Are you attending Interview?
- Before going for an interview, ensure you have the following:
- Clothing should be clean. Neutral colors are recommended.
- New haircut.
- Clean and short nails.
- Avoid cologne or heavy perfume.
- Avoid overly distracting accessories, jewelry and makeup
- Questions to have in mind before the interview
- Do you understand the position you are applying for?
- What makes you different from other applicants?
- What are the Five qualities that make you a good fit for the job?
- Why do you want to work with the company?
- Why should the company hire you?
- What skills and experience do you possess that makes you the best candidate for the job?
- What education qualification do you possess that qualifies you for the position?
- Do you have any hobby outside of work that makes you a suitable candidate?
- What are your key achievements during school?
- Things to do shortly before the interview
- Prepare for the interview by practising possible questions with a friend.
- Have a list of at least three names with contacts to use as referees.
- Do your research to know more about the company and the service they offer.
- Check your network to see if you know anyone who works for the company that can help with useful tips for the interview.
- Make a list of questions for the interviewer.
- Get detailed information on directions to the venue for an interview, ensure you arrive on time, at least 30 minutes before the interview time.
- Research the remuneration range for the position you are applying; this will give you an idea on offer to expect.
- Prepare for the interview, ensure you appreciate the interview and show interest in the position you are applying for.
- What to bring to the interview?
- Go along with extra copies of your resume.
- List of references if any (who are working in the company)
- A briefcase to hold your notes, pens or other materials.
- Go with your transcript if you graduated from college recently.
- A list of possible questions to ask the employer. (At last, if a chance is given to ask)
- Go with additional papers such as a driver’s license, passport or security card.
- What are the questions most interviewers ask:
- How would you describe yourself?
- What do you expect to be earning in five years?
- What do you see yourself doing five years from now?
- What do you really want to do in life?
- What are your long-range career objectives?
- How do you plan to achieve your career goals?
- Which is more important to you, the money or the type of job?
- What do you consider to be your greatest strengths and weaknesses?
- How do you think a friend or professor who knows you well would describe you?
- How has your college experience prepared you for a business career?
- Why should I hire you?
- How do you determine or evaluate success?
- What do you think it takes to be successful in a company like ours?
- In what ways do you think you can make a contribution to our company?
- Describe the relationship that should exist between a supervisor and those reporting to him or her.
- What two or three accomplishments have given you the most satisfaction? Why?
- Describe your most rewarding college experience.
- Why did you select your college or university?
- What led you to choose your field or major study?
- What college subjects did you like best? Why?
- What college subjects did you like least? Why?
- If you were hiring a graduate for this position, what qualities would you look for?
- Do you have plans for continued study? An advanced degree?
- Do you think your grades are a good indication of your academic achievement?
- What have you learned from participation in extracurricular activities?
- In what kind of a work environment are you most comfortable?
- How do you work under pressure?
- Why did you decide to seek a position with this company?
- What do you know about our company?
- What two or three things are most important to you in your job?
- Are you seeking employment in a company of a certain size? Why?
- What criteria are you using to evaluate the company for which you hope to work?
- Will you relocate? Does relocation bother you?
- Are you willing to travel?
- Are you willing to spend at least six months as a trainee?
- What major problem have you encountered and how did you deal with it?
- What have you learned from your mistakes?
- What are your long range and short range goals and objectives, when and why did you establish these goals and how are you preparing yourself to achieve them?
- What specific goals, other than those related to your occupation, have you established for yourself for the next 10 years?
- What would you do if you found out that your closest friend at work was stealing?
- If your direct manager was instructing you to do something you disagreed with, how would you handle it?
- What would you do if you saw someone being unsafe at work?
- “Are you willing to work on your feet for ten hours, four days a week?”
- “Do you think you’ll reach a point where you storm off the floor and never return?”
- What we can expect from you in your first 90 days?
- Are you a team player?
- How would you know you were successful on this job?
- What will you do if you don’t get this position?
- Are you willing to make sacrifices for this company?
- Are you applying in other companies as well?
Questions to the interviewers?
- Can you tell me more about the day-to-day responsibilities of this job?
This is your chance to learn as much as possible about the role so you can decide whether this is a job you really want. By learning more about the day-to-day tasks, you will also gain more insight into what specific skills and strengths are needed and you can address any topics that haven’t already been covered.
- What do you think are the most important qualities for someone to excel in this role?
This question can often lead to valuable information that’s not in the job description. It can help you learn about the company culture and expectations so you can show that you are a good fit.
- What are your expectations for this role during the first 30 days, 60 days, year?
Find out what your employer’s expectations are for the person in this position.
- Describe the culture of the company.
Are you a good fit for this particular organization? Make sure you are comfortable with the culture and the dynamic of the company.
- Where do you think the company is headed in the next 5 years?
If you plan to be in this role for several years, make sure the company is growing so you can grow with the company.
- Who do you consider your top competitor, and why?
You should already have an idea of the company’s major competitors, but it can be useful to ask your interviewer for their thoughts. Naturally, they will be able to give you insight you can’t find anywhere else.
- What are the biggest opportunities facing the company/department right now?
This question shows your drive to seize opportunity and may help you learn more about where the company will be focusing over the next several months.
- What are the biggest challenges facing the company/department right now?
On the flip side, you may want to ask about challenges. This question can help you uncover trends and issues in the industry and perhaps identify areas where your skills could save the day.
- What do you like best about working for this company?
Ask about your interviewer’s personal experience for additional insight into the company’s culture.
- What is the typical career path for someone in this role?
This question can help you learn whether the company promotes from within, and how career advancement works within the organization. By asking the question, you show your interest in growing with the organization — just be careful not to phrase it in a way that sounds too self-serving (i.e. When can I expect a raise and a promotion?).
- How do I compare with the other candidates you’ve interviewed for this role?
This is a slightly risky choice. You don’t want to put the interviewer in an awkward position. However, if things are going well and you’ve built a strong rapport, this question can help you see if there are any concerns or issues that you could address to show why you’re the best person for the job.
- What are the next steps in the interview process?
This question shows that you are eager to move forward in the process. It will also help you gain important information about the timeline for hiring so that you can follow up