The personal interview is more important than the C.V., it defines the
applicant’s personality and abilities for the employer, and it also specifies
being the best candidate for the job. Therefore, it is necessary to bear in
mind some important issues when having a job interview. This will help
newly graduate engineers gain enough experience.
How to successfully pass job interview??
Passing job interviews is a key element in finding the suitable job, here are
some of the tips to be taken care of when having an interview, which will
make you succeed in them:
– Look for the best job, institution, department or section where you seek to
be hired in.
– support yourself with enough experience on passing job interviews and
how to expect different questions.
To successfully pass interviews, consider the following points:
– Being well dressed-up.
– Being in time, or at least on time.
– Shake hands firmly with a smile.
– Make sure to let whoever meets you feel comfortable.
– Be self-confident without hesitating or mumbling during the interview.
– Don’t be arrogant, it may make you lose the job.
– Be tactful and draw a smile on your face.
– Listen carefully to the interviewer’s questions, show interest in what he/she
– Give logical answers which prove that your experience suits the job
– Time of your answers shouldn’t exceed more than 2 or 3 minutes.
– If you are not sure of it or its meaning, never say a word, especially the
– You must show that you are determined to have the job.
– Do not ask questions before the interviewer finishes his/her speech.
– Do not ask too many questions, it will leave a negative impression about
– Use the interview in to things: firstly, getting more information.
Secondly, deciding whether you still want to have this job or not.
– Never negotiate the salary or the job terms during the interview, make it
later when you actually get hired.
– It is preferable that the employer will be the one who sets the salary.
– Say you like the job if you are interested in it without exaggerating or
– At the end of the interview, tell the interviewer that you have enjoyed it
and that you are looking forward to their reply.
In order to prepare yourself well for the interview, here are some points need
to be considered:
– Talk about yourself.
– What do you know about the institution you desire to work for?
– Why do you want to work there?
– When do you expect to take charge of the position?
– What are your long-term objectives?
– What are you strengths?
– What are your weaknesses?
– Can you work under pressure and meet the deadlines of your assignments?
By answering these questions, you will be able to create the personality you
want to be before having the interview, in additional to the personal look
which is very important in leaving a good impression for the expected
manager. Here are some instructions for passing personal interviews:
What you want to say during the interview is the key point of being tactful,
therefore, know well your abilities and what the interviewer is thinking
about, this will help you answer the questions smartly. You should also
know yourself, your skills, your interests, your objectives, your points of
weaknesses and strengths. In addition to that, do some research on the
internet and ask your friends about the company, its managers, the working
staff, financial situation of the company and the company’s incentives…etc.
You must specify which institution or company would you like to join,
reviewing the job description of the advertised offers. Try to build up your
goals in accordance with the company’s ones.
Revising your tools:
Think of your past experiences which might have seem important for your
future jobs. Read your curriculum vitae carefully in order to be ready for
answering any questions. Define what other documents you will need such
as photographs, Identity card and experience certificates…etc. it is also
necessary to bring extra copies of your C.V and a list of past professional
experiences. It is possible that you consult a career expert on the internet to
help you in preparing your C.V and the other documents. Make sure that you
have all what it needs to pass your interview, jot it down in a revisable list.
Your personal look:
Make sure you get well dressed-up, and you can wear a light perfume.
– Bring extra copy of your C.V and put in a fancy folder with the other
– Make sure you have the address and the telephone number of the
– Bring a note-book and a pencil.
– Prepare a list with all the questions you want to ask.
Generally, practice makes perfect. Some career experts design a pre-
interview session for the people who want to make interviews to be trained
on. Avoid over- doing it more than it should be.
You may also find some helpful websites on the internet which may provide
you with good information on how to act during the personal interview.
Think of the expected questions and your answers, then read your C.V. you
will find that many questions are basically emerged from the C.V. Study the
most frequent ones that will be posed during the interview.
Train yourself to be mentally and psychologically prepared for any type of
questions. Prepare and present an introduction about yourself in 30-45
seconds, this will help you answer the usual question “Tell me about
yourself”. Knowing the answer of such question will help you get through
pressure at the beginning of the interview. Prepare the questions you want to
ask them for the interviewer and practice them with your friends and family.
Give yourself enough timeframe and try to be on time for the interview.
Make sure you are not in a hurry, and try to arrive in time five or ten minutes
earlier, it would leave a good impression about you. If you arrive late, you
might lose the job. On arrival, check the receptionist on your coming,
recalling all your previous experiences to help you beat the stress.
During the interview:
– Greet your interviewer with a serious smile, talk clearly, listen well, show
more respect through your facial expressions and respond to the smiles and
– Listening is always the key point in answering questions correctly. Pay
attention to what has been said, and give yourself time to answer the
– Be true to yourself and the interviewer on what you can/ can’t do. Lying
will negatively affect your credibility at work within a while, or you may
end up working in a job that you dislike.
– Be dare without scaring people, you aim at leaving a good impression not
making them afraid of you.
– Be positive, don’t justify your mistakes, focus on what you have learnt
from your mistakes.
– At the end of the interview, the interviewer may ask you if you have any
questions, make sure you ask valuable professional questions.
– Before you leave, you might want to add one or two of your extra skills
that you think they suit the job you are applying for.
– Try to leave a good impression, show interest even if hear things you do
After the interview:
– Ask the interviewer when they would select successful candidates, greet
and thank him/her for his/ her time.
– On your way out, thank the receptionist or the secretary.
After finishing the interview:
– Jot down your notes on your performance, and how you could improve
yourself next times.
– Send a letter or an e. mail thanking your interviewer as soon as possible,
including the notes you have taken. This is how you could add information
which will support you. This letter or email is as important as your C.V, It
leaves a good impression about you. You can make a phone call asking
about the result of the interview if you don’t get an answer immediately.
Responding to the interview result:
– If you get a job offer, make a reply in a written form even it is presented by
phone or during the interview, it will seem clearer than before.
– Thank the person who offers you the job, ask him/ her if they can give you
more time in case there are job offers from other companies.
– If you want to turn down a job offer, Do it in a polite manner. You may
cooperate with the same firm in the future. Tell them that you agree on their
offer, but you have made a decision not take it because of your current
personal objectives. Use a template of refusing a job offer.