Personal interview

Personal interview:

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

foreign words.

– 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:

Getting prepared:

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.

Other points:

– 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

interview’s location.

– 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.

On arrival:

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

questions smartly.

– 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

not like.

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.