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Consider that the interviewer will want answers to the following questions:
You should emphasise the following qualities during the interview:
Read through your letter of application and CV once again before the interview, especially if you wrote them some time ago. Always keep your CV up to date. Interviewers often base themselves on what you have written.
Think about how you present yourself. Try to prepare a three-minute presentation about yourself in which you can be at ease talking about yourself within the interview process. In addition to your professional qualifications, the employer will also want to know something about you as a person: your background, interests and personal qualities.
Prepare yourself for difficult questions. Practise formulating an answer to questions such as “What are you good at?”, “What are your weaknesses?”, “What have you achieved?”, “Why should we choose you?”. You won’t definitely be asked these questions, but you will feel more at ease if you have already thought about possible answers to them.
Job interviews are never 100% identical, but they have a number of common features. An interview is an invitation from a potential employer who is curious as to what you can contribute on both the personal and professional front. It is therefore not an oral exam or police interrogation.
Take a pen and paper with you. Make notes while the interviewer is telling you about the company and the job. This will create an impression of seriousness and thoroughness and show that you are interested in the job!
You will meet one or more persons. The interviewer will open the conversation by telling you something about the company and the vacancy. You will then present yourself and ask the employer additional questions. Below are some questions which may be asked during an interview. Think beforehand about the answers you could give.
If there is any information you did not receive beforehand, you can ask about it during the interview. An interview generally lasts 45 - 90 minutes. You may sometimes be asked to take part in a personality test.
Some employers interview the candidates in groups.
The interview will finish with information about the next stage: how long the recruitment process will last, how many applicants there are and how many people have been invited for an interview. You will normally be told when you will be contacted. If you are not told, you can ask.
Send an e-mail thanking the interviewer for his/her time and the pleasant interview.
If you still have not heard anything after a couple of weeks, you can give the interviewer or company a call.
Don’t lose heart, even if you didn’t get the job. Take the fact that you were invited for an interview as a sign that the employer thought you were suitable for the position. Attending an interview is good practice, and you may still have made an excellent impression even if you did not actually get the job.