How to Answer Tricky Interview Questions

While in an interview, you are bound to come across questions, which are very tricky and can leave you speechless. The questions can be related to anything, it may be something personal about you, it may be something about the organization; it may be a situation in which your reaction will be judged or could be something simple but practical. You have to be very quick-witted in these situations and with a calm sense analyze the question from all angles. If they find any kind of weakness, there is a high risk that the rest of the interview can fall into the pit.

There are a few guidelines for every question, which provides a base for every question. Using these guidelines, one can easily create a possibly strong answer. Guidelines for most asked interview questions are given below.

Tell me Something About Yourself

Most of the interviews begin with this question. Obviously, every candidate is prepared for this question and answers this question in the most confident manner. However, it is necessary to keep in mind here that the HR manager only wants to know the relevant details that are actually necessary, if you go on about telling your life story from the time you grew up, there is no doubt that you will soon be hunting for another job opening in some other firm.

There are many different cases observed, where the candidate talks about his or her complex past situations and how there is no peace and harmony at his or her home. There should be nothing negative in your answer as these things are not meant to be brought up in an interview voluntarily. It creates a bad image; moreover, you should only be talking about your education, qualifications, and career. There is no point in speaking more than needed. Restrict your answer to only details that are relevant. Ideally one should restrict the answer to this question in five sentences.

  • My name is [First Name] [Last Name]
  • I stay in [area name]
  • I have completed [highest qualification… instead of M. Com. Say Masters in Commerce] in [Year] from [Institute Name].
  • Overall I have [x] years of experience and am currently working as [current designation] with [company name] since [start of the current job e.g. March 2016]
  • My manager and colleagues have always appreciated my [top two qualities that you have and are relevant to the job you are applying for – e.g. Communication Skills, Quick Learner, Positive Approach, Attention to Detail, Teamwork, Leadership, Focus on Numbers, Accuracy, Quick Turnaround Time, Multi-task, Creativity, Dedication, Research oriented, etc]

The interviewer will then have an opportunity to ask questions based on these points and decide the course of the interview. If there is anything else that the interviewer wishes to know about you, then he or she will ask you about it. I have provided an answer to this question below, which I explained to one of my students during the “Interview Success Workshop” that I conducted in Mumbai at one of our training centers.

What was the reason for leaving your last job?

This is one of the trickiest questions asked in an interview. Remember; do not bad mouth your previous employer in any scenario. You have to present yourself in an utmost positive manner and there should not be any negative signs from your side. Talking bad about your old boss, company or peers is considered as extremely unprofessional and can decrease your chances of getting the job by a large margin. The best way to answer this question is to talk about career advancement and the new company which you are applying for is the right choice for you. Answering this question can be a bit different for the ones who were fired from their previous job. If you were fired, please do not try to cover it up or lie about it in the interview. There are great chances that the company will check your background anyway, so it is better to come clean from the start.

The best way to answer this question if you were fired is to keep it brief and simple. Turn your negative points into positive points by talking about how it was a learning experience for you and what did you do to make up for the mistakes then. Talking about moving on with good confidence can give you extra points. For example,

My skills were not too useful in my previous post. Also, my boss and I had a very different way of thinking and we decided that I should move on to a job where my skills were better used.”

Which other companies have you applied for?

I suggest that you be relaxed when this question is asked. The main motive behind asking this question is to ensure that you are quite serious about finding a new job. If you have applied for a job in many different companies, remember not to give out the entire details, you don’t want to sound too desperate and give them the idea that you will take any job available.

You need to sound professional and confident, mention one or two good companies, offering a decent salary to give them an idea that you have capabilities and you aim high. More importantly, convince them that you actually are very serious in getting a new job.

What are your strengths?

If you think of it, this question is one of the easiest questions that you might have come across. The mistake that most people make while answering this question is that many people give very common answers. Now, what does a very common answer mean? It means an answer that many or everyone usually gives- for example, “I’m pretty hard working” or “I am very loyal to the company I work for” and so on. Your answer depends on the kind of job you’re applying for. Like, if you are applying for an accountancy position, you cannot say that you are good at clerical work.

The answer that you give should ring a bell in the interviewer’s mind and make him or her think that you have something that the other applicants might not have. Use words that show that you have skills which are useful for the job that you are applying for. Avoid words and behavior that may look or feel very generic. Let us take an example of a graphic designer answering this question:

As a graphic designer, my greatest strength is that I understand the need of various people and turn it into the final design work. My passion for creativity and mastery over most features of Photoshop add glitter to gold. Moreover, I can blend in with people easily and so I have great compatibility of working in a team.”

