- Do not smoke, chew gum, or eat garlic beforehand.
- Wear suitable interview clothes.
- Take copies of your CV with you.
- Arrive on time for your job interview.
- Any applications handed before the interview begins, are to be filled in as accurately as possible, make sure they match the information in your resume and Cover Letter.
- Always greet the interviewer by his/her last name and try to pronounce it correctly.
- Have a good firm handshake.
- Look alert and interested. Scan the room once and then keep your eyes on the interviewer.
- Wait until you are offered a chair before you sit down.
- Make clear your achievements.
- Always conduct yourself professionally and if something beyond your control occurs, show a sense of humor.
- Be enthusiastic and show it in your replies and body language.
- Answer the interview question by more than a simple yes or no but try not to go over the 60 second limit.
- Avoid complaining about your current or former employer in your job interview.
- Do not answer questions about politics or religion if the job is completely unrelated.
Your answer to the initial opening statements in the job interview are important, these are called “ice breakers”.
Use replies such as
- I’m fine thank you, and you?
- I’m very well, thank you.
These replies express a careless attitude
- So, so
- Not so well
There are various kinds of interviews:
- One to One Job Interview
- Panel Job Interview
- Group Job Interview
- Phone Job Interview
- Lunch Job interview
Each job interview has its own strategies and particular points one should be aware of.
As an international candidate you will generally have a Phone Interview first, and then a One to One Job Interview (This will depend if the client travels to your country for the interview process.)
- Hold the receiver well. The mouthpiece should be 5 cm from your lips. Speak normally or a notch slower.
- Make sure there is no background music/noise.
- Switch your mobile phone off.
- Avoid being too cheerful or overly concerned.
- Prepare for the interview by making a list of things to say and of your strengths. Keep them handy and refer to them during the interview if necessary.
- Practice a phone interview with a friend or family member.
- Do not smoke, chew gum or drink during the interview
- Avoid salary discussions in a phone interview
- Show interest and enthusiasm. Keep the receiver in front of your lips and speak clearly and slowly. Do not use slang and try to minimize accents. Concentrate on your positive in the phone interview.
One to One interviews
- The interview starts you meet the interviewer. There is a lot of meaning in body language signs & other non-verbal communication, so pay attention to these. The clothes you wear are also important.
- The interviewer conducts an ‘investigation’ in order to see if you are suitable for the job and whether you are better than the other candidates.
- The interviewer will ask questions of a technical nature and of a general nature. The questions are to analyze your problem solving abilities and your level of knowledge/skill relevant to the position. Always use previous achievements or example to back any facts or statements you make.
- Apart from trying to see if you have the experience and qualifications they are looking for, interviewers also want to see how you fit in the work environment, the team and how you relate to your supervisor(s).
(copied-pasted from OSS’ website)