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How to face the job interview?

Facing the interviewYour resume has been shortlisted and it is time for your interview. Your success or failure in the interview will be the deciding factor for your selection. There are some basic things that are necessary when you appear for an interview:

  • Reach the interview venue 15 minutes before the scheduled time.
  • Dress aptly for the interview.
  • Prepare for the interaction in advance.
  • You can get some more details under preparing for the job opportunity. Take a sneak peek.

These basics look trivial in nature but may cause irreparable damage to your prospects if not taken care of.

Facing the interview-1Confidence is the key: Inside the interview room, the people at the other end are monitoring your body language. They notice the way you enter the room and greet them. They watch how confidently you answer the questions. The initial nervousness may be discounted but they want you to answer the question only if you know the answer. It is better to say, “I do not know the answer,” rather than making a half-hearted attempt to answer it and earn negative points.

Panel of co-workers about to conduct a job interview

Handle with care: You will also have to gauge who among the interviewers is calling the shots. The easy way to find it is by way of the attention given to the boss when he asks the questions. Listen carefully when they introduce themselves and pay attention to the hierarchy and you will know the top shot. However, there is a possibility that you may satisfy the MD of the company when the decision maker is the Vice President. A certain amount of diplomacy is required when answering the interview questions. Do not ignore anyone and give importance to the questions asked by all the interviewers.

Facing the interview-3Describe yourself: In very rare cases, the CV submitted to the company is read by the interviewers. The shortlisting is carried out by an external agency or the HR of the company who operate under some guidelines. You will be asked to tell about yourself, that covers your family, educational background and work experience. It is up to you to make it short, sweet and effective.

Facing the interview-4Hit the target: The next set of questions will be technical and will relate to your work area handled in the last company. These questions will make the difference to your scoring the brownie points. The depth of your knowledge is going to be tested and you better be thorough with your area. Those who make their impression at this juncture are likely to make the grade.

Facing the interview-5Popular question: A favourite question asked by the interview team is related to your unique selling point (USP). This can be a differentiator and may put you way ahead of competition. It is advisable to be well prepared with the answer.

African American woman taking an interview of a woman

Cakewalk: The last few questions are follow through questions and you are aware of them beforehand. Here is the question and answer session:Why you want to leave the company?

  • Q) Why do you want to leave the company?
  • A) I want to do it for my career growth.
  • Q) Why you cannot grow your career in your previous company?
  • A) I feel that due to lack of opportunities there.
  • Q) What gives you the impression that you will get better opportunities here?
  • A) I have gone through your website and talked to some experienced hands who have guided me rightly.

Facing the interview-7Take care: There is a special word of caution for the people who have been given the pink slip from the previous organization. You can read some more tips on facing the interview in case you are between jobs. If the gap is more you will have to show that you have acquired a new skill or carried out some freelance work in that time. This is enough to convince the interviewer that you are serious about the job.Facing the interview-8

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The author is a veteran of the Indian automobile industry having spent more than 30 years there. The articles are based on the experience and learnings gathered during the course of his career. The writing is also interspersed with the advances and change ideas influencing the careers of the people.


  1. Good tips for facing the interview.

  2. I ignored one of the interviewers as I was busy answering the questions of the other one. I did not know that he was the decision maker. I learned it the hard way by losing the opportunity. The checklist brought out for facing the interview is a must read for all.

  3. It is very true that despite having the CV in front of them the interviewers want to listen about your profile. They are probably wanting to check whether you know what you have written in your CV. Many people who get their bio-data made externally easily fall in a trap.

  4. It is important to have a unique selling proposition (USP), something which you can brag about confidently in the interview.

  5. I have often been grilled on the technical questions in the interview and I have emerged stronger after every interaction. You are right that it is one of the main deciding factors for the selection of the candidate.

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  6. I had submitted the soft copy of my CV to the company, yet they expected me to carry a hard copy of the same in the interview. You can expect anything when you appear for an interview.

    • This is quite normal. Even though, we submit our c.vs., it is mandatory to carry one more copy of our c.v. wherever we attend interview.

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        • Dear Sir,

          I would like to know more about facing questions regarding leaving previous job. I had to put my paper because of differences with a client where I was working as a facility manager (technical). The fact that I am currently not working induces a negative curiosity in the interviewers’ minds and I have to do a lot of acrobatics to answer this question. I am out of job since one and half months which may not make the interviewer to ask what I had been doing for this period but the pink slip puts me in a fix. Please help.

          • There are three articles in the archives that talk about getting a job in two months. Use the search window to locate the articles. They will help you in resolving the issue. If still not satisfied you can write to me at [email protected]

  7. After appearing for three interviews, I have finally gained some confidence at facing the interview board. Besides the points mentioned in this article, I think practical experience of facing the interview is very important.

