The Interview

If you want a job, you’re going to have an interview, unless its some temporary job working for a mate every other weekend. Interviews are a great way for your employer to learn about you and for you to learn about them. So there is no use getting scared, if you want the job, just do it.

(Jamal Saifi, 2015)

What questions should I expect?

I've only ever had one interview for a job, at a butcher shop. They brought me in for an hour to do dishes and told me about how things go on a normal day. At the end the boss pulled me to the back and asked a few questions. Just the usual questions, why do you want the job, what do you think you can bring to the team and questions about previous work, of which I had none.

You can be asked questions about yourself, your experiences, your work ethics and your goals. every once in a while they might throw a bit of a screw ball, asking things like ‘what do you see yourself doing in 5 years’ or ‘why weren't you working for so long’. Those sorts of questions are used as a test to see how quickly you can think and to see how well you work under pressure. In those situations there is no set time limit, so take your time and really think about your answer.

(State of Connecticut, 2002)

A good list of questions you should expect can be found here

How to prepare

Make sure you dress appropriately, an office job might call for some sort of suit and tie, while a job in a more creative setting would call for a more casual set of attire. Do some research on you new workplace, knowing about what you’re getting yourself into will show the interviewer that you really are interested. Another good thing to do is prepare some of your own questions, near the end of most interviews they will ask if you have any. Never say no, that simply shows that you’re not interested, you don’t have to answer on the spot, take your time or prepare.

Goodluck

There’s only so much you can prepare for, it all comes down to the employer. Just make sure you have confidence in yourself and try to show that to them that as much as possible. Answer all their questions as well as you can, take the interview seriously and try to build up a relationship by getting to know them as they get to know you.

Reference

Jamal Saifi, A. (2015, September 10). From Hotel to Interview: A Naive’s Interview with J.P. Morgan. Retrieved March 16, 2016, from Linkedin.com, https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/from-hotel-interview-naives-jp-morgan-anvar-jamal-saifi

State of Connecticut. (2002). Interview questions you should expect. Retrieved March 16, 2016, from ctdol.stae.ct.us, https://www.ctdol.state.ct.us/progsupt/jobsrvce/interviews-questions.htm

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