DONT'S in an interview

Here are some important aspect you need to avoid in an interview

  • Be overconfident, and do not let a false sense of security invade you. Just because you have been called for a personal interview does not mean you will get in. This is also an important step, and by no means is your seat secured.
  • Dress shabbily and appear as if you are too cool and casual. This is a graduate program that you are being interviewed for, and dress accordingly.
  • Reply as per your own sweet time. It may happen that due to different time-zones, there may be a lag, but make sure you are always awake to an interview call and inform of your presence almost immediately.
  • Try to appear flawless, well and start talking through your hat. The persons interviewing you have been doing this for years and they cannot be fooled just like that.
  • Also, on the flip side, don’t appear fidgety or start biting your nails.

The panel does not want to only hear about your achievements. They are also concerned about your shortcomings and how have managed to deal with it. If everything appears to be easy, how will they determine if you are adept at handling difficulties or facing challenges dished at you. This is possible if you come across as a person who has committed mistakes and has subsequently learnt from them. There should be a fine balance between the positive and the few blemishes that defines who you are. Be original and stick to the truth as much as possible.

Also, do not just be a mute spectator and only answer questions which are thrown towards you. Prepare a list of questions which you would want to ask. This will establish the fact that you are interactive and will help in formulating a positive image. This will also bolster your image and probably differentiate you from the other clients. An important way to shift the focus back on the panelists would be to ask the professors about their research work and the difficulties they faced. And what lessons should be learnt from it. Ask them about specific papers that have been published. While one hand, this interaction will provide an insight into their works, it will also convince the professors that you have actually bothered to do a background check and read their papers.

Questions like, “what are the qualities that you are looking for in your student”, will help make the interviewers believe that you want to be associated with them and will help you in being shortlisted.