    • Hello Ramesh,

      Share some tips please.


  8. It is important to present a pleasing face to the interviewing team. You cannot have tensions and stress showing on your face. Also you have to very attentive in the interview. You cannot miss any point or ignore anyone.

  9. The article is so much helpfull.

  10. it s a great experience that people sharing their view and thoughts on your website, Please send some more interview related que and ans on my email id

    • Prashant, it is good to see that you have enjoyed your experience on the website. We have also got similar requests like yours from other readers as well. We will definitely take up further addition to the questions and answers in the form of a supplementary article in the future. We will keep you posted on your email.

  11. I have always succeeded in interviews based on my technical skills (computer hardware) and expertise in software programming (USP).

  12. It’s really helpful. I have faced many interviews wherein every interviewer was different in the way of handing the interviewee.

  13. Sir !
    These questions and answers are very helpful for preparing interview.
    Please send me question and answer related to qa (automobile industries) to my email ID
    Thank you.

  14. An interview is generally the last step of the hiring process. An employer normally receives hundreds of applications once a job opening is announced. However, only a few of these applicants are shortlisted for an interview. The fact that you have been shortlisted proves that the employer highly considers you for the job but needs one more factor to convince him or her.

  15. Your guidance is very helpful for be confidant in interview.

    • I have provided you the links to four articles on the website and you will find the answer there. However if you are still finding it difficult, put another comment on any of these articles and I will personally handhold you through the process. Have the confidence and you will secure the job again. All the best.

      • Hi!
        I am planning to take a job after 7 years of gap. I had to leave my previous job due to some family related matter. Please guide me.

  16. I leaved previous company before 6 month and in this period I spread time with my family.

    So could you please guide me for the answer of gap in career

  17. I did the technical part of the interview very well. They liked the depth of knowledge i had about the work area. That covered me up for the mistakes I made in the general questions and i was able to bag the job.

  18. Though we follow a formal dress code for the interview but the times have changed now. Mark Zukerberg of Facebook wears jeans to the office and is quite casual about his dress. If you have an interviewer like him he might not pay much attention to what you are wearing. He will concentrate on the knowledge and experience part and may select you on that basis. The point is that the dress may be discounted if you are thorough about your work area.

  19. To be honest, these articles would be much beneficial for career growth.

  20. Definitely this articles is very powerful to used face to face interview and then achieved your aim. so i am request for you pls send me this type of articles bellow mention my email id because present time face to interview.

  21. Good guidelines and it will definitely help all.
    I suggest its good to reach 15min before scheduled interview, not just to impress by your punctuality but you get time to relaxe yourself, self motivate and be confident to give interview.
    Sometimes the interviewer ask about yourself and they might say your work experience or industry is different. So you try to show how best you can serve their organisation and present your profile.
    They will like your ‘can-do’ attitude. Also build a friendly atmosphere in conversation.

  22. Very useful article! Any other articles on Skype or Telephone interview skills? Much appreciated. Please keep me posted.

  23. Very informative article and comments as well.
    Suggest to go through the website of the company you are planning for interview and the catchment/markets of the same so that you can prepare and justify how you can be beneficial to the company.

  24. very useful. thanks

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  26. Very useful article but required more Q & A for F2F interview.

  27. Your article has been a good help in preparing for the basic interview. Rest of it is more or less related to the work one has done, general knowledge in the area of work etc…that can be handled.

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  30. Hi,

    Thanks a million for sharing these articles, indeed it was a eye opener for me as I also few opportunities ignoring few basic tips which you have covered in your articles

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  32. Hi job-mentor,

    I have submitted my c.v in many job searching portal as well as in company’s website. But not getting a single call. What should I do ?

  33. Hi, I am at the verge of a job search right now, though I haven’t got any calls for interview yet, these tips will be a great help for me, I have done few interviews in the past and some of the unforgettable questions were: “what will be your biggest contribution to the company? and “what are your expectations from the company?..I wasn’t so sure of my answers but I would like to hear some tips from you.. thank you so much and God bless.

    • Just type the word “interview” in the search block on the top right hand corner of the website and you will get 5 articles listed on interviews. These will help you to find out the answer to your questions. For example on the “biggest contribution” you can take the cues from The content under the heading “if you are allowed to change one thing what it would be” in the article: We will also try to cover your specific questions in the future articles on the website.

  34. Interviewer may put some questions of personal in nature but one should answer confidently. At times he wants to listen your view point on certain matters irrelevent to the subject matter but there comes the logic which you should apply while answering.

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