You got the call, now what?
Firstly, when you receive an email or telephone call asking you for an interview, you should reply as soon as possible, and not after hours or days. This shows that you’re interested and keen to get this job. Your reply should include the acceptance for the interview of course, plus a suitable proposed date and time. Try not to change the proposed date or timing, unless it’s an emergency.
How to prepare for an interview
Before the interview, you should do some interview preparation. You should familiarize yourself with the job description and how you can tie its details with any proposed question. E.g.; mention some programs and keywords. Additionally, you need to take the time to gather important information about the company like “Company’s business branches, how many employees are in the company? Where are the headquarters? Where are their projects located? etc.” This can be easily accessed from Google or Wikipedia and believe me, you most likely will be asked such questions in your interview.
In the instance that you might have a telephone interview, you can use the research from your interview preparation and formulate these into easy notes and read from them. Make sure it’s not too obvious and use the
Don’t forget, after the conversation. is over, make sure you send a thankful email to the interviewer the next day, thanking him/her for their time and wishing to hear a positive reply from his/her side.
You nailed it! Time to meet face-to-face.
Now you have been invited for a face to face interview. In this case, you should do some further
- Read more technical information and questions about your field, for example: (most common interview questions for an electrical engineer).
- Take copies of your CV, even if you’ve already sent it.
- Arrive early to your interview. I recommend no more than 30 minutes.
- Start by introducing yourself by referring to some keywords from the job description.
- SMILE, and don’t be too serious, but at the same time don’t try to make jokes or be funny.
- Talk about your previous job experiences or what you’ve learnt in your studies (if you don’t have experience) and your part-time jobs if any.
- Try to understand the question clearly before answering, it is ok to say I don’t understand this point.
- If asked ‘do you have questions?’, this is a good opportunity to show your interest in this particular role, e.g.: When will my starting day be, if I got accepted? Is this a new position or an existing role for someone who left? Do you do international projects and in which countries, etc. INTERESTING QUESTIONS!! This shows you are confident by asking something, even if you are not feeling confident.
- End your Interview with a SMILE and thank them for taking the time to interview you.
After the interview, you should follow up by email the next day saying that it was great opportunity to meet them and that it was your pleasure! I did this, and it really worked for 3 top international companies.
The Last Advice…
I would strongly advise you to keep on searching and fighting for your goals, until you are able to reach your dream job. You might find yourself applying for roles which might not be in your particular interests, but this shouldn’t stop you from working hard until you reach a job/salary/company/working city/colleagues, etc. you’re fully satisfied with..
Hello, I´m Mona Hegazi, an electrical engineer with master’s in Engineering Management from NTU. If you would like to know more feel free to check my LinkedIn Profile. Feel free to contact me for more advice and tips. Good luck mates!
Mona is an NTU Alumni Fellow. You can find out more about how to get involved with the Alumni Fellowship Programme here.
Need some more advice? Check out our article on Interview tips, written from an employers perspective!