How to Give a Killer Interview

How to Give a Killer Interview

Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary defines the term interview as, “a formal meeting at which somebody is asked questions to see if they are suitable for a particular job, or for a course of study at a college, university, etc. This particular moment decides about the interviewee’s career. That is why; it is perceived as the most complicated and significant stage for the new graduates of college or university. It has also been observed as a frightening job for experienced people.The candidates are always overwhelmed with the anonymous fear when they are summoned for interview. The reasons of this phobic situation could vary from person to person. Some of the most significant pitfalls of the interviewees are illustrated here in this article, where the embedded issues in the title ‘how to give a killer interview’ have been lucidly explained under different heading to remedy the disease.


 The first and foremost problem that is confronted by the interviewees is their lack or no previous experience of being interviewed. These students have not got proper interview from any institution or a mentor and professional counsellor. This deficiency causes hindrances at this decisive moment of life. This alarming situation should be dealt at school, college or at least university life of the candidate. But, unfortunately, our formal education system does not emphasise on it. Consequently, even the brilliant students could not express their brilliancy in front of the interviewer. To blindly grapple with such situations candidates, lose several golden opportunities. The best thing that I could suggest here for such disheartened people would be to avoid failures in interviews.

All the interview skills’ deficient people are advised to do practise for interview before appearing for the interview. One of the best ways of preparation could be; prepare most frequently asked questions and answers and also develop some important question answers from your professions or area of interest/study. Then do not perform this activity alone but find a partner. The partner could be your friend, family member, mentor or your college or university professor. Request the concern person to ask the questions you made and ask for feedback. Do not try to undermine the views or feedback and take it in a positive way. Focus on your weakness and avoid them all before appearing in the interview.


 The second most important reason in interview failure is having no proper guidance. At this crucial stage of career, we need expert guidance. You are not supposed to beat around the bush. You are expected to be an enthusiastic person having great capabilities to work for the reputation and development of an organization. That is why you need proper guidance about this skills, so that, you can easily convince the interview panellist(s) that you are the most suitable person they are looking for. Most of the failures have been estimated are because of poor guidance. Another important point about the failure is the rumours about the interviews. The interviewees are mostly misguided and rumours are pumped into their minds. Consequently, they get negative responses from employers.

I suggest the interviewees to get guidance from your academic professor, supervisor, or any professional counsellor who has great experience of interviewing. This professional person can prepare you for positive results. His expertise motives you. These people always show the right way to destination. This guidance has its validity because they have remained part of such panels. Last most important thing at this standpoint is, do not pay attention to the words that demotivates or discourages you. You should get positive feedback and work accordingly. This will be guarantee of your success.


          A soldier without weapon cannot embrace victory but a death of nincompoop. It has also been noticed that the candidates appear in interview with poor or no-preparation. It is quite alarming situation. This attitude put bad impression on the interviewers. This irresponsible behaviour cannot be tolerated by the panellist(s). Poor and no-preparation, both are venomous for your career. You can get nothing without complete preparation. Some candidates even do not know how to dress up; greet and sit on the chair. Furthermore, they are failed to answer an icebreaking question ‘tell me about yourself or introduce yourself’. This passive attitude not only put bad impression on the panel but also demoralises the interviewee. Consequently, he receives nothing but failures.

How to avoid this situation is worth mentioning here. All the interviewees should go through preparatory process. They should have third person who could judge the flaws in this entire preparatory process. If they cannot get company of experts, they should stay in front of the mirror or record their answers. Once they have recorded, this recording should be replayed again for identifying the mistakes.These two techniques have different functions. The mirror exposes the weird facial expressions and recording uncovers intonation, language and pronunciation errors. In this way we can enhance our interview skills.


 This is also a factor that knocks down interviewee in first few minutes of interview. After completion of 14, 16 or 18 years of education, if a person cannot answer the question about his field, it would be embarrassing situation for him. It is also noted that nobody can have complete command on his/her field of study. But, it is also important to have substantial information about the area of interest. The person must know the most significant concepts and intelligentsia of his/her field. Without having strong grip on major topics nobody can achieve positive results in the interview.

This situation can be avoided by in-depth study of the important concepts, theories and scholars of that field. Apart from major terms and ideas, candidates must go through the subject of their interest several times. Do not leave a single major topic unprepared. Try to cover as many topics as you can and do not give chance to the interviewer to find any weakness. Even after preparation, if the candidate has been asked a question that is difficult to answer, do not guess or try to deceive the interviewer by wrong answer. You can directly say sorry and accept that you cannot answer. This can put better impression on the interviewer.


 It has been observed that most of the candidates do not know anything about the organization and its objectives. They blindly go for interview. The interviewer mostly asks about the organization, department and its role. The candidate cannot satisfy the interviewer if he/she does not have any idea about the concerned organization or department. Being part of interview panels, the author personally observed this flaw that most of the candidates do not know anything about the organization and department and also do not have any idea about the job description of the position they applied for. That is why, no-research before appearing in interview can be one of the factors of the candidates’ interview failure.

Three sources can be approached to prepare this part of the interview.

  • The Job Advertisement:

The job advertisement should be properly read. At the end of the advertisement, job descriptions are mentioned. These should be read and CV be constructed accordingly and go through your new CV and job descriptions several times. When you become sure about the responsibilities of the position then you can answer each question comfortably.

  • Official Website of the Concern Organization/Department:

When you have done with the JDs, next step is to access to the official website of the concerned organization/department. Try to get complete information about organization/department. Note down major points on a note book and memorise the major achievements and contributions. When the candidate is asked about the organization/department he/she can easily answer the question.

  • Make Phone Call to the Concern Department/Organization:

The third source can be the telephone number of the organization. Candidates should make phone call to get answers of ambiguities. They should clarify their questions. Like other sources, this direct phone call can give basic information that can be shared in their words in front of the panellist(s).

This article has uncovered the flaws in interview and provided you the techniques to give the killer interview. The candidates are recommended to follow these instructions to get better results. You should avoid these five errors to give killer interview; otherwise your career can be killed by these defects.

Shehzad Ahmed Sahir

Shehzad Ahmed Sahir

Interpersonal Communication Professional Consultant at Hashoo Foundation
Shehzad Ahmed Sahir

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