What Not to Ask During an Interview, Body Language – Do՚s and Don՚ts

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What Not to Ask During an Interview?

a) Do not ask what the company does, what its products and services are, its clients, turn over etc. This information is available at the company website. Read it from there.

b) Do not ask questions that involve controversies around the company or its employees. Never speak negative about the company, its management and its employees.

c) Do not ask personal questions to the interviewer, like his marital status, his nativity, nationality, religion, number of children, his hobbies etc.

d) Do not ask questions whose answers are within the question itsel. Example: ′ I heard that xyz is our toughest competitor from you. isn ′ t it?

e) Do not discuss compensation and benefits or compare the salaries offered in the other organizations.

f) If you are a referral candidate, do not ask the interviewer if he knows your acquaintance that has referred you.

g) don՚t ask the interviewer if you have bagged the job. E. g. ‘Sir, please let me know if I have passed this interview?’

Body Language – Do՚s and Don՚ts

Research has shown that an interviewer can spot the right candidate within 30 seconds of meeting. It is a fact that less than 10 % of the communication lies in what you talk. Rest 90 % is your body language.


a) Give a handshake that is very firm and which makes the interviewer feel uncomfortable. Be careful if the interviewer is a lady. Do not extend your hand until she offers a handshake.

b) Stare at your interviewer. This expression makes you look rude and blank.

c) Cross your legs, which show arrogance.

d) Lean back on the chair, which shows you are an extremely careless person.

e) Getting overly excited or extremely nervous can manifest in terms of offensive bodily gestures like sweating, biting nails, shaking limbs, looking away from the interviewer or around the room etc. indicates that you are not confident.

f) Scratch your head rub neck or run your fingers through your hair. These are signs of people who are trying to hide things.

h) Fan yourself even if it is very warm. This shows that you are intolerant to certain situations e. g. getting uncomfortable when some facilities are not provided.


a) A firm but a gentle handshake is a welcome gesture.

b) Face is the index of mind. Your facial gestures are a reflection of your thought. So smile confidently.

c) Sit straight and face your interviewers.

d) If there is more than one person, maintain an equal eye contact with everyone.

e) Nod your head in agreement. Maintain a comfortable space between you and the interviewer.

g) Address the interviewer as sir/ma՚am/Mr. /Ms. , unless specifically requested to address them by their names.

j) Maintain the bodily gestures until you are at the place of interview or until you are outside the campus.

Dress for Success

1) Wear neatly ironed clothes.

2) Wear a comfortable pair of shoes.

3) Be formally dressed. Wear pleasant colors.

4) Do not wear excess make up (for women) .

5) Wear minimal jewelry.

6) Maintain a professional hairstyle.

7) Neatly manicured nails.

8) Do not apply strong perfume/cologne.

9) Men should wear socks and coordinated belts.

Sample HR Interview Questions

1) Tell me about yourself.

2) How long would you expect to work for us if hired?

3) If another company offers our better salary than us, what will be your reaction?

4) What are your short-term goals?

5) Tell me about a time when you were accountable for a mistake you made. Did you take responsibility for the mistake?

6) What are your greatest strengths and weakness?

7) Do you work better in groups or prefer to work alone

8) What have you done to improve your knowledge in the last year?

9) Do you consider yourself successful? Why?

10) Who has inspired you in life and why?

11) What kind of person would you refuse to work with?

12) Why do you want to join this industry?

13) What makes you the best candidate for this position?

14) What motivates you to do your best at work?

15) What position do you prefer on a team working on a project?

16) What is the most unforgettable moment in your life?

17) What kind of salary do you need?

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