pre-plannning for  interviews

  • What do I know about the company?
  • What do I know about the job?
  • What do I know about the interviewer and the selection process
  • What is my 30-word response to “Tell me about yourself?”
  • What points are unique about me and support my application?
  • What achievements will the interviewer(s) be most interested in?
  • What possible problem areas are there in my application and how can Iput them positively?
  • What possible question areas will I have for my interviewer(s)?
  • Who would be my most appropriate referees for this position and whatwould I like them to say about my experience and achievements?
  • What lasting impression do I want to leave with my interviewers(s)


facing  the interview


  • Start the interview with a pleasant smile.
  • Always remember to give a firm handshake. If there are women in your interview panel, wait for the other person to extend the hand while shaking hands.
  • Listen carefully to what the interviewer is saying
  • Stress on what you can contribute to the organization.
  • Remember that the employer is in control of the interview
  • Don’t be too long-winded ? say what you want to convey in crisp sentences and use terms that would convey your job & achievements
  • Complete your sentences – don’t answer just yes or no
  • What you don’t know can be learned ? tell them if you don’t know something. But give instances of how quick a learner you are.
  • Do not boast. People on the other side are shrewd and can generally see through you. At the same time talk about achievements giving due credit to others.
  • When talking about yourself and your aspirations, do not sound vague or do not say that you don’t know something. You should be very clear and precise about what you want to do, where you want to go etc.
  • If you don’t understand a question, ask for clarification, don’t answer vaguely.
  • Don’t talk about your personal problems, why you need the job etc
  • Don’t get personal ? even if you know the interviewer personally
  • Don’t be overconfident or too nervous
  • Don’t badmouth your previous employer – you could do the same in the case of the prospective customer
  • Don’t complain about politics, a bad boss or a poor salary – your reasons for change should be higher responsibilities, location etc.

body sport for interviews.

Making a Great Entrance

Craig and Bowden agree that the interview starts even before you get to the interview room.”You don’t know who could be in the parking lot with you, looking at you from a window or standing next to you in the elevator,” says Craig. “Your body should tell anyone who might be watching that you’re confident and calm. It’s not the time to be frantically searching through your portfolio for printouts of your resume.”

Show Your Good Side

Hiring managers often ask receptionists for their take on people who come to the office for interviews, so Bowden suggests letting them observe you without letting on that you know they’re watching. “Sit with your profile to them,” he says. “It makes them feel comfortable, and if they’re comfortable, they’re more likely to form a good impression.”

Craig suggests trying to predict the direction your interviewer will come from, so you can sit facing that direction. It’ll make the greeting more graceful.

First Impressions

While waiting, don’t hunch your shoulders or tuck your chin into your chest, which will make you seem closed off. Sit with your back straight and your chest open — signs that you’re confident and assertive. “But don’t take this to the extreme,” cautions Bowen. “Elongating your legs or throwing your arm across the back of the chair can make you appear too comfortable, even arrogant.”

Also, says Craig, don’t have so much stuff on your lap that you’re clumsily moving everything aside when you’re called. You want to rise gracefully, without dropping things, so you can smoothly greet the person coming to get you.

Shake It — Don’t Break It

Job interviews mean handshakes — so what are the secrets to the perfect handshake? The overly aggressive shake, or “death grip,” as Craig calls it, can be as off-putting as the limp handshake, so practice with a friend before the interview to find the right balance.

You’re going to be shaking with your right hand, so prepare by arranging your belongings on your left side. Offer your hand with the palm slightly up so that your interviewer’s hand covers yours. “It’s a sign that you’re giving them status,” says Bowden. And never cover the other person’s hand with the hand you’re not shaking with — it can be interpreted as a sign of domination.

Important Steps

The walk to the interview is the perfect time to use body language. Always follow that person, whether the person is the hiring manager or an assistant, to show you understand the protocol. You’re saying, ‘I’m the job candidate, and you’re the company representative – I follow your lead.’ Bowen adds that you should try to “mirror” that person’s tempo and demeanor. “It shows you can easily fit into the environment,” he says.

At the Interview Desk

In the interview room, it’s OK to place a slim portfolio on the table, especially if you’ll be presenting its contents, but put your other belongings on the floor beside you. Holding a briefcase or handbag on your lap will make you seem as though you’re trying to create a barrier around yourself, cautions Craig.

Avoid leaning forward, which makes you appear closed off, Bowden says. Instead, he advises sitting up straight and displaying your neck, chest and stomach area — to signal that you’re open.

When gesturing with your hands, Craig says, you should always keep them above the desk and below the collarbone. “Any higher and you’re going to appear frantic,” she says.

Bowden advises that you keep your hands even lower, in what he calls the “truth plane” — an area that fans out 180 degrees from your navel. “Gesturing from here communicates that you’re centered, controlled and calm — and that you want to help,” he says.

It’s fine to sit about a foot away from the table so that your gestures are visible, he says.

The Art of Departing

At the end of the interview, gather your belongings calmly, rise smoothly, smile and nod your head. If shaking hands with everyone in the room isn’t convenient, at least shake hands with the hiring manager and the person who brought you to the interview space.






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