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Every year out of a little less than 1.5 lakh candidates who appear for the elite civil services exams in India only handful make it to the interview level, and just a miniscule to the list of successful candidates.

Since the British colonial empire left Indian shores and with that the legacy of civil services behind them, scores of Indian youths with dreams in their eyes have aspired for an entry into the hallowed IAS or IPS club of name, fame and fortune.

By all standards it’s a tough nut to crack – the preliminary and then main exams leading to selection for interview. And, tougher still is to please the board members on the Interview panel.

On the day of the interview it is a pressure situation for both the candidates and persons entrusted with the responsibility of selecting them for the prestigious service. The job comes with a lot of administrative responsibilities and not to speak of the perks and prestige associated with it. Jobs are assigned to each candidate on the basis of their merit and marks obtained in the two rounds of exams and interview.A similar same pressure situation may be felt by candidates and selectors ahead of and in course of any other job interviews. Never forget the plight of selectors to various sports bodies in India just ahead of selection of a ‘right’ sportsperson for a major sporting event!

For a candidate who has struggled and prepared hard with the hope o getting a call for an interview it is the last decisive phase of his battle to land a job. Especially, in India’s case which has a large, ever growing population of unemployed educated youths interview calls are treated as god-sent opportunities that have to be grabbed with the best of one’s abilities.

But for a first timers who has never before faced an interview board it is always a nervous, nail-biting moment just ahead of the interview. Can I or Can’t – doubt in candidates mind further makes it a difficult situation, facing up to a long session of relentless grilling and probing by the interviewers. The sheer enormity of the situation that may make or mar candidates’ chances, often propels them to commit silly mistakes ahead of and during job interviews. They tend to overdo things that eventually impinge on their prospects.Here are 5 compelling silly mistakes that an interviewee makes and how he or she can address them and come out with flying colors and the appointment letter in hand:

One CV For All Jobs

A comprehensive- not too long- personal, educational and professional enlisting in Curriculum Vitae is perhaps the first most important pitch that a candidate mostly gets a chance to impress or depress his prospective employer with. So, what content you are presenting before an employer about yourself and in what fashion makes a lot of sense. Believe me. It is not very difficult for an interviewer to sift a CV with original content from one that is meant for all! Often in a hurry to apply for as many jobs as possible candidates tend to send the same CV to all employers. It does not take a whale of a time to make some changes and add a personal touch to your CV to make it more purposeful and effective in getting that interview call for your dream job in a dream company or organization. There is statistical evidence to show that nearly 71 per cent of hiring managers respond positively to CVs, tailor made for the job applied for.

Not Doing Sufficient Homework

It’s but natural for an employer to expect that the person he is about to hire has understood the company well, its work ethos, mission and vision. So, if it’s a sales job in an IT product company, be prepared with the product range, company turnover over the years and other seemingly trifle but important facts about corporate social responsibility, management hierarchy, job responsibilities, commitment to environment protection, etc. Thank God! Most of the company information can be easily accessed online these days. So, that should not be problem.

Overdoing To Impress

The HR has just called your name! You are ushered in to the room and here you are face-to-face with your interviewer or interviewers. Some thoughts about your earlier failed attempts to clear a job interview are playing behind the back of your mind. As you sit down, determined not to miss this opportunity, it is likely that you will tend to overdo to impress the panel. Well, making the first good impression always makes you feel relaxed and natural replying to interviewer’s probing queries. But to be in awe of them and then overdo do not help your cause much. Obviously, the top company official conducting the interview wants the candidates to be up to date with facts and knowledge essential to job role. It helps to prepare a list of questions covering all aspects of the organization. It serves twin purposes- helps candidates understand his role and also impress the interviewer with your understanding and working of the company.

Not Smart Enough To Read The Situation

A candidate is at the end of his or her interview session and is happy over the general course of the ongoing question and answer session. And, then suddenly, out of the blue the interviewer invites you: “We shall be happy to reply to your queries if you have one”. And, the candidate responds with a blank expression and in all his innocence thanks the interviewer and replies: “No, sir, thanks, I don’t have anything to ask.” This is one silly mistake that a candidate often makes by not taking the interview to another level by quickly throwing some intelligent and informative questions at the interviewer. Such interactions enables organization heads to understand the overall caliber of the candidates and often proves decisive in short-listing the candidate for the job role.

Insulting Interviewer, Think Twice

Finally, it is crucial that your prospective employer values your professional caliber and individuality. You have a feeling in course of interview that the manager you are sitting face to face with may make your stay a difficult one. You are made to feel embarrassed for being too ignorant about the facts and the interviewer is reluctant to satisfy your queries. It is time for a rethink. No job can be too precious than you. And, your sixth sense tells you not to join the company as things may not improve with time. It’s better to politely say a thank you to your interviewer and explore your chances elsewhere.