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INTERVIEW TIPS

You’ve perfected your CV, applied for the job and now you’ve been invited for an interview. Whether it’s virtual or in-person, the prospect of a job interview can be daunting and it’s completely normal to feel nervous. Planning how you’ll answer some of the questions likely to come up will give you a head start and build your confidence ahead of the interview.

While the exact format of the interview will vary according to the role and industry, you can expect to be asked some behavioral questions as well as job-specific, skills-based ones.

You’ve perfected your CV, applied for the job and now you’ve been invited for an interview. Whether it’s virtual or in-person, the prospect of a job interview can be daunting and it’s completely normal to feel nervous. Planning how you’ll answer some of the questions likely to come up will give you a head start and build your confidence ahead of the interview.

While the exact format of the interview will vary according to the role and industry, you can expect to be asked some behavioral questions as well as job-specific, skills-based ones.

Dress Your Best When Interviewing

The first impression you make on a potential employer is the most important one. The first judgment an interviewer makes is going to be based on how you look and what you are wearing.

Women's Interview Attire

Solid / Neutral colours

Portfolio or briefcase

Conservative suits

Coordinated blouse

Limited Jewelry (No cheap jewelry)

Neat well-groomed professional hairstyle

Light and natural make-up

Moderate amount of perfume

Neatly manicured nails

Hand bag

Moderate shoes

Men's Interview Attire

Solid / Neutral colours

Conservative suits

White long sleeve shirt

Conservative tie

Dark socks

Professional shoes

Very limited jewelry

Neat well-groomed professional hairstyle

Go easy on the aftershave

Neatly trimmed nails

Dress Your Best When Interviewing

The first impression you make on a potential employer is the most important one. The first judgment an interviewer makes is going to be based on how you look and what you are wearing.

Women's Interview Attire

Solid / Neutral colours

Portfolio or briefcase

Conservative suits

Coordinated blouse

Limited Jewelry (No cheap jewelry)

Neat well-groomed professional hairstyle

Light and natural make-up

Moderate amount of perfume

Neatly manicured nails

Hand bag

Moderate shoes

Men's Interview Attire

Solid / Neutral colours

Conservative suits

White long sleeve shirt

Conservative tie

Dark socks

Professional shoes

Very limited jewelry

Neat well-groomed professional hairstyle

Go easy on the aftershave

Neatly trimmed nails

Questions

Questions you may be asked

  • Tell me about yourself?
  • What are your short and long term goals?
  • How do you deal with stress and pressure?
  • Why do you want to leave your current position / company?
  • Why do you feel we should hire you for this position?
  • What are your strengths and weaknesses?
  • What do you know about our company and why do you want to work here?
  • What mistakes have you made in your career? How did you correct them?
  • Would you describe a few situations in which your work was criticized?
  • How would you describe the essence of success?
  • What is the worst situation you have in your professional life? How did you deal with it? What happened?
  • Tell me about a time when you tried and failed, how did you handle it and what was the outcome?
  • What do you wish to gain from the company?
  • What motivates you?
  • Is there anything I haven’t told you about the job or company that you would like to know?

Questions you may ask

  • What are the day-to-day responsibilities of this job?
  • How will my leadership responsibilities and performance be measured and by whom?
  • What specific expertise or skill do you fell are most important for someone to succeed in this position/ company?
  • Who will I be reporting to and what interaction will I have with them?
  • What will be the first challenge awaiting me?
  • What are the prospects for growth and advancement?
  • How can I improve on the person who held this position before?
  • What kind of an individual are you looking for?
  • What type of background did the last person have who held this job?
  • What happened to the person who had this position…promoted, fired, etc.? Why?
  • What have other candidates lacked?
  • Based on my background and skills, where might my biggest difficulty be?
  • Do you have any reservations about my ability to do the job? What do you feel I lack?

Questions to avoid

  • What does the company do? (Do your research ahead of time!!)
  • If I get the job when can I take time off for vacation? (Wait until you get the offer to mention prior commitments)
  • Can I change my schedule if I get the job? (If you need to figure out the logistics of getting to work don’t mention it now...)
  • Did I get the job? (Don’t be impatient. They’ll let you know.)
  • Don’t talk money!!!

