Каких ошибок не стоит допускать на собеседовании

In the course of my short career of four years I have sat for at least a dozen interviews for a wide variety of positions, in a wide variety of organizations. Right from executive to manager, and from a startup of fifteen to a multinational of more than 10,000 employees, I have had the opportunity to appear in front of a wide range of HR managers. I made through most of them (with varying degree of success). Whatever the outcome, I always made it a point to get some feedback from the HR regarding my interview; the good and the bad. These tips are a result of my personal observation, inputs from HR managers and a little common sense.


Do not be too reluctant or too enthusiastic while performing the handshake. While a limp, lifeless handshake will communicate timidity and will hardly make an impact, a handshake where you squeeze the hands too tightly can overpower or threaten people. A firm handshake always helps making a good impression for both males and females. A proper form is essential where your arm is extended outstretched with thumb straight up. A web-to-web contact is also a vital element of a good handshake.


It’s not easy to say “I don’t know” in a job interview, but a recruiter will definitely respect you more if you admit to not knowing the answer rather than giving a poor or irrelevant one. Try to beat around the bush, and before you even know the interviewer will have made up his mind to give you a miss.

On the other hand, if you do admit your ignorance, your honesty may impress the recruiter. The only time you should be worried is if you are saying it too often during the interview.


It might be tempting to embellish your resume just a little here and there to remain ahead of the tough competition. You might just think, “He wouldn’t go into the minute details”. But that’s just not how it happens. The recruiter is definitely a smart chap, with plenty of experience in seeking out the dicey points in a candidate’s resume. If the hiring manager finds you exaggerating in one area, he is likely to assume that you have done the same in other areas. And once your untrustworthiness is proved, you can effectively kiss the job goodbye.


Every interview features this very standard question. What is your major weakness?

All job seekers wish they weren't asked this question. Some go blank as they are caught unprepared, while some come up with clichéd answers like “I am a perfectionist’ or ‘I work too hard’. Both the cases are equally bad for your prospects to secure the job.

For one, this indeed is a difficult question, which calls for a little preparation. Experts suggest talking about weaknesses that have little relation to the job that you have applied. According to Bernard Marr, a best-selling author explains in this LinkedIn post. “It acknowledges that you are self-aware and have weaknesses, but none that are any real concern because they don’t really matter for the job.”


You apply to a job through one of the many top job listing sitesand get the call for interview. It is your big day and you are all prepared. However, due to some reason you show up late.

According to the saying, “a pound of prevention is worth an ounce of cure”, to prevent the embarrassment of being late at an interview one must leave the home early enough to stay on track no matter what happens.

Besides, if you know you’re going to be late to an interview, call en route to alert the interviewer so that you do not come off as rude or lackadaisical. Getting late will leave a negative impression no doubts, but informing the recruiter beforehand will highlight positive traits such as accountability. Once you reach the venue, a formal apology can do further damage control.


The interviewer might ask you what you need to make the position work. Be careful in your response. Many a times we go into great details, listing the company benefits and salary expectations. These do not come into play until an offer has been extended. You should be careful about specifying conditions of employment too soon in the process. You can bargain best only after you’re offered the job, but not really before that.


Sometimes you hear a question that seems like an insult to your smartness and knowledge. Letting the same known to interviewer can be a suicide, if nothing less. It’s a lesson that I myself learned the hard way. By chance if you are asked such question, it’s advisable to not give a snarky answer.