Somebody said: Being prepared is battle half won. Okay, looks like that was said by Miguel de Cervantes. May be not exactly like that but nevertheless, he meant the same.
The idea is, if we plan and prepare for any test or task we attempt to do, the likelihood of success is much higher. That applies to an interview too.
If we disect and study the interviews, generally, the line of questioning usually revolves around behavioural, problem solving and technical areas.
- Behavioural questions
- Used to test a canidate's attitude towards work and others, handling of situations, passion for learning etc
- Problem solving
- Given a scenario, test a canidate's way of solving complex (or even simple) problems
- Test the technical knowhow of the candidate (programming, architecture, system design etc)
Effects of preparation
Clearly, a prepared mind is expected to perform better than an unprepared one.
Few direct benefits of preparing for an interview even if you are an expert in your field:
- No or less surprises
- It happens to a lot of us during an interview. Many a times, the interviewer would ask something and the candidate's mind goes all blank. The candidate never expected that kind of question. That situation can be avoided by being prepared. Being prepared helps avoid a "blackout" issue
- Better articulation
- Being prepared means, we could articulate our thoughts clearly and answer the question crisply and clearly. Thats what the interviewers love