Prepare yourself in advance by conducting some basic research before going to the interview. Start with a company’s website where you can find information on their history, businesses and associated operations. You should also research the company’s competitors and industry news/trends on the Internet.
Other Information Sources
- Call the company and ask them to send brochures containing company information, annual reports, and other pamphlets that may provide more information
- Read quality newspapers and business magazines as another way to obtain up-to-date company information and market trends
Prepare Your Own Questions Beforehand
Interviews are a good opportunity for you to find out more about the company. If you don’t have any questions to ask about the company, it gives the impression that you are not interested in the company, and therefore not interested in the role. Some good questions to ask include:
- How would you describe the company’s culture and work environment?
- What kind of ongoing training is available?
- What direction is the company going over the next few years?
What Kind of Questions Will Be Asked?
If the interviewer is good, you will be asked questions that allow you to highlight your abilities and achievements. Make sure you explain how you can contribute to the company’s success.
Be prepared to answer frequently asked questions, such as questions concerning your career path and aspirations.
Frequently asked questions
- Please tell me about yourself.
- Please discuss your past jobs and explain why you chose this career path.
- What are your strengths?
- How have you been able to apply your strengths in a job?
- What are your weaknesses?
- How do these affect your work?
- Have you ever come across any difficulties in your life/work?
- How did you overcome this/these?
- What can you contribute to the company?
- Are you a team player? A team leader?
- Are you proactive?
Try not to answer questions with simple yes/no answers. Be more expressive and turn your negative points into positive ones (e.g. sometimes I do not work well under extreme pressure, but I overcome this by good time management and prioritizing tasks).
You should possess a basic knowledge of your industry and be well prepared for any technical questions that may be asked during the interview. The most important thing is to relax and enjoy the interview.
Closing the Interview
It is very important that you show you are interested in the job and indicate that you wish to take the next step, which might be another round of interviews.
- What is the next step? Make sure that the company is interested in you as well.
- If the company asks you if you are interested in the job, make sure you answer “yes”, even if you are not sure.
- Show your appreciation to the person who took time to interview you. It is the last chance for you to present yourself. The impression that you leave at the end of the interview is just as important as the one you give at the beginning.