“Failing to Prepare = Preparing to Fail.”
Do not treat an interview casually, for it is the opportunity you need to be
given consideration for employment. Be diligent in preparing for the interview because
you want to be confident in presenting you as an individual, your skills, knowledge
and experience in the most effective manner that will create a positive impression
on the interviewer. In the same manner, the interviewer will be keen in assessing
your suitability for the position.
- Visit the company’s website to obtain information about the nature of its business,
market segments and competition, among other relevant information.
- Be professionally groomed and attired. A conservative suit is always best for both
men and women. Interviewers tend to assess how the interviewee presents him or herself.
Avoid using excessive cologne etc. which may have distracting odor.
- Walk with a copy of your resume and be alert to the fact that you may be interviewed
by a panel of persons.
- There are a lot of information and interview tips on the internet; Be mindful that
over preparation can cause anxiety and nervousness.
- Ensure that you arrive at least 15 minutes ahead of time and wait in the lobby rather
than the reception area. Be clear about the company’s address and the travel time.
- Greet the interviewer with a firm handshake and address him/her by Mr., Mrs., or
Ms., followed by the last name. Do not sit until you are offered a seat.
- Do not chew gum or smoke at the interview and turn your phone off ahead of time. Be
comfortable, relaxed and confident. Maintain regular eye contact with the interviewer
during the course of the interview.
- You may be asked Behavioural and Situational questions, be prepared to answer them;
Also, questions about your strengths and weaknesses.
- Appear very enthusiastic about the position. Present your skills, qualifications
and achievements with confidence.
- Be prepared to answer questions regarding any “gap” in the period of your employment
- Avoid making negative remarks about your previous employer. Talk about the things
you enjoyed doing in your previous job and your achievements, show concrete examples.
When asked why you are leaving your present employer, talk about the new challenges
and opportunities you are seeking.
- When asked about salary expectations mention a position within the range that was
given for the position.
- Be prepared for the inevitable. “Do you have any questions?” As to the job, the
company, the future, etc. Avoid questions about salary and benefits. If you have
nothing to ask, you may say: “You anticipated most of my questions and have already
dealt with them.” Or ask to expand on a particular point Or you may want to ask
how soon should you expect a feedback.
- If you are confident about the overall interview and you have a genuine interest
in working for the company, we suggest that you make a closing statement as follows:
“I am genuinely interested in this position and will feel honoured to be a member
of your team. If given the opportunity, I will prove to be an invaluable asset.
- Be sure to thank the interviewer for his/her time.