How to conduct yourself during an interview

How you speak and behave while being interviewed matters as much as your skills and experience. Here are some tips to help you make an impression:

  • Always reach the interview venue 10 minutes before the time given to you
  • Make sure your cell phone is in silent mode. Do not take any calls or look at messages while the interview is going on.
  • When you walk into the room to meet the people interviewing you, greet the person or people present politely.
  • If you are going to be interviewed by a group of people, give a general greeting that is meant for everyone. If there is an elderly person present, greet him or her first. Address people as Sir or Ma’am.
  • Stand behind a chair until you are invited to sit down. Don't slouch or hunch down into your seat but sit with solders upright.
  • Do not place personal items or touch items on the table. Biting fingernails, touching face or hair and adjusting clothing should be avoided.
  • Answer questions to the point. If you do not understand a question you can ask for it to be repeated.
  • Focus on your strengths and qualifications for the job.
  • Do not make negative comments about previous employers.
  • Talk about salary and benefits only when and if the subject is brought up
  • When the interview ends, express your interest in the position and thank the interviewer/s.

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