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.
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 HANDFREE option on your phone to make it easier for yourself. Lastly, the most important advice is to take a deep breath, relax and be confident.
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.
Now you have been invited for a face to face interview. In this case, you should do some further intevier preperation and widen your knowledge about the company, here’s a list on what you should do:
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.
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!
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