What are your weaknesses?

Where strengths may feel like the easiest questions to answer, undoubtedly one would say that answering questions related to weaknesses is also pretty easy. No. The questions related to weaknesses are the hardest to answer. At the same time, if you think that saying you have little to none weaknesses might give you a stand in the interview, you are extremely wrong. If you say that you have nothing that you must work on, you will come out as being very much arrogant. Speak of a weakness that will not ruin your chances of getting selected, and that can also maintain a very good impression in front of the interviewer. When they are asking your weaknesses, it is one hundred percent work-related, so do not talk of domestic weaknesses, such as helping in chores around the house and baking cakes.

These answers will sound extremely absurd and the interviewer will think that you cannot comprehend the questions and tasks given to you. The best advice would be to tell a work-related weakness and then follow it up by giving examples that you can work on it. If you admit your real weakness and convince the person in front of you that you can work on it, the interviewer can trust you more.

Again, the job that you are applying for will determine the answer you give. I would like to provide an answer that I gave to one of my students Sheetal Sharma during the “Interview Success Workshop” conducted in Hyderabad a few months ago.

2 Secrets That Determine 93% of Interview Success

Since my childhood, I was able to understand what the person’s mood is by looking at his facial expression and behavior. I understood when someone was lying and hiding the truth. Later on, this ability gave me an upper hand in many interviews, where I was in charge. Many candidates give themselves away with their body language; they speak different words than what can be read in their eyes.

It is extremely important to understand the environment. As soon as you enter the room the interviewer may signal you to sit down using his or her hand and you may fail to notice. This may be very simple to you, but then the interviewer has to say things out loud and no interviewer likes to repeat things, which is a fact. You have to be a good observer.

The first thing after entering the room should be to analyze the atmosphere, see what the interviewer’s mood is and how his body moves. Once you understand the atmosphere and put the interviewer
at ease, the rest of the interview might proceed smoothly.

My friend’s son was attending an interview recently. He had just finished his degree and was applying for a job in some private firm. He narrated his experience at the interview at a social gathering. He told me that just like most of the interviews, there were only three positions and twenty candidates competing for them. One thing that was extremely surprising was that all the 20 candidates were assessed in just two hours of time. I couldn’t stop my curiosity and asked him what happened when he entered the room.

He replied that as he entered the room there were three middle-aged men seated around a large table. The table was large so a handshake was not possible. They gestured him to sit and asked general questions about his life, like where was the graduation is done and a little bit about his family. There was not a single question related to the firm or the job. He was done in just five minutes and asked to wait until the results were announced. After waiting for another hour, results were announced and his name was included. He was very happy with the fact that he got the job and that too without putting much effort.
I was not at all satisfied and wanted to figure out the reason behind this mysterious interview. Luckily I knew one of the three interviewers from a new year’s party three years ago.

I somehow connected the dots finally leading to him and inquired about this brainstorming reality. He took a pause for a second and revealed that he and his partners were just deciding whom to hire by observing the candidate’s body language. The candidates that did not make eye contact were rejected instantly, while a few more were rejected because they couldn’t hide their stress and anxiousness, which are two main signs of weaknesses. He also explained that the candidates who were selected were very confident and maintained eye contact while speaking as well as while listening.

Their hands were very professional and the body posture was properly maintained. The main aim of the firm was to hire employees, who were confident and hid their weaknesses effectively. The rest of the details are already present in the resume and training was obvious upon hiring, so, they did not care about anything else other than the person’s personality, which they judged on the basis of the body language.

The candidates that did not make eye contact were rejected instantly, while a few more were rejected because they couldn’t hide their stress and anxiousness, which are two main signs of weaknesses.

This incident always rang a bell inside my head and I never miss an opportunity to explain the new trainees to observe and understand the important signs and gestures needed for an interview. It is not hard to figure out someone’s body language, all you need is the knowledge and some application. I am sure that you can easily figure out your dad’s and mom’s mood when you have done something wrong and you didn’t tell them yet or you went somewhere and you did not come back. Those times are tough and you already know what the results are.

