Job interview

Before the Interview

  • Research the company’s profile and background.
  • Learn your interviewer’s name and job position before going to the interview.
  • Know as much about the company as possible.
  • Think of questions to ask your interviewer.
  • Anticipate questions from the interviewer.
  • Practice with a friend and get feedback.


We list for you some general questions:

  1. What’s your biggest weakness/strength?
  2. Where do you see yourself in five years?
  3. Why do you want this job?
  4. Why did you leave your last job?

The day of the interview

  • Dress for work.

For woman: Dressing professionally means wearing a smart knee-length skirt suit in a dark color, along with sheer, non-patterned hosiery, closed toe shoes and subtle makeup.

For men:  Choose a white shirt, dark-colored suit and tie and dark-colored shoes

  • Show up in the best possible shape: Make sure you know exactly how to get there and, if you drive, just where to park so that you can arrive 15 to 20 minutes before the scheduled interview time. Go to bed early the day (or the days) before the interview so that you look rested and healthy on the big day. Bring an extra copy of your resume, CV, and/or references in case your interviewer wants to go over any points with you or neglects to bring their own copy.
  • Show courtesy to everyone during the interview. This means everyone from the reception staff to the interviewer herself. You never know who has input in the hiring process, and you can only make a first impression once.
  • Be honest and passionable. Keep thing simple and short.


After the interview

Shake hands with the interviewer and exchange pleasantries.

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