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What to Expect in an Interview
What to Expect in an Interview
As an expert in the field of VMware courses and certifications and helping students get top notch IT jobs, I often receive emails from students asking me what they should expect in an interview.
If you know what is going to be asked in an interview, it will prevent you from stumbling over your answers. Anticipating challenging questions will help you better prepare quality responses for your next interview.
Seven Topics to Expect in Every Interview
Every interview starts with introductions for both parties. After the introduction, you will be asked to talk about yourself. Give a brief but compelling description of your experience and skills, and be sure to keep the information relevant to the current job offer.
2. Knowledge of the Company
Interviewers expect the candidate to know about the company. Before the interview, research the company; learn about the founders, their successes, their major competitors and the products and/or services they offer. Try to incorporate some of this information in your answers throughout the interview.
In almost every interview, you will be asked about your weaknesses. You should describe your weaknesses in a way that puts you in a positive light. For example, if you pay too much attention to details and tend to lose sight of the big picture, you can mention that this helps you to stay on track and focus on your objectives. Be prepared with examples of your weaknesses, but also provide strategies to overcome them.
Most interviewers will also ask you about your strengths, and this is one area candidates tend to boast — a lot. However, you should try to only talk about your strengths as they relate to the job. They should show you in good light, but shouldn’t waste any time. Be prepared with examples to demonstrate some of your strengths.
5. Expected Salary
Your expected salary is something that most interviewers will bring up. Many of them will directly ask “What salary compensation do you expect?” This is a tough topic and most candidates become awkward when dealing with it. If you are not ready to discuss salary, politely say “I would like to learn more about the position and what my responsibilities will be before we discuss my salary expectations.” If you do give a number, be sure to mention that you are flexible.
6. Gaps in Employment
If you have any gaps in your career on your résumé, your interviewer will most likely ask about them. Be prepared with an answer ahead of time that explains the reason for those gaps. Add information that shows your time off wasn’t wasted, such as courses you took, certifications you received or volunteer work you did.
7. Questions to Ask the Interviewer
At the end of the interview, most interviewers will ask if you have any questions. Do not say no! Always ask questions because it will show the interviewer that you are interested and have done your research. Your questions should pertain to the job, and can be about the company, your role or your responsibilities. Prepare a list of questions ahead of time to avoid any hesitations.
Every interview will have these basic elements, and your success depends on how well you prepare. Commit these seven topics to memory and you will succeed in any interview!
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