What is an Interview?
Types of Interviews
Before the Interview
Tips for Answering
What to wear?
Closing the Interview
What is an Interview?
A process in which a potential
employee is evaluated by an
employer for prospective
employment in their
company, organization or firm.
During this process the
employer hopes to determine
whether or not the applicant is
suitable for the job.
Types of Interview
Phone Interview: It is an effective way for a firm to screen
many candidates quickly and cut down their number.
One-to-one : It is the most common interview style and
incorporates you with the potential employer.
Panel or Group: It allows many individuals to interview
you at once.
Before The Interview
“Prepare yourself prior going to the Interview”
Research about industry, company and job.
Know what position you have applied for and why you are
interested in it.
Prepare a response to common interview questions
Think of questions you can ask.
Re-read your resume and practice well.
Arrive before 15-20 minutes.
Enter the room confidently.
Give a firm Handshake.
Smile and greet each person with respect and
Do wait until you are offered a chair to sit.
Pay big attention to your posture.
Make and maintain good eye contact.
Project a positive attitude
Stay calm and composed.
Avoid fidgeting and tapping your feet.
Don’t cross you arms.
Don’t say anything negative about former
colleagues, supervisors, or employers.
Do avoid controversial topics.
Traditional- A series of questions about the
candidate, education, career goals, etc.
Ex: Tell us about yourself?
What are your short & long term goals?
Behavioral- Asked to understand how the candidate has
behaved in the past as an indicator of how the candidate
will perform in the future.
Ex: Give an instance when you have dealt with conflict.
Did you work under a deadline? How?
Tricky Questions- Simple questions have
Ex: Why do you want to work here?
How would you add value to our
Why should we hire you?
What is your weakness or strength?
Tips For Answering
Listen carefully. If you feel the question is unclear, ask
politely for clarification.
Pause before answering to consider all the facts that may
substantiate your answer response.
Always offer positive information and avoid negativity at
Be direct and concise.
Avoid rambling and fillers.
What To Wear?
Suit or Slacks.
Long sleeve shirt & Tie.
Conservative shoes and
Neat and groomed hair.
Trimmed or no beard.
Suit or slacks/skirts.
Pumps with small to
Light make-up & perfume.
Make a good pre-preparation for the interview.
Attend a mock interview.
Be well-versed with your resume.
Be enthusiastic and smile.
Project self-confidence and be positive.
Relate your experiences to their needs.
Limit your response to 1-2 minutes.
Provide specific and concrete examples of your
Use the 3 C’s “Be cool, calm and confident”.
Not listening to questions carefully.
Being poorly prepared.
Slouching, mumbling, speaking slowly.
Making generalized statements and indecisive
Asking about vacation leave or benefits.
Don’t appear desperate.
Closing The Interview
Ask the interviewer what the next steps are (additional
Ask when the employer plans to make a decision.
Show appreciation for the employer’s interest in you.
Follow-up with any information the employer may
have asked you to provide after the interview.
Thank the interviewer.