Reaching the interview stage based on your written application, means that you’ve done everything right so far.
Prepare now for the interview
keep the following in mind
Your interviewer may start with friendly questions
The idea is to make you feel more comfortable. When responding, be polite, friendly, and concise. Examples include:
Q: “How are you?” A: “I’m fine. Thank you. How are you?”
Q: “Did you have trouble finding us?” A: “I made one wrong turn, but I got here all right.”
Q: “How was your weekend?” A: “Great! I spent some time with friends. How was yours?”
“Can you tell me about yourself?” It’s very common for interviewers to start by asking an open-ended question like this. Begin by sharing a little bit of personal information, such as where you are from or how long you’ve lived in the country. Then provide a brief summary of your most relevant and impressive experience. The idea is to give a general introduction, not to provide too many details.
Be prepared for other common questions
- Can you tell me about your last job?
- What do you know about our organization?
- What’s your greatest strength? What’s your greatest weakness?
- Why do you want to work here?
- When can you begin?
- Why did you leave your last job?
- What is your greatest accomplishment?
- What are your long-term career goals?
- What experience do you have with…?
- Are you willing to travel?
- Can you describe your management style?
- Why do you think you’re qualified for this job?
- What type of work environment do you prefer?
- What do you think you can contribute to our company?
When possible, tell a brief story that showcases a qualification. For instance, when asked if you have attention to detail, you can share a brief anecdote about how you caught an error in a report your company was about to send out.
Practice, but don’t memorize
You want to be prepared with responses, but you also don’t want to sound too rehearsed. Don’t worry too much about making grammar mistakes. Instead, focus on being professional, friendly, and polite while getting your point across.