Interview Tips

When the applicant is invited to an interview it means that the hiring manager believes he or she may be a good match for the job opening, and want to know for sure about it. For the job applicant, it is important to make use of the interview to determine whether the available position is a right job.

Job interview tips give the applicant information about how to face the interview. The most important tip to an interview is to be well prepared. Here are some job interview tips serving a guide to help to achieve a successful interview.

  1. Prepare the possible questions related to the resume.
  2. Check the company’s website and learn about the company.
  3. Write down and practice possible interview questions. Example questions are:
    • Tell me something about yourself.
    • Why are you looking for a new job or why did you leave your old one?
    • What is unique about you?
    • How do you define success?
    • What is the toughest situation you have had in your personal or professional life?
    • How did you deal with it?
    • What is the difference between a good position and an excellent one?
    • Where would you like to be in five years?
    • What are your salary requirements?
  4. Confirm about the date, time, and location of the interview and name of interviewee.
  5. Dress appropriately for the job position.
  6. Bring the interview letter and a spare resume.
  7. Plan to get there 10 to 15 minutes earlier before the interview time.
  8. Check in with the receptionist on arrival.
  9. Make a good first impression.
    • Good smile always please people.
    • Introduce yourself with firm handshake.
    • Eye contact showing confidence.
  10. Do not talk too much. Listen carefully; remember that communication is two-way things. A general rule is the applicant should speak one-third of the time and definitely no more than half of the time.
  11. Do not interrupt to interviewer when he/she is talking.
  12. Be enthusiastic and positive. Do not say bad words for the previous employers. Talk positive achievements and views.
  13. Talk about specific achievements.
  14. Ask the appropriate questions. Example questions are:
    • Why has the job become available?
    • What qualities are you seeking in the person for this job?
    • What’s the time frame to fill this position?
    • What attributes are most needed to succeed in this job?
    • What is the next step?
  15. Be honest with every question. Job interviews are about matching needs, a good match benefits both the applicant and company.
  16. Follow up by sending an interview thank-you note.

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