As a professional there will be occasions when we have to put our best foot forward to make the best impression on the interviewing panel. In this regard there are certain things that we should definitely avoid.
Dressing inappropriately : By far this sends the quickest negative signal to the interview panel. Make sure you read up on the organization’s dress code and dress appropriately. Make sure that you wear a tie and a suit for business jobs and for organizations which have a formal attire. Similarly make sure that you dresscasually to interview where the organization’s dress code is informal.
Being tense and nervous: When you walk through the door to face the interview panel don’t advertise your nervousness with a tense face. Make sure that you greet the panel with a cheerful good morning/afternoon etc. Also dont forget to thank the interviewer after you finish your interview.
Hiding unpalateable facts: Don’t try to hide unpalatable facts in your employment history. It is better to be confident and honest rather than projecting that there is something fishy in your past. Dont be evasive about your own experience.
Avoid giving roundabout answers: When you are not sure about the answer to a question do not give vague and round about answers. Make sure that you admit that you don’t know but are willing to give the question a honest attempt.
Not knowing what you want: Nothing rings louder warning bells to the interviewer than a candidate who does not know what he himself wants. If the interviewer asks what kind of role and designation that you would be interested in, make sure that your answer is crisp and clear.
Failing to attempt aptitude problems: There are many organization that test a candidate’s problem solving aptitude and attitude by giving problems. Do not shy away from the problem. Make sure that you give the problem your best and smartest effort.
Being ignorant of the organization’s business: Don’t go unprepared to an interview without knowing the business in which the organization is in.
These are some of the definite don’t do’s when attending an interview