I'm a new graduate with Master in Computer Science. I'm searching and attending job interviews for nearly 4 months. How can I win the interviews?
I had confidence in myself after completing the technical interviews.But I am not sure where I am going wrong.
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Your goal in an interview should be two fold. First to provide the interviewer with the information he/she needs to make a good decision. Second to provide yourself with the right information to decide whether you want to work for this company or not. Given that, here are a few questions to think about.
Have you written down the questions you've been asked during your interviews?
Have you refined your answers to these questions?
Given the job description, industry and publicly available info, have you envisioned what a day on the job at this company might look like?
Have you shared this vision with your interviewers in an effort to clarify your assumed duties, expectations and corporate culture?
If you are a male, did you wear a suit and did you leave the bottom button of your suit unbuttoned? Was the suit black or navy?
Did you answer interview questions with more than just a yes? Did your answers provide the interviewers several aspects of topic at hand? Was your answer tailored to provide the interviewer with enough detail? Did your answer cover any unspoken concerns the interviewer might have without being too direct?
Did you avoid saying the word 'No' by being?
Were your answers tactful?
Were you honest about your answers?
Were you able to get a feel for the company culture during the interview?
Did you ask questions related to the company culture that would help you decided if you would be comfortable working there?
Have you come up with your own set of questions to ask them? (When they ask if you have any questions, you MUST ask a question. Otherwise you risk looking unprepared as there is always something you won't know.)
Have your written notes about your interview experience after the fact?
Have you accepted that not getting the job doesn't mean you bombed the interview? and that if you are truly honest and contribute to the interview with the interviewer's perspective in mind, you've done all you can and the rest is out of your hands?
I would strongly suggest you ask those companies for feedback. I believe that is the best way you will find out what is it that they believe you are lacking (if anything). Another thing that I could recommend you do is to look on glassdoor.com and search for job offers that might interest you or even particular companies that you might like to work at and read the interview reviews. Some people use publish their personal experience on the website, which I believe is a great tool when applying to a job within such companies. Finally, you may also want to read/study a book called "Introduction to Algorithms" by Cormen. It is greatly recommended in my department. Best of luck! and do not hesitate to contact me if you have any other inquiries.
There are a number of factor going in when it comes to interviews. While its important that you brush up on your technical skills, it also depends on the job market. Not getting through interviews does not necessarily mean you are doing something wrong but it could just be that the requirement of the company just does not match with your skill set.
Having said that, it doesn't hurt to keep working on your technical skills. Here's a blog post I penned a while back. See if that helps you - http://humilitasvirtus.blogspot.com/2013/07/interviewing-prep-and-tips-software.html
You might not be going wrong, just keep at it. sometimes companies take a while to get back to you, HR has difficulties in managing your hiring process, management changes direction, a sale target wasn't hit. there are too many variables for you to think it has much to do with you.
1) be professional 2) offer what your skills are 3) followup 4) don't over-prepare for an interview 5) don't over-invest in any one opportunity 6) be open-minded to what job is right for you
Did you avoid saying the word 'No' and were you able to respond positively and tactfully to difficult questions instead of simply saying 'No'?
Were you able to show your ability and willingness to learn on the job?
Did you get any feed backs from the companies. If not when they inform you about the result you can ask them generally. May i know where i went wrong ? Or What did i miss to get this opportunity?