Tips on How to Succeed During an Interview

Have you been invited to an interview? Have you made any preparations? If not then gives you some tips. Get more information on how to succeed during an Interview in Malawi.

 By Sam Banda Jnr


Jobs are scarce these days, and so are the opportunities to be invited to an interview.

Even when invited to an interview, some people fail to secure a job because they do not present themselves well. provides some tips on how to do well in an interview:

  1. Arrive on time. It is wrong for those interviewing you to be searching or waiting for you. You need to keep time - for example, if the interview is starting at 8 am then arrive an hour earlier.
  2. Avoid controversy. Some people have the tendency to bring issues to do with politics into an interview. This is not good. Concentrate on issues to do with the job - and you can discuss anything else after you have been picked!
  3. Be Yourself. Some people have the tendency to change their behaviour. You need to be yourself during interviews and avoid pretence.
  4. Come prepared. In this case you need to be aware of what is required for the post, including qualifications.
  5. Do your homework. Find out background about the company and what they do, and in that way you will be able to ask clever, informed questions.
  6. Dress to impress. Some people have failed their interviews because of their clothes. For men, you need to put on a nice suit with a neck tie. If you do not have a suit then dress smartly, and do not forget a necktie! Likewise women should look at wearing a nice suit, or a smart skirt and shirt.
  7. Know your strengths and weaknesses. One question that interviewees all ask concerns your strengths and weaknesses. Be prepared and tell the truth!
  8. Know the process. When you schedule an interview with a company, understand what you are getting yourself into. For instance, ask the secretary or human resources manager such questions as: How many people will be interviewing you? What are their positions? Will they speak with you individually or as a panel? How much time is allocated? Knowing this will keep you from feeling nervous when you walk in on the day of the interview.