Interview Preparation Tips

Interview tips

  • Before going to any interview, it is always a great thing to visit the company’s website and get other related information about that company
  • Practice interviewing before
  • Greet the employer with a handshake and a cheerful face
  • Do not hesitate and make frequent eye contact. Smile, be polite, and try to relax
  • Be a good listener and listen carefully to the questions asked. Ask the interviewer to restate a question if you are not clear to it
  • Do not create stories, answer questions as directly as possible. It is always advised to be upbeat and make positive statements
  • It is a good idea to use examples of how your abilities and skills would fit the job
  • Be ready with telephone numbers and addresses of your references and former employers, just in case you are asked for the same

It is important as you prepare for your interview to predict what questions the employer might ask. The following questions are examples of the types of questions that you may be asked to answer.

Questions to Expect (Most common questions asked by the employers) -

  • Tell me about yourself. (The most common question of any interview. This is often an ice-breaker question in an interview. While answering this question toy should have main focus on your job and skills )
  • What do you know about the type of work our company do? (This question can be answered from the research you completed ahead of time.)
  • What is your weakness? (Always make this a positive answer. For example, "I am not very good in spellings, so I always use a spell checker to avoid spelling mistakes")
  • What are your strengths? (Describe your skills in a way that will show you as a desirable employee for the company.)
  • Why did you left your last job? (Always give a positive statement. Do not say: "I was fired or terminated,” or "couldn't get along with coworkers or supervisor". However, you can use words like: “contract ended," "seasonal," "temporary staffing” or "relocated.")
  • Why should we hire you? (One should give smart answer of this question, you are always advised to make a positive statement, such as "I would like the opportunity to work with you and believe that I can do the work.")
  • Do you have references? (You should be ready with telephone numbers and addresses of your references and former employers)

At the end of the formal interview the employer generally asks if you have any questions. Here are examples of acceptable questions to ask.

Questions to ask the employer:

  • With whom would I be working? Who would be my supervisor?
  • How much time is expected to make the hiring decision?
  • Where does the company excel? What are its limitations?
  • What are the opportunities for advancement in the organization?
  • Do you have dress code?

Pitfalls (top reasons why peopled don't get hired):

  • Untidy personal appearance
  • Negative attitude
  • Lack of eye contact
  • Inability to express information clearly
  • Lack of genuine interest or enthusiasm
  • Unwillingness to start at the bottom
  • Being late for the interview


At the end of the interview:

  • Thank the interviewers for their time.
  • Request a business card.
  • Shake hands in closing.