Questions

Questions you may be asked

  • Tell me about yourself?
  • What are your short and long term goals?
  • How do you deal with stress and pressure?
  • Why do you want to leave your current position / company?
  • Why do you feel we should hire you for this position?
  • What are your strengths and weaknesses?
  • What do you know about our company and why do you want to work here?
  • What mistakes have you made in your career? How did you correct them?
  • Would you describe a few situations in which your work was criticized?
  • How would you describe the essence of success?
  • What is the worst situation you have in your professional life? How did you deal with it? What happened?
  • Tell me about a time when you tried and failed, how did you handle it and what was the outcome?
  • What do you wish to gain from the company?
  • What motivates you?
  • Is there anything I haven’t told you about the job or company that you would like to know?

Questions you may ask

  • What are the day-to-day responsibilities of this job?
  • How will my leadership responsibilities and performance be measured and by whom?
  • What specific expertise or skill do you fell are most important for someone to succeed in this position/ company?
  • Who will I be reporting to and what interaction will I have with them?
  • What will be the first challenge awaiting me?
  • What are the prospects for growth and advancement?
  • How can I improve on the person who held this position before?
  • What kind of an individual are you looking for?
  • What type of background did the last person have who held this job?
  • What happened to the person who had this position…promoted, fired, etc.? Why?
  • What have other candidates lacked?
  • Based on my background and skills, where might my biggest difficulty be?
  • Do you have any reservations about my ability to do the job? What do you feel I lack?

Questions to avoid

  • What does the company do? (Do your research ahead of time!!)
  • If I get the job when can I take time off for vacation? (Wait until you get the offer to mention prior commitments)
  • Can I change my schedule if I get the job? (If you need to figure out the logistics of getting to work don’t mention it now...)
  • Did I get the job? (Don’t be impatient. They’ll let you know.)
  • Don’t talk money!!!

Top 5 Interview Blunders

Don't Prepare

Not being able to answer the question “What do you know about this company?” might just end your quest for employment, at least with this employer. Background information including company history, locations, divisions, and a mission statement are available in an “About Us” section on most company web sites.

Poor Communication Skills

Communication is important. Shake hands, make eye contact, exude confidence, engage the person you are speaking with, and you will let the interviewer know that you are an excellent candidate for this position - before you even answer an interview question.

Too Much Communication

Keep your answers succinct, to-the-point and focused and don’t ramble - simply answer the question. Cell phones must be off or on silent – Same goes for coffee, food and anything else other than you, your resume (as per our attachment). They don’t belong at an interview.

Give The Wrong Answers

Make sure you listen to the question and take a moment to gather your thoughts before you respond.

Bad Mouthing Past Employers

Your last boss was an idiot. Everyone in the company was a jerk. Even if it’s true don’t say so. It’s sometimes a smaller world than you think you also don’t want the interviewer to think that you might speak that way about his or her company if you leave on terms that aren’t the best.

Top 5 Interview Blunders

Don't Prepare

Not being able to answer the question “What do you know about this company?” might just end your quest for employment, at least with this employer. Background information including company history, locations, divisions, and a mission statement are available in an “About Us” section on most company web sites.

Poor Communication Skills

Communication is important. Shake hands, make eye contact, exude confidence, engage the person you are speaking with, and you will let the interviewer know that you are an excellent candidate for this position - before you even answer an interview question.

Too Much Communication

Keep your answers succinct, to-the-point and focused and don’t ramble - simply answer the question. Cell phones must be off or on silent – Same goes for coffee, food and anything else other than you, your resume (as per our attachment). They don’t belong at an interview.

Give The Wrong Answers

Make sure you listen to the question and take a moment to gather your thoughts before you respond.

Bad Mouthing Past Employers

Your last boss was an idiot. Everyone in the company was a jerk. Even if it’s true don’t say so. It’s sometimes a smaller world than you think you also don’t want the interviewer to think that you might speak that way about his or her company if you leave on terms that aren’t the best.