- Be on time
Being on time is very important if you are going for an interview. You must do everything in your power to make sure that you will be on time. And by “on time” we actually mean you will be 5 minutes early. If for any reason you run late for your interview, then you must call and let the employer know.
- Do you research
Being prepared is one of the most important factors in an interview. This means learning about the company, its industry, its products and maybe familiarize yourself with the senior executives of the company (perhaps via LinkedIn).
- Dress comfortably – but well
First impression always counts. The way you dress can have powerful effects on your confidence level and mindset.
- Prepare questions
When you get asked at the end from the interviewer. “do you have any questions for us?” the answer to this should always be “Yes!”
Keep in mind that this is your opportunity to find out everything you need to know about the company. You are interviewing them as much as they are interviewing you.
- It is okay to say “I don’t know”
No one knows everything and if you get asked a question that you have not prepared for or that you simply don’t know, then it is okay to say I don’t know. However, it is good practice to follow it up with “…but I am eager to know so I will find out the answer.” It’s valuable to a potential employer to know that you’re willing to put in the effort to solve difficult problems on your own.
Lava Mohamad, Head of HR Operations, Allegoria Capital Limited