Interview Tips

The first impression you make on the interviewing person, certainly outweighs your actual credentials. Your presence in itself can impress the whole interviewing process. Your poise, positive attitude, fundamental social skills, and good communications are evaluated along with your experience and education.

Never show any hesitation in engaging the interviewer in a conversation – a mutual exchange of information and ideas. Only through such a dialogue can you both determine if you, the organization, and the job are well matched. And for this, only preparation is the key, the criteria.

Be punctual

This often means 10-15 minutes early. Interviewers often are ready before the appointment.


Know the interviewer’s name, its spelling, and pronunciation

Depending upon the position you are applying for, use it during the interview. If you don’t know the name, call beforehand and ask the secretary. Also, note the secretary’s name in case you have to call back. Secretaries can influence the hiring decision.  However, if the position is of entry level or junior executive, using interviewer’s name won’t be a good idea, especially in India.


Have some questions of your own prepared in advance

There is nothing wrong with having a short list of questions and thoughts- it shows you have done your research and want to know more about the organization and the position.


Bring several copies of your resume

Never forget to bring a copy of your transcript. Carry your papers in an organized manner.


Carry a pen and a small note pad

But do not take notes during the interview. However, immediately afterward, write down as much as you can remember, including your impression of how well you did.


Greet the interviewer with a handshake and a smile

Remember to maintain eye contact.  Neither be shy nor arrogant. A respectful eye contact speaks a lot about your positive approach and confidence.


Don’t be embarrassed if you are nervous

Being nervous is not a new thing or wrong. As you gain experience you’ll become more at ease with the interviewing process.



On your attributes, your transferable skills, and your willingness to learn; don’t apologize for a lack of experience; describe your strengths in terms of what you can do for the organization.


Always Tell the truth

Lies and exaggeration will come back to haunt you.


Listen carefully to the interviewer

Be sure you understand the question; if not, ask for clarification, or restate it in your own words. Answer completely and concisely. Stick to the subject at hand.


Never talk bad about your previous employer, a teacher, friend or school/college

Loyalty ranks high on the employer’s list.


Watch your grammar

Employers are interested in candidates who can express themselves properly. Even if you have to go slowly and correct yourself, accuracy is preferred over ungrammatical fluency.


Be prepared for personal questions

Some interviewers may not know what they can and cannot ask legally. Anticipate how you will handle such questions without losing your composure.


Wait for the interviewer to mention salary and benefits

To research pay scales, refer to salary surveys and information on the Career Services website on in the career library.


Don’t expect a job offer at the first interview

Often you will be invited to a second or even third interview before an offer is made several weeks later.


Close on a positive, enthusiastic note

Ask what the next step will be. Thank the interviewer for his/her time and express your interest in the job. Leave quickly and courteously with a handshake and a smile.


No interview is complete until you follow up with a thank-you note

Express your appreciation for the interview and, if true, reaffirm your interest. This last step can make a difference. Don’t forget it.


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