10 Questions to Consider before an Interview
- What’s the specialization of the department?
It would be a big plus if you know beforehand what major challenges and issues the department is facing and in which areas it needs to grow and improve. Networking should help you to get this data.
- What’s your role?
Although this is an obvious question, it’s necessary to remind about it once again. It’s especially important in case when you’re applying for the dozens of jobs at the same time. Just re-read the job description and job specifications and learn the terms that the company is using in order to apply it during the interview.
- What’s the format of the interview?
Before you go to the interview, you should know about the format of the interview. Will it be a simple answer-question interview, or you will be asked to perform a presentation, or solve different tasks that will define your appropriateness to the given position? What’s the duration of the interview?
- Why do you want this job in a first place?
It is one of the first questions to ask and answer, and the HR manager will, by all means, ask you this question. Be ready to give a considerate answer and explain how you can contribute to the company.
- What unique features can you offer?
When answering the previous question, make sure that you’re highlighting the unique knowledge and skills that can add up to the welfare of the company. Your goal is to make yourself stand out from all other candidates. Is there anything special that differentiates you from other applicants?
- What questions will you ask the employer?
When the main part of the interview comes to an end, you will have the opportunity to ask your questions. Prepare in advance. It may be a question about the job role, the department etc. Avoid controversial questions as well as questions about the salary.
- How will you get there?
Being late for your own interview is a very bad scenario, because you can make the first impression only once. Therefore, it is of great significance to plan your way and means of transport in advance. Otherwise, in case you are late for the interview, you will immediately be dismissed.
- What should you do the night before?
The main thing is to take it easy and relax! Don’t think of it as an event of universal importance and don’t over-prepare by overthinking. Just get your clothes and your paperwork ready and focus on something else.
- What should you wear?
Choose conservative and formal clothes. Don’t use informal clothes to express your creative personality, interviews are not for that. The only exception is the jobs that have an informal dress-code.
- How to keep calm?
This is the reality of the interviews – people get nervous! Just accept it and in case you feel that you’re getting nervous, do some breathing exercises or meditate. However, the best thing to avoid nervousness is good preparation.
Interviews are surely not the most pleasant experiences that we go through, but following these tips will surely increase your chances to succeed.