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Prepare for an Interview

In order to prepare for your interview, you need to get acquainted with how an interview is conducted, in order to manage your expectations appropriately. 

How is an interview conducted?

Generally, the interview starts with greetings and introductions, with the employer stating the purpose of the interview.

Subsequently, the interviewer will ask you questions, which include: 

  • Tell me about yourself.
  • Describe the responsibilities you had in your previous job.
  • What qualities and skills do you have that will help you perform this job?
  • What previous experiences do you have that are related to this position?
  • Are you familiar with this institution?
  • Why do you want this job?
  • What are your strengths and weaknesses?
  • Why should we hire you?
  • What are your salary expectations?

After your interviewer has finished asking their questions, they might ask whether you have any inquiries for them regarding the position or the institution. 


How do you prepare for an interview? 

  • Research the institution you are applying to. Are they local or international? What is the size of the company? Who are their clients? 
  • Dress appropriately, with clean clothes and shoes. Wearing a suit is often recommended. 
  • Allow plenty of time to arrive to the location where the interview is scheduled at. It is recommended to arrive ten to fifteen minutes earlier.
  • Bring several copies of your résumé, a copy of your transcript, and a list of references. 
  • Research the typical pay grades and median salaries for your position, factoring in your prior work experience, to have realistic expectations of the position’s salary.
  • Think about your previous jobs and qualifications and determine which achievements and/or recognitions you wish to highlight during the interview. 
  • Keep in mind several questions for the interviewer; it showcases your thoughtfulness and your prior research.


What kind of questions should I ask the interviewer?

Depending on who is interviewing you, you might want to consider asking:

  • How long have you been working here? What is your favorite part about your job? 
  • What is the typical timeline for receiving a promotion? Would you say upward mobility at the company is common or to be expected?
  • What does a typical workday look like here?
  • In your time here so far, what kind of improvements has the company implemented, whether in terms of their policies, the work environment, or anything else of note?
  • Why is this position available?


Resources (OER)

Preparing for an interview instructional video
Interview training
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