Dr Expat Guide to preparing for a job interview

You’ve finally got an interview at your dream company for a role you always wanted. The only thing standing between you and your dream job is an interview waiting to be cracked.

Phone call interview- Frequently hiring managers will recommend a phone conversation as a preliminary interview. They will have been preferred by hiring managers/recruitment companies to get to know a prospect before moving further with the interview process.

One on one interview- These take place in person and consists of a chat between one interviewer and one candidate. They give the interviewer a chance to gather information about your background and skill set and assess how well you would fit in with their organisation.

If you want a successful job interview you will need to be prepared for more than ‘why do you want to work for us. Even though you have given interviews earlier you must brush up on your interview skills and be prepared. Here are some job interview tips and tricks to prepare for the next job interview

Research the company and job role

This is a very important tip to prepare you for job interviews. Always research the ins and outs about the company by spending few hours collecting information from their website, social; media or google. This will also help you answer one of the common questions, why do you want to work with us? Employers will want to know how well you know the company.

Be ready with the answers ‘tell me about yourself’

When the interviewer asks you this question, they don’t want to know about how many pets you have or why you don’t like olives. They want to know about your life skills and experiences as your resume will only have the major basics. This is your chance to make an everlasting impression. Your answer should be structured and use simple present-past-future answers to this question.

Be positive throughout the interview

Sometimes you might feel that the job interview might not go well, or maybe the interviewer may ask why you left your last job (if you did) The tone of your conversation answers should always be positive. This might also influence the mood of the interviewer

Mind your body language

You speak through not only words but also your body language. Make sure you are conscious of your body and the message you are conveying. Sitting with your legs and arms crossed conveys protected or uneasy. Make sure you are relaxed without being slouchy and a firm handshake shows confident.

Dress smart, no jeans and make sure your shoes are polished and you smell nice!

Update your LinkedIn profile

Before your interview or applying for a job, make sure you update your LinkedIn profile. If you don’t have one, we advise you to create one. LinkedIn is a professional network where you can connect to other people from your field and make your LinkedIn profile strong as your recruiters might check your LinkedIn profile before interviewing you.

Make use of examples

A pro tip is to make example questions of what you might think the interviewer will ask. For example, about your strengths. It will make a big difference to they way you answer the questions on the day by showing confidence

Speak Clearly

Speak slowly, calmly, and clearly in your interview. When nervous many people speak in a high-pitched voice or very low resulting in the words not understanding by the interviewer. Be slow and try to relax


Along with the above tips there are some more ways you can use to prepare yourself ahead of an job interview to enhance your interview skills

  • Get proper sleep night before
  • Always aim to arrive on time for your interview, Plan the route in advance so that you are fully aware of the location and time it will take for you to reach
  • Once you arrive always keep your mobile on silet and off the vibration mode
  • Wearing a confident smile will give you a confident boost
  • Eye contact is very important, always maintain eye contact and avoid looking down or playing with your clothes or hands
  • Always start the interview with a polite greeting
  • At the end always thank the interviewer for their time

Common interview questions

  • Tell me about yourself
  • Why should we hire you?
  • Why do you want to work with us?
  • What are your strengths?
  • What are your greatest weaknesses?
  • Why are you leaving your current or left your last job?
  • Where do you see yourself in 5 years
  • Is there anything else you would like us to know?


It’s time to cross these interview tips and tricks off the checklist and ‘shine bright like a diamond’ at your interview.

We hope this blog has helped you learn how to prepare for a job interview and enhance