Tips for Candidates

General Tips For Candidates
Remember “if you fail to prepare then you must be prepared to fail” so always make sure that you prepare yourself properly before a
job interview.

  • Look up the background of the company.
  • Have a list of questions that you want to know.
  • Have all support documents with you in a file ready at the interview.
  • Dress in suitably for the job.
  • Have a positive attitude.
  • Be punctual.
  • Be confident.
  • Use good manners and be courteous.
  • Be enthusiastic & keep eye contact with interviewer.
  • Never speak poorly of previous employers.

The Interviewing Process
“You never get a second chance at a first impression”. The job interview is the most important time in your job search. All the effort that you have put in is now put to the test. It requires a certain sort of communication skills that most people just don’t have. Doing well in an job interview is, more or less, a requirement for getting a job offer.

The following will discuss the interview process, the different interview types you may encounter, how to prepare for an job interview, and possible job interview questions you may be asked. Employers often find it necessary to interview candidates more than once before a suitable person is chosen. You may experience only one or as many as five job interviews for a position before the employer makes a final decision.

Personal Interviews
The personal interview is a one-on-one meeting with the immediate supervisor or member of the Human Resource Department. If it is a preliminary job interview, it is usually brief giving you and the interviewer an idea of whether or not the position is right for you. During a selection job interview, your ‘fit’ with the company will be analyzed and you must convince the employer you are the best candidate for the job.

  • Practice your response to potential questions before each job interview, especially ones you are uncomfortable with.
  • Dress appropriately for the job interview.
  • Be aware of your body language. Be sure to portray confidence in yourself and enthusiasm about the position in the job interview.
  • Relax

Preparing for the Job Interview
Nothing prepares you for unexpected questions in an job interview and impresses an interviewer more than the fact that you took time to learn about their organisation. Information you gather will help you determine what the company is looking for in an employee and enable you to ask informed questions during the job interview.

It is important to find out as much about the company as possible when conducting your research. Look for information on:

  • What the company specializes in
  • What the company’s mission statement is and what their goals are
  • Who they serve
  • The company’s reputation with their customers and competition
  • If the company has subsidiaries or a parent company
  • The qualifications of existing staff
  • How many people work for the company
  • The position salary range Prepare your list of questions prior to starting your research and continue to add to your list.

Write down what you discover. You will be surprised at the amount of information you find on the internet and the world wide-web.

Prepare Questions

After your research is complete, you may find you have discovered a lot about the company, but you should still prepare questions to ask during the job interview. It may seem odd to be asking questions when you are the one being interviewed, but an interview is a two-way process. Asking questions during an job interview shows a genuine interest in the company, and gives you information you will need to make a decision about working there.

Ask questions in the Job Interview about:

  • The company: Is it expanding? What are their plans and goals for the future?
  • How many people are employed with the company?
  • What the job entails: What is a typical day? What would your duties and responsibilities be? Who would you report to? Who would report to you? How will your skills be used?
  • Opportunities for advancement. Other questions you have about the company, the position, and your future with them.
  • The industry itself: Is this a growing industry? Avoid asking questions solely about salary, holidays, benefits and company ‘perks’. If your only question is “When will I get a raise?,” the employer will not be impressed. You will sound like your only concern is with what the company can do for you, not what you can offer them.