To begin with, there are 4 main focus
areas in any personal interview:
- Personal details
- Academic details
- Your background
- Current affairs
EVERY PERSONAL INTERVIEW
Even after months of
preparation, some candidates do not perform well in the interview room. The
trick is to follow the below mentioned commandments. Practice them during mock
interview sessions diligently. You are sure to crack the personal
- Whenever the interviewer asks any
questions, listen carefully. Do not interrupt him midway. Ask for a clarification if the question is not clear. Wait a second or two before you answer.
And don't dive into the answer!
- Speak clearly.
Don't speak very slowly. Be loud enough so that the interviewers don't have to strain their
- Brevity is the
hallmark of a good communicator. An over-talkative or verbose person is disliked and misjudged
instantly, so keep it short.
- If you don't know an answer, be
honest. The interviewer will respect your
integrity and honesty. Never exaggerate.
- Never boast about your
achievements. Don't be overconfident -- it is often misinterpreted by interviewers for arrogance.
- Don't get into an argument with
the interviewer on any topic. Restrain
- Remember your manners. Project an
air of humility and be polite.
- Project enthusiasm. The
interviewer usually pays more attention if you display enthusiasm in whatever you say.
- Maintain a
cheerful disposition throughout the interview, because a pleasant countenance holds the interviewers'
- Maintain perfect
eye contact with all panel members; make sure you address them all. This shows your self-confidence and honesty.
- Avoid using slang. It may not be
understood and will certainly not be
- Avoid frequent use of words and
phrases like, 'I mean', 'You know', 'I
know', 'Well', 'As such', 'Fine', 'Basically', etc.
- When questions are asked in
English, reply in English only. Do not use
Hindi or any other languages. Avoid using words like matlab, ki, maine, etc.
- Feel free to ask questions if
necessary. It is quite in order and much
appreciated by interviewers.
- Last but not the least,
be natural. Many interviewees adopt a stance that is not their natural self. Interviewers find it amusing when a candidate launches into a new accent that he/she
cannot sustain consistently through the
interview or adopts a mannerism that is inconsistent with their own personality. It is best to talk naturally.
You come across as genuine.
MIND YOUR BODY LANGUAGE!
- Do not keep shifting
- Your posture during the interview
adds to or diminishes your personality. Be
a little conscious of your posture and gestures. They convey a lot about your personality.
- Sit straight. Keep your body
still. You may, of course, use your hand gestures freely.
- Avoid these mannerisms at all costs:
- Playing with your tie
- Theatrical gestures
- Sitting with your arms slung over the back of the
POST INTERVIEW ETIQUETTE
- Make sure you thank the
interviewers as a mark of respect for the time they have spared for you.
- As you rise and are
about to leave, make sure you collect up your pen/ pencil/ all other stationery.
Wish You every success in your