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Don’t Give Monosyllabic Answers

Avoid giving monosyllabic answers such as “Yes” or “No”. Always try to suitably expand your replies while remaining brief and concise. For example, if you are asked, “What is your hobby?”, to say “Reading biographies” would be too brief. The proper way to answer is: “Sir, I read biographies of eminent personalities of the world.”
Another example, “Which subject do you like the most?” Don’t give a one-word answer, “Chemistry.” Instead, say, “Sir, Chemistry has ­always fascinated me because as a subject I found it very interesting and also for a chemist there are ample job opportunities in ­industries.”
However, you should not give unnecessarily long answers either. Sometimes, a well-weighed short answer is also acceptable. For ­example, Subhash Chandra Bose, when asked to describe British rule in India, said, “Divide and rule” and this got him the first ­position in the ICS examination.

Always Support Your Answers

When asked to give your opinion on something, always support it by giving reasons for your agreement or disagreement. For example, to a question like, “What do you think about this year’s Central ­Budget?” you have to support your answer by adding the reasons why it is good or bad. You should, therefore, say, “Sir, this year’s ­budget is very good as it is liberal for trade and it is going to help the country’s ­industrial economy.”

Try to Emphasize Your Point of View

While expressing your point of view, often add phrases like, “Sir, I hope you will agree that…” or “Sir, I beg to differ because…”


Don’t just say, “No, I don’t agree.” Try to emphasize your point of view and convince the interviewer to accept your argument.

Avoid Flattery

If you have valid reasons to support your arguments, it is advisable to maintain your point of view. Avoid being snobbish and also do not bend backwards to flatter the interviewer and accept his/her ­reasoning. It might be a trap for you and your flexibility may harm your chances to win the interview. However, you can always carry on the discussion adding phrases like, “Sir, you may be right, but I have a point….” Chances are that the board members will just leave that argument and shift to another question.

Always Say Yes for Experience

There is no harm in responding with “Yes” to questions related to your experience even if you don’t have the relevant experience. But you should be able to logically extract points from your work ­experience to enable you to say that “Yes”. Everyone has some experience of managing some event or project in life, and when applying for a management job you can reply in affirmative to questions that want to check if you can manage routine plans and projects. However, a straight yes could be a blunder when you do not have the necessary experience/expertise in your pocket (being a fresh graduate). You can respond safely by saying, “I can learn how to do it” by gauging the nature of the question. For example, if it is an interview for your first job and the interviewer asks, “Do you have any administrative experience?” then say yes and expand your answer by adding something like how you handled a particular group while in college. You may say, “Sir, in my college days I had been in charge of the ­hostel mess where I had to manage the servants, attendants and mess funds.” Or, you may say, “Sir, during my college days I conducted several educational tours where I had to manage everything, right from arranging rail reservations, seeking various permissions, managing the funds and taking care of several little details to ensure that the tour was successful.”
If you are already working in a place where you are not independently looking after the administrative function, you may say, “Sir, I assist my superior in day-to-day administrative work” or “Sir, when my boss is away I get the opportunity to look after the administrative work independently.”


MYTH: Candidates must ask important questions during the interview.
 By asking relevant questions, candidates can obtain critical information about the job and organization. This will especially help the candidate when it comes to deciding on a job offer if one is made.

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