WOW | What You Think

YOUR FIRST JOB INTERVIEW!

Bibha Kunwar
Human Resource Consultant, National Trust for Nature Conservation

About five years ago, I got a call from a reputed banking institute for a Management Trainee opportunity. Being my first formal interview, lots of homework was done including background study of the institute, and preparing a checklist of some possible questions. Nervous and excited, I went for my interview. At the beginning, all went well while answering questions about myself and telling them what I knew about the institute. Later, however the questions started revolving around my strengths and weaknesses. It’s an easy, when I had to answer about the institute but difficult when it cames to me. I was left thinking whether my answers were rigorous or did I fail. I remember, while stating a weakness, I was stopped by my interviewer and advised that weaknesses are part of life, but polishing our strengths and playing around it is more important.

There is a famous Chinese proverb that states, “I hear, I forget. I see, I remember. I do, I understand”.

This is what I have been doing, working on my strengths. Today I can say that my first job interview was a good learning experience.