During the interview process, candidates should be confident and well prepared. “Preparation should be holistic from the course-work, current affairs’ knowledge and a complete understanding of oneself from a personal perspective. These three aspects cover the main areas which companies generally target: technical/managerial expertise, personals and general knowledge. Typically, candidates are expected to have a fair knowledge of any industry depending on the kind of company or job they are interviewing for. Analysis of why there is an upward or downward trend in the respective market is indication of how thoroughly the candidate has prepared,” says Professor Rajiv Kumar, chairperson (placements), IIM Calcutta.
Experts believe that recruiters look for core strengths in candidates. “Candidates, at times, spend too much time making the CV and not enough in reading up on all that they have put up. Being well prepared for the interview not only means cramming up profit and revenue figures, but also remembering details like company values, direction in which the organisation is moving etc. One of the biggest mistakes candidates make is ask other people about their interview experiences,” says Animesh Agarwal from IIM Shillong.
“A clear understanding of the target sector or company a candidate wants to get into holds significant value. Pursuing structured internships and undergoing corporate projects during the MBA course makes candidates job-ready,” says Rajan Saxena, vice chancellor, NMIMS University.