Few Random Interview Tips

iamkalai profile image Kalaiarasan Pushpanathan ・2 min read

This is my first and a random post that I am using to share my limited experience of attending some interviews and also being at the other as an interviewer.

Being nervous is fine

It's perfectly reasonable and fine being nervous during an interview. The environment is strange, people are new and everything may be out of your comfort zone. While it is true that 'First impression is best blah blah' but if you can get over your nervousness during the course of the interview, many do ignore and understand your initial nervousness.

Tip: If you search on the internet, you will find a dozen suggestions for a dime, but the simplest thing that you can do to limit your nervousness is to get to the interview venue ahead of time. This gives time to relax, get comfortable with the environment and get in your zone before the interview. A habit that I have developed from past few years is to go to the interview venue before a day so that I can figure out logistics, etc. This helps me in planning my travel better on the day of the interview and I am not stressed to reach the interview on time.

Have some water before beginning

You may not have followed the tip to reach early, but it's usually not a great idea practically to start your interview as soon as you arrive. You are already late and a couple of more minutes is not going to make things much worse. Excuse yourself and have a glass of interview. This gives you time and space to calm yourself down.

Don't be afraid to ask them to repeat

Often times I have seen people not listening to the question properly and sometimes even scared while asking someone to repeat the question. There is no harm in asking someone to repeat their question. Consider the flip side, you do not understand the question, assume something and answer something that makes no sense to the actual question being asked :)

You are not supposed to know everything

This again is my personal opinion but if you do not know something or have not got chance to work on something while being asked in interview, you can simply state the same and explain whatever you know. This atleast earns honestly and integrity points in my book plus remember 'Nobody can know everything'. There is always scope to learn and improve.


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Jason C. McDonald

Yes, yes, yes! As an interviewer, I have to say that you've hit the nail right on the head, right through the article.

It really is okay to be nervous, and frankly, showing some nerves may even help you. It tells us, the interviewers, that there's a real human being on the other side of the table, not a Polished Mechanical Egotist™. Everyone is in over their head when starting a new job at their experience level, and there is always someone else who knows more than you. So if someone is nerve-free during an interview, that just flags me to the person having an unrealistically high assessment of themselves.

With that said, @noronhat 's comment is also valid: if you're good at what you do, they should also be convincing you to take the job. Any new job should be a win-win, and it's their job to prove that this would be a win for you...literally, that they're worthy of your awesomeness.

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Tiago de Noronha

I've been in a lot of interviews, even when I wasn't looking for a job. The thing that always made me be cool was knowing that they wanted me, and I was there to present myself and they were the ones who needed to convince me! So bit of a tip: they need you, you will make their company better, so make them nervous! :)