Things to remember
Make ready the file containing all documents such as the call letter, certificates, mark lists, photograph, and resume the previous day.
It is wise to set aside the pen you might be carrying and your watch ready to be picked up in the morning.
Do not take too many things, say for instance an umbrella or unnecessary bags, as you go into the room for your interview. A file or a handbag should suffice.
Continuous eye contact is essential. A person who does not maintain eye contact while speaking may seem to be trying to hide something
Women should take care not to deposit their handbags on the table. Keep them on the floor nearby instead.
While waiting for an interview along with several candidates, we may be sitting in a queue.
The countdown begins as you wait for your turn. As you get closer to the room tension mounts and this is the time for auto suggestion that will boost your confidence.
Keep telling yourself: "I have done long-range and short-range preparation very well. I do possess all the skills and knowledge that the other candidates have. The interview board is there to help me. There is no need to become nervous. I am confident. I will win. I will win. I will surely win."
When your name is called, knock gently on the door or half-door, as the case may be. Generally there is an usher to guide you in. Remember
do not shout, "May I come in, Sir?" as you enter.
Never try to peep into the room at any stage.
Take your seat when you are asked to do so. Thank the chairman either by word or look. There is no need to extend your hand for a shake.
However, if the chairman of the board extends his hand, accept it. But do not allow your nervousness to make the grip vice-like.
Also meet the eyes of the person. It is poor manners to look elsewhere. Bear in mind that it is a way of communication. There is a good deal of non-verbal communication.
Our body language should not convey arrogance. Posture is important. Do not look too relaxed, slouch or sit at the edge of the chair.
Do not allow your hand to stray to your nose, ear and so on for it betrays nervousness. Twisting the shirt buttons, smoothing your hair, adjusting he sari, playing with the pen or paperweight all fall in this category.
The candidate should exercise discretion in using the space between him and the interviewer.
There is no need to gesticulate like stage actors. Move your hands naturally. Do not rest your elbows on the table
Don't thump on the table to emphasise a point. You can do it with a proper choice of words and expressions and right modulation of voice.
Continuous eye contact is essential. A person who does not maintain eye contact while speaking may seem to be trying to hide something.
Even though the question may come from one of the members, the reply should be addressed to the entire panel. It is not a one-to-one dialogue.
Some of the `don'ts' indicated above are referred to as mannerisms. Some of them may be the characteristics of a person, and some others may surface when a person is tense or deeply anxious. Mock interviews and a conscious effort will help one overcome these problems.
It is a good idea to hold such mock sessions in schools, colleges, or clubs. Once the mannerisms in an individual are identified, he should make a conscious attempt to eliminate them.
How we speak is as important as what we say. Speak with clarity in lucid language. Pronunciation should be correct. Be audible. Never try to raise your voice or reduce it to a whisper.
Talking will affect clarity just as slow delivery will bore the listener.
Your replies should be couched in the right words. Don't keep saying `ha', `hoo', `eh', `hmm' or make exaggerated gestures.
We should not do anything that may irritate the interviewer. Take care not to do something that may irritate the interviewer.
For instance, not paying attention to the question asked, answering a question that has not been asked, attempting to provide superfluous information, and attending the interview without adequate preparation are sure to annoy the person seated across.
No interviewer would tolerate a candidate answering his questions in an indifferent manner.
Never stretch an answer unnecessarily or keep repeating. If you feel that some point needs repetition, rephrase the statement.
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