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
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
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
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
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
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