HOW TO PREPARE FOR AN INTERVIEW
This article on prepare for an interview covers (i) tips for attending an interview (ii) what
employers look for during the interview (iii) questions that are likely to be asked during the
interview (iv) how to answer difficult questions during interview (v) how to handle difficult
situations and challenging experience questions (v) handling the most challenging situations in
your previous job (vi) handling salary questions (vii) handling strengths and weaknesses
questions. Read on………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………
Whether you are attending your first interview or attending your twentieth time, this document
helps you to learn more about attending an interview. Students’ fresh from college should take
time to understand what to expect on a job interview. Those who have attended many interviews
can also benefit by reviewing experience and making adjustments to improve on their chances of
succeeding in future. When you have been invited for interview, it means your curriculum vitae
(resume), has paid off and someone interested in you and wants to hire you. Some people get
nervous while others get excited on realizing they have been invited for an interview. What exactly
does one need for an interview? The following are tips to help you get your desired job.
Tips for Attending an Interview
Before The Interview
1. Adequate preparation: preparation is an essential it helps progress systematically in an
interview and it entails doing research about the company, job description and the people
you are about to meet. Generally get enough information about what the employer is
looking for before you attend the interview. Come up with anticipated questions and
prepare how you will answer them.
2. Self organization: this is an important part of the preparation. Organize your materials so
that you are in a position to access them when asked to do so. Also, organize your clothes,
travel route, contact phone number, and any other materials in advance so that you don’t
rush and be a source of confusion before or during the interview
3. Punctuality: Know the time for the interview so that you can be there in time
4. Self evaluation: Come up with anticipated questions and prepare how you will answer
them. Come up with anticipated questions and prepare how you will answer them.
During The Interview
1. Impress eye contact. look at the person who is talking to you and when answering
questions, be sure to make eye contact with all people in the room maintaining regular
2. Portray professionalism: Behave well during the interview: Be professional and have your
best manners. For example, don’t let you cell phone ring
3. Listen. Don’t interrupt and if you don't understand the question, ask the interviewer to
4. Relax and remember that the interview is designed to allow you to demonstrate what you
can do. Try to adopt an open, honest and confident attitude
5. Be friendly and smile - but don't be too casual and relaxed - you still want to be seen as
professional and courteous. A smile is the most positive signal you can give.
6. Give short answers. Get straight to the point and don't waffle, but don't give basic 'yes'
or 'no' answers either be precise
7. Optimistic: Frame negative things in a positive way. Never say bad things about former
or current employers.
8. Allow turn-taking: Listen to the questions you are asked it is OK to pause before
answering a question so that you can think about what you are going to say. Speak clearly
and with confidence
9. Appreciation: Leaving the interview room: thank the hiring panel for the opportunity to
present and explain yourself. You can ask the questions about when to expect to hear
from them. You should express great interest in the job if you really are.
What employers look for during the interview?
Employers look for the following traits in people they interview:
Honesty and integrity
Good communication skills
Questions That Are Likely To Be Asked During the Interview
You'll will be asked a range of questions, each designed to determine your suitability to the job
and the company. It's a good idea to think about how you would answer these questions before
you get into the interview.
1. Why do you want to work here?
2. Why are you leaving your current job?
3. What are your long term goals?
4. Why do you think you're suited to this job?
5. What are your strengths?
6. What are your weaknesses?