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The 10 Commandments of the Interview

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This article was written to help you in your preparation for a job interview. Remember that it is during the interview that the interviewer evaluates you but it is also the time for you to evaluate if the coveted position is related to your aspirations and objectives. The decision must be made on both sides. Here are our 10 commandments for interviews to put all the chances on your side.

1. Respect the interview time

Nothing is more annoying for an interviewer than a candidate who comes late. By doing so, you begin your interview with a negative touch that you will need to overcome during the interview. Plan to arrive a few minutes in advance by planning your trip and avoiding unnecessary traffic. Be sure to include full-contact information for your interview (floor, office), interviewer telephone number, and the time and date of the interview. Use the waiting time to review the answers you have prepared to the identified questions you chose and consult the company’s documentation available in the waiting area. Also, do not forget to turn off your cellphone before entering the interview room.

2. Wear appropriate attire

In the field of management, it is important to opt for a professional and impeccable appearance. Most men will opt for the suit jacket and women, a tailor or other neat outfit. Avoid over-sighted accessories that could divert attention to what you have to say. In addition, make sure you have a perfect hygiene. Remember that you will not have a second chance to make a good first impression!

3. Find out about the company and the interviewer

By informing you about the company for which you are being interviewed for. This way, you will be able to better understand its business context and the various projects in progress. It is also interesting to inform yourself about the interviewer in order to understand his role in the company. By doing so, you will be able to detail your contribution within the company or a particular team. The company must be able to feel what you can bring to them and not the other way around. In addition, by knowing the company better, you will be able to develop some relevant questions that you will be able to ask during the interview.

4. Practice!

Many sites offer examples of questions that can be asked in interviews with some suggested answers. We advise you to take some questions and practice to answer these questions with a friend or family member. This way, you will be able to plan the items you want to communicate and gain fluidity during the interview.

5. Use appropriate language

In interviews, judge the familiarity of the interviewer before deciding to switch from formal to a friendlier attitude. However, it is necessary to use professional language at all time. Avoid too familiar phrases or overly sensitive subjects (age, race, religion, politics or sexual orientation for example).

6. Answer questions honestly and accurately

When a question is asked, make sure you understand it and quickly formulate your thoughts. Answer with honesty because some elements may overlap and be checked. Also, be sure to answer the question accurately but without unnecessary details. The purpose of the interviewer is to understand your behaviour in a given situation. In each response, try to highlight your skills, knowledge and abilities.

7. Have a positive attitude without being desperate

A positive, calm and confident attitude in an interview plays in your favour. Even if it’s been several months that you are looking for a job, do not show your discouragement to the interviewer. You know your skills and abilities, so be sure to give them to the interviewer. Focus on the following:

  • Introduce yourself positively and confidently
  • Greet the interviewer with a firm handshake
  • Answer the questions in a clear, honest and precise manner
  • Listen carefully to the interviewer and look him in the eye
  • Smile!
  • Thank the interviewer at the end of the interview


8. Ask questions

It is relevant during the interview or at the end of the interview to ask the interviewer questions. This demonstrates the research done in Step 3 of this article, in addition to your interest in the company and the position you are seeking. By asking questions during the interview, you are in a situation of dialogue with the interviewer, so you are more equal to him.

9. Send a thank you letter after the interview

The letter of thanks can be decisive for a candidate in case he is tied with another candidate. This is a way of doing that can set you apart from others. This letter should be customized based on discussions during the interview. This is especially important if the position interests you greatly. This letter is a mark of politeness, but it is also the time to settle outstanding issues or other clarification needs. A well presented thank-you letter can generate a positive impression even after the interview.

10. Follow-up after the interview

A follow-up after the interview is advised to reduce your stress in this period of uncertainty while demonstrating your interest for the coveted position. Such follow-ups are usually done every two weeks as long as the candidate choice is not final.