An Interview is a structured dialogue where one participant asks questions, and the other gives answers. The word Interview refers to a one-on-one conversation between an Interviewer and an Interviewee. Interviewee responds to the questions asked by an Interviewer. Simply, an Interview is a situation where a Formal Meeting takes place.
Taking an Interview is a skillful act. We have to perform the Role of Interviewer. It proves our capability and skill of interacting with interviewees. The way we ask questions, and the way we enable the Interviewee to think and imagine, really tests our linguistic insights.
TIPS FOR IMPROVING INTERVIEWING SKILL
Prepare a set of questions
Welcome the person properly
Be polite. Let the person speak
Focus on the person’s profession
Do not expect answers quickly
Be observant and listen closely
Wait for an answer. Do not hurry
Be friendly. Make the person curious
Be consistent with your questions
Encourage the person to speak freely
Thank your interviewer
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COMMON INTERVIEW QUESTIONS
Have you ever taken care of someone? Did you enjoy it?
What do you want to do with your life?
What was the most frustrating thing that happened in your life?
How do you encourage others to learn?
What are your strengths? What are your weaknesses?
What is your educational philosophy?
If you could create the ideal school, what would it be like?
How do you handle the critical situation in life?
Tell me something about your greatest achievement so far.
What goals have you set for the future?
How do you prepare yourself to make path to reach goals?
What are the major challenges that you have encountered so far in your career?
What do you find are the most difficult decisions to make?
What is the greatest disappointment in your life?
What is your greatest failure, and what did you learn from it?
What irritates you about other people, and how do you deal with it?
Give me an example of a time you did something wrong. How did you handle it?
How long will it take for you to make a significant contribution?
How would you describe your work style?
What techniques and tools do you use to keep yourself organized?
What are you most proud of?
What is your greatest fear?
Do you consider yourself a risk taker?
What is your biggest regret and why?
What’s the most important thing you learned in school?
What is your favorite memory from childhood?
What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses?
How do you motivate yourself and stay motivated?
What’s one of the toughest decisions you’ve had to make and how did it impact your life?
What are the events that helped to shape your life?
What’s an accomplishment that you are proudest of?
How do you integrate your personal and professional life?
What are the life lessons that you have learned so far?
When you have some downtime, how do you spend it?
What process do you use to generate great ideas?
What’s your favourite quotation and why?
How do you define success?
In your opinion what’s the formula for success?
What are the steps you took to succeed in your field?
What advice do you have for someone just starting out in your field?
What excites you about life?
How do you nurture your soul?
If I gave you a magic wand, what would you use it for?
What’s an accomplishment that you are proudest of?
What are the things you do not like to do, and do not want to work on?
What accomplishment in your career to date are you most proud of?
What have been the biggest failures and frustrations in your career?
How successful have you been so far?
How has your education prepared you for your career?
What influenced you to choose this career?
What was the toughest challenge you’ve ever faced?
What have you accomplished that shows your initiative and willingness to work?
What sorts of things have you done to become better qualified for your career?
Describe a life-changing experience and how you grew from it.
Why did this field interest you, and how did you get started?
What qualities do the people need to become successful?
What were the keys to your career advancement?
How did you get where you are and what are your long-range goals?
What are the skills that are most important for a position in this field?
What particular skills or talents are most essential to be effective in your field?
How would you describe the working atmosphere and the people with whom you work?
To whom do you give the credit for your success?
From your perspective, what are the problems you see working in this field?
What abilities or personal qualities do you believe contribute most to success in this field?
Do you have any advice for someone interested in this field?
What special advice do you have for students seeking to qualify for the great position?
Do you have any special words of warning or encouragement as a result of your experience?
How do you deal with stress in your work life?
What is your definition of the ideal life?
How do you handle conflicts?
What is your way of motivating others?
Do you believe that humor can diffuse a tense situation?
What mistakes have you made so far in your work life?
How do you set priorities?
How do you make decisions in tough times?
If given a choice to start it all over again, what career would you like to choose?
How do you motivate a group?
How do you react when confronted with a difficult situation?
What do you do to make people working with you feel light?
Do you think that you handle a problem in a better way than others?
State some of your brainstorming experiences.
What do you do when you have to do something that is against your will?
Tell us about an instance when you build a strong relationship?
What has been your greatest contribution so far?
What has been your worst experience so far?
What factors motivate you in a working environment?
What activities do you indulge in when you are free?
What kind of working atmosphere is more productive for you?
How do you rank yourself in terms of success?
How important is money for you?
What is your scale of measuring effectiveness?
How do you organize the work and make plans accordingly?
What are the skills that you think you need to work on?
What is important to you money or satisfaction?
Describe yourself as a person.
Exercise: Imagine that you have to conduct an Interview with a Wildlife Expert, on the occasion of World Environment Day. Frame a set of 8-10 questions for it.
Good afternoon, Sir, it’s our great pleasure to talk to you, on the occasion of a very special day today. I’m Smith, Secretary of the ‘Nature Club’, heartily Welcome you!!!
What exactly inspired you to go very close to the forest?
What exactly is there in your mind while wandering in the forest?
What were the challenges before you during your stay in the forest?
What are the biggest challenges to Wildlife today?
What is your greatest strength? How does it help you as a Wildlife Expert?
Tell us about a time when you made a decision you were proud of.
How can Social Media be helpful for Wildlife protection?
Is Wildlife a better career option?
What message would you like to give to youngsters?