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Interview Tips

1. Entering The Room

Prior to opening the door, adjust your attire so that is falls well. Stub out your cigarette, if a smoker and before entering enquire by saying, “May I come in Sir/Madam. If they allow you to do so, make sure you shut the door behind you softly. Face the panel and confidently say “Good day Sir/Madam.” If the members of the interview board want to shake hand then offer a firm grip maintaining eye contact and a smile. Seek permission to sit down. If the interviewers are standing wait for them to sit down first before sitting. An alert interviewer would diffuse the tense situation with light-hearted humour and immediately set a rapport with the interviewers.


2. Be on time

There is no excuse for it, none! You don't want a pissed off person interviewing you. Leave extra early, do whatever it takes. Blaming it on traffic or anything else doesn't matter (even if it's true).


3. Cell phone off

Obvious but easily forgotten, at least it was with 2 of the people interviewed. Double and triple check to make sure your cell phone ringer is turned off.


4. Know the company, and why you want to work there

Google the company you're interviewing for. Learn as much as you can about the company's mission, objectives, goals, and future plans. If you're asked why you want to work for the company, you best answer something better then, "I like the company's location", which was said.


5. Bring resumes

Your interviewer(s) will likely have a copy of your resume but bring spares. It shows you're prepared


6. Dress in a clean conservative manner

Make sure you go into a job interview having showered and wearing clean clothes. If you like wearing cologne or perfume, don't wear any on the day of the interview. What's subtle smelling to you may be overwhelming to your interviewer.

and serious about getting the job.


7. Be Brief

Brevity is the hall mark of a good communicator. It is recommended that you volunteer information but this must be done in a lucid and to-the-pointer manner. An over-talkative or verbose person is instantly disliked and misjudged.


8. Don’t Bluff

If you do not know the answer to a question, it is better to acknowledge not knowing it rather than trying to bluff your way through it. The interviewer will respect you integrity and honesty. In our experience interviewers immediately take a stance of grilling a candidate if they suspect him or her of lying.


9. Humor

A little humor or with thrown in the discussion occasionally enables the interviewer to look at the pleasant side of your personality. By injecting humor in the situation doesn’t mean that you should keep telling jokes but to make a passing comment that perhaps, makes the interviewer smile.


10. Be Well Mannered

The way you conduct yourself reflects your upbringing and your culture. It is good to project an air of humility. Over confidence is often misinterpreted by interviewees as Arrogance. Polite statements as recommended.


11. Be Poised

Your posture during the interview adds or diminishes your personality. You should keep all certificates, testimonials and other relevant documents neatly on the table. Mannerisms such as playing with your tie, theatrical gesticulations, shake legs or sitting with arms slung over back of adjoining chair must be avoided. It is vital to be conscious of your posture and gesticulations as they tell a lot about our personality.


12. Ask Question, If Necessary

Many interviewees believe that an interview is a one-way street – the interviewee is the hapless interviewer “victim” struggling to be selected and the interviewer is the ‘all-powerful’ being in whose hands lies the destiny of the interview. It is myth. You may ask a question/clarify information if necessary. Interviewers quite in order and mush appreciate it.


13. Eye Contact

You must maintain eye contact with the panel, right through the interview. This shows your self-confidence and honesty. Many interviewees, while answering, tend to look away. This conveys you are concealing your own anxiety, fear and lack of confidence. Maintaining an eye contact is a difficult process. As the circumstances in an interview are difficult the value of eye contact is tremendous in making a personal impact.


14. Listen Carefully

It is imperative for you to listen carefully to the questions being asked. If a question is not clear, it would be quite in order for you to seek clarification on the same. Seeking a clarification is far better than giving an irrelevant answer. It is very annoying for interviewers when an interviewee misinterprets the questions and answers by saying something, which is irrelevant.


15. Be Natural

Many interviewees adopt a stance, which is not their natural self. It is amusing for interviewers when a candidate launches into an accent which he or she cannot sustain consistently through the interview or adopt mannerisms that are inconsistent with their own personalities. Interviewers appreciate a natural person rather than an actor. It is best for you to talk in the natural manner because you come across as genuine


16. Don't play with your face/hair

Interviews can be a nervous experience but rubbing your chin, twirling your hair, or anything else along those lines makes you look like you're lying or lacking confidence, both not good.


17. Send a thank you note

It's easy to send an email but take the extra effort to mail your interviewer a hand written thank you note. It reinforces your interest in the job. It doesn't need to be long, just make it sincere.

There you have it. The best job interview tips you'll ever get. Stick to them and you'll be on your way to getting hired!


18. Typical Questions

Q: “Tell Me About Yourself.”?

This is very general question in which you can say almost anything about yourself. Prepare yourself for such a question so that you can tell about those things which are important such as basic details, your traits, achievements, aspiration, motivations and ambitions. Remember that a two sentence answer will only convey how little there is to know about you. You should be able to say a lot without being verbose or self-opinionated. You must give direction to the interview.


Q:“What is Your Strength’s and Weakness?”

This is a question that has stumped many an interviewee. It is asked to ascertain how much you know about yourself. A person who knows oneself well is likely to be more effective in life. Many interviewees find it difficult to verbalize their strengths and weaknesses. Interviewees try to give a weakness that will not jeopardize their chances in the interview. Interviewers view statements of weaknesses as being very disarming. Remember to go to your next interview having thought out well in advance what your strengths and weaknesses are.


Q:“Tell Me About Your Family Background.”

This question is asked by interviewers in order to determine the social, cultural, religious and economic milleu you come from. It could provide the basic attitudes that you come from. The best approach for such a question is to bring out not only the facts of a parentage and background but also some of the good principles they have taught you. In our experience, most interviewees simply mention their father’s name and occupations. They may sometimes tell us about their brothers and sisters with special emphasis of those who may have done well in life.


Q:“Why Did You Choose Your Particular Field Of Work?”

This is question is asked to get know your temperament, attitude and personal qualities It is advisable at this point to bring out your best qualities linking the with the job. For example, you may say, “I choose to be in a sales job because I am an extrovert and love traveling. I like meeting people and this job gives me the opportunity to do so.


Q: “Why do you consider yourself suitable for a seat?”

The organization is concerned whether you have the requisite knowledge, skills, attitudes and habits for the particular seat. They are also concerned with your personality profile, which includes your psychological and emotional make up, upbringing, values and motivations. This would require you to thoroughly understand before the interview, the career description and specific requirements from the candidate.