Prepare for an Interview

Easy steps to be followed to prepare for an interview

BEFORE THE INTERVIEW

  • Ensure that you can explain all qualifications and work experience mentioned on your CV.
  • Research the company profile, background and business objectives, and try to understand the company’s future goals.
  • Learn about the position you are being interviewed for.
  • Think of questions to ask your interviewer, show a genuine interest in the company’s initiatives and pay close attention to detail.
  • It is always good to practice an interview with a peer, friend, or family member to develop your confidence. Request honest feedback.
  • Anticipate questions from the interviewer for example.
    • Competency based questions where you will be required to explain a situation in the past where you exercised a particular competency. For example: “Give me an example of when you’ve had to deal with conflict. How did you resolve the conflict?“ the competency here is Team Management and Conflict Resolution.
      • Describe the situation or event.
      • How did you assess the situation and what did you do.
      • What was the outcome and what could you have done better.
    • What are your strengths and weakness.
    • What value would you add to the position.

THE DAY OF THE INTERVIEW

  • Dress appropriately for the interview and show up 15 to 20 minutes before the scheduled interview time.
  • Bring your passport, CPR, and qualifications.
  • Have an extra copy of your cv and references to hand.
  • Be confident, speak clearly and maintain eye contact at all times.
  • Be honest and transparent in order to impress your interviewer, avoid exaggeration and lying.
  • Keep things short and simple, but to the point supported by actual examples. Avoid answers that are too long and that are not relevant to the question being asked.
  • Establish a personable impression.

PRESENTATIONS

If you are required to carry out a presentation to assess your abilities you will be given the material to be covered, and time to come up with your rationale and conclusions. In the given timeframe you will be required to present in front of the interview panel in the requested format.

WORK RELATED EXERCISE OR CASE STUDIES

You might be given a case study related to the position you applied for to test your ability in analyzing data and figures. The objective would be to assess your conclusions to the best possible outcome.

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