7 Tips On How To Crack Unstructured Interviews Successfully

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This is a guest post by Avadhut Nigudkar from Finance Walk. To guest post on this blog, check guest post page.

If you’re looking for a job and don’t want to lose even a chance to meet your prospective interviewer, I suggest you go and meet small business owners, who can give you the job that you want.

For you and the interviewer (in this case, the business owner) the interview will not be a formal one. It will be a “chat over a cup of coffee or breakfast”.

The small business owners are highly focused on their products and services. They want to produce and sell the product first and recruiting is not their main focus and so, they may not have a dedicated Human Resources person or department. The business owners themselves may not be trained in interviewing skills and have no idea of conducting interviews.

What you can expect

First of all, don’t expect the interviewer/owner will be on time. He may have different tasks to do and the interview may not be a priority for him.

Be punctual and show that you are serious about this job. Expect a number of questions from him, like:

  • Tell me about yourself
  • Run me through your CV.
  • What are your strengths and weaknesses?
  • Why do you want this job?
  • Why do you want to leave the current job?
  • What makes you different?

If you have prepared well for the above questions then you can face the interview confidently.

Interviewer is not HR person here and so, he is totally unaware of how he is conducting the interview. So, you can take initiative and lead the interview.

What you can do

  1. You should be prepared and confident to lead the interview. Treat this as an opportunity and prepare well.
  2. If the interviewer is not well prepared, you should take the lead and ask all the information about the job and the company.
  3. Ask the required details about the interviewer and the company. The interviewer will go on and on and tell you all the required information.
  4. The interviewer will tell you about the company, how it started, their future plans and about the job that you are applying for. This gives you time and opportunity to settle down and build rapport.
  5. Tell the interviewer the research you’ve done about the company and how much you know about the company. Impress the interviewer with this information.
  6. When the interviewer is going through your CV, he will go through the jobs you’ve done and the skills you’ve acquired. Provide relevant details and your key achievements in each job.    After this, the interviewer will ask you whether you want to ask anything or need any more details about the job. Take initiative, and ask relevant questions like “What kind of projects I will be working on”, or, “What are company’s values and vision”. These questions show that you are interested in the job and want to think of long term.
  7. If the interviewer doesn’t mention about the next step, take initiative and ask him when can you expect a call/ email from him. Ask him what would be the next step—job offer or second interview.

Show your confidence no matter what type of interview you’re attending. You can highlight your key achievements with highlighter pen and explain them in detail when the opportunity arises.

Give good examples of what you’ve done—don’t wait to be asked!

So, next time someone from a small or medium sized company wants to meet you over a cup of coffee, say yes, prepare well and give the interview confidently.

I’m sure it’ll be a WIN- WIN opportunity.

About author: Avadhut Nigudkar is a Career Coach and founder of FinanceWalk.
He writes on Career Selection, Attitude building, Personal Branding, Job Search, Resume Building, Networking and Interviews




  1. Naveen Kulkarni

    Welcome to planetnaveen.com. Thanks for the informative post

    • Archies

      Hey Hello,

      Nice Articles quite inspiring, thanks for sharing such articles. Its really motivating sometimes.

      Do Keep in Touch. Thanks!!!!

      • Naveen Kulkarni

        Hi Archana,
        Thanks for stopping by. I am glad you found this article useful.

  2. Jameswar

    Dear Avdut Sir,

    Your tips are the valuable one for the job aspirant.

    It a great job for us like me people.

    J. Prusty

    • Naveen Kulkarni

      Hi Jameswar,
      I am glad you found Avadhut’s post helpful. All the very best for your future.

  3. Your analysis is always good.

    You had written about the frustration of the jobless, next you had written about the ways to hunt for jobs and so on and now you are preparing your readers for an interview.

    Your articles are solace and comfort to the readers and now this one injects self confidence!
    It is a very good presentation, Mr. Avadhut!

  4. Hello friend, Question that you have given above are common and mostly asked. I think resume is also one of most important part in interview. Interviewer mostly ask question by reading your resume. Hence,resume must be updated with current requirement of company. You should be familiar with point in resume .Go through company requirement and skill. Be confident. and Try to answer specific questions answer. Knowledge and presentation both are important.
    Thank you for writing great post.

    • Naveen Kulkarni

      Yes, a well written resume helps in shortlisting your profile. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I appreciate it

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