Popular Interview Questions
Give some explanation or a phone call indicating a problem on the way. Your aim now is to
create a good first impression and establish a rapport. For instance you can read literature about
the organization, which is placed in the room instead of reading other magazines. If nothing is
available about the organization you may read a business magazine.
It's show time now. you have finally arrived at the interview and that too in time. In case you
arrive late do not say that you got lost as your were not provided with clear directions. Give
some explanation or a phone call indicating a problem on the way. Your aim now is to create a
good first impression and establish a rapport. If you fail to achieve this, the interview might get
over even before you think before it has started. Remember the interview starts as soon as your
enter the interview premises.
Before we move ahead let me now break this good news for you: studies have shown that
majority o interviewers have never been trained in the task of interviewing. Even may of them
have confided in me that they too feel nervous, stressed and even incompetent when taking on
the task of interviewing.
Waiting Area Etiquettes
After entering the interview premises switch off your mobile phone or beeper. If you are wearing
a wrist watch which has a set alarm which coincides with the time of the interview, set it off. If
you forget to turn your beeper or call phone off and it rings, do not glance to see who called. Just
turn the device off and convey apologies.
The first person you will encounter during your interview would probably be the receptionist or
the secretary. Introduce your self to her by saying: "Good morning (or Afternoon etc) I am
Sridhar Wahi. I have an 11 o'clock appointment with Mr. Kenny." Don't be rude to her or any
other staff you happen to meet during your interview. Interviewers tend to ask their secretaries or
receptionist their reaction about you. They ask them question like:
· What do you think about Mr. X? or
· What did Mr. X talk about with you? Or
· Would you like to work with Mr. X?
You sure want them to give a good opinion about you to the interviewer.
After the introduction, wait to be invited to sit in a specific place. If you are wearing an overcoat,
take it off before sitting and place it on your lap. Make your behaviour in the waiting room
impeccably professional and polite. During this time do something that appears relevant to the
interview. For instance you can read literature about the organization, which is placed in the
room instead of reading other magazines. If nothing is available about the organization you may
read a business magazine or a magazine related to your profession. You may also engage in a
small talk with the receptionist about the organization. You can ask questions like: How long has
she been the organization and what does she like and dislike about the job or the work
environment? At no point of time you should invade into her private life.