Similarly, if you figure out the mood of the interviewers, there is a high possibility that you can figure out the twists and turns during an interview. You can figure out your parent’s mood easily because you know them well and you understand their expressions. However, in this case, you need to apply logic. There are some basic steps that you can follow to get a better understanding of the interviewer’s mood.

  • Look at the expression of the interviewer as soon as you enter the room. Most of the interviewers are experienced and show no signs of emotion, but sometimes if you are lucky you might understand the mood just with the facial expression.
  • Let the interviewer speak first. Do not speak until asked. Generally, the first question sets the complete atmosphere for the rest of the interview. If the first question asked to you is direct and on the topic like, “why do you think you are fit for this job?” or “Tell us why you are a good candidate for this job”, then the mood is serious and the interviewer is expecting you to react quickly and give quick answers.
  • If the first question is casual like, “How are you?” or “We are pleased to see you, tell us something about yourself”, then you can expect a casual interview. However, a casual interview is considered much more challenging than a straight forwarded one as a casual interview generally involves a lot of tricky questions, which require the candidates to put in a lot of logic.
  • Observe the tone of the interviewer and try to figure out his or her emotions through that. If the interviewer’s voice is loud and pressing, then you are in for a rough time. But, most of the interviewers try to put you at ease first and then suddenly put you in a difficult situation to see your potential.

Keeping eye contact while speaking signifies that you are confident and saying the truth. Moreover, keeping eye contact while listening makes you a good listener, who is concentrated and focused.

Always remember to make eye contact while speaking and also do not break eye contact while listening. Looking at the walls or out of the window while speaking or listening can land you up in either of the places. Also, keep your back straight and sit formally. Many individuals are confused about where to keep their hands during an interview.

It is considered best to keep them in your lap and formally lock them with each other. While you are speaking, move your hands along with the dialogues. Place your hands still while not speaking and do not touch your nose, mouth, ear or any other parts of the body too much. Maintain the decorum inside the interview room.

According to research, the second most important factor that leads to failure in interviews is a lack of enthusiasm and confidence that the candidate shows in the interview. The primary reason for that is a very low level of voice and lack of voice modulation. Now you may want to know what Voice Modulation is. How does it impact an interview?

Let me share with you some very important information about Voice Modulation that I have been sharing in my Voice Modulation Workshops in Mumbai. Well, voice communicates a lot about our current state of excitement and confidence. Since I have trained over 250,000 professionals, I have observed that 98% of students and working professionals do not modulate their voice. And because of this reason, they are perceived as people who lack confidence.

Now in an interview, your hiring manager is continuously judging your personality and if your voice does not show confidence, the interviewer will be unsure of hiring you. In order to develop a high-quality voice, one must follow the following tips:

  • Do loud reading practise for 30 minutes daily –this will help you open up your voice.
  • In case people around you complain that you speak very fast, you need to accept that you are speaking more than 150 words per minute. Generally, when you speak 100 words per minute, it is very easy to understand what you are saying. In order to speak at a rate that the interviewer can easily understand what you are saying, practice extremely slow reading. Read the text with a five-second gap between two words. You need to do this for 30 minutes daily. Thousands of professionals have used this technique to drastically reduce their rate of speech.
  • Learn to correctly modulate your voice. When you modulate your voice, it makes your speech interesting; it helps you express your emotions and also creates an impression that you are confident. In order to develop modulation in your voice, underline two three words in each sentence. Now read the text loudly and stress on the underlined words. Do this for 30 minutes daily. This will help you develop voice modulation.
  • Record your speech on voice recorder on your mobile phone. Then listen to it. Don’t be surprised if you are not very comfortable with your voice. This happens with a lot of people. Now follow the above tips and then record your voice again and listen. Do this until you are satisfied with the quality of your voice.
  • Give your voice some rest before the interview. This will help you to speak with energy in the interview.
  • Gargle with warm water and salt daily. This will clear your throat.

Purpose and Importance of an Interview

Job interviews can be a struggling experience for the applicant and a time-consuming exercise for the hiring company. Still, they play a key role in determining whether the company and candidate will make an effective match.

Job interviews typically precede a hiring decision and often form part of the assessment centre process. Most graduate job interviews last for about one hour, although telephone interviews and technical interviews are usually shorter.

A bad hiring decision can be immensely expensive for an employer. The costs associated with hiring a candidates, training, severance pay, loss of productivity, impact on morale, cost of re-hiring, and other factors can be very large.

