Interview Do’s and Don’ts

Interview Do's and Don'ts
General Instructions
Pre Interview Tips – Things to do in an interview

Every student has to face the challenge of appearing for an interview in his/her life. Most of them dread this very thought of an interview as it gives them nightmares because lot of times they are not guided properly. So we have decided to introduce Interview do’s and don’ts.

COLLMISSION believes in the theory of a disciplined and holistic approach towards college interviews and therefore we bring to you the most complete hand book of Interview Do’s and Don’ts in the United States-The most favored education destination for Students worldwide.

(The following tips contain actual experiences of real time students who have been alumni of prestigious colleges in US. It has do’s and don’ts during interview and pre interview tips as well.)

General Instructions

      • If you can get an idea on who is going to take the interview search your interviewer on Google, LinkedIn, Facebook, or other social media sites. Don’t mention that you searched for them during the interview, but it’s worth checking to see if your interests match with him/her so that you can highlight the similarities on your resume, or to just see what how they look like so as to get fair idea about the person, read posts on their wall to understand them better if it is possible.
      • Get an excellent Resume Always, remember that the resume is the first point of contact before you actually meet your interviewer, so make sure it’s formatted neatly and contains only information that is necessary for the interview. This is an important thing from the list of Interview do’s and don’ts.
      • Conduct mock interviews with a parent, counsellor, friend, teacher, with yourself in the mirror etc. It is always better to practice more and more to be at ease during the actual interview.
      • Think about the possible questions and their expected answers.It is always better to have a fair idea to have an understanding on the expected questions. For making your life easier we have created a set of questions.
      • Use School Website As per guidelines of Interview Do’s and Don’ts, you need to use the institution’s website as a reference conduct a research on the institution using the following as parameters
      1. Entrance requirements.
      2. Course curriculum.
      3. Majors and Minors offered.
      4. Marking/Grading system.
      5. Data related to current status of admissions if available.
      6. Financial aid offered if any and what are the processes to get them.
  • Arrive at least 15 mins early and try to find out how much time does it normally take to travel from your place to the institution and see somebody from the enquiry counter to confirm the right room number or office to avoid any last minute hassles.
  • Be respectful of everyone you come across on campus right from the admissions receptionist, student volunteers, tour guide, the guy in the Student Centre who points you towards a library or restroom. Small things do matter in the Interview so follow the interview Do’s and Don’ts carefully
  • Think about asking quality questions to the interviewers such as
  1. What are you really proud of as an institution?
  2. What makes you so popular among the student community?
  3. What more skill enhancement programs can I expect during my stay at the institution?
  • Always do back ground research of the institution. Chances of you being enquired about why you want to study in this institution are extremely high. This is a very important part of Interview Do’s and Don’ts.
  • Always be courteous to your interviewer.Be sure to practice the three C’s: Calm, Cool, and Composed. Cross check your emails before sending them out to make sure they are error free. Remember that first impression is the last impression.
  • Make sure to use proper grammar, spelling, capitalization and punctuation in your written correspondences as it can be a huge turn off specially if you are requesting for rescheduling or any other things to the admissions department of the institution. You need to take care of this Interview Do’s and Don’ts.

Overall there are several aspects that need to be taken care of. Interview Do’s and Don’ts are a very broad concept and one must do thorough research before going to the B school interview

Pre Interview Tips – Things to do in an Interview

Gearing up for the D-Day – Interview Dressing Etiquettes.

For Ladies

Ladies interview clothes

It depends on what program you are applying for. the campus atmosphere and the time/season of year. Among the things to do in an interview, If you are applying for a Business Management program a formal suit /skirt with formal stockings could be an option. The best idea would be to check out with the institution about what you are expected to wear. Stick to neutral colors like grey, blue or black. For shirts choose white or off white color and avoid using a heavy makeup. Shoes have to be ballet flats and a small black or neutral color purse is advisable. Small pendants, watches and ear rings are acceptable but make sure nothing is flashy. Regarding the hair make sure that it does not fall on your face and if its long then wear it in a low pony tail, half pony tail or bun. Nails should not have flashy nail paints and tattoos if any should be appropriately covered. The bottom line is that you should be comfortable and be able to carry it perfectly without hassles. Causals like jeans and tops should ideally be avoided.

For Gentlemen

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If you are applying to a program in a prestigious Business School, make sure that you dress up in business formals. Amongst other things to do in an interview, casuals like jeans should be avoided. Wear a formal suit with a white shirt /tie and black formal shoes and make sure that you have shaved properly on the day of interview. If due to some reason you have to keep a beard, trim it properly and professionally and avoid experiments during the D-Day. Hair should be combed properly and kept neatly. Use of sunglasses during interview is a strict no. No studs or heavy artificial/real jewelry should be visible. Tattoos if possible should be not be visible. If required call up the admission office to get an idea about the expected dress code for the interview.

During the Interview-Things to do in an interview

Interview in Progress

There are lot of interview techniques which one has to keep in mind before appearing the interview. We have zeroed on certain points for your better understanding.

