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Developing Tactics During Interview

There are many situations that arises during the interview. A candidate is to handle any adverse situation.

Art of Saying NO

A candidate must never attempt bluffing the interviewer, or the examiners. He should know that it is always better to say "no" when he does not know the correct answer to a question. He must not beat about the bush. On the contrary, he must be straightforward and frank in such circumstances. In a courteous and polite manner, he must say, "sorry sir, I do not know the answer to the question". The candidate is quite familiar with the fact that at present knowledge has become very vast. This fact is also known to the interviewers. That is why they do not really expect a candidate to answer all the questions correctly. Hence, when a candidate once, twice or thrice admits ignorance in a pleasing, unashamed but not audacious manner, they do not feel either annoyed or disappointed.

Art Of Taking a Cue

It is evident that the tendency to say "no" should not be carried to an extreme. If a candidate does not know most of what he is expected to know and he keeps on saying "no" to eighty percent of the questions put on him, he cannot be helped. In that case, he is ill-equipped. He should acquire more knowledge and should make better preparations for his interviews. But in other cases when a candidate possesses good idea about the subject-matter and is stuck only on a minor point or fails to remember what he knows on account of the tension, the best thing to do is to have confidence in himself and endeavor to search for the "cue" which one member or more of the Interview Board may and do often supply. It is fortunate, in these days, that interviewees are helped a bit by their interviewers. In this way, the interviewers try to discover what a candidate knows. This help should be welcome and the intelligent candidate should utilize the lead given any of the interviewers.

Lead to the Interviewee

Interviewers or examiners may often guide a candidate to the correct answer. In a similar way, an intelligent candidate or an interviewee can lead the interviewer to grounds which he considers familiar. In most of the interviewer for higher jobs in the Civil or Army Service, the interviewers do like to be led in this manner. They attempt to bring out, not the weak but the strong points of the interviewee. Therefore, the interviewee must be skilful to steer the interviewers to the things and subjects he has good knowledge of. An,,l instance will clear this point. A candidate who has specialized in sociology may be required to speak about the conquest of Sindh by Muhammad Bin Qasim. The good thing for a candidate would be to say as much as he knows about the conquest, but at the same time, he should volunteer that he would be pleased to tell something about the cultural and social results of the conquest. more often than not, this offer would be accepted by the interviewers who would make their subsequent questions, in view of the special knowledge and interest of the candidate.

Use of Humor

Sometimes the interviewers attempt to help the candidate in making a joke or two. They do so in order to make the atmosphere easy. In this manner, they measure the wit and sense of humor that the candidate may have. A candidate must avail opportunity for such occasions. He should laugh with the interviewer to appreciate their joke and also considering the occasion by offering one or two of his own. It may be relevant.

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