Posted by : Deepak Vasudevan Saturday, October 30, 2010

Fresh grads often express an emotion of lost confidence because of frequent ‘shown-the-door’ activity by interviewers. Since they haven’t been exposed to a professional working environment and amateur interviewers expecting a peer-exhibit from them consequently this look-out and look-ahead gap plays havoc between them in building a healthy rewarding relationship.

Here are a few tips for a rewarding interview (applicable to both interviewer and interviewee):

  1. Punctuality: When a particular time is decided upon ensure the interview is scheduled and started exactly. Just because you are an interviewer you do not get any privilege with the time wheel. Also the interviewee should ensure he does not offer to quote lame excuses for delays.
  2. Maintain a calm and composed decorum. It is not a war-field and you are not going to confront any AK47s or the guillotines of French Revolution.
  3. Dress Code pays good and plays a significant role. In Tamil there is a saying “ஆள் பாதி ஆடை பாதி” indicating that the way you present gives an impression to the other party.
  4. Depending upon the culture either have a formal (and firm) handshake or a complete and respectful pranams.
  5. When conversing with the interviewer ensure you have your five senses inclined to it. A proper eye contact ensures confidence. A good listening ensures avoiding phrases like “Pardon me. Can you repeat again?”.
  6. A straight forward honest session is also reflected from the body language.
  7. Please respect your language and communication skills. Frequent ‘Eh…Uh…’ and dragging words irritate the other party.

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