussion is lost. Looks like, "driving an interview in your favor" isn't such a common phenomena after all.
Candidates tend to be guided by the interviewer all the time. 😀
The interviewer knows what he's looking for when he's hiring. So it's impossible for the candidate to drive the process.
hinesh · Jan 26, 2014
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"Driving an interview in your favor",
I would agree with moderators discussion..

In my exp.
First be aware for post and company that you're going for interview.

As Big-k Said that we should give hints of our strong points in answer.

I've also attended 5-6 technical interviews , I would say first 2 was not good( As I am thinking for my mistakes.. ) . But than I learned that some time interviewer may ask for questions where he/she is strong or will concentrate to points suitable with your profile. I've also did swiftly drawn interview to my strong points at some level.

like, If you were asked for your part or contribution in final project,

You can say , have handled coding( If you're coder, and going for coding job)
Or can say, Handled management, reports, Testing (Suitable with you ).

Your answer (in favor with your interest) will make interviewers ask more question on that.

As said, There is no rules written for sure shot success. As suggestion, Familiar with company background, post appearing, your strong points, will help you lot.
benkelly · Jan 29, 2014
I think what you can do is selfconfident
believe in yourself then you can drive it
Kavya Burramolla
Kavya Burramolla · Feb 3, 2020
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Great collection of points. Yes, I agree that HR interviews can be driven in candidates favor only if he/she is well known and prepared for what exactly has to be discussed. Preparation is a key in such cases.

I tried this during my campus placements. I was good at technical stuff and was able to clear technical round but unfortunately failing in HR round due to lack of preparation. I noticed out of my failure experiences that I was giving chances to HR to ask me questions that I am not sure about. When I say something doubtfully there is a possibility that he/she catches that point and ask us to elaborate more or impose more questions on the same.

I, then decided to make note of all possible qeustions that can be asked by an Interviewer during HR round, noted down all the possible answers and worked on the best one out of it. From then whenever I am attending an interview specifically HR interview I am ready with my answers and started stressing on point where I want interviewers to focus and impose me questions. his way by practice I made i happen. Practice also helps you to gain confidence so that interview goes in your favor.

Swarup Pan
Swarup Pan · Feb 8, 2020
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It's a very good approach to get the interview done easily and it will make the chances higher of getting the job.
If you are good at something or rather you have very good knowledge about something relevant then you must mention it along with the introduction. Try to give an emphasis on that and draw the attention of the interviewer towards it. It will do the job.

bill yorke
bill yorke · Feb 10, 2020
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