Etiquette at Interview

The thought of appearing for an interview gives some tension and nervousness and for some others who are confident it is a time for coming out with flying colors.

You’ve successfully got your resume noticed, cleared the short listing procedure and finally made it to the personal interview. You are sure that your resume has impressed the prospective employer, and now it is time to be there in person to field their questions.

Personal interview is a one-on-one interaction between a person of authority in the organization and the job seeker. In this form of recruitment, the oldest and the most commonly used, the interviewer tries to understand the background of the candidate, analyze their capability and decide if they would suit the requirement.

Whatever be the case, it is important to observe normal business etiquettes and show professionalism when you appear for an interview. Even a minor error, if noticed, can make a huge difference in the selection process. As the popular saying goes, the first impression is the last impression. But before we give you hints in this article on how to get the perfect first impression during an interview, one must be clear about the objective and need of a personal interview.

Based on the requirement of the organization and the candidate’s capabilities, an employer then may or may not select a candidate. Needless to say, majority of the times, it is the candidate’s short comings that mark them unfit for the job. Winning the first impression at a personal interview is very important. A casual and sloppy outlook is a killer during a job interview. The way you walk in, your dress, body language, communication skills, etc are important factors that decide ones selection. Knowledge of subject matter and negotiation skills come much later.

Interviewee is under the scanner the moment he or she enters the prospective employer’s territory. Everything from dress sense and mannerism to business etiquettes and communication skills all are summed up by the employer.

Not many candidates realize that they are constantly being watched. In today’s competitive corporate world, business etiquettes and attire play a vital role. Many organizations have closed circuit television (CCTVs) to judge the prospective candidates in their personality and body language before they start the interview. One must know how to be in control and project a confident image. A HR Professional always appreciates a candidate who is punctual and respects a candidate who appropriately reflects his/her work experience on the resume, rather than being boastful.

Actions speaks louder than words, there are many small things that play a vital role during an interview. For example, things like flashy socks, ladies holding their bags in their lap and guys cleaning their spectacles or fidgeting with hands are a definite put off.

What puts off the most is the fact that fresh candidates who come for an interview are not even prepared for questions as simple as the year they graduated. And very often in their pursuit to impress the interviewer, they start talking with an accent.

The common mistake that candidates tend to make is that they avoid eye contact highlights their low confidence levels. Careless dressing reflects a casual approach and can be disastrous. Answers with irrelevant details, more tending to boast about; experience, is another common mistakes. Most often than not, candidates’ inability to answer simple questions can be attributed to their anxiety. Getting tensed and nervous can be avoided if you are well prepared for the interview. This includes the ability to answer questions with confidence and our ability to connect your experiences, your talents and your strengths to the job description.

A common misconception people have is that believe they can do well in an interview if they are well prepared for the commonly asked questions, Being prepared with answers is a good thing, but over rehearsing for the commonly asked questions can backfire at times. Many times candidates appear as if they have learnt the answer by heart when they just rattle off. When candidates are asked to talk about themselves the first mistake they made is begin with talking about their birth and school days. More appropriate answer is to start with plus 2 and graduation, and give more details about work experience.

It is important to give answers to the point, be confident and project good body language. An interview is a two way process where the employer evaluates the candidate and the candidate also makes choice whether or not he wants to be part of the organization. Job seekers should not perceive interview as a kind of entrance exam, but see it as a chance to showcase their skills and market themselves. One must enjoy the chance to talk about themselves. The employers are looking out for that enthusiasm.

  • Thomas Asante

    the article is a master piece

  • nalini

    It is very important ascpect being prepared for interview and basic answeres.
    and it is important to ne confident and well dressed.

  • sreekrishna


    This is a useful article. However, for freshers we need to tell about dress etiuette and also mannerisms in detail.

  • faiyaj

    Very good article.

  • Koslia Rakesh

    Great artical.

  • Priyanka

    Fantabulous article, will share with my staff