11th Hour Tips Specially for IAS Interview

Interview is a meeting between two person for the purpose of getting a view of each other, or for knowing each other. In other words, it means, ‘view between’ or ‘sight between’ the two persons. The person being interviewed is generally assessed for his/her suitability for a particular assignment. This process involves interaction between two persons. Sometimes more than one person or a number of interviews interact with a candidate to check the interviewee’s suitability and ability to deliver goods for a particular assignment.


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Interview are generally held for fresh employment either at the initial level or for higher assignments, by the UPSC or other commissions or organisation for hiring staff. To do well at the interview you will need to convince the interviewer that you are technically qualified as well as sufficiently motivated for the jobs.

Be Punctual and Attentive

You should dress smartly for the interview and leave home earlier than you need on the day of the interview. You should keep margin for the delayed traffic or for other reason, like the road being blocked for a VIP or detour due to construction. Never ever arrive late. Lateness is an employment killer. It is a sign which shows that you are unreliable time so that you do not feel rushed before the big interview. During the interview itself you must be positive about yourself and your abilities.


When you are being interviewed, it is very important that you give out the right signals. You should always look attentive. Don’t slouch in your chair. Never lie to anyone in an interview. Your body language and tone of voice or the words should be very calculated. Dress for the interview, and not the job. So you should Dress appropriately in professional business attire. Interview is definitely not the time to be making any trendy fashion statements.

Dress for the position. At the same time be conservative but not prudish. Check your dress for missing buttons, dragging hems, split seams. Ladies should avoid jangling jewellery or “new wave” fashion. You should appear fresh and relaxed, interested and alert. Interview is a selling game, where you are tying to sell yourself to the interviewer. You have to convince the interviewer that you are fit enough for the final selection.

Useful Tips

During the interview you should be able to convey to your interviewer positive information about yourself as well as confidence and professionalism. It is a good idea to make a list of possible interview questions. Then practice answering them out loud with family, friends or a well wisher. The following suggestions are given for interview apparels.

  • Conservative two-piece business suit (solid dark blue or grey is best for men).
  • Conservative long sleeved shirt/blues (white is best, pastel is next best).
  • Clean, polished conservative shoes.
  • Well-groomed hairstyle.
  • Clean, trimmed finger mails.
  • Minimal cologne or perfume.
  • Empty pockets-no bulges or tinkling coins.
  • No gum, candy or cigarettes.
  • Light briefcase or portfolio case.
  • No visible body piercing (nose rings, eyebrow rings, etc)



  • Necktie should be silk with a conservative pattern.
  • Dark shoes (black lace-ups are best).
  • Dark socks (black is best)
  • Get a haircut; short hail always fares best interview.
  • Moustaches are a possible negative, but if you must, make sire it is neat and trimmed.
  • No rings other than wedding ring or college ring.
  • No earnings (if you normally wear one, take it out)


  • Saree or Shalwar Kameez for women.
  • Shoes with conservative heels.
  • Conservative hosiery at or near skin color.
  • No purse, small or large.
  • If you wear nail polish (not required), use clear or a conservative color.
  • Minimal use of makeup (it should not be too noticeable.)
  • No more than one ring on each hand.
  • One set of earrings only.

Lack of confidence or untrustworthiness is reflected by your body language. Avoid any negative pattern of behavior, which is bound to send the wrong signal. The following is the crux of having a good interview.

  • Be about 15 minutes early to the interview.
  • Get a good night rest before the D-day.
  • Have proper breakfast.
  • Don’t bring to bear any influence.
  • Think of some questions that could be asked and practice answering them.
  • Know about the job you are interviewing for.
  • Know what you are going to wear in advance.
  • Be happy and smile.

When you are being interviewed it is very important that you give out the right signals. You should always look attentive, so don’t slouch in your chair. Never lie to anyone in an interview, your body language, and tone of voice or the words you use will probably give you away.

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