Interview is the chance for you to prove yourself to the employer. I would like to provide you here with some tips to help have a successful interview:
Preparation Before the Interview
1. Identify your short-term and long-term goals, list them down to mention in the interview.
2. Have a copy of your resume and reference letter with you before going to the interview.
3. Find as much information about the company you are applying in as possible.
4. Practice answering common questions which are normally asked during an interview. Don’t make any answer longer than 1-2 minutes.
5. The interview may last up to 2 hours. So make sure you plan your time carefully to avoid rushing.
Tips During the Interview
6. Arrive at the location of interview at least 15 minutes earlier.
7. Turn off cell phone and don’t chew gum during an interview.
8. Remember to shake hand with the interviewers first. Therefore, don’t keep your hands full holding anything.
9. Use the names in which the interviewers introduce about themselves to address them.
10. Be polite, confident and relaxed. Keep your eye contact and don’t lie while answering their questions.
11. Pay attention to your body language and behavior. There are certain behaviors that shouldn’t be done in an interview such as leaning forward or looking around distractedly.
12. Express a sincere interest in the job and enthusiasm to work for the company.
13. Be confident while speaking, especially about your experience, abilities or skills.
14. Be honest and sincere.
15. Talk positively for negative characteristics. For example, mentioning other skills of yours relating to one that you are weak.
16. Make careful-thinking and organized answers.
17. Don’t just simply answer YES or NO. Try to narrate more interestingly.
18. Don’t hesitate to ask if you don’t hear clearly the questions or if you wish to know anything else.
19. Listen carefully and attentively. Don’t interrupt while the interviewers are speaking.
20. Don’t talk bad on the back about your former employers or colleagues.
21. Focus your experience on the benefit it may bring to the new job.
22. When you are asked about personal life, use them to your advantages and talk about how well you can balance between personal life and work.
23. Leave such issues as salary, benefit, work leave, etc. to the end of the interview or to when the interviewers ask.
Tips After the Interview
24. Express your interest in the interview and the opportunity of working for the company. Thank the interviewers by their names.
25. Write a post-interview thank you letter.
Top 7 interview questions with answers
1. What have you done to improve your knowledge in the last year?
Try to include improvement activities that relate to the job. A wide variety of activities can be mentioned as positive self-improvement. Have some good ones handy to mention.
2. What experience do you have in this field?
Speak about specifics that relate to the position you are applying for. If you do not have specific experience, get as close as you can.
3. Describe a typical work week for you.
Interviewers expect a candidate for employment to discuss what they do while they are working in detail. Before you answer, consider the position you are applying for and how your current or past positions relate to it. The more you can connect your past experience with the job opening, the more successful you will be at answering the questions.
It should be obvious that it’s not a good idea talk about non-work related activities that you do on company time, but, I’ve had applicants tell me how they are often late because they have to drive a child to school or like to take a long lunch break to work at the gym.
Keep your answers focused on work and show the interviewer that you’re organized (“The first thing I do on Monday morning is check my voicemail and email, then I prioritize my activities for the week.”) and efficient.
4. What kind of salary do you need?
A loaded question. A nasty little game that you will probably lose if you answer first. So, do not answer it. Instead, say something like, That’s a tough question. Can you tell me the range for this position? In most cases, the interviewer, taken off guard, will tell you. If not, say that it can depend on the details of the job. Then give a wide range.
5. Explain how you would be an asset to this organization
You should be anxious for this question. It gives you a chance to highlight your best points as they relate to the position being discussed. Give a little advance thought to this relationship.
6. What is your greatest strength?
Numerous answers are good, just stay positive. A few good examples: Your ability to prioritize, Your problem-solving skills, Your ability to work under pressure, Your ability to focus on projects, Your professional expertise, Your leadership skills, Your positive attitude
7. Do you have any questions for me?
Always have some questions prepared. Questions prepared where you will be an asset to the organization are good. How soon will I be able to be productive? and What type of projects will I be able to assist on? Are examples.