Job Interviews

Tuesday, 29. December 2009


You have done your Graduation ‘Summa cum Laude’. You have researched well for a job opening on the Internet and sent-in an effective resume with a good Cover Letter to the prospective employer. After great expectations, you get the call for Job Interview and then, you blow it up by going to the interview wearing jeans and joggers as if you were going for a Screen role audition–Ha! Ha! A job interview (job interview questions) is a formal affair where-in you need to put your best foot forward.

Do’s and Don’ts for a Job Interview:


  • Research and acquaint yourself with the profile and products/services of the company.
  • Read and brush-up on the job description and role in your prospective position.
  • Read ‘Case Studies’ of on-the-job situations/problems and solutions from any HR Treatise on similar industry/designation of your prospective job.
  • Dress in ‘Formals’ in white/pastel colour full sleeves shirt with tie and dark colour trouser.
  • Shave, trim your hair and polish your shoes.
  • Reach the venue of interview 15 mins prior to the required time. Report in reception and get your presence logged.
  • Read brochures of the company if available in the reception while waiting for call.
  • Relax and unwind. Mentally recap likely questions and answers in interview.
  • Knock on the door of the cabin of interviewer and ask, ‘May I come in?’
  • Wish the interviewer, ‘Good Morning or Good Afternoon’ when you enter.
  • Shake hands ONLY if the interviewer offers his/her hand. Ask, ‘May I sit down?’ if he/she has forgotten to offer a chair.


  • Don’t dress in ‘Casuals’.
  • Do not ‘Mumble’. Speak audibly in a clear voice.
  • Don’t reply, ‘I think so or May be’. Reply to the questions authoritatively with conviction.
  • Don’t digress from topic and ramble. Answer to the point.
  • DO NOT BLUFF if you don’t know the answer. Say, ‘Sorry, I don’t know, Sir’.
  • No matter what the question is, try to project your unique personality, skills, qualifications and dedication to work in your answers.
  • If the interviewer asks, ‘Do you know the profile of our company?’ try to answer favourably to the best of your ability instead of saying, ‘I don’t know.’
  • If the interviewer asks about your opinion on religion, politics, corruption, scams of national leaders and any other controversial matter, say, ‘I don’t have any opinion since I am not interested in these matters at this stage of my life.’
  • If the interviewer asks about your hobbies and extra-curricular activities, don’t state frivolous things like, ‘listening to music or playing caroms’. Mention positive hobbies such as ‘photography, hiking/trekking or reading Self-Development books.
  • If the interviewer asks, ‘What will you do if you are not selected for the job?’ reply, ‘Sir, I am fully qualified for the position. I will seek a position elsewhere and I am confident of success.’
  • Don’t forget to thank the interviewer for the opportunity given to you before you leave his/her cabin.

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