Interview Guidance

10 Mistakes in Interview

1.  Arriving Late

Don’t give a weak first impression even before the start of the interview. Lateness show lack of respect and poor time management skills. Make sure to show up 10-15 minutes in advance and notify a receptionist upon your arrival. Getting to your interview early will allow you to familiarize yourself with a foreign environment, and if you’re lucky, the waiting room may even have magazines form this decade.

2. Twirling your hair, picking your cuticles, tap-tap-tapping your foot

We all have nervous habits, but nowhere are they so apparent than in a closed-door, one-on-one interview. So that thing you do with your lip when you’re nervous or that giggle that bubbles up when you’re feeling insecure — get it under control.People don’t realize they’re doing something truly irritating unless they take some time to find out. And it’s very easy for an interviewer to focus only on that obnoxious trait and forget everything else. Have someone watch you for a day and make him or her take notes on your habits. Not only should they be watching for fidgets, but verbal ticks as well.

3. Avoiding eye contact

Don’t underestimate the power in a firm handshake, eye contact and speaking at a level at which someone can actually hear you. Body language is really important, especially if you’re out of practice in meeting new people and having a conversation with a stranger, in person. Posture is big too. Make sure your posture says ‘confident and interested.

4. Saying you don’t have any weaknesses or haven’t experienced failure

Yes, you’re awesome. And you need to articulate that concisely. But recruiters are looking for a certain degree of self-awareness in candidates. Part of that is knowing when you’ve messed up — and being able to talk through how you handled the situation. All recruiters are throwing the failure question in there now. “It’s become the new take on ‘What is your weakness?’ It’s very important to be prepared for this question. It can be awkward to talk about negative things that don’t reveal your biggest strengths, but not being able to talk about failure will seem disingenuous. We’ve all made mistakes. Showing that you’ve learned from them will reflect very positively on you as a candidate.”

5. Criticising your past boss or co-workers

Even you can’t stand your former boss, a job interview is not the time to “trash talk” or complain about your former employer. Avoid any negative references to your former boss. If you were laid off or fired from a previous position, be prepared to give a simple explanation that puts a positive spin on what happened.Interviewers are interested more in how you overcome these challenges. If there is something you need to express that is negative, say it in positive way.

6. Asking about salary too early

Don’t ask about salary at a job interview. Wait for the interviewer to bring up these issues. The interviewer will inevitably tell you what salary and benefits come with the job. There are so many people looking for jobs, so if the company see you as someone who just wants the money and does not necessarily care about the job, it will work against you in the long run.

7. You don’t know why you want the job

We all know you want a job, but why this particular position? If you don’t know this job is a good fit, you’re wasting everyone’s time with the interview. You should know what the job involves, why your skills are a good fit and why you are a better candidate than the last person interviewed.

8. Checking the time

Be careful not to glance at your watch or the wall clock in the middle of your interview. Perhaps you should take off your watch prior to the interview so that you have no chance of accidentally looking at your wrist.

9. Not asking questions

Nothing demonstrates unpreparedness quite like coming up empty when a hiring manager asks you if you have questions. You should always be able to think of something you want to ask about the job, the company or its culture. “While you may get grilled for the bulk of an interview, come prepared with certain topics to discuss,” “For example, inquire about the interviewer’s favourite aspects of a company or their background in the field. This shows your interest and motivation to learn more about the company and your colleagues.”

10. Not following up after the interview

Statistically, few people actually send thank you notes after interviews. You have a chance to make a positive impression when you follow up with targeted, error-free notes thanking your interviewer for his or her time. Include several key reminders of why you are the best candidate for the job.


1. Tell me something about yourself.

The Most often asked question in interviews. You need to have a short statement prepared in your mind. Be careful that it does not sound rehearsed. Limit it to work-related items unless instructed otherwise. Talk about things you have done and jobs you have held that relate to the position you are interviewing for. Start with the item farthest back and work up to the present.

2. Why did you leave your last job?

Stay positive regardless of the circumstances. Never refer to a major problem with management and never speak ill of supervisors, co-workers or the organization. If you do, you will be the one looking bad. Keep smiling and talk about leaving for a positive reason such as an opportunity, a chance to do something special or other forward-looking reasons.

