Interview Ethics or Does and Don’t for Interview

Please find below some does and Don’t to be strictly adhere while you are interviewing by anyone:

  • First impressions are everything: Firm handshake, maintain eye contact, smile, watch your body language, be pleasant, dress neatly and know the names of your interviewers and thank them by their names for the opportunity.
  • Arrive 5-10 minutes before the interview. Never arrive too late or too early. If you are running late due to some unavoidable situation, call ahead and make sure that the interviewers know your situation. Also, be apologetic for arriving late due to unfortunate situation. 
  • Try, not to show that you are nervous. Every body is nervous for interviews but try not to show it. [Hint: Just think that even if you do not get the job, it is a good learning experience and you would do better in your next interview and appreciate yourself for getting this far. You can always learn from your mistakes and do better at your next interview.] 
  • It is good to be confident but do not make up your answer or try to bluff. If you put something in your resume then better be prepared to back it up. Be honest to answer technical questions because you are not expected to remember everything (for example, you might know a few design patterns but not all of them etc). If you have not used a design pattern in question, request the interviewer, if you could describe a different design pattern. Also, try to provide brief answers, which means not too long and not too short like yes or no. Give examples of times you performed that particular task. If you would like to expand on your answer, ask the interviewer if you could elaborate or go on. It is okay to verify your answers every now and then but avoid verifying or validating your answers too often because the interviewer might think that you lack self-confidence or you cannot work independently. But if you do not know the answer to a particular question and keen to know the answer, you could politely request for an answer but should not request for answers too often. If you think you could find the answer(s) readily on the internet then try to remember the question and find the answer(s) soon after your interview.
  • You should also ask questions to make an impression on the interviewer. Write out specific questions you want to ask and then look for opportunities to ask them during the interview. Many interviewers end with a request to the applicant as to whether they have anything they wish to add. This is an opportunity for you to end on a positive note by making succinct statements about why you are the best person for the job.
  • Try to be yourself. Have a good sense of humor, a smile and a positive outlook. Be friendly but you should not tell the sagas of your personal life. If you cross your boundaries then the interviewer might feel that your personal life will interfere with your work.
  • Be confident. I have addressed many of the popular technical questions in this book and it should improve your confidence. If you come across a question relating to a new piece of technology you have no experience with like AOP (Aspect Oriented Programming) or IoC (Inversion of Control) or a framework like Tapestry, then you can mention that you have a very basic understanding and demonstrate that you are a quick leaner by reflecting back on your past job where you had to quickly learn a new piece of a technology or a framework. Also, you can mention that you keep a good rapport with a network of talented Java/J2EE developers or mentors to discuss any design alternatives or work a rounds to a pressing problem.
  • Unless asked, do not talk about money. Leave this topic until the interviewer brings it up or you can negotiate this with your agent once you have been offered the position. At the interview you should try to sell or promote your technical skills, business skills, ability to adapt to changes, and interpersonal skills. Prior to the interview find out what skills are required by thoroughly reading the job description or talking to your agent for the specific job and be prepared to promote those skills (Some times you would be asked why you are the best person for the job?). You should come across as you are more keen on technical challenges, learning a new piece of technology, improving your business skills etc as opposed to coming across as you are only interested in money.
  • Speak clearly, firmly and with confidence but should not be aggressive and egoistical. You should act interested in the company and the job and make all comments in a positive manner. Should not speak negatively about past colleagues or employers. Should not excuse yourself halfway through the interview, even if you have to use the bathroom. Should not ask for refreshments or coffee but accept it if offered.
  • At the end of the interview, thank the interviewers by their names for their time with a firm handshake, maintain eye contact and ask them about the next steps if not already mentioned to know where you are at the process and show that you are interested.