What is a walk-in interview?
A walk-in interview is like an informal meet-and-greet session that is arranged by companies for interviewing a bunch of people in a short time. Unlike scheduled interviews, you don’t need to take up a formal appointment.
Companies generally have walk-in interviews when they are planning to recruit a number of people at the same time, or at career fares. Walk-in interviews do not last for as long as a formal interview, and only a few most important questions are asked to the candidates. When a candidate gets shortlisted, they generally have to go through another round of detailed and formal interview, but sometimes candidates can get selected from the walk-in interview itself.
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How to prepare for a walk-in interview?
When you are planning to attend a walk-in interview, prepare yourself well, and also rehearse as much as possible. Perhaps the need for practising is greater in case of walk-in interviews because you get a very short time with the interviewer. So, the chances to impress them are also less. Make sure you are on the right track from the very beginning.
Walk-in interview preparation tips:
- Research about the company, their vision and mission, important people associated with the company, about the job you are applying for, the job description and criteria etc.
- Revise your technical knowledge
- Prepare a short self-introduction speech
- Prepare for the common but tricky interview questions that could be asked
- Work on your body language
- Know about the timings and location beforehand
- Don’t get nervous by the number of people interviewing for the job. Just focus on yourself.
- Organize your documents neatly and chronologically in your folder, so that when the need arises, you don’t have to fumble through the papers.
- Be prompt and courteous when you are being interviewed. Listen to the interviewer carefully, and answer when he is finished. Do not interrupt.
- Keep your answers short and precise.
How to dress for a walk-in interview?
Dressing for a walk-in interview is not that much different from dressing for a formal interview. Dress according to the position you are applying for. If it is a corporate job, go for a head to toe formal attire, while if you are interviewing for a startup company or for a creative job that doesn’t have a dress code, then go for business casuals.
Pay attention to personal grooming too. For men, beards and mustache should be neat, or cleanly shaven. Both genders should avoid funky jewelries, visible tattoos, etc.
What should I bring to a Walk-in Interview?
Below is a list of important things that you should carry for a walk-in interview.
- Multiple copies of resume
- Reference letter (if any)
- Qualification Certificates
- Previous Employment Records
- Pen and Notepad
- A folder to arrange all documents neatly
- Any other relevant document
What kind of questions is asked in a Walk-in Interview?
Questions asked in a walk-in interview can be of two types in nature. They will either be some technical questions or common but tricky interview questions that are asked to any candidate irrespective of their fields.
Now, obviously, the technical questions will depend on the job type. You can prepare the technical questions yourself. Here are some other, more general questions that are asked in a walk-in interview.
- Tell me about yourself.
- What are your strengths and weaknesses?
- Why do you want this job?
- What do you know about this company?
- Why did you choose this profession?
- Where do you see yourself in the next 1 year/ 3 years/ 5 years?
- Why do you think you are fit for this job?
- Do you have any questions for us?
More tips for walk-in interview:
- Be confident.
- Keep your resume updated and optimized.
- Wait patiently and don’t show any annoyance if you have to wait long.
- Don’t talk to your fellow applicants too much. Concentrate on yourself.
- Greet the interviewers both in the beginning and the ending of the interview. Don’t forget to thank them for their time too.