Interview Tips

Below is some interview guidance for you to ensure the interview process goes smoothly and your best attempt is made in getting a job offer.

At Niyaa people we know you are suitable from our intelligent match-making and recruitment experience, however, the interview process is your opportunity to demonstrate to a prospective employer that you are the right person for them!

Interview do's:

  • Preparation is the key; make sure you know about the organisation (research the day before about them on their website) and the role you are being interviewed for.
  • Ensure you know where you are going and who your interview is with. Take the company's telephone number in case you are delayed.
  • Aim to be ten minutes early, where applicable read the companies literature (if applicable) in their reception area thus giving current topics on the companies agenda
  • Dress professionally
  • Be confident; with a firm handshake, make eye contact.
  • Thank the interviewer(s) for their time at the start and end of the interview
  • Listen and answer the questions asked
  • Always provide good examples to reinforce your capabilities
  • Be confident toward the end of the interview to ask questions about the role that are specific to you that were not covered within the interview

The Don'ts:

  • Be late
  • Leave you mobile phone on
  • Dress casually
  • Have a lack of preparation
  • Be negative about your current or previous employers

Questions you may be asked at interview:

Below are a list of questions you are most likely to be asked. First thing is don’t rush, it is in a race. Think through your answers before giving them. And of course, always listen to the actual question and aim to answer each question within two minutes.

  1. "Tell me a little about yourself," is often the first question. Interviewers don’t want your life story; they want to know if meeting you would be a good use of their time. Answer with a brief work history showing how each job and project helped prepare you for this job.
  2. "What experience do you have in…?" Make any discussion of your experience relevant to the company you are being interviewed by and therefore focus on projects you have worked on in the past specifically aligned to what the interviewer(s) company specialize in.
  3. "Why do you want to work for us?" Show the interviewer that you know something about the company and the position. If the company is a leader in its industry, or if it is experiencing rapid growth and expansion, these are good reasons.
  4. "Why should we hire you for this position?" Let the interviewer know what you are capable of, and what you bring to the company that will move the organization forward. A good knowledge of the company and its product(s) will help you respond to this question. Do your homework and think through your own reasons for wanting the job before you get to the interview.
  5. "What are your strengths?" Focus on your professional strengths, and those aspects of your character that will positively add something to the organization. Employers seek individuals who are diligent, hard-working and adaptable to new situations, and who can work well independently, yet still function effectively as a member of the team.
  6. "What are your weaknesses?" The question many of us dread! The approach to this question is to give a scenario, preferably one from a working environment. Explain what happened, how you reacted and in turn what you learnt from the situation. This will demonstrate to the interviewer your awareness of your weaknesses and how you manage them.
  7. "Where do you see yourself in five years?" Employers want to know if they can count on you for the long term. Position yourself as a reliable person seeking occupational stability. If you have ambition to consistently progress professionally, state that for the employer. "In five years I plan to be in middle management, in a reasonably higher income bracket."
  8. "How do you work under pressure?" The interviewer is really trying to determine how you handle stress. It is important to be able to approach a job one element at a time, and not be overwhelmed by a seemingly stressful bigger picture. Demonstrate to the interviewer that you are organized, responsible and not one to panic under pressure. "I feel stressed out sometimes, just like anyone else, but I don't let it affect my job performance. I complete each task as it comes and I deal with the challenges the best way I can."
  9. "Do you have any questions for me?" The answer should always be "Yes." If you have done your homework, there will be things you want to know about the company's growth/development plans and what your place might be in those plans.
  10. "Are you applying for other positions?" Let the employer know you have applied for other jobs. This may work in your favor, especially if the employer is impressed with your experience and your performance in the interview.

Questions you should ask at the interview:

Below are a list of questions that if not covered during the interview process would be worth asking to ensure you receive sufficient information from the interviewer(s) in order for you to make a decision if you are interested in the role you are being interviewed for.

  • How would you describe the culture in the business?
  • What attracted you to join the company?
  • What do you like about working here?
  • What is the company’s strategy/growth plans over the next 3-5 years?
  • What is the vision for the company?
  • What type of training and development is available to staff within the business? How does my experience match with what you are looking for?
  • What will the next stage of the process be?
  • When are you hoping to make a decision?