This articles only talks about the Do’s and Don’ts during an interview. To know about what preparation is required before an actual interview refer this article: Preparation before an Interview
List of Dos during Interview
- Attend interview in complete formals, blazer and tie are preferred
- Ask for permissions to enter the room and to sit on the chair
- Greet all the interviewers when you enter the room.
- Keep a smile on your face and pass on positive vibes. Your nonverbal communication also plays an important role.
- Maintain eye contact. Speak slowly and clearly.
- Keep all the interviewers as your audience. Don’t just look at one interviewer while answering.
- Think before answering the question. Don’t just start answering as soon as they finish the question. Take a pause, think, gather points and then start answering.
- It is OK if you don’t know the answer. The panel don’t expect that you should know every answer. Just politely say: “Sir I don’t know” or “I am not able to recollect at this moment”, which is better than giving wrong or vague answers
- Be specific and clear while answering the question.
List of Don’ts during Interview
- Don’t be late. In fact, plan to come early for any scheduled interview.
- Do not keep your voice too low or too loud. You should be audible to the panel.
- Do not play with hair, purse, file, clothes or pen. It will make an impression that you are nervous.
- Keep your mobile phone on mute or switch off, do not put in the pocket of your trousers where interviewers will see, when you enter the room
- Don’t criticize your previous/current college or workplace.
- Do not lie, the panel will know if do. Be honest and genuine. Don’t try to portray yourself as someone which don’t reflect your personality.
- Don’t try to overpower the recruiter with bragging or overstatement. Just be confident and humble while answering or talking about your achievements.
- Don’t make excuses. Take responsibility for your decisions and your actions.
- Don’t get angry or even irritated during the interview. The panel maybe grilling you by asking you too many questions but it will be just to check how you perform under pressure. So, be calm and answer confidently.