Preparation is the first essential step towards a successful interview.

Information you should have before the meeting

Background information of Company (Web Site, Job Spec Sheet) Print out some information and take it to interview
Details of where interview will take place, who with and contact numbers (in case of emergency)‏
Information on who interviewer is and what their role is in company, how many interviews are in the process?
What the role entails E.g. Product, Market etc
Personality required

Questions to ask on interview

  1. What has made people in this role successful?
  2. What are a general day’s responsibilities?
  3. What training is offered?
  4. Is there chance for career advancement?
  5. What is the person’s history within the company and their impressions (the interviewer’s background)
  6. What specifically looking for?
  7. What is the next step in interview (2nd)?
  8. Who is the team I’ll be working with?

Closing Statements

  1. How many other people to interview?
  2. When will decision be made?

Be prepared to answer tough questions like;

  1. Why did you choose this particular vocation?
  2. What do you really want in life?
  3. Why would you like to work for our company?
  4. Where would you like to be in a year from now? Five years from now? Ten years from now?
  5. When did you last have a salary review and what was the outcome?
  6. What style of management suits you best?
  7. What interests you about our product or service?
  8. Can you provide a reference from your past employer?
  9. What have you learned from your previous roles? Which did you enjoy the most?
  10. What have you done that shows initiative in your career?
  11. What is you major weakness / strength?
  12. What do you think determines a person’s progress in a good company?
  13. Are you willing to relocate?
  14. How do you spend your spare time? What are your hobbies?
  15. What does teamwork mean to you?
  16. Have you saved any money? What entrepreneurial activities have you been engaged in?
  17. What types of books do you read? How many per year?
  18. Name an activity that you do on a regular basis for your own personal growth.