The Placement and Career Services department organized a successful mock interview session on Friday November 24, to train students on how to successfully navigate an interview.
Students who participated as interviewees also receive direct valuable feedback and coaching on their performance from a panel of interviewers comprising, Mr. Christopher Mwirigi (Manager, Organizational Development, Chase Bank), Mr. Patrick Huang (Chief of Staff and Principal Business Development Officer, Umati Capital) and Ms. Rose Gichure (Talent Acquisition, Recruiter, Talent Scout and Curriculum Vitae expert, Rose Avenue Consulting Group and Kenya Institute of Management).
The following are some of the interview tips gathered from the session that will help you prepare for and execute interviews:
Read through the job posting
Telling the interviewer more than he/she needs to know could be a fatal mistake. When one is not prepared ahead of time, you may ramble when answering interview questions, sometimes talking yourself right out of the job. One should prepare for the interview by reading through the job posting, matching your skills with the position's requirements and relating only that information.
Conduct a research on the employer/company
This entails the knowledge of the company’s culture, mission and values, products, services and their news and recent events. Furthermore, research on the skills and experience the company values, the key players and any necessary information.You’ll also be better prepared to answer questions and be able to position yourself as the best candidate.
Arrive on Time, Relaxed and Prepared for the Interview
There is no excuse for arriving late to an interview. One should always strive to arrive about 15 minutes before your scheduled interview to allow yourself time to get settled.
Arriving a bit early is also a chance to observe the dynamics of the workplace. The day before the interview, the candidate should pack up extra copies of their resume or CV and a reference list. If one has a portfolio or samples of one’s work, bring those along too.
Dress for the job
It is important to know what to wear for an interview as well as to be well-groomed. One’s choice of dressing should reflect the culture of the company and the position one is seeking. If possible, the candidate should call before the interview to find out about the company’s dress code.