How to be prepared for interviews redouane boulguid ensa_safi
How to be prepared for Interviews
Ingénierie et Conception des Systèmes
A. U. 2013/2014
-Par Mr. Redouane Boulguid
preparing as early as possible.
Larger corporations will generally contact you
to schedule an interview about a month
before the interview occurs.
You should spend this whole month
preparing so that you're comfortable and
knowledgeable going into the interview.
Research the company and specifically the
business unit or department.
Get as much background information as you
can get so that you don't get caught
speechless if you're asked to talk a little bit
use internet search engines to research
the people who are interviewing you (or who
you think may be interviewing you).
If you're having trouble finding things, try
Linkedin: It is a career networking site that
can help you build professional connections.
So, Start preparing early. Take as much time as
you have available to you.
But Don’t Wait until the last minute.
Do your homework. Learn as much as you can about
the company and the interviewers.
But Go in knowing nothing about the industry or the
position for which you’re interviewing.
Be prepared. Anticipate likely interview questions
and plan your answers.
help from others.
You don't have to prepare for a job interview
There are some valuable resources that can
help you along your way. Here are some
ways that you can ask for help:
Find yourself a mentor and/or an alumni from
your university currently working in your
desired career. Talk to them and ask for
Career Business Discussion Boards is a
good website you can use to connect with
Prepare with a peer. Find a friend who is also
preparing for a job interview. Interview each other so
that you get comfortable with the verbal and social
aspects of the interview.
You can also tell your peer different anecdotal
stories that you're considering for the interview. Ask
him or her what each story portrays about you, and
use their feedback to choose the one that best
represents the parts of you that you want to show to
to ask at least three
questions. Think about what you want to
know about the specific company, and how
working there will be different from working
with another corporation. Make a list of at
least three questions that you want to ask,
which can include the following points:
about room for growth in the company.
Sure, you're applying for a specific position,
but you can show that you plan to stick
around for the long haul.
about who you'll be working with most
closely. This will show that you have interest
in the people you'll be interacting with in the
for more information about one of the
tasks that are part of the job description.
Show that you've read the job description
closely and are thinking about what your
daily life at the company would look like.
Prepare to answer the basic questions that you
will be asked. Though an interview always has the
potential to surprise you, there are a series of basic
questions that you'll tend to see in an interview, so
it's best to be prepared to answer them thoroughly
and honestly before you walk into the interview.
Here are some key questions that you may be
What are your strengths? Can you give us a
concrete example to illustrate them?
What are your weaknesses? (Do not say that you
have no weaknesses or that you've never made a
mistake. This will make you look like you're full of
Why do you want to work for this company? Why
do you think you'd be a good fit?
What are your long term career goals?
What was the biggest professional challenge
you've ever faced? How did you tackle it?
Are you good at working in teams? Can you
provide an example of your strong team work?
Why are you choosing to leave your present
company? (If you're currently employed
elsewhere, be honest about wanting to leave
without being overly negative or bad-mouthing
your employer. You should be respectful at all
up a little early. Make sure you are
dressed appropriately and have everything
Ideally, you should carry a nice portfolio
containing loose leaf paper and extra copies
of your resume. Make sure to also bring a
couple of pens and pencils so you can jot
down notes and be prepared with a pen if
you're asked for one.
what to/not to bring is also
important. Leave your calculator and gum at
home. If you absolutely need to bring your
cell phone, make sure it's completely
powered off before you go into the interview.
It also goes without saying that you should
not bring anyone with you to the interview.
Be clear. If you're asked to answer a
case question, talk through your process with
the interviewer. Don't be afraid to ask if your
ideas sound accurate—you'll be evaluated
on your ability to structure your thinking, not
on the number of questions you ask.
In fact, talking through your process is a
great way to engage the interviewer and turn
the interview into more of a discussion.
you need something clarified, don't be
afraid to ask. You'll do better if you know
exactly what is being asked of you. Just don't
ask a question every two seconds or you'll
sound like you don't know what's going on.
Sell yourself. What are your unique
selling points and how can you match them
to what they want? Make sure you use plenty
of examples as proof of your abilities. Show
the interviewer that you can find the positives
in your past experiences—this is not a time
to complain about what you hated about your
previous work situation.
Remember those examples of your strengths that
you wrote down earlier? This is exactly when
they'll come in handy.
There's a difference between being confident and
bragging. Make sure you show what a capable,
intelligent employee you are.
Be inquisitive. Don't forget to ask
your questions. Pay attention as the
interviewer answers—you may even want to
jot down notes. This is both to prove that you
are listening and also to give yourself a way
to reflect on the interview later if you end up
having to decide between multiple positions.
Don't ask the same questions at every interview.
Ask questions that are tailored to the company to
show that you've really done your research.
Fourth, Be polite. Listen to each question fully
before you begin to respond. Never assume that
your interviewer has read your CV, but don't treat
him or her as though he or she hasn't, either. After
the interview, do not forget to send a follow up thank
you-email. These are generally better than hand
written thank you notes, as they are quicker than
snail mail. However, you should be sure that they
are well proofread and personal before you send
Part of being polite is remembering to thank
the interviewer for meeting with you after the
Show him that you really appreciate the time
and effort he spent on speaking with you.
Make a good first impression. Show up early and
looking well dressed and well rested.
Answer questions completely honestly. Paint
yourself in the best light, but remain humble and
Remain polite, respectful, and positive.
Have educated questions for the interviewers.
Follow up with a thank-you note after the interview
and an email later if you haven’t heard from them.
Fifth & Last, Be persistent. Keep interviewing. The
more you interview, the better you will become at it.
Don't get discouraged. It's unlikely that your first
interview will lead to you landing your dream job, but
that doesn't mean you should lower your standards
after the third interview. Keep aiming for what is
realistic for your goals and background, and you will
eventually find what you're looking for.
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