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A Guide for Candidates
You have been selected for interview because you have impressed the employer with your skills and you have the relevant experience and skills for the vacancy. This is your chance to stand out and demonstrate that you are the best applicant for the job.
This is an important part of the preparation process. You must make sure you have done sufficient research into three areas:
The Company – the interviewer will ask what you know about the company and why you want to work there so make sure you have done as much research as possible
The Role – make sure you understand the role that you are going for so you can demonstrate that you have the relevant skills for the role.
The Interview – what format will this take? Any Testing? Likely areas of questioning? Who will be interviewing you?
The best way to prepare for an interview is to practice answering potential interview questions
Talk me through your previous experience?
What skills have you gained from previous roles?
What did you learn/take away from your last position?
Why are you looking to leave your current role?
What are you looking for in your next job?
What do you know about the position in our company?
Why are you interested in this role?
How does your previous experience relate to this position?
What do you think the job would involve?
Where have you used these skills before?
Could you give me examples in your previous jobs of where you:
i. *Worked to deadlines
ii. *Worked under pressure
iii. *Good Customer Service
iv. *Problem Solving
12. What are your strengths? (Back up your example with an example) and weaknesses?
13. What type of career are you looking for?
14. Where can you see yourself in 5 years time?
15. What computer skills do you have?
16. What do you know about our company (make sure you have looked on the website)?
17. Why do you want to work for our organisation?
18. Why do you think you would be suitable for this position? Why should we pick you?
19. How would one of your friends/employer’s describe you?
20. How do you cope in an environment with lots of different nationalities?
21. How do you deal with the communication barriers when dealing with people from different nationalities?
Always ask questions at the end of the interview. (You can take some prepared questions with you to refer to at this stage) e.g:
What obstacles might I encounter?
Can you describe your ideal candidates to me?
What plans does the company have for expansion within Dubai?
When are you looking for someone to start?
How many people are in the teams?
Do you offer training?
It is important to make a good first impression so ensure that you wear a suit and are smartly presented. Also be aware of your body language shake hands with the interviewer and make eye contact.
End of the interview
It is important to close the interview on a positive note – re-iterate your interest in the role, ask when you will find out if you have been successful.
Remember: To be positive and be yourself in the interview. You are given on average 1 hour to shine, use this time well and do your best.