Placement Series: Interview Preparation – The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

October 11, 2018

Interviews have become the preface for any business institutions to judge candidates suitable for the job profile. What’s good about the interview is that they are an excellent source of data, but when it comes to analysing the situation, the interview takes a wrong turn. But this is not the end; there is an ugly part as well. People have now mastered the art of flattering and so you cannot truth words that voice. Often people say what you wish to here, so you cannot rely on what’s being said.

Having said all the above, let’s unbox each of these a little more.

The Good

Interviews are an excellent way of determining one’s behaviour. A valid reason to justify a decision made. Besides, an interview can be regarded as a medium to know more about the interviewee, his ideas, thoughts, and belief all can be identified just by interviewing an individual.

Getting the idea and preferences of an individual is a lot easier by interviewing. You might be seeking an explanation or a brief idea about something; then you can directly ask ‘ What opinion do you hold for this’. And then probe further. Questions such as tell me about yourself or state reasons why we need to hire you to reflect the excellent interview.

The Bad

All good until here. Right?

The tricky part of an interview is to convince the person to interview you. Gaining trust and inducing a sense of positivity among the interviewer is what requires immense attention. You might be well structured and decked up with the set of answers to thrust as soon as the board bombard questions. But this does not always work. A day interview preparation is still less if you are headed with items as :

  • What opinion does your boss hold about you?: It’s quite tricky to answer this question. You cannot just go and brag about yourself and also you cannot defame yourself. You need to be a little more careful to present your answer that would portray a better image. Not good nor bad.
  • State Your Weaknesses: Yet another controversial question. Once again you are in a dilemma. You can neither say no nor rattle a list of weaknesses. This positively portrays a negative image, and you are less like to be chosen.

The Ugly

Now comes the ugly and this directly deals with the truth factor. The extent to which you can trust an interviewee is mostly unpredictable. You cannot expect everyone to be cent per cent right or a Lia. Often it happens that you hear what you hope to. Sugar coated answers to please too. Humans tend to bias situation, and they would do so for ages. All you need to do is to be a little more careful what you ask.


Well after reading all of the above. You might be wondering what works well in an interview. What questions to be probed and how long. Can you trust all and if yes, then on what account. Interviews are undoubtedly the most efficient way to decide a person yet sometimes could hamper all. So, we plate a few solutions for you:

  • Try to be a little sceptical. Like, do not assume that the person sitting next to you is lying. Open up to a conversation and try to intervene more to know more.
  • The more you probe, the better for you. Why and how is the best way to dig deeper into an interview? It helps you to understand better. And not just the answer but the person as well. This would also put light on the real face of the person.

Know more to inquire better!


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