Interview Protocol

Simple Steps for a Successful Interview



What you wear to an interview creates an image or perception of the type of person you are, so choosing your attire is critical to presenting yourself as the right candidate to hire. 


Interview attire is often seen as a test of a candidate’s familiarity of the company and industry. These simple rules for dress will help make a positive impact on your interview:

  • The appropriate interview attire depends on the industry in which you’ll be interviewing, as well as the geographic location and time of year.
  • Spend time on the Internet researching the company, industry and competitors to determine suitable interview outfits.


Have you ever walked into a late afternoon interview and wondered why you were there? Not because you didn’t think you were qualified or you weren’t an excellent candidate, but because the person interviewing you seemed rather unengaged and maybe even appeared to be dozing off? The trouble is that it’s the afternoon, and the people before you were also good candidates. According to a recent study, candidates who have the misfortune of interviewing later in the day are less likely to receive top marks. Try your best to schedule interviews at the beginning of the day. This gives you the best shot at standing out in employers’ eyes and beating the potential afternoon candidate-fatigue syndrome. 


Not every interviewer will ask the same questions but be prepared to address these:

  • What are your strengths and weaknesses?
  • How would a friend describe you?
  • Describe a situation when you had to work with a difficult person
  • In what ways can you make a contribution to our organization?
  • Describe a contribution you made to a project.
  • What interests you about our product or service?
  • How do you work under pressure?
  • Describe a situation when you worked as part of a team. 
  • Can you relocate for the job? 



Examples of great answers to the toughest interview questions:


What is your greatest weakness?

In the past, I was unable to meet set deadlines. However, I developed a technique where I write down what I plan to accomplish during the workweek and my productivity has since improved.


What salary are you looking for?


That's a fair question. To answer it properly, I need to know more about the job responsibilities and benefits package. I am quite confident that knowing the reputation of the company, when the time comes, any offer you make will be competitive

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