Before the interview:
- Gather as much information as possible such as: exact address, type of business, size, some key financial figures, key people, and the interviewer’s full name, major competitors in the local and international market, etc.
- Prepare a pen, a notepad and extra copies of your resume to take with you to the interview
At the interview:
- Arrive on time. Arriving late, for whatever reason, always makes a negative impression
- Introduce yourself with a smile and a firm handshake
- Don’t criticize past employers or colleagues
- What to wear: for men, a dark suit is always the best choice in a corporate setting with a white or soft blue shirt. A tie is also recommended. For women, dark suits (pants or skirts) are also a good choice. They can be worn with short or long sleeved blouses
- Be prepared to answer questions such as: Tell me about yourself; what are your strengths; what are your weaknesses; what do you know about our company; why do you want to work for our company; why are you interested in this position; how would your colleagues describe you; how would your boss describe you; how would you describe yourself; how would you describe your last job performance; what are your major accomplishments in your career; can you meet deadlines when you work under pressure; what are the activities that contribute to your personal development
- Be enthusiastic
- Show maturity and courtesy
- Be prepared to ask questions such as:
- what are the short-term and long-term objectives you would like the recruited person to accomplish in this job?
- what kind of training would I receive?
- what are the most important skills required to perform this job?
- can you describe a typical on-the-job day?
- are there any problems to be faced in this position?
- are there advancement opportunities in this position?
- which employee appraisal system do you use to evaluate the employees in this position?
- Please note that these questions are used as guidelines and some of these questions may not be suitable for your interviewing situation.
Closing the interview:
- Show your interest and enthusiasm to be part of the company’s team of employees.
- Thank the interviewer for his/her time and consideration.
- You may ask the time frame within which you can expect to hear from the company.