Focus on Do’s

do's in interview

Try to follow the below mentioned guidelines during the Interview

      • Always be polite and well mannered. Institutions prefer students who know how to conduct themselves properly. Remember, after your enrolment you are going to be an ambassador of the institution wherever you go, so the institution will doubly make sure that you are the right candidate and being good-mannered will put you one step closer to your dreams. This is one of the main things to do in an interview.
      • Always get two copies of your resume along with photographs, even if you’ve already sent them to your interviewer. The only time you shouldn’t bring them if the authorities ask you not to carry them. Carry them in a nice folder and do not fold your resume and avoid spoiling them.
      • Be at the right place – Ensure that you are entering the correct room/designated area for the interview.
      • Turn off your cell phone and don’t keep it even in vibration mode as any call during your interview is bound to distract your attention, this should be done positively before entering the interview room. Avoid carrying a tab to the venue of the interview. One of the important things to do in an interview.
      • Knock on the door – It is advisable to knock on the door asking for permission before entering the interviewer’s room.
      • Extend your greetings to every one present inside the room. You should know what time of the day it is when you are appearing. A Good Morning wish in the late afternoon can be quite an embarrassment for you.
      • Wait for the Chair– You are expected to wait to be offered a chair before sitting.
      • Correct posture and positive body language – Do remember to sit in the correct posture and maintain a positive body language. Remember you are not in your drawing room. Your posture, gestures, facial expressions do tell a lot about you without even uttering a single word.
      • Confident Answers – Always answer confidently and make eye contact with the interviewer. Listening skills are really important as well because if you don’t listen properly chances are you will not answer the questions properly without understanding them. This is one of the most important things to do in an interview.
      • Smile – Try to smile during the interview. A dull face gives negative vibes to the interviewers.
      • Keep your emotions in check. Too much aggression while answering a debatable question can actually throw you out of zone and the interview would be over and dusted before you actually realize it.
      • Share your passion – Given an opportunity, share what are you passionate about. This shall help you to speak better and convey your ideas across.
      • Shake Hands – Always shake hands firmly. A loose handshake can be a sign of low on confidence.
      • Try to stress on your achievements. After all this is your chance to promote your candidature at the right platform. Among all other things , this is one of the significant things to do in an interview.
      • Do ask intelligent questions about the school, programs, and faculty. Show enthusiasm where appropriate.
      • At the end thank them for the opportunity and while coming out gently close the door behind you. Do not ask anything once the interview is over.

Always be yourself as one should be applying to college as the person he/she is It has been seen that being genuine will take you a lot further than trying to be somebody else. Remember, you are not the first student that they are interviewing.

Follow the above things to do in an interview properly and you will not regret later

We at Collmission offer assistance through Mock Interviews and provide feedback to students listed with us. In case you feel that you need it to get into your dream college, do not hesitate to contact us immediately.

During the Interview- Things not to do in an interview- Common Interview Mistakes

don't in college interview

Please take care of the given instructions to make your interview a successful one

      • Never ask your parents to schedule your interview for you. It does not present a very good image at the institution that you are applying to. This is one of the important things not to do in an interview.
      • Fit by Force – Do not attempt to forcibly fit in the institution by wearing something similar to their dress code. It is neither cute nor intelligent to do so.
      • Do not arrive late for the interview; if it’s unavoidable, call them and explain your position.
      • Don’t degrade your speech – Avoid Slouching, yawning chewing gum, etc or degrade your speech flow with umm’s or like, you know’, aaaa. This is one of the important things not to do in an interview.
      • No Slang Language – Do not use any slang language. You might find it cool but authorities think otherwise
      • No Phone Usages – It is advisable not to answer your phone or text during your interview. Keep it switched off. Also ask your parents to refrain from answering their calls if they happen to be in front of the admissions team or the interviewer. This is one of the important things not to do in an interview.
      • No Answers by Parents – Do not expect (or permit) your parents to answer questions asked to you. The Interviewer/ admissions counsellor wants to hear and learn about you from you, not your parents.
      • No Negatives Please – Don’t give an image that you are pretty negative with whatever has happened in your life. Remember, people with a negative attitude are never welcome in institutions of learning.
      • Avoid Reciting your resume continuously and thinking that you have helped your interviewer know you better. It certainly does not help. This is one of the important things not to do in an interview.
      • No Dishonesty – One of the simplest yet important interview techniques – Do not try to impress the interviewers by giving answers which you don’t believe. Be honest, clear and confident.
      • Avoid Silly Questions – Refrain from asking questions that one could easily answer on your own if he/she checks the institution’s website.
      • Know where you are sitting – Its an interview crime when you ask about College A’s newly launched course curriculum, faculty etc. when you are trying to get into College B. This is one of the important things not to do in an interview.
      • Don’t let opportunity slip – Don’t’ Let a question like, “Tell me something about yourself which is not mentioned in your resume?” slip by without a good answer. Do not answer like “I have covered everything” and you miss a brilliant opportunity to showcase what you are.
      • Speak up – Remember that an interview is not a yes or no round. Don’t answer every question with a simple yes or no. You need to explain logically the reason why you chose a yes or no for an answer and then back it up.
      • Leave when you are done – After the interview is done, leave the interview area even if it means waiting outside for some time before you have means to reach your destination. You may find yourself in awkward position hanging out there without any purpose.
      • Avoid negative facts – Don’t ever offer any negative or wrong information about yourself. This is one of the important things not to do in an interview and you must follow it.
      • Thank Verbally – Don’t forget to verbally thank the interviewers for their time and consideration.
      • Don’t forget the Thank You Note – One should not forget to promptly send a thank you noteto the interviewer after the completion of the interview.

These are some of the common interview mistakes that one should avoid during the interview.

After the interview


After InterviewDon’t be judgmental about your performance and specially don’t express it by showing emotions after you come out of the interviewer’s room. Remember, it is what they think about your performance that matters, your opinion shall not make an impact. There have been cases where students were asked difficult questions, drained completely and yet made it to the institution of their choice.

Important Tips

Interview tips and tricks

Remember to send a formal thank you note to the person who interviewed you. It shows that you are courteous and helps the admissions counsellor remember you. You may not be receiving any thing in reply but still it gives a good impression to the admission team and the interviewer.