Too many people, including a good chunk of corporate recruiters and hiring managers, view the interview primarily as a means to disqualify people. In the process, they miss a golden opportunity to attract stronger candidates, demonstrate the professionalism of the company, overcome errors made by weaker interviewers, and most important, hire top people who are more interested in career growth opportunities, rather than big compensation increases.

A job interviews enable a company to learn more about an applicant, while the candidate has the opportunity to become familiar with the demands of a given position. The process allows both parties to exchange information, ask questions and evaluate the potential for establishing a professional working relationship. Both parties have an opportunity to get a “feel” for one another other and determine if the chemistry is right

A thorough understanding of the job opening and the ability to articulate what you bring to the position is a major asset. Also, the manner in which the employer approaches the interview will offer insight into the day-to-day realities of the work place. If the interview is light, conversational and includes a good back-and-forth discussion, that’s an indication that the workplace is relaxed. If the interview feels formal or impersonal, it’s likely to be a reflection of a more conservative culture.

The interview gives the employer its first impression of you and provides you with a crucial opportunity to “sell” yourself. The manner in which you present yourself often determines if you are offered the job. You want to establish yourself as a highly competent individual who is well suited for the position — as well as a competitive salary. The interview also sets the stage for your long-term relationship with the company, establishing your potential for advancement.

Personal interviews are used by all employers and companies for selecting their staff. Interview is one of the most important step in the staff selecting procedure. Interview proves important because it connects both the employers as well as job seekers. It assists employers in selecting a right person for a right job. It also helps job seekers to present their job skills and acquire a desired position on merit.

Situational Vocabulary – Interviews

At the time of appearing for a job interview it’s important to use verbs that best explain and describe your duties and responsibilities of your present and past positions. The following list provides verbs that are both brief and commonly used in an English speaking workplace:-

Accomplished, adapted, arranged, assisted, attained, blended, carried out, collaborated,, compared, conducted, constructed, consulted, contracted, corrected, examined, handled, harmonized, harnessed, maintained, managed, mechanized, negotiated, perceived, performed, pioneered, strengthened, supervised, systematized, upgraded, validated, vitalized.

To describe your skills the following adjectives are useful:

Accurate, adept, broad-minded, competent, conscientious, creative, dependable, determined, energetic, enterprising, enthusiastic, experienced, fair
Verbs to describe your experience in your last job:

Carry out: To execute a plan or strategy, to make something happen.
“In my previous position as a researcher, I carried out three different lab experiments”
Collaborate: To work with others cooperatively to produce something
“I collaborated with a group of colleagues to develop a new sales strategy”
Develop: To create or build something
“We developed a new model for evaluating client satisfaction”
Implement: To carry something out
“Along with my sales team, I implemented an inbound marketing campaign and saw excellent results”
Introduce: To bring an idea
“I consistently introduced new ideas in our meetings with the president of our company”
Motivate: To give incentive to do something
“In my position as manager at my last job, I was able to motivate my colleagues to set a sales record in 2010”

15 Words You Should Never Use In A Job Interview

The biggest problem with this word is that you’re probably unaware of how much you use it.
If you listened to a recording of yourself, you’d probably be surprised (and probably horrified) at the amount of “umming” you do. Unfortunately, this makes you look less polished during a job interview. One of the best ways to remove this filler from your vocabulary is to let your friends and family know that you want their help and they can profit from it. Tell them that you’ll pay a dollar to every person who catches you using it.
Not only does this word make you sound like a teenager, it also introduces vagueness into your answers.
To make sure you come across confident and mature, replace “kinda” with clear “yes” or “no”. Follow your answer with a clear reason why you’ve taken that position.
Nobody likes a hater. When a hiring manager or recruiter hears you say that word, they hear “high risk candidate”.
Avoid aiming this word at anyone or anything during your job interview. This includes “pet hates”, as well as feelings towards companies, ex-colleagues and – especially – bosses you’ve had.
This is the most popular among overused, meaningless cliches.
There was a time when “I’m a perfectionist” was a clever way to get out of a question about your weaknesses. These days, any interviewer worth their salt will see through this ploy and cringe on the inside at your answer (and maybe on the outside, as well).

