How To Attend An Interview

 Tips to Attend an Interview

Gather These Facts Before Interviewing

  • Key people in the organization
  • Major products or services
  • Size in terms of sales and employees
  • Locations other than your state
  • Organizational structure of the company
  • Major competitors view of the company by clients, suppliers, and competition
  • Latest news reports on the company or on local or national news that affects the company

Common Questions in Interviews

  • Tell us about yourself.
  • What value you can add to the company?
  • What is your career goal?
  • Who are your role model (s)?
  • If selected, How long you will stay with us?
  • What are your salary requirements?


Background Questions :

1. Tell me about yourself.

The answer to this question is usually with reference to the qualifications required for the position. Keep responses concise and brief and avoid being negative about previous jobs and bosses. Customize the response according to the duties and responsibilities of the position you are interviewing for.

2. What are your greatest strengths?

Keep this as job related as possible by relating to a job task/skill that you know to be an asset of yours. “I like travelling and making new friends” is not a good answer.

3. What are your greatest weaknesses?

The employer is looking for honesty here, but it helps not to be too blunt. Tone down your self-critique and say it with a smile.

Motive Questions

1. What can you contribute to this company?

2. Where do you hope to be in five years?

This type of question should be answered enthusiastically. Show the interviewer you are interested in the position and relate the answers to the duties and responsibilities of the job.

Personality Questions

1. What do you do in your spare time?

2. Present yourself as a well-rounded person. Your answer gives you dimension, describe your hobbies briefly.

Job Satisfaction Questions

1. Why are you looking for another job?

2. What do you like most/least about your previous job/jobs?

3. Why did you leave your previous employer/employers?

4. Never speak poorly about former employers. Be positive. You are providing clues about the environment you seek.

Other Questions Be Prepared To Answer

1. Are you willing to be transferred to another city or country?

2. May we check your references?

3. May we see some sort of a proof of your salary? (Bring along your salary slip affcourse if experienced :)-)

Ask the Right Questions In Your Interview

Interviews are no longer a one-way question-answer process. Employers expect you to ask questions, indulge in a two-way conversation in order to get to know you better and assess you for the job in mind.

Don’t hesitate to ask questions. Not only will it show that you’re keen on the job being offered, but it will also help you determine if this is the right job for you. The research you did earlier on the company should form a basis for some of your questions.

Ask job related questions. Focus on the job, the company, products, services and people. Ask about your potential peers, subordinates and superiors. Take notes prior to the interview, write down your list of questions and take them with you. And while questioning, make sure that the employer doesn’t feel he’s being cross examined

Few sample questions you could ask:

  • What would my responsibilities and duties be?
  • Describe a typical day on the job.
  • What are the most difficult aspects of this position?
  • Describe the department’s/company’s growth in the next two years?
  • What is the philosophy on training and development in the company?
  • How do you think I’d fit into this job/on your team/into your organization?
  • What projects would I be involved in now? Within the first year?What would my career path be like during the next year or two?
  • What would be the opportunities I’d get to enhance my skill sets?

If you like what you see make a positive statement about the position. If you are sincerely interested in the position and are satisfied with the answers given, you should ask the interviewer if he/she feels that you are qualified for the position

Dressing Right

How important is is to dress right for a job interview?

Well, the final selection of a job candidate will rarely be determined by the outfit he/she wears. However, first round candidates for an opening are often quickly eliminated because they dress inappropriately. This is not to say you should go out and invest in a new wardrobe, just be sure that you are able to put together an adequately smart interview outfit. Be sure that your clothes are immaculately clean and well-fitting, that your hair-style is neat and businesslike, and that your shoes are clean and attractive. Avoid excessive jewelry, makeup, or perfume.

Follow-up Tips

  • Thank you letter.
  • Express appreciation.
  • Mention the Step of your interview and the position for which you were interviewed.
  • Express continued interest in the position and the company.
  • Close your letter with a longing to be the part of the company


Remember your final selection depends on:

•Your competence
•Your commitment
•Your culture (adaptability)

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