Interview Tips

Successful Interview Tips

An Employer looks for intelligence (intellectual and emotional), communication skills, leadership qualities, ethics, competence, energy, imagination etc., from the candidate.

Why Do Candidates Fail In An Interview

  • Poor grooming
  • Discourteous and ungraceful body language
  • Poor manners
  • Poor diction
  • Vague responses
  • Unappealing resume
  • Monetary benefits-centric approach
  • Lack of punctuality
  • Poor waiting hall behaviour

Some Behavioural "Unfavourable" Aspects

  • Lack of personal or career goals
  • Lack of enthusiasm and confidence
  • Not owning up responsibility for mistakes
  • Self-justification, aggressiveness
  • Lack ofemotional maturity
  • Negative and cynical attitude
  • Over-reacting to questions
  • Lacking sense of humour
  • Complaining about various things and previous employers

Preparing for an interview - Look for

  • Company's main products and services and likely new products and services
  • Its key markets, its position in market and between major competitors
  • Its financial position / profit / turnover
  • Its history, reputation and achievements
  • Arrange all the papers required in a folder : Resume / CV, call letters, degree certificates, mark lists, NSS, NCC, sports / games certificates, experience certificates, references.

The Previous Day

  • Confirm the venue of the interview, distance, and mode of transport
  • Locate the venue earlier
  • Relax, have good sleep, visualise and pray

The Interview Day

  • Reach the venue at least 45 minutes ahead of the interview
  • Get familiar with the amblience
  • Dont carry too much baggage
  • Report to the authority concerned

Waiting Hall Behaviour

  • Maintain Decorum
  • Mingle with others politely
  • Avoid smoking, chewing, flirting, gossiping, defamatory comments
  • Greet others present
  • Switch off the mobile
  • Relax and visualise

While Entering The Interview Hall

  • Enter confidently, not arrogantly
  • Shut the door gently
  • Smile and greet the interviewers
  • Shake hands only if they offer their hand

During The Eye Interview

  • Maintain eye contact
  • Be attentive, listen carefully, and lean forward
  • Don't lean on the table, and don't slouch
  • Don't toss your files across
  • Hand over your file-right side facing them
  • Don't laugh or giggle but smile gently
  • Be polite. use the words "Please" and "thank you"
  • Don't argue but can orally acknowledge

End Of The Interview

  • When informed, collect your belongings
  • Thank everyone
  • For a few steps from your seat, don't show your back
  • Don't rush.But move out with dignity
  • Shut the door gently when you leave

Follow Up

  • Send the thanking letter to the company the same day
  • Specify in the letter the point that was discussed
  • Thank the Placement Agency, if any
  • Thank your network source, if any

In Case Of Stress Interviews

  • Don't be upset
  • Let them not see that you are upset
  • Accept their point of view
  • Smile
  • Don't argue but be specific in responses with justification