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5 Mistakes to Avoid for a Successful Personal Interview

The author holds a Master's in Engineering (Construction Management). Also, UPSC aspirant.

Personal interview is the final and most important stage for any job recruitment process. Even the most ideal candidates sometimes make mistakes and blow off their chances at selection. It's very important to have a good impact in PI. But there are mistakes many aren't simply aware of, and avoiding those mistakes is the key. This article here will discuss few of the most common mistakes you must avoid to increase your chances of selection, manifolds, through Personal Interviews. This is not just some read-from-a-book points of advice but also tested and evaluated by me and few other people.

A Personal Interview, PI as we may call it, is a holistic assessment used by an interviewer to judge an interviewee what mere exams seem to miss. While a test or an exam only evaluates the extent of knowledge a person boasts, PI gives a holistic view of that person's innate behaviour and ability to respond to varied situations under pressure.

Yes, one can have knowledge, but how well that knowledge will be utilised decides your credibility. This is what interviewer seeks in an ideal candidate throughout the final stage. Over and all, this stage is the most important hurdle you want to clear.

So, here is a list of 5 common mistakes one must avoid to succeed through Interview rounds. Again, these are not just observed and experimented but also experienced stratagems. Here wo go,

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#1 Not on Time...

Respect the time. As simple as it sounds, be on time. A person who take time for granted for such an important event/occasion seems irresponsible. If you are not punctual with your time, you probably would lose your chance of selection even before the process begins.

Keep track of time. If required, set alarm. Reach the destination 30 minutes earlier. Don't depend on just one way to commute. Have options ready. If you are before time, it adds up to your advantage. That way, you get time to relax and calm down as you wait for the moment.

#2 Questioning Back to Interviewer...

This is something I learnt hard way in initial days of interview. I made blunder of asking back which turned out disaster that would become a lifelong lesson for Personal Interviews.

You can ask something if you don't understand, but never cross-question the interviewer. Questioning back when you are asked something seems arrogant. Sometimes it happens that interviewer dig in your discomfort. Don't go and try to provoke him reverting back the question. Also, never try to disprove the interviewer. If you don't agree, convey your disagreement to the idea as humbly as you can, while respecting the opinion. There's nothing more to it. Consider it Law of Manners.

#3 Lack of Knowledge About the Employers/Company...

A lot of people think PI is just about showcasing their personal skills and knowledge. But there's definitely more to it. Remember, an employee is supposed to work for a firm. If he/she carries no interest in his/her future employer, his performance may not be sincere enough. You are expected to be interested in your job and the company offering that job, if you are selected. This is a genuine expectation, it's what the employer values. An unforgivable mistake would be to show up in front of interview panel without background study of the firm, their objectives, their website! This is like your homework. Real interview starts at the moment you are intimated about a PI round. Moreover, it's even handy for you to know what kind of work you are signing up for. You can even use this knowledge to prepare your ideas of what you may say to impress your interviewer(s).

#4 False Information...

It's futile idea that overestimating your abilities, or faking your skills and experience, in your resume, may impress an interviewer. It generally goes the opposite when and if your lie gets unveiled. They have years of experience of interviewing all type of people, don't try to mislead them.

Although It's beneficial to have skills and history of other activities, but even basic things aren't bad either. If somehow your bubble of lies bursts, it will have devastating impact on your credibility and hence, prospect of your selection. Trust me based on my real experiences, it's okay if you don't have every skill as long as you have basics as per requirement, and a will to adapt.

#5 Irrelevant Chitchat

No interviewer really needs to know much about your life or opinion if it's not relevant to job. Never give an account of something unless asked directly by the interviewer. Your words carry some weight, make sure they are very valuable. Think and answer. You can take few seconds, that's fine, you just need to calmly answer. Your image must be that of a powerful person. ALWAYS THINK BEFORE YOU SPEAK.

A great interview not just requires skills and knowledge but also depends on what impression it casts on the interviewer. We all have our own misconceptions or negligence towards few of the things that generally go wrong and must be avoided. Avoiding such silly mistakes may prove to be a game changer in Personal Interview experience.

Go claim your position. Good luck!

This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.

© 2021 Junaid Shah Diwan

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