3. Are you a team player?

You are of course a team player. Be sure to have examples ready. Specifics that show often perform for the good of the team rather than for yourself are good evidence of your team attitude. Do not brag; just say it in a matter of fact tone. This is a key point.

4. What do you consider as your greatest strength?

Numerous answer are good, just stay positive. A few good examples: your ability to prioritize, your problem- solving skills, your ability to work under pressure, your ability to focus on projects, your professional experience, your leadership skills, your positive attitude

5. What are your limitations?

There are several different way to answer when you’re asked during a job interview what are your limitations or weakness is. You can mention skills that aren’t critical for the job, skills you have improved on, or turn a negative into a positive.Even though the question is about weaknesses, your answer should always be framed around positive aspects of your skills and abilities as an employee.

6. What irritates you most about your co-worker?

This is a trap question. Think real hard but fail to come up with anything that irritates you. A short statement that you see, to get along with folks is grate.

7. Tell me about your ability to work under pressure?

You may say that you thrive under certain types of pressure. Give an example that relates to the type of position applied for.

8. What are the goals for the future?

Once the questions typically asked during an interview is about your future goals. Employers want to be sure that you won’t be moving on to another job right away.The best way to respond to the interview question “What are your goals for the future?” or “Where do you see yourself in five years?” is to refer to the position and the company you are interviewing with.Don’t discuss your goals for returning to school or having a family, they are not relevant and could knock you out of contention for the job. Rather, you want to connect your answer to the job you are applying for.

9. How does the job fit in with your career plan?

When you’re interviewing for a new job, recruiters will generally try to figure out if the job will be a good fit given your projected career path. You may encounter questions about how a particular position firs in with your career plan.The interviewer may simply ask why you are interested in the job or why you want to work at the company to extract this information, or they might ask a direct question like “How does the job fir in with your career plan?”This type of question presents some potential pitfalls for candidates if they are not careful. Avoid answer which place emphasis on salary, location and even the company, since employers typically want a candidate who is well qualified for and motivated to pursue the job itself.

Consider Why You Want the Job:

Be careful how you response if you are using this job as a stepping stone to a higher level job within your career path. You make sure your time frame for occupying the initial job is sufficient to add value in that role. Generally 3 – 5 years will make sense for mist jobs.

10. What do you consider as professionalism?

Professionalism is when a person conforms to the technical and/or ethical standards of his/her profession. A professional is courteous, conscientious, and generally businesslike in his/her workplace.Character :

  • Taking Responsibility
  • Maintaining accountability
  • Make being on time a priority
  • Admitting and correcting mistakes
  • Being fair and truthful
  • Following through on commitments

Attitude :

  • Exhibiting willingness to take on projects
  • Demonstrating helpfulness
  • Showing respect
  • Always having the best interest of others at heart
  • Never greedy or arrogant

11. What do you think will be the probation period for your job?

It should not be more than one month.

12. What is your idea about an ideal work environment?

How much do you know about the working environment in the organisation to which you’re applying? Shallow as it may seem, this is what you need to be describing.

13. Do you believe in long term relationship/or you think staying somewhere for long run can make you stagnant?

Here, employer wants to know, you will going stay for a long period or going to change again after few months. Your answer should be diplomatic and here you have to choose the option for long term relationship.

14. What is your expectation and how soon can you join?

This question is always a tricky one and a dangerous game to play in an interview. It is a common mistake to discuss salary before you have sold yourself, and like in any negotiation, knowledge is power. Do your homework and make sure you have an idea of what this job is offering. You can try asking them about the salary range. If you want to avoid the question altogether, you could say that at the moment, you are looking to advance in your career and money isn’t your main motivator. If you do have a specific figure in mind and you are confident you can get it, then it may be worth going for.

15. Do you have any questions for me?

Always have some questions prepared. Questions prepared where you will be an asset to the organization are good. How soon will I be able to be productive? And what type of projects will I be able to assist on? Are examples.