How to prepare yourself Before the interview,During Interview and At the end of Interview?
1) Before The Interview:
- Knock at the door gently before entering the interview room.
- On entering, smile at each of the interview panel members and greet the time of the day, softly.
- Wait standing straight, with arms resting easily and sit only after being asked to. After being asked to sit, draw the chair gently and swiftly and sit setting into a convenient posture.
- Avoid making creaking noise by dragging the chair or by violently flopping into the chair. Sit comfortable, but erect.
- Maintain eye contact with each of the interview panel members, but avoid looking defiantly. It is ok to bend forward but if there is a table in front, you should not put the elbows/hands on the table.
- Remember, all your actions and body language are observed by the interviewer. It is essential that the first impression you make of yourself is a very good impression.
2) During the interview:
- If a panel of members conducts the interview, it is advisable to look at all the persons while answering and not only at the person who has asked the question.
- If a member of the panel interrupts while answering a question of some other members, it is advisable to politely ask him to hold on till the current answer is completed.
- Maintain very comfortable poise throughout the interview by maintaining interest and eye contacts even if you feel that you may not be selected. Keep a smiling face and show high level of confidence while you speak. Maintain the difference between confidence and arrogance.
- If you have not heard a question properly or understood it clearly, you can request the interviewer to repeat the question rather than answer a question heard/understood wrongly. Listen and understand carefully the question being asked, answer to the point. Be brief, to the point courteous and pleasant in responding. If you cannot give an immediate reply, it is ok to take sometime to think before answering a question, but do not take more than ten/ fifteen seconds.
- There is nothing wrong in admitting that you do not know the answer to aquestion rather than trying to confuse, bluff and give a long winding answer. You should always assume that the employer will know the answer to the question asked; so never take chance if you do not know the correct answer.
- You should not get demoralized at the number of questions for which you do not have answers to and thereby spoil the rest of the interview.
- Keep ready extra copies of your resume and testimonials-the same may be required during the interview. Unless specifically asked, do not volunteer to show your testimonials or achievement certificates.
- Do not look nervous or over confident. Do not show too much need or anxiety to get the job and at the same time do not give the impression that you are not interested in the job.
- Complete your sentences rather than leaving them incomplete and do not use only yes or no or shake your head by way of approval or disapproval.
- If for any reason, the interview is halted in between, do not startwandering around or start reading whatever is lying in front of you. Also do not show your displeasure if the interruption takes some more time you must trust the judgment of the employer about his priorities. Do not show that you are in a hurry to complete the interview-unless specifically asked to do so or you are really in a hurry to catch your train/flight.
- On general topics, you should not worry about correct answers but should answer honestly what you feel. You should not be afraid of giving controversial answers as long as you have the logic to support them.
- Never give answers which you think the interviewer wants to hear.
- Avoid the following during the interview
- Frequently shifting your positions in the chair.
- Yawning / burping.
- Cracking knuckles.
- Fiddling with a pen or mobile.
- Answering in tense undertones or in a shrill voice.
- Avoid asking pointed question on the salary. However on being asked for salary expectations you should give a broad range, commensurate
- with relative market worth vis-à-vis the industry you are desirous of joining.
3) At the end of interview:
- At the end of the interview, the interviewee is usually asked if he has any questions to the panel. Some of the questions to be asked are:
(Candidates are also advised to refer to the presentations of the companies. Information already available should not be asked.)
- Exact profile being looked for.
- More details about the organization.
- Location of posting.
- If there is a probation or if one would be confirmed immediately.
- If there is a formal induction programme planned.
- When and how would the result be conveyed ?
- Enquire about reimbursement of train or air fare if not already committed.
- At the end of the interview if the panel has nothing more to ask, you should usually conclude by thanking the panel for giving opportunity for being interviewed.
- You should shake hands only if offered by the panel members. You should wish the panel the time of the day with a smiling face and take their leave. Put back the chair in position, collect your things in a swift motion and softly walk out of the room. Avoid slamming the door.