A walk-in interview is a situation where a person can attend an interview without a prior appointment. Usually a walk in interview is conducted to hire candidates in large numbers or when the employer is desperate, to hire talented people immediately.
Tips for a successful walk-in
A walk in interview is an open call for every eligible candidate to attend the interview. Following are some of the tips that can help a candidate in successfully performing a walk-in interview.
- Prepare yourself ahead which will help you to stay relaxed and answer with confidence.
- Practice on your own, with some of the commonly asked questions.
- Carry your updated resume to the interview.
- Screen all the other certificates and documents and place it in order.
- Research about the company through internet or brochures or social media.
- Dress formally.
- Act professional and stay simple.
- Be early for the interview. Most walk-ins are conducted on a ‘First come first serve basis’.
- Don’t be nervous about the crowd.
- Wait for your turn. Do not speak negatively or complain about the flaws in the waiting area.
- Be polite. Act pleasingly while talking and keep smiling.
- Make them believe that you are independent, flexible and patient.
- Do not interfere when the interviewer is talking. Wait till he/she is finished.
- Do not speak irrelevantly and do not deviate from the topic.
- Maintain eye contact but do not stare.
- Ask questions only when you are given an opportunity to ask.
- Thank the interviewer before leaving and leave with confidence.
Advantages of Walk-in interviews: Some of the advantages of walk-in interviews are as follows.
- Since both the interviewer and the candidate are physically present, there is no scope of any misunderstanding.
- It is quick and easy to analyze the candidates and learn a lot about the candidate’s behavior, attitude and personality.
- The candidate can present his best behavior and impress the recruiters within a short span of time.
- They are often simple, quick, prompt and costs less, compared to the traditional interviews.
- Candidates can receive an immediate offer and are often required to join immediately.
Disadvantages of Walk-in interviews: There are some limitations of the walk-in interviews which are as follows.
- It is hard to evaluate the candidacy of suitable candidates within a short interval. Further rounds might be needed to select the candidate.
- It might be difficult to pay attention towards the details of each candidate as there would be no proper pre-screening.
- There is a possibility of favourism towards some candidates.
- There is often a long line of candidates for walk-in interviews waiting anxiously.
- Positions can be temporary or for a short-term.
- Walk-in interviews are generally for freshets’ or entry-level candidates.
Walk-in interviews are a good start for freshets and candidates who are not employed currently, where these kind of opportunities help, to gain experience and also get employed immediately, if selected.