Guide to Interviewing

Nisa Raja

Last Update 2 years ago

This guide is a load of super valuable information on communicating and interviewing with companies.

Tips for doing well on eWorker

These tips should assist you when dealing with companies that send you interview requests and give you the best chance of getting an offer from a company.

An interview request is NOT a Job Offer – an interview request is simply an indication that someone at the company who is in charge of hiring likes your profile and wants to start a conversation with you. They will be evaluating everything you do from the moment they send you the interview request and this will factor into whether or not they make you a final offer.

Be VERY responsive – being slow to respond or “going quiet” makes it look like you’re not interested in a company when they send you an interview request. Companies expect a response within at most 48hours. If you aren’t immediately available let them know when you will respond in full – it’s better than just ignoring them.

Be polite – when replying to interviews, you’re talking directly to the people at the company that are in charge of hiring you. They put a lot of time into reviewing profiles and reaching out to candidates.

If you’re interested, accept the interview – when you receive an interview request on eWorker, if you’re interested in hearing more, accept the interview request to get the conversation started. You can sort out the final details of when you’re interviewing and ask detailed questions about the position once the introduction is over.

Keep in contact with your Talent Advisor (they’re there to help) – ask them to help you out if you’re struggling with anything or need advice. Be sure to let them know if you are no longer looking for work or don’t want to receive interview requests.

Basic things to do before an interview

Research the company. eWorker profile, Website, blogs, press, check out profiles of team on LinkedIn.

It’s always good to have questions prepared for them. Take them with you on a notepad to the interview. If you don’t have any questions for them, they may assume you’re not interested. If they are building any cool thing, feel free to ask questions about it. Remember that you’re interviewing the company too 

There is a thread on StackOverflow on questions to prepare for your interviewer. Also, you can use this “cheat sheet” 10 Questions to Ask in an Interview for Developers

Be prepared to answer these common questions

These are common questions asked in interviews. It’s good to have some answers prepared prior to the interview.

  • Tell us about your current company and the work you do?
  • Why are you leaving your current company?
  • Share an example of an interpersonal conflict you overcame.
  • Tell us about ways in which you recognised bad practices and helped to introduce good practices?
  • Could you share a story about a past where you could have done things differently?
  • Tell us about a challenging project you have done? This should ideally be a work project.
  • Choose something with highest real-world impact.
  • What do you do to keep up to date in your field?
  • What current developments in your field interest or excite you?

The Interview

Some final tips to remember before your interviews.

Interview checklist

  • Make sure you arrive 15 minutes early.
  • If you’re doing the interview over Zoom/Phone. Make sure you are in a quiet place.
  • Take a notepad and pen.
  • Make sure you have questions prepared to ask them.

During the interview

  • Show Enthusiasm, and passion. Get excited about stuff. Show you’re proud of what you’ve done, and that you’re amped about what they’re doing.
  • Never say bad things about current or past employers. If you do then always offer a constructive solution to how things could have been better.
  • Never argue with the interviewer.
  • Ask clarifying questions. Make sure you understand the problem or the question. Your interviewers will help you get to the answer.
  • Think out loud, Don’t go quiet. Let the interviewers know what you are thinking.
  • Don’t give up. Keep trying. If you get stuck, spell out your exact thought process and what you’re trying to do next. Even if you don’t solve a problem, being able to explain what’s going on in your head counts for a lot.

Following up after the interview

Following up after each interview is a great way to show a company that you are interested in them. It also helps speed up the process. The easiest way of doing this is sending a quick message on eWorker.

Thank them for their time, tell them you are keen to take things further and that you look forward to hearing from them. If they don’t respond, keep following up! Don’t presume they’re not interested.

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