10 Things You Should Not Do in an Interview

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INTERVIEW! This is a phase which we all have to pass in order to climb the ladder of success. Our main aim in an interview would be to highlight our positive traits and impress the person interviewing us. An interview may be telephonic or in person or a video conference. Whatever may be the method of interviewing us, we should always be prepared and follow certain tips to be successful. We all know that generally everyone gets nervous during an interview as it is a very special day for them and it is the deciding factor which shapes up their career. But we should make sure that our preparation covers up all our fears and we should focus on our abilities and achievements. There are a few things which people should not do in order to be successful in an interview and they are as listed below.


Body language plays an important role to analyse a person even before talking to him/her. The way we shake hands, the way we position our legs, the way we sit, all these reflect our attitude. So we should have a basic knowledge of body language and its effects in deciding about a person. For example, if a person moves his body and sits with his feet and body pointing towards a door, it means that he wants to end conversation and leave the room. Or if you see a person sitting in a chair shaking one of his legs, it means he feels nervous and uncomfortable. Also, there are several facial expressions which tell many things about how you are actually feeling, even if you do not want to express. For example, disgust and contempt are shown by the narrowing of eyes and a grimacing mouth. The nose will also be probably wrinkled and the head turned aside to avoid having to look at the cause of the reaction. Also, if we consider an example of a handshake, if it is transmitted by turning your hand in such a way that your palm faces down in handshake, it indicates a “DOMINANT HANDSHAKE” So, you should know some facts about body language, mould your body language and try to project yourself perfectly through it. Body language can be a great asset. It can also misinterpret your intentions and may cause you to be rejected.


This can be a question to you in the interview. Your answer should not project you either as a complete introvert or a complete extrovert. Because, being on either of the extremes at work can be bad for you and the company. Your behaviour at work should be as per the requirement. So, learn to tackle the situation in a clever manner with an answer which projects you as a person who can be both introvert and extrovert, or a person who has a blend of these two characteristics. For example, you can say, If I am representing the company at an event which requires me to talk to a lot of people , I become an extrovert while if there is some serious issue under discussion, I think quietly and deeply. Try giving examples like this which prove you are a person who acts according to the situation and has the ability to choose what to be and when to be.


Being inattentive can be the biggest mistake. Because when you are inattentive, you tend to lose track of what the other person is talking. If you do not follow what the interviewer is asking you, then how will you be able to answer properly? Many assume the questions as they become inattentive for few seconds and the answer they give becomes irrelevant. So never be inattentive and absent minded. If at all you do not follow something the interviewer has asked, better ask him to repeat the question rather than assuming something by yourself and committing a mistake. This adds to a bad impression and causes rejection of the candidate.


We all must remember to speak to the point because our motto is to convey the message. So, concentrate on the message, rather than extra details which waste both the listener’s and the speaker’s time. This habit should be cultivated as it serves well during an interview. An answer which is to the point and crystal clear is given more points than an answer which has limited content but too much of extra details. In fact, people tend to think that the person is actually exaggerating. So speak clearly and to the point.


A lie can never be hidden  too long. Once it is known , you may have to face the consequences. So don’t lie. Never think that the person interviewing cannot estimate you. He can distinguish between right and wrong and that is the reason why he is in that position. So always prefer telling truth about your academics, previous work place, qualities, etc.. because even though you lie now, the facts will be known very soon. For example, if you lie that you have handled the position of a leader several times in your college during various events but fail to handle the same position when offered in the company, it will leave a bad impression. Also, never hide information pertaining to you which is quiet essential.


There can be a question posed to you in your interview asking about your weakness and this is the time to impress them with your intelligence and hard-work. You shouldn’t actually tell your weakness. They are testing your level of preparation for the interview. If you want to be unique and want to prove that you are the right person for this position, frame a few weak-points which are actually great assets and which match the qualities that post needs. This is the ground work which you should do before going to the interview. For example, you can say that you cannot take rest until the work assigned to you gets completed. This is listed as weakness, but it is actually a quality they need.


Generally at the end of the interview, you will be given chance to ask questions to them. Utilize that time to create a positive impression on you. Avoid asking questions related to salary and any other confidential matters. Yes, we all have the curiosity to know the salary details. But that isn’t the right time to ask. Because it makes them feel that we have applied to the job only for money and not because of interest. Remember that at that point of time, securing a job is more important. Some questions which you can ask them are, Do the employees here have growth opportunities? What kind of work will the people selected for my position do? Or about the training period, which allows them to know how much interested you are in working with them.


The first instance you are seen by the interviewer is when you get into the panel room. So to avoid a negative impression, ask the permission of the interviewing committee and then enter the room. This is an important thing which you should do before entering. This shows that you respect their status. They may be talking something while you enter the room, so it is always good to ask their permission and then enter the room.


If you quit the previous job, be prepared with a good reason to convince them that it wasn’t entirely your mistake, or that job did not match your profile perfectly. The reason should be stated cleverly yet truly. But there is no need to be completely genuine when it is your mistake, as you know that you will not commit the mistake again. You can slightly alter the way you describe why you had to leave the job, instead of completely blaming yourself. Also, it is important to see that you will never blame the boss you had in that company for your resignation. Always talk good about the company in which you have worked and never blame others in your workplace for the problems you had. This will allow them to trust you and believe that you will not talk ill of the company if at all you leave it for some reason.


As we know that body language can show people our feelings even when we do not intend to express them, being nervous can also be easily identified by the way we speak, the way we sit or by our facial expressions. Nervousness is never the quality they want. They want someone who can tackle situations and talk with great confidence. Showing nervousness narrows down your possibility of being selected. Practice can help us gain confidence and develop good communication skills. When you have a profile they are looking for, do not miss the opportunity by showing off your nervousness .

These are a few things which you should take care of and certainly, if you have a profile suitable for the position you apply, you will be selected.

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