Campus Recruitment – HR Interview – Do’s and Dont’s of Interview
Do’s and Dont’s of Interview
Do’s and Don’ts of Interview
- Maintain positive body language throughout the interview.
- Greet your interviewer(s) when you walk into the room.
- Turn off your cell phone during the interview.
- Pay attention to the questions and maintain eye contact while answering them.
- Answer after thinking carefully. Do not give abrupt answers.
- Sell yourself. Be confident and show optimism.
- Your answer should reflect what you can do for the employer and not the other way round.
- Do ask relevant questions regarding the job being offered.
- Try to use real examples while talking about your skills. Example: how has a particular skill benefited your previous job?
- Thank the interviewers as you leave the interview.
- Do not be late.
- Don’t diess inappropriately. For example, wearing slippers, T-shirt, jeans etc.
- Don’t lie about your skills and competencies. Instead, show the employers that you are eager to learn in areas where your knowledge is limited.
- Do not use long sentences or monosyllabic answers. Example: If the interviewer asks Are you good at coding? Don’t reply “yes” or “no”. Instead you can say ‘Yes, I am good at writing the Java code. I have also done a mini project on the same’ (or) ’No sir. I am from electrical background. I am not very well versed in writing the code. But I am doing a course in Java. I may learn to code in the near future’.
- Maintain a positive tone while answering challenging questions. Do not show arrogance. Example, if the interviewer says “Your career may progress fast as you have good grades”, do not say “No doubt about it”. Instead say “Sir, I am a hardworking individual and my grades are a result of that. I will try to incorporate the same in my work life also. Thanks for your confidence shown in my abilities”.
- Do not get personal with the interviewer. For example, asking the interviewer “Sir, from where did you do your graduation ? “
- Do not forget to bring the necessary certificates and a copy of your resume.
- Do not eat during the interview or chew gum.
- Do not interrupt the interviewer. Wait until he finishes asking questions/talking.
- Do not argue. For Example, if the interviewer says “You may have to travel for a few days every month to customer site”, do not say “It is impossible. You cannot expect that.”
- Do not criticize your previous employers/ faculty of your college. For example, saying “I have earned these grades on my own as my teachers were useless”.
What not to ask during an interview?
- Do not ask what the company does, what its products and services are, its clients, turn over etc. This information is available at the company website. Read it from there.
- Do not ask questions that involve controversies around the company or its employees. Never speak negative about the company, its management and its employees.
- Do not ask personal questions to the interviewer, like his marital status, his nativity, nationality, religion, number of children, his hobbies etc.
- Do not ask questions whose answers are within the question itself. Example: “/ have heard that xyz is our toughest competitor from you. Isn’t it ?”
- Do not discuss compensation and benefits or compare the salaries offered in the other organizations.
- If you are a referral candidate, do not ask the
interviewer if he knows your acquaintance that has referred you. .
- Do not ask the interviewer if you have bagged the job. Example, “Sir, please let me know if I have passed this interview?”
What you should ask?
Questions about the roles and responsibilities.
Question regarding amount of travel expected.
Career path & scope of advancement in the company.
The management style within a company.
The work culture and people to whom you would be reporting.
The qualities they look for in prospective employees. Here are some suggestions for questions that fit into the categories listed above. The key is to modify them, and formulate your own versions of these questions that are tailored specifically to the company and the position you are interviewing for.
- What are the routine responsibilities for this role?
- What suggestions would you give for excelling in this role?
- What are your short term and long term expectations for this role?
- Can I please know about the work culture of the organization?
- Who is the toughest competitor for the organization and why?
- May I know how you have grown within the organization? What have been your key learnings?
- What is the career graph for people in this role?
- What do you think are the most required traits for this job?
- Do you expect the candidate to bring about any changes in the job? If yes, how?
- Is there any notable trait that would make you feel that I may be suited for the job?
- What are the qualities that you find in the employees who have been with the company for a very long time?
- What are the attributes that the successful employees in this organization have?
- What are the biggest challenges facing the company right now?
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