In today’s culture-centric employment world, you’re only as good as your ability to work as part of a team. While competitiveness is a great trait to demonstrate, overusing sentences like “I was the top salesperson in my company” can give off the impression that you’ll take it too far, pushing your colleagues down and aside in order to get to the top.
By all means, brandish your achievements, but let your interviewer know what that meant for the team and/or the company. For example, “I was the top salesperson in my last role during 2013, which meant I was able to exceed my targets by 1.2 crore during that year.”
This is a word which is often used as a filler to convey positivity. The hiring manager might say, for example, “We just spent $20 million on a brand new office fit-out.” Instead of blurting out “Amazing!” to validate that choice, take a moment to think about the reasons behind such a move and provide analysis which the interviewer would find relevant. For example: “That must have done wonders for employee satisfaction.”
Don’t ever tell your interviewer that you’re applying for a job to “learn.”
It’s true that you’re expected to learn, but the primary motivation for applying should be your your ability to contribute something to the company that no-one else can.
You want to avoid this word at all costs. It can contextualize you in the interviewer’s mind as a troublemaker, and once that context is set, everything positive about you will be diminished and everything negative will be amplified. Having been fired doesn’t automatically put you into the “no” pile. However, not being able to talk about it diplomatically will.

Body Language in an Interview

Your expressions and body language speak the most during interviews. Your body language can have a significant impact on how you’re perceived, and so you have to be aware of it from the moment you step through the door. That’s right, you’re being judged even before you utter your first word.

Here are some tips to ensure your body language makes a good impression:

Do: Make eye contact

This is the best way to show you’re actually paying attention and engaging with the situation. Of course this doesn’t mean stare blankly at your interviewer, but strive to hold eye contact for a few seconds at a time.

Don’t: Slouch

Sitting hunched forward, or lounging with arms and legs everywhere has the effect of looking a little too relaxed. You don’t want to sit there tightly clutching your fists in your lap, but you also don’t want to portray a casual, not really bothered attitude.

Do: Use your hands

Subtly, of course. Touching your fingertips together suggests authority but, as with all things, use it in moderation.

Keeping your palms facing up is a sign of openness and honesty, so keep them in your lap. Try not to clench your fists or wave your hands around to make a point, it will make you seem nervous and unpredictable. And please don’t bite your nails. You’ll look nervous and it’s really distracting!

Don’t: Touch your face

People who play with their hair or excessively touch or rub their noses can seem dishonest and untrustworthy.

Do: Smile

Smile and nod where appropriate, and laugh when the interviewer does. You want to show you have a personality and you’re paying attention to what’s being said.

Don’t: Move about

This includes tapping your fingertips in the arm rest or jiggling your leg up or down. It’s a sign of boredom and impatience. Keep both feet planted firmly on the floor to avoid the temptation. It’ll help to keep your posture straight and focused on your interviewer, which in turn will make you seem more focused.

Do: Mirror

You can quickly get on good terms with your interviewer by matching their positive body language.

Nodding or a subtle shift in posture can create common ground between two people, while matching a handshake is always a good equaliser. When it comes to handshakes, always remember to stick to the middle ground. Too firm is arrogance, too weak is a pushover.

Most importantly, be respectful and keep a professional personal distance at all times. The first image the interviewer has of you is most likely the one that will stick, but a graceful goodbye is just as important as a classy hello.

Your aim is to always keep the focus on the conversation, so keep your expression interested, your posture confident and your head high from the moment you arrive in the lobby until the second you’re a safe distance away.


Tips for Interview

Once you have successfully mastered cover letters, resumes, and job applications and are receiving requests for interviews, it’s time to understand how to be successful in the job interview so that you are ever closer to your goal of obtaining one or more job offers.

Following are the best tips for an interview:

1. Conduct Research on the Employer, Hiring Manager, Job Opportunity. Success in a job interview starts with a solid foundation of knowledge on the job-seeker’s part. You should understand the employer, the requirements of the job, and the background of the person (or people) interviewing you

2. Review Common Interview Questions and Prepare Responses. Another key to interview success is preparing responses to expected interview questions. First, inquire as to the type of interview to expect (which you can do by asking your contact person at the organization).

3. Dress for Success. Plan out a wardrobe that fits the organization and its culture, striving for the most professional appearance you can accomplish. Remember that it’s always better to be overdressed than under — and to wear clothing that fits and is clean and pressed.

4. Arrive on Time for the Interview — and Prepared for Success. There is no excuse for ever arriving late for an interview — other than some sort of disaster. Strive to arrive about 15 minutes before your scheduled interview to complete additional paperwork and allow yourself time to get settled.

