Preparing for an interview


Congratulations! All your hard work out job hunting has paid off and you are on your way to an interview. Now to get the job. The interviewer has reviewed all your papers and now wants to get the feel of the real thing – who are you really? Can you contribute to the company and work well in the team? You can’t make up skills or attributes you don’t have, and that is not the point – work on putting your best foot forward.

Be prepared.
  • Do more research on the company and the position.
  • Plan a list of intelligent questions to ask, write them down
    and bring them with you.
  • Prepare for tough questions that will certainly arise, for example:
    • What are your strong and weak points?
    • What are you most proud of achieving?
    • Where do you wish to be in 5 years?
  • Practice answering these and other questions at home. Get
    someone to give you feedback on how you do.

Think about yourself. What area or part of your background do you think the interviewer will pay most attention to? What do you want to make sure gets discussed during the interview? Where are you going with the job and what development are you looking for? An interviewer is always more interested in a person who knows themselves and has spent some time in serious reflection.

Put together any useful letters of reference you may have plus a written list of a few references and their contact information. Bring it with you to the interview in case they ask for it on the spot.

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Published: Tue 19 Oct 2010. Modified: Tue 10 Jan 2012