Before Going To Interview

Important Tips for Before Going on ANY Interview

ü  Keep your answers as short and succinct as possible, using specific examples or scenarios to demonstrate your experience, ability and knowledge. Don't "ramble"!

ü  Before you go to the interview, consider your long term career goals and your personal attributes. Be sure that they are not in conflict with the job on offer or with what your are asked to do.

ü  You have to make a strengths and weakness analysis for yourself, before you go to the interview. Remember, you want to show your strengths in the best light and the better you know yourself, the better you will perform in an interview.

ü  Be honest about your own capabilities, for example, don’t position yourself as a team player if you are a loner, (see some comments and questions you should ask yourself below) it may get you the job, in the short term. But in the long term, you will be unhappy and you will be looking for another job soon!

ü  When it comes to times in life when we are put under a lot of stress, not much can prepare to the days leading up to an interview for job you really want. If you are preparing for an interview and you are losing sleep and feeling unsure of yourself, there is no need to read too much into these problems.

ü  As a matter of fact, it is perfectly normal to become anxious and insecure prior to an important interview. Instead of worrying, you should be concentrating on preparing. Now, many people become bemused at this point in the process. They can’t possibly know which questions will be asked, and in many cases, they can’t even know who will be conducting the interview. Be that as it may, there are some helpful tips that almost anyone can use for attending interviews.

ü  Dress for success: You probably know that first impressions are important. It’s hard to overstate how important they actually are. The truth of the matter is that you should walk into that interview dressed as a person who already has the job.  Dress like a professional who is used to occupying high profile positions.

ü  Research a company prior to the interview: When you are attending interviews, you should always know what kind of job you are applying for. Of course you probably have some idea as to what the duties and tasks of a job post might be, but also make sure that you know about a company’s history and priorities. This will make you seem more engaged and more serious about the job.

ü  How to Talk about Weakness on a Job Interview
When you are attending interviews, you should always be ready to talk about strengths and weaknesses. The most common interview questions often relate to these topics.  Remember that your weaknesses should also say something good about your performance, such as that you work too hard or become too involved in projects.

ü  Find ways to relieve stress and you should do so calmly. Sure, this is easier said than done, but there are a few ways to make sure you keep stress levels down to a minimum. Make sure you get plenty of sleep prior to an interview.

ü  Eat well.

ü  Stay away from fatty foods and sugars.

ü  Make sure you have time to exercise as this can make you feel more confident.

ü  Act as if you have already gotten the job: This is a tough one because it is easy to overdo and you want to be confident. You want to show your interviewer that you are the right person for the job, but you don’t want to come off as being too cocky. This can work against you.

ü  Instead, behave as if you are already a member of the team. This will help your interviewers to visualize you working with his or her colleagues and can influence your interviewer’s final decision

Questions you must prepare before going for an interview

Question 1. Tell me about yourself. This is the first question you could be asked in any interview. This may sound simple but if you are unprepared you could be in big problem. So just prepare yourself for this simple yet difficult question Start with one two lines about yourself, who you are?
Ans. Brief 1 line about your family this depends on what kind of interview you are going through] and lastly why are you the best suited person for this job. Tell about your achievements but never sound too proud of your achievements, highlight yourself but with decency. Remember the golden rule
“First Impression is the last impression.”

Question 2: What are your greatest strengths?
This question is to judge how you present yourself, are you the person who talks too much, are you arrogant or are you the one who just do what others say and thus never realized your strengths.
The answer to this question should be linked with facts and figures if possible. If you had any previous achievements say you lead a team which did wonderful and thus you are a team leader and all. Highlight yourself, tell your strengths but be sure it is well supported and you just don’t start sayings just to impress. Remember the HR person will grill you if he even finds an iota of doubt in what you are saying. Some points on which you could support your answer could be – honesty, leadership, tech savvy, confident, good communication skills, positive attitude, motivational and inspirational leader etc.
So just prepare yourself for this question, make a mental note of all your achievements.

Question 3: What are your greatest weaknesses?
Now this is the question which could either end your interview or could just get you the job. Don’t mince with words, at the same time just don’t be too blunt. Tell your weakness but also tell what you are doing to overcome it. Never say I cannot do this. Instead say, I have never done this but I am eager to learn and am sure if our company needs it I will do it.
Note – Never say your company or what would be my position in your company, use our company. Some HR people might ask you why you are saying our before selection then do say – its because I am confident that I am the best person for this vacancy.

Question 4: Tell me about something you did – or failed to do – that you now feel a little ashamed of.
This question is just to see how you react to embarrassing situations. Of course you just cannot say “SKIP THIS PLEASE.” So better prepare yourself. Take your time to reply to this one; at first say I am really finding it very hard to find any such situation as I believe the best way to avoid shame is never do such things.
Most of the interviewers just will proceed to another question but if he or she insists to elaborate then give any appropriate reply but be sure it should not sound that you are so regretful that it still has a mental impact on you. Remember
”Life must go on….no matter what”

Question 5: Why are you leaving (or did you leave) this position?
By asking this question, the interviewer just wishes to see how much respect you give to your management, colleagues etc. So never say What Things You Should Know About A Company Before An Interview.
If you are in the process of attending numerous job interviews in the hopes that you are going to embark on the career of your dreams (or at least be able to pay the bills for awhile until something better comes along), you are probably overwhelmed with all that you are in the middle of. After all, job interviews require you to revamp your resume, reconnect with the people that you are going to be using as references, write cover letters and maybe even update your wardrobe. After all, your overall goal at all job interviews is to make a good enough impression to get the job and making that impression takes some work.
What makes the difference between those who get the callbacks and those who don't? There are a lot of factors which go into how well you are perceived at your job interviews but one of the main ones that is often overlooked by job applicants is their knowledge of the company. Many applicants believe that their only job is to inform the company's hiring managers about themselves and why they are worthy of being hired. It's true that this is a big part of a job interview, but it's not the only part of it. The other side of the coin is that applicants need to have done their research into a company so that they can explain why they're a good match for the company, what they can contribute to the company's goals and where they see themselves going with the company in the future.
Don't be left tongue-tied when you get to the part of the job interview when the hiring manager looks at you and says, "so, what do you want to know about us?" Take the bull by the horns, show what you've already learned about the company and follow that up with some thoughtful, engaging questions about the company. This will demonstrate your genuine (or at least well-faked) interest in the company and could make the difference in whether or not you get the jobs that you're applying for at all of these interviews.


  1. Hi Rahim, this is a really a very good document, I will always read this before going to interview.


  2. suma.T.P...Chelakkara polytechnicNovember 15, 2014 at 8:49 PM

    this is very useful for attending an interview....I think this will help me a lot...

  3. Nice one (Y) ...


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