Before The Interview
The interview is an opportunity for both you and the employer to find out if you are the right person for the job.
- Prepare an extra copy of the cover letter, resume and a portfolio of certificates/ testimonials.
- Keep them where they can be retrieved easily
- Be sure to bring your Identity Card
- Confirm the date, time, company and the contact person for the interview
- Research the following:
- The company's business
- The job requirements and key responsibilities
- The route and time needed to travel to the company
- Prepare a list of possible interview answers. Some of the common questions employers may ask are:
- What do you know about our company?
- Why did you leave your last job?Why do you want to work in our company?
- Can you tell me more about yourself?
- Why do you think we should hire you?
- What are your strengths and weaknesses?
- Some of the questions a jobseeker may ask are:
- What are the career advancement opportunities?
- What are the training opportunities?
- Dress conservatively (For casual positions, collared tees/blouses and jeans/trousers/skirts are acceptable; but for executive-level interviews, men should be in long-sleeved shirts with ties and long pants while ladies should be in jackets and skirts/pants)
- Wear appropriate shoes
- Ensure that hair is neat and tidy
- Ensure that hands are clean and your nails trimmed
- Put on light make-up (for ladies)Hide tattoos where applicable
- Do not wear torn/soiled/wrinkled clothing
- Do not dress too casually/sexily, or wear t-shirts with offensive words/images
- Do not wear too much cologne/perfume/jewellery
- Do not smoke just before going into the interview