How to Score High in an Interview through Self-Exploration

In the process of indulging in various episodes of life, we often tend to forget to look at and to explore ourselves from within. It is not a matter of spiritual enlightenment, but about having clarity of self-image and personality that may help from our career perspective. On 10th February, we attended a fantastic session on “Self-Exploration” by Prof. Vinita Johorey as part of Sankalp– the Employability Fest at FIIB. It gave us an opportunity to introspect and provided a comprehensive list of guidelines to self-discovery.

The session was so intriguing and illuminating that I decided to take notes and share it with you. At the beginning of it, Prof. Vinita laid emphasis on the fact that “Self-exploration is a major key to success in any kind of real life interview.” Taking it from the recruitment point of view, she remarked, “It is important to know your strength and weaknesses so that efforts may be put in certain areas for improvement.”

On that note, we were engaged in a brief self-exploratory exercise where we had to answer a number of relevant questions. A few select questions were-

1. What advice would you give yourself at this time in your life?

2. What 3 major choices brought you to this point in your life?

3. List 3 internal and external changes (each) you’ll need to make to live a more meaningful life.

4. If you could try five new jobs over the next year- what would they be?

5. What’s your most urgent priority for the rest of the year?

6. What makes you so special?

7. Are you a starter, a finisher or an implementer?

8. Would you consider yourself an introvert, extrovert or ambivert?

To encourage us, Prof. Vinita added that in these psychometric question patterns, no answers are absolutely right or wrong; but answering these will help us evaluate our real identities on a larger scale. We should frame conscious definitions about ourselves rather than indulging in dry recitations of typical answers during an interview. Excelling in our career largely depends on determining and uplifting individual self-esteem. According to her, dealing with common issues like nervousness, confusion, and anxiety during an interview needs lots of self-confidence, which could be achieved only with self-evaluation trainings.

Disclaimer: This Article has been written by an FIIB student based on her training experience at Sankalp- a 5 day Employability Fest, an intensive training program organized by Fortune Institute of International Business to hone the skills of students to make them industry ready.