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WHAT TO SAY AND WHAT NOT TO SAY DURING THE INTERVIEW PROCESS 

Whatever other advice is given about interviewing, above all you must be honest. An interview is not an opportunity for you to spend an hour bluffing. Many interviewers are trained in body language and you will give yourself away if you spend the vast majority of the time inventing stories. This does not mean that you should parade all your negative characteristics in front of the interviewer, but that what you do say should be the truth.

A knowledge of the kind of questions that will be asked should help you to prepare. At the interview you will need to think hard analyze the question and the answer and justify your opinions, often quickly. Your good and bad pints will be taken into account but you must be able to mention other aspects that are important to you. You will need to think out in advance the answers to each question, and decide which characteristics or attributes you need to bring out for each job. Look at the application form again to refresh your memory about what you have already told the organization. Don't give monosyllabic answers.

Listening is important. Make sure that you understand what has been asked. If you are not sure, as for clarification. Don't confuse question about what you to offer with those about why you want the job. The interviewer will want to hear what you can do for them. Try to show that you consider the interview a two-way process, that you want to learn but also have something to contribute. Try to give the interviewer a chance to talk too, and discuss, so that your interview becomes a conversation rather than a set of questions and answers. 

Be positive and enthusiastic about the job. Your tone of voice will give you away if you sound unenthusiastic on your potential employment. Don't lecture, and show a sense of humour if possible. If you are able to lighten the discussion, it will create a good impression and help you to relax. Try to demonstrate that you are able to be objective about  your career. Don't sound too timid, because timidity and shyness are often seen as signs of weakness. 

Don't be too detailed in what you say. Keep your answers brief and concise while still imparting all the relevant information. You should communicate technical information simply, without using jargon and without assuming that your interviewer is an expert on the subject. Brush up your subject knowledge if you expect technical questions at the interview. 

Never volunteer information about your weaknesses, though you must be prepared to discuss these if asked. Don't apologize for your background - you will need to sound positive about all aspects of yourself. 

Never be over-critical of your current (or last) employer. Opportunities to do this may come up if you are discussing your role in a company failure, but resist the temptation to exonerate yourself by saying that your own suggestions were ignored and implying that the company would not have had this failure it they had listened to you. Don't complain that the boss didn't recognize your skills, superior qualities etc., that you didn't get a promotion you richly deserved. Apart from the fact that this irritates interviewers and they will seldom believe you, they will assume that you will say the same kind of things when you leave their company, and they don't want that. 

Don't ask about the salary straight away, for, this will sound as if you are more interested in the money than the job.

When talking about past failures, be honest about your mistakes but show what you have learned from them.  Some people talk about their weaknesses in such a way as to try to make them sound positive. This is definitely not the right thing. Do not lie about your qualifications, as many organizations check on these, although it is not necessary to put in all the details such as your grades etc, if the examinations were taken a long time ago. If you think that you many be overqualified, you do not have to mention everything. If you are under qualified, show a willingness to return to study to obtain the qualifications you have not gained so far. 

Everyone gets caught now and then with a totally unexpected questions. If it is one which is way off-beam tell the interviewer that you hadn't expected to be asked that and request a moment to consider. If you still don't know the answer, be honest and say so. If you do not understand a question reflect it back, or ask for clarification. This will give you more time to think and the interviewer may rephrase the question into something which you can more readily answer. 

These are the few things which should be taken care-of while attending an interview . 

K.N. SRINIVAS MURTHY

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