A friend of mine went for an interview. He was confident about the dos but little did he know what not to do in an interview.
In the middle of the conversation, he cracked a lame joke while trying to be humorous. Rest is a story of a dreadful past.
Remember, you are not there to be a jester or a know it all.
What are you supposed to do in such a situation?
Well, here we are with what not to do in an interview!
A few things should be avoided completely
Success is just an end result of what failures teach us. Let’s learn some don’ts to minimize the ratio of failures.
- Negativity is unpalatable
Any gesture or answer that reflects some traits of negative personality curtails your chances of clearing the interview, right there!
Let’s take a case in point.
You are assigned a project with a deadline. You inform your manager that it is impossible to meet the given deadline because of certain reasons. Then, is it a sign of a good hire for the company? Will this help you as an individual, and the company to grow?
Try being enthusiastic irrespective of the circumstances.
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- Overselling yourself can be a problem
The interviewer asks, “Why do you think you are fit for this job?”
You begin with “I have an excellent knowledge in this area. My last organization didn’t want me to leave, so you can imagine how good I am.”
Now, this is when you should understand that exaggerating about yourself is not going to help you. You need to be polite and honest, but not brag about yourself.
Be humble and give logical answers so that the interviewer can connect with you.
- Try being genuine
Consider a person who has practiced a few tips which according to him can get him through an interview. During his interview, he appears to be a robot performing as programmed.
Does this sound convincing?
Try not to sound too cold. Be genuine.
Bottom line is, all your efforts are in vain if the interviewer cannot connect with you or if he feels that you lack warmth.
Here’s what to do after the don’ts!
Some Do’s to Remember
When Azim Premji and Narayana Murthy met for the first time, they did not meet as founders of two leading IT companies of India. Instead, Mr. Murthy went for an interview in the yet-to-be-started Wipro group. Premji did not like Murthy and rejected his candidature.
So, guess what? We all make mistakes, we fall but then we learn.
Here are few dos to help you know what should be done in the interviews:
- Your appearance is your first impression
Decide what you are going to wear prior to the final day. Put some efforts on what you are going to wear, dress according to your job profile. The first impression is always your looks, at least in an interview.
For a sales profile, you cannot wear a casual formal in an interview.
Your appearance is your second introduction after your resume.
- Maintain an eye contact
If you cannot keep a proper eye contact with the interviewer then this depicts your lack of confidence. Be confident enough to make the person realize that there can be no better candidate for this profile than you.
Confidence is the key!
- Give situation based answers
During an interview, you are asked to explain how you will handle pressure.
You should explain this using an example that answers these three questions:
- Which situation?
- How you handled?
- What was the outcome?
Likewise, every question should be answered in this way. It will have a positive impact on the interviewer and will provide you an edge over others.
Just so that you know
It is just a matter of time.
Today you don’t have a job, tomorrow you will. Today you are sad, tomorrow happiness will embrace you. Today you lack interview skills, and tomorrow you will be a master.
Your will to succeed supported with these interview dos and don’ts will surely take you far.
Good luck ahead!