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success in interviews – part 2: Essentials

At work, we will succeed if we get results! Not just any results…but those results that matter!


As SAP professionals we will get many things thrown at us, we have to prioritize based on important (point 1) and then get to work on those. Dive into the customer requirements and get full clarity (point 2) and then while designing your solution, communicate your solution clearly to the customer.

Keep thinking, evaluating…while working…weekly evaluation, monthly evaluations….. (point 3) Continuous improvement!



So, the three essentials needed for success at work are also needed for success in interviews. Lets get started…


1. What is most important?

2. Clarity

3. Review afterwards



1. What is most important?


Before you enter the interview-room; think – What is the most important thing? What one thing will ensure 90% of your success?

What is the most important thing – is different at different stages. In a Technical round, it is technical knowledge, in a managerial round, it is Communication etc.


To focus on the most important is not easy as it sounds! Your brain might be distracted by the fancy office or other candidates waiting or your mind could be tired but stop everything and focus on the most important. This requires practice and discipline.


In the interview, you get a question, before answering the question (very quickly think) – what is most important point related to this question.


NOTE: The most important…maybe the two most important, not 5 most important.

Your brain is practicing discipline to prioritize and select.


Example:

I faced a question, in your resume I read that you had worked on Output in your last project. What did you do exactly?

I started telling exactly what I had done…create new output type, used an existing access sequence etc. etc.

WRONG APPROACH !!!

I should have asked my self – What is most important?

Answer: This is a technical round, I need to reply so that the interviewer realizes two things about me – I understand Output functionality and its how it is used by business.

I should have started with

what is output & how it helps the business?

what are the main configuration steps?

what are the cut over activities needed (create master data)?

what are the test scenarios?

2. Clarity


Have the skill & courage to give clarity to the interviewer


You have given an answer, you feel that your reply is not fully clear to the interviewer OR you think, you could have given a clear reply. Give an example to support your reply. Don’t bother if it takes an extra couple of minutes or don’t worry that the interview would like to go to the next question.

For example, after explaining AAG customer (account assignment group), you can say that few examples are export customers, domestic customers.

Give clarity and for it you will need skill to judge how clear is it to the interviewer and then you will need courage, to stay on that point and give more info (from different angles)


If interviewer is asking many questions at once, then s/he is testing how can do you manage an overload of information.

Divide the questions into groups, (structure), decide -is it in scope or out of scope? and then give clear and to the point comments.


You need to take that control, be proactive.


This is a must for success in interviews and at work.

3. Review afterwards


After every interview-day, irrespective of success or failure, make notes:


a. What you did well?

b. What you need to improve?


Have clear and “tiny” action points. Make sure that you can work on these daily.

Big things happen, when small steps are taken daily, with energy, patience and passion.

Every “interview-day” event is opportunity that makes you better. Continuous improvement


Keep working…keep following the 3 essentials…and (by default) keep succeeding in interviews!


Good luck,

Typewriter


side comment:

Going for an interview is not same as going for daily-work!


Scenario: While waiting for an interview (in the hall / room) or while in an interview, your mind has to be fully active. Just like Venus Williams shuffles her body weight just before receiving a tennis serve, your mind too has to shuffle or do some rituals…to get to the “peak”



success in interviews – part 1: Process


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      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Dear Sir,

      This is a very important  blog....


      Thanks &Regards

      Umesh Vaidya

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      TW Typewriter
      Blog Post Author

      Yes Umesh, these are the bare essentials (MUST Haves) which will lead a candidate to success!

      TW

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      TW Typewriter
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      I have made some improvements in this updated version. Please read and give your feedback. TW

      Author's profile photo Kamlesh Kumar Arya
      Kamlesh Kumar Arya

      Sir,

      Another one which is gonna help to pre-plan before attending in interview really awesome. 🙂

      Sometime it happens that we get frustrated in environment of Company we are going for interview. really it will boost make the thing possible without failure. 🙂

          

      Thanks for sharing.

      Kamlesh

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      TW Typewriter
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      Kamlesh,

      Thanks! Yes during those crucial moments we might get frustrated, distracted or tired (of waiting) and lose focus. The key is to recollect - the most important and remain clear of the goal at hand. These qualities come with practice and discipline.

      TW

      Author's profile photo Hidayathulla Hasan
      Hidayathulla Hasan

      Good Advise!!!! Like it 🙂

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      Former Member

      Thanks for your sharing 🙂

      Author's profile photo Preeti Kashyap
      Preeti Kashyap

      Very informative contents 🙂 .


      Thanks Sir.


      Regards



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      TW Typewriter
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      PREETI,

      this article might be helpful

      success in SAP SD - essentials: business process

      TW

      Author's profile photo Hidayathulla Hasan
      Hidayathulla Hasan

      TW Typewriter

      It seems you put all your experience in this post. Really very much appreciable. Awaiting more useful post like this.

      With due respect, I have the below doubt in my mind.

      You are in advanced(IT) generation and also working for the same. But you have selected such old name(TW typewriter) which reminds me the days of black and white movies.

      I'm sure its just SCN name.

      Author's profile photo TW Typewriter
      TW Typewriter
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      Hidayathulla Hasan

      Good to read your interesting comments. You might like this discussion, which discuss and gives my pov related to the name and its inception - typewriter 🙂

      Pseudonyms (fictitious name) in SCN

      TW

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      TW Typewriter
      Blog Post Author

      Revisited this blog after some months of project work. These points are important to improve and stay at the top of our game.

      Edited few things. Please read and let me know.

      Wishing you success in interviews and work!

      TW