Tips When going for a interview
1. Dress appropriately, and make
sure you don't have anything stick between your teeth, and steers away from
garlic for at least 24 hours before the interview
2. Arrive a few minutes earlier.
Being late for one or other reason is not acceptable for any meeting. People hat
arrange meeting always run on schedules.
Practice your presentation. Remember the old saying, “You never have a second
chance to make a first impression”? Try to match your wardrobe to the personal
style of the organization, information you probably would have been able to
glean from talking to someone who works there or while visiting the site. If you
don’t know what their style is, err on the side of conservative. Pay attention
to your handshake. You should strive for something firm and assertive without
4. Know the interviewer’s title,
name and correct pronunciation. (Don’t ask Nonkgubela if she has an easier name.
Calling her Nonki or Bella is not an option either)
5. Make eye contact, looking at the
door / out the window / at the tea tray is unacceptable.
6. Read up on the company
beforehand. Learn relevant facts such as the company objective.
Practice answering the tough questions.
this time, you probably know there are always tough questions on an interview.
But by practicing and thinking about your answers before you walk through their
doors, you can eliminate some anxiety. Some of the standard hard questions that
have found their ways into interviews include:
What is your biggest weakness?
• What was the most disappointing project you
worked on professionally and why?
• What was your most difficult work
• What was your greatest challenge in your last job?
• How do
you handle criticism?
key in answering all of these is to be honest with yourself. Everyone has
weaknesses, but make sure that when you answer the question that you show how
you’re using that to turn it into a positive situation for yourself and the
employer. Remember that one person’s description of being compulsive can also be
seen as being a perfectionist and someone who pays attention to
8. Know your value and market
yourself well. Be truthful but don’t say too much. ‘I have a habit of: calling
in sick after payday/taking home office stationary/sleeping in the ladies are
not appropriate answers to tell, be yourself”
9. Be prepared to answer how much
you expect to earn, but don’t be bullied into revealing how much your present
job pays you. Make your career goals clear. Make it easy for the interviewer to
see how your strengths can enhance their company and what you will bring to the
table. If you have experience that isn’t specifically relevant to the job at
hand, create a tapestry to show how the multitude of experience you have is an
asset you are bringing to the company.
10. Don’t insult your present
employer. Calling them slave-drivers might imply that you are
11. Speak less and listen more if
the interviewer steers the conversation towards issues. Insisting that the world
is round while she believes it’s flat could jeopardize your
12. Ask intelligent and insightful
questions.” How long are the lunch brake / do I get a 13th Cheque /
how many leave days am I entitled to? It could cost you the job. (Once they’ve
offered you the job, you can negotiate and bargain. If they can’t meet the
salary you want, suggest more leave / one afternoon off per week / paid
Keep it positive and peppy. The tone of the interview is one of the most
important communication tools you have. No matter what past professional
experiences or co-workers and bosses may have been like, always express each
situation in a positive light and explain what you learned from it. Nothing
erodes confidence faster than negativity. Be aware of your words, your tone of
voice, and your body language. Being energetic, not lethargic, shows you’ll
bring enthusiasm and confidence to the job.
Follow up with a thank you. You’ve had a great interview, but don’t forget one
of the most crucial steps: following up. Send a hand written thank you letter to
everyone you meet whether you want the job or not. It’s a small world and you
never know when you may meet that person again. Ask for business cards and make
sure to spell the person’s name correctly.
Ask the interviewer what type of timetable they’re working on. That will give
you a good idea as to what the next step is.