Questions to expect

Questions to expect at an interview

If you have attended interviews already, draw on your experiences to remember the questions you were asked on the different occasions and make a list of those in common from one company to another. In the case of questions that were not asked during all the interviews, try and anticipate which of these may be asked during your next interview and formulate your answers.

If the forthcoming interview is your first, network with friends or acquaintances who have attended job interviews for ideas. Also use the internet to find web pages or websites with tips about interview questions and try to apply them to your situation.

Below are some questions to expect:

 - What attracted you to this vacancy?

 - Are you familiar with what we do?

 - Why would you like to work for us?

 - Why have you decided to leave your current position / start working again?

 - What motivates you in a job?

 - What are your strengths and weaknesses?

 - Why should we give you the job?

When answering interview questions, it is important to remember that the interviewer has already read through your covering letter and CV, so avoid quoting word-for-word from your CV or referring frequently to your CV.

Remember that your CV is a summary (résumé is, in fact the French word for "summary") so during the interview you will be expected to elaborate upon that according to the questions you will be asked.

Other considerations

Always be concise in your replies (ideally not exceeding 2-3 minutes, depending on what the question requires).

Never speak badly of your current or previous employers.

This would not only make you seem unprofessional and negative, but who would want to employ someone who would very probably also speak negatively about them?

Keep abreast of news and current events: the interviewer might ask you about a recent event to gauge how much you keep yourself up-to-date.

A note on body language and speech

Body language and speech are very important - an employer may decide to give you the post if you present yourself properly, but they may also decide not to if you have poor body language.

An interview is as much about first impressions as it is about your skills and experiences.

 - Be enthusiastic, positive and professional;

 - Give a firm handshake;

 - Look the interviewer in the eye and smile.

Using the correct body language during an interview is essential to your success.

Body language communicates a mine of information about you, sometimes more than what you actually say. Employers pay attention to how you dress and behave during the interview process because they want to get a deeper insight of you as a person in general.

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