5. Make Good First Impressions — to Everyone You Encounter. A cardinal rule of interviewing: Be polite and offer warm greetings to everyone you meet — from parking attendant or receptionist to the hiring manager.

6. Be Authentic, Upbeat, Focused, Confident, Candid, and Concise.Once the interview starts, the key to success is the quality and delivery of your responses. Your goal should always be authenticity, responding truthfully to interview questions

7. Remember Body Language, Avoiding Bad Habits. While the content of your interview responses is paramount, poor body language can be a distraction at best — or a reason not to hire you at worst. Effective forms of body language: smiling, eye contact, solid posture, active listening, nodding.

8. Ask Insightful Questions. Studies continually show that employers make a judgment about an applicant’s interest in the job by whether or not the interviewee asks questions.

9. Thank Interviewer(s) in Person, by Email, and Postal Mail. As you have already seen from previous tips, common courtesy and politeness go far in interviewing; thus, the importance of thanking each person who interviews you should come as no surprise.

10. Final Thoughts on Job Interview Success

Succeeding in job interviews takes research, practice, and persistence. The more effort you put into your interview preparation, the more success you’ll see in obtaining job offers — especially if you remember and follow these 10 job interviewing tips.

Commonly Asked Questions in Interviews

In interviews, pre-preparation can often help you take the next step carefully and wisely. One of the best ways to get ready for a job interview is to practice your responses to any and all interview questions.

Most Common Interview Questions

  1. What are your strengths?
  2. What are your weaknesses?
  3. Why are you interested in working for [insert company name here]?
  4. Where do you see yourself in five years? Ten years?
  5. Why do you want to leave your current company?
  6. What can you offer us that someone else can not?
  7. What are three things your former manager would like you to improve on?
  8. Are you willing to relocate?
  9. Are you willing to travel?
  10. Tell me about an accomplishment you are most proud of.
  11. Tell me about a time you made a mistake.
  12. What is your dream job?
  13. How did you hear about this position?
  14. What would you look to accomplish in the first 30 days/60 days/90 days on the job?
  15. Discuss your resume.
  16. Discuss your educational background.
  17. Describe yourself.
  18. Tell me how you handled a difficult situation.
  19. Why should we hire you?
  20. Why are you looking for a new job?
  21. Would you work holidays/weekends?
  22. How would you deal with an angry or irate customer?
  23. What are your salary requirements?
  24. Give a time when you went above and beyond the requirements for a project.
  25. Who are our competitors?
  26. What was your biggest failure?
  27. What motivates you?
  28. Who’s your mentor?
  29. Tell me about a time when you disagreed with your boss.
  30. How do you handle pressure?
  31. What is the name of our CEO?
  32. What are your career goals?
  33. What gets you up in the morning?
  34. What were your bosses’ strengths/weaknesses?

Are you a leader or a follower?

  1. What are your hobbies?
  2. What is your favourite website?
  3. What makes you uncomfortable?
  4. What are some of your leadership experiences?
  5. How would you fire someone?
  6. What do you like the most and least about working in this industry?
  7. Would you work 40+ hours a week?
  8. What questions do you have for me?

In addition to questions commonly asked during a job interview, many unexpected and downright bizarre questions may also be asked.

Body Language in an Interview

Expressions and body language speak the most during interviews. As The body language can have a significant impact on how you’re perceived, so its very important to be aware of it from the moment one step through the door. one has to know that judgement begins even before one utters The first word.

Here are some tips to ensure The body language makes a good impression:

Do: Make eye contact

One of the best way to show you’re actually paying attention and engaging with the situation. It doesn’t mean to stare blankly at The interviewer, but strive to hold eye contact for a few seconds at a time.

Don’t: Slouch

Sitting hunched forward, or lounging with arms and legs everywhere has the effect of looking a little too relaxed. One should not sit there tightly clutching the fists in The lap, but One also don’t want to portray a casual, not really bothered attitude.

Do: Use hands

Touching the fingertips together suggests authority but, as with all things, use it should be used in moderation.

Keeping The palms facing up is a sign of openness and honesty, so keep them in The lap. Try not to clench The fists or wave The hands around to make a point, it will make One seem nervous and unpredictable. And please don’t bite The nails. you’ll look nervous and it’s really distracting!

