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Before the Interviews


1. Conduct Basic Interview Research


Before the InterviewEvery interview must be preceded by research to give you an edge over the rest. Find out as much as you can about the company before the interview.

Here is a list of the information that you must have:

  • Name of the interviewer
  • Organisational srtructure
  • Divisions/departments that interest you
  • Products/Services
  • Training Programs
  • Size of company
  • Career paths
  • How long have they been in business
  • Types of clients
  • Growth in the past and future potential
  • Job description & job title
  • New products and services they are developing
  • Employee benefits
  • Geographic location of home office, branches, stores

2. Sample questions  

Here is a list of common questions usually asked in an interview. Prepare them well

  • How would you describe yourself?
  • What are your long range and short range goals and objectives and how are you preparing yourself to achieve them?
  • What specific goals, other than those related to your occupation, have you established for yourself for the next 10 years?
  • What do you see yourself doing five years from now?
  • What are the most important rewards you expect in your career?
  • What do you expect to be earning in five years?
  •  What do you consider to be your greatest strengths and weaknesses?
  • Why should I hire you?
  • Why did you choose this profession? What qualifications do you have that make you think that you will be successful in this field?
  • How do you determine or evaluate success?
  • What do you know about our organization?
  • Why did you decide to seek a position with this organization?
  • In what ways do you think you can make a contribution to our organization?
  • What qualities should a successful manager possess?
  • Describe the relationship that should exist between a supervisor and those reporting to him or her
    What has been your biggest achievement and why? 
  • Tell us about your previous job experience. Reasons for leaving the previous job.
  •  Do you have a geographical preference and are
    Will you relocate? Does relocation bother you?
    Are you willing to travel?
  • Are you willing to spend at least six months as a trainee?
  • Why do you think you might like to live in the community in which our organization is located?
  • What have you done that shows initiative?
  • What major problem have you encountered, how did you deal with it and lessons that you learnt out of them?

3. Company expectations

Every company has a set of expectations from the prospective employee. In order to know that you fulfill those expectations, you must ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do you have the skills to do the job?
  • Do you fit in the organization structure?
  • Do you understand the company and its purpose?
  • How do you stack up against the competition?
  • Do you have the right mindset for the job and company?
  • Do you have the right mindset for the job and company?
  • Do you want the Job?
4. Pick Your Outfit, and Go to Bed Early

Lay out your interview outfit the night before, get a good night's rest, and always get an early start. The last thing you want is to arrive at the interview flustered and panicked because you couldn't find a parking spot.