"It's a big no-no to compliment interviewers"

Sanjay Modi, MD, Monster India, lists the faux-pas job-seekers tend to commit

Published 8 years ago on May 26, 2012 Read
Vishal Koul

Ask about the company: Avoid probing the interviewer on the company and its background. Such innocuous questions make you look unprepared and leave an undesirable impression in the mind of the interviewer. Job seekers should do enough research to understand the company’s profile, key functions, etc.

“I know it all.”: During the interview, it’s best not to hard sell yourself by making exaggerated statements. Instead, focus on why you deserve the job, showcasing your strengths, achievements and traits that will make you a valuable asset for the company. You need to be open to learn and unlearn. Let your accomplishments speak for themselves. 

Complaining about the previous boss/ company: Often, your previous bosses are the reason behind your job switch. However, an interview for a prospective job is not a platform to vent your frustrations about your previous employer. Such conduct will show you as someone who failed to measure up to the deliverables and succumbed to blame game. Side-step answering personal questions related to the previous organisation and bosses, and steer the conversation to past learnings and career aspirations. 

Complimenting the interviewer: It’s a big no-no to compliment interviewers on their physical appearance. Comments like “That’s a nice dress” or “This colour suits you”, come across as unprofessional. Compliments should be limited to the professional sphere, related to achievements of the organisation or the professional successes of the interviewer. 

I’m desperate for this job: During an interview, it’s important to maintain a professional demeanour and remain calm and composed, especially when you are applying for a job you really want. Refrain from showing any traces of urgency or desperation. A sense of anxiety will impede your prospects of getting the job and negotiating a better salary, as well as cast a shadow on your job profile.


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