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Job interview tips

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.

 

Contact the career guidance 

Beirut:
Aya El Mir, Dania Saad
Office of the Dean of Students
Ext: 1679, 1635

Byblos: 
Zeina Trad, Hassan Baalbaki
Office of the Dean of Students
Ext: 1668, 2411

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