Interview Guide

It is important to remember that you can never be too prepared for an interview!

Do your homework.

  • Know the content in your resume.
  • Research the company you are going to the interview for.
  • Write down answers to commonly asked interview questions.

Prepare the questions that you want to ask in the interview.

Researching the company beforehand helps you to prepare intelligent questions that you may ask in the interview. By asking questions, you can learn more about the company and the position that you applied for. Below are a few questions that you can prepare responses for.

  • Is this a new position in your company, or are you replacing someone that used to be in this position?
  • If I were successful, who would I report to?
  • Can you explain the organisational structure?
  • Can you explain the organisational structure?
  • What attributes would you hope a successful candidate will bring to the position?

Think of your strengths and what you could bring to the company

During an interview, you must demonstrate how you can be an asset to the company. Based on the research you do of the company, you can decide how you would like to present your strengths to the interviewer.

Avoid using ambiguous terms and clichés. For example, if the job criteria asks about your communication skills instead of saying, ‘I get along with everyone’ say something that is more measurable. This could be ‘By visiting the Finance Department regularly and exchanging ideas, we were able to work together. This resulted in saving the company thousands of dollars per quarter’.

Prepare answers to difficult questions.

In addition to asking questions, you need to prepare yourself to answer the difficult questions they may ask you. You can not predict every question that you will be asked during the interview, but by preparing answers to the most common questions you will be better equipped for the interview.
Please refer to the ‘commonly asked job interview questions’ section.

Practise out loud

Start this process by writing a few notes on how you want to introduce yourself, what you want to ask the interviewer and what you would answer to common questions the interviewer may ask you.

When talking out loud, you can even record yourself to review what you said and modify it where necessary.

Additional Tips

  • Ask the interviewer to provide you with a detailed position description and the organisational structure of the position.
  • Research the company on the internet.
  • Understand the company’s products and services, as well as their size, locations and growth potential.
  • Plan your travel, make sure you know where you are going and always be on time (even if you are 10 minutes early). It is important to know the exact place and time of the interview, the interviewer’s full name and the correct pronunciation.
  • Dress appropriately, make sure your dress and grooming are impeccable.
  • Refresh your memory on the details of your past and present employers and your work history for each. You will be expected to know a lot about the company you previously worked for.
  • Describe your most important achievements.
  • Be prepared to communication why the role appeals to you, why you should be considered for the role and what sets you apart from the other candidates.
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