So you have an interview coming by. Now it’s time to substantiate what you have
written in your resume. You might have enlisted professional and personal skills as well
as soft skills in your resume, and all of them will be tested during the interview. Your
resume has done its job. How you present yourself before the interview panel and how
you answer the questions will be the deciding factors for the selection. You may also
expect some challenges and assignments as part of the hiring process. The interviewer
would want to see how good you are in solving actual problems that you might
encounter while doing the job. Companies are looking for employees who are capable of
adapting to the ever-changing and ever-demanding tech world. Here are some tips to
guide you to perform well in an interview.
Nonverbal communication: Knock the door before entering the room. Do not make
noise while pulling the chair. Never keep your bag on the table. Your body language
talks about your personality. So practice nonverbal skills – give a firm handshake, sit
erect and maintain the eye contact throughout the interview.
Dress up formally: Some companies are not keen about formal wears, but you cannot
take any risk during the interview. It is always advisable to dress up in formals while
appearing for an interview. Smart formal shirt and trousers with a pair of formal shoes
will do. However, some companies expect you to be in suites. So try to find out what
kind of dress code does the prefer before you get ready for the interview.
Be a good listener: Mostly the interviewer introduces himself/herself and then brief
you about the company and the job role. You must listen carefully, without cutting
through the middle. Wait for the person to complete and then ask your question.
Remember, good communication includes listening as well. Also, you can take this
opportunity to listen to the pace and style of the interviewer and then match it while
answering the questions.
Know where to stop: Do not talk too much during the interview. Don’t be passive as
well. You should know how to balance it. Too much talking might cause you to ramble
and this could be very uncomfortable.
Don't be overenthusiastic: Do not try to be friends with the interviewer. Remember
that you are there for a professional discussion. The interviewer may behave friendly.
You can mimic his style, but you should keep the discussion strictly rooted in the
Be careful with the language: Never use slangs during an interview. Also always use
positive words. Avoid commenting about politics, age, race, religion and sexual
Find the balance: your attitude is very important to bag a job. Keeping the right
attitude is as important as demonstrating your skills and experience. Your
attitude should reflect professionalism, confidence and modesty.
Be careful while answering the questions: Interviewer might ask you to give an
example of a past situation where you supported your team or helped your
organization to resolve a crisis. This is a behavioural question to get a sample of
your personality. If you fail to give an example, you will miss an opportunity to
talk about some important skills.
Ask questions: It is quite common that the interviewer asks if you have any
questions. Most of the candidates say ‘no’. This is a chance to show that you are
interested to know what is happening in the company. So do not miss the chance.
Prepare some questions about the company and the team/clients. Make sure that
you do not ask any questions that you have already discussed during the
Don't show desperation: Never say things like ‘please hire me’ or ‘I am ina very
bad situation, please help me’. You should be calm and confident throughout the
How you perform in an interview is the real test of your confidence. Being a
master of what you do or having additional qualifications or long work
experience – everything comes later. How you present yourself before the
interview panel is what matters. You now know about the things to keep in mind
while preparing for an interview. All the best!