How should a candidate behave during a selection interview?


How should a candidate behave during a selection interview?

Make Your Entrance:

Before you say your first word, the interviewer will make a judgment about you. There are a few key things that they will be looking for, including a genuine smile, a firm handshake, a confident demeanor, good eye contact, and a friendly, enthusiastic introduction.

How should a candidate behave during a selection interview?
How to behave during an interview?

They'll notice instantly whether your hair is clean and neat, whether or not your attire is appropriate whether or not your breath is fresh, and if your hands and fingernails are clean.

  1. Knock before you open the door.
  2. Carry your briefcase or portfolio in your left hand.
  3. Stick out your hand confidently.
  4. Smile.
  5. Relax and breathe deeply.
  6. Be natural.
  7. Speak slowly and clearly.
  8. Remember: Don't get too comfortable!

    Some more points you should remember:

    • Don't be nervous before the interviewer
    • Greet the interviewers in a polite manner.
    • Do not sit in the chair until you have been asked to sit.

    Getting Started:

    One good way to kick off an interview is:

    To give a brief summary of your understanding of the position. Ask for any additions or clarifications.

    Ask the interviewer to share the points in your resume or letter that triggered their interest.

    Then you will know their priorities, making it easier for you to target your precisely to the position.

    Attitude Counts: 

    This is the time to show off your interpersonal skills. Employers are looking for key character traits and you need to demonstrate them at the interview. Keep the following things in mind: 

    Listening Skills: 

    Good listening skills and a pleasant demeanor are key attributes in any job. Make sure you let the interviewer complete his sentence, don't interrupt. Show interest in what he/she says. Encourage him/her to talk and ask questions. Speak and sit with confidence. The quality of your interview presentation is the key to success.

    Silence. (Do you get rattled easily?)


    You need to demonstrate to the employer that You are extremely interested in the position.

    Enthusiasm is contagious and employers are always keen to add members to their team. Your positive attitude will also rub off on the others as long as it is genuine and not overplayed and they will leave the interview with a favorable "feel" about you.

    Eye Contact:

    Maintain eye contact with the interviewer. Looking away continuously suggests distractibility and disinterest. Looking down makes you appear insecure and shy.

    By all means, keep it natural. Feel free to nod your head, smile, and even laugh where appropriate.


    You need to demonstrate to the interviewer that you are willing and able to adapt readily to new environments, demands, personal styles, etc.


    Above all, BE PROFESSIONAL! Respect the interviewer. Remember the interview boundaries at all times, don't behave in either overly-casual fashion or overly ever with the interviewer.

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