Don’t: Touch The face

People who play with their hair or excessively touch or rub their noses can seem dishonest and untrustworthy.

Do: Smile

Smile and nod where appropriate, and laugh when the interviewer does. One should not show that one have a personality and you’re paying attention to what’s being said.

Don’t: Move about

This includes tapping The fingertips in the arm rest or jiggling The leg up or down. It’s a sign of boredom and impatience. Keep both feet planted firmly on the floor to avoid the temptation. It’ll help to keep the posture straight and focused on the interviewer, which in turn will make One seem more focused.

Do: Mirror

One can quickly get on good terms with the interviewer by matching their positive body language.

Nodding or a subtle shift in posture can create common ground between two people, while matching a handshake is always a good equaliser. When it comes to handshakes, always remember to stick to the middle ground. Too firm is arrogance, too weak is a pushover.

Most importantly, be respectful and keep a professional personal distance at all times. The first image the interviewer has of One is most likely the one that will stick, but a graceful goodbye is just as important as a classy hello.

The aim is to always keep the focus on the conversation, so keep the expression interested, the posture confident and the head high from the moment One arrive in the lobby until the second you’re a safe distance away.

Grooming for an Interview

Grooming is an integral part of your appearance and it is likely to change according to different situations. Grooming becomes effective when you choose the right attire and the right steps for the right occasion. One amongst many occasions is an interview. As said that ‘The First impression is the Last impression’, similarly an interview can change a person’s entire life. So being perfectly groomed for an interview is very essential. There are specific rooming ways for different occasions so even Interviews should also be taken seriously as it also has certain steps to follow and it cannot be managed or mixed with any other occasions. Both men & women have different grooming habits. So necessary tips of grooming has been given below.


Hair: – Hair should be neatly combed. Back brushed hair is the best option. For a set look one can use non-stinky and a non-sticky gel but try to avoid oil. Highlighted or colored hair is not preferred in corporate.

Face: – As men do not apply make-up, a man’s face should be clean, dry and fresh. It should not be oily or dirty. If one has travelled a lot before appearing for an interview then he should wash his face and then enter the interviewer’s cabin to get rid of the tired and oily look.

Attire: – one should always wear formal clothes for an interview. Light colored shirts with dark colored trousers are proffered. Avoid checks or printed designs. Wear blazers if required.

Shoes: – Shoes should be neatly polished before going for an interview. Do not wear sports shoes. Dark colored formal shoes are preferred.



Hair: – women having long hair should sport a braid or a bun for an interview. Hair should be neatly combed and tied properly. Fancy clips and rubber bands should be avoided. Bleached or highlighted hair should also be tied well so that it doesn’t look too fashionable.

Make-up: – Women should wear minimum required make-up for an interview. Avoid bright lipsticks and fancy shades of eyeliners.  Absolutely no make-up also looks dull.

Attire: – jeans, tops and one-pieces should be avoided for interviews. Formal shirt with a formal skirt or trouser would be good. For Indian attire a light colored Kurti with leggings is preferred. Salwar kameez is not formal so it should be avoided. A neatly ironed sari with lesser print is good for an interview.

Footwear: – :- avoid heels that are more than 2 1/2 inches. Fancy shoes with goddy prints should not be worn. Formal shoes for women or a light colored sandal is proffered.

Accessories: – Dangling earrings and bracelets should be avoided. Ear tops, a simple pendant and one or two rings in your fingers are good. But make sure you do not wear dark nail-polish. Tattoos should be covered.

Beliefs affect thoughts in Interview

Many people find interviews as a scary situation. They experience dry mouth, sweaty palms etc. This feeling is completely normal and almost everyone goes through it. It is a proven fact that at times tension can keep one alert and help them to think on their feet.

While in an interview one’s brain, mind and body should be in link. The belief that one holds in mind can affect both the body as well as behaviour. Change in one’s behaviour can also affect the brain and how the body responds when in stress. Our e’s thoughts decide a lot of things and can also decide the result of the interview.

Having faith in one’s own self can help one cross mountains and ensure that one comes out as and winner.

The pre – interview thoughts should be positive and should give encouragement to turn up positively for the interview.

The thought process that one holds during the interview session acts as a deciding factor of the interview.

The functioning of thoughts after the interview acts as a final nail. In all the three processes, the immense optimism is easy expected and it would be possible only when the mind, body and behaviour are in alignment.

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