Gaining company insights & interview tips are essential for success in getting selected in a new job, state India Inc. employers and employees
August 30, 2016: While changing a job gives a very positive feeling, however facing a job interview unprepared is nothing less than a nightmare no matter at what stage of career one is. It has happened with all of us that a job interview call raises hope and excitement but as the feeling of facing an interviewer sinks in, excitement gets replaced by anxiety. What questions will be asked in the interview? Will I know answers for all of them? What if I fumble or don’t know the answers?
Relax, it is not only you, but over 50% candidates fumble in job interviews reveals a TimesJobs Study. Nearly 46% India Inc. employees consider company reviews when taking the final call for job offer. And 28% respondents further consider interview questions as one of the most important parameter in company reviews.
Giving interviews is certainly a big deal for Indian employees as over 40% candidates polled have faced between 10-20 interviews in their careers and 10% candidates have faced even more than 20 interviews!
Abhishek Rastogi, a 35 year old IT professional from Pune recently shifted his base to Delhi to work with a multi-national ITeS company. He says that he researched at least 2-3 company review websites to know about interview procedures and the kind of questions he would be asked before going for the job interview. And, his preparation actually helped him to get the job.
TimesJobs’ Vikas Deep Verma explains, “The Job Market is highly competitive, and the best way to ensure fast career growth is to choose your battles carefully, do your research and target the company culture that best suits your attitude and the role that best suits your aptitude.
TimesJobs’ offerings help you chose the best suited company with interview questions and company reviews by thousands of current & previous employees, who give candid insights into the company culture, work-life balance, career growth, interview processes, etc. to ensure you join a company whose culture fits your personality.
Further a host of personalized self-assessment, skill enhancement and salary benchmarking tools help you to ascertain your own aptitude and set your self-development, career growth & salary expectations, to ensure you ace your interview,” Verma added.
However, TimesJobs’ study clearly shows that every job interview story does not have a happy ending. 71% candidates felt they were turned down was that they hadn’t researched the role and company and 50% also felt that not appearing interested or engaged during the interview were the reasons for their rejections.
Another noteworthy highlight among the most common interview mistakes is candidates making up answers during the interview said 25% respondents. If not a benchmark, the data point is a strong indicator that not researching about the company, not reading reviews and frequently asked questions can take job interviews in the wrong direction.
Commenting on this, Swati Dayal, Co-Founder & Executive Director, Sagoon.com said, “Job-seekers doing their own homework before coming for an interview is not new. Everybody has been doing that. However, with the advent of social networks and the Internet, the task is now a whole lot easier. Reviews and ratings by fellow applicants and existing employees are emerging as real-time decision-making tools for job aspirants. And social and professional networks are used for gaining awareness and narrow down on preferences.”
Typically, job seekers use online mediums to know more about the companies they want to apply for. They also consult with their peers while preparing for the probable questions that could be asked. Candid reviews of existing and ex-employees help in getting a 360-degree view of the organization, which in turn helps them, make a more informed choice, Dayal added.
In view of Rajesh Tripathi, VP & Head-HR, GHCL, the job seeker should undertake his/her due preparation before appearing for the interview in a very scrupulous manner. They should browse the company’s website and other social networking pages of the organization to acquaint oneself with the company information.
TimesJobs has surveyed over 700 working professionals pan-India for this study.
TimesJobs.com, the flagship business of Times Business Solutions (TBS), is a platform to help competent professionals make smarter career decisions. With over 25 million registered jobseekers across the board and more than 60 million page views every month, it is fast becoming the most preferred career portal among the candidates.
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In addition, TimesJobs has the largest collection of jobs in the market, which ensures that whenever and wherever there is a great opportunity, jobseekers will discover it on the platform.
In the recruitment market as well, being the biggest platform for competent professionals who think of their careers first, TimesJobs has become the destination of choice for recruiters who seek to identify and engage with the right talent.