Thursday, January 28, 2010

Candidate Tip - Part 4

Few months back, I had started the ‘Candidate Tip Series’ with the intention to answer hiring related questions from readers. The series was introduced in an attempt to avoid redundancy in replies.

Further, I tweet these tips on my twitter account too using #candidatetip. If you are a candidate, hope this helps. If not, you can help send this post to anyone searching for answers. I’ll continue to take questions and should you have one, you can send it to

Looking for the earlier posts on candidate tips? Here’s part – 1, 2 and 3.

Here’s Part – 4:

  • Don't pick up the phone & start texting during an interview! If it's that important, keep the interviewer informed that you are expecting a text message that needs your reply. It’s obvious, you need to inform the interviewer before the start of the interview.

  • No, you can’t invite your wife for a luncheon that's specifically organized for you to get to know the team. Family day will come later.

  • Flying you down for an interview is an expensive deal. So missing a flight doesn’t show you in good light. It’s always better to be early at the airport. Plan well.

  • Nervousness while interviewing is ok. But don't ramble on when you don’t know the answer. It's ok to not know a few things.

  • When asked, "Do you have any questions?" in an interview. Ask. Don't wait for the offer letter to get to know the company. Might be late. You would have wasted everyone’s time. Especially your time.

  • You might have submitted your resume earlier, but it's ok to carry an updated one (if any) for the interview. However, keep the interviewer informed before the start of the interview.

  • No, you can't involve your spouse in the offer discussion! Red flag! Where did that come from? You were interviewed for the role. Did the interviewer miss catching something during the interview?

  • Cracking too many smarta$$ jokes / just laughing for no reason during an interview doesn't go in your favor. It question’s your very interest in the role. That might not even be true!

  • It's advisable to plan well & take the telephonic interview in a calm/silent place. That background noise might drown out our answer.

  • Increase in your personal expense isn't a 'valid' reason to ask for a hike! You don't need a hike, u need better money management. Think before you talk.

    Raghavendra Prasad said...

    Couple from my side:

    - Dont share your family expenses to justify the hike you are looking at.

    - If your current employer has not given you a hike or appraisal in the last 2 years, it doesnt mean that you ask for that to be compensated from the prospective employer.

    - It's not OK to comment on the interviewer's wife in the photo on his desk

    - Please look into the eye when discussing in the interview, and dont look at my shirt or shoe !!!

    - When you are waiting in the hall or lobby waiting to be interviewed, please dont laugh loudly or make comments on the employees you see around.

    - When you attend an interview, dress for the occasion. Don't come to the interview as though it's your friend's party.

    - When offered eatables during the interview, either speak or eat. Please don't do both at the same time.

    - When you travel to other locations for interview, don't use the interviewer's cab to go to other companies for interviews.

    Just some of the instances that I have experienced.. some more to go, will share shortly.

    The HR Store said...

    @Raghavendra - Thanks, Raghu.

    Your comment has enough points to make it to a new post!

    This one had me in splits :)
    When you travel to other locations for interview, don't use the interviewer's cab to go to other companies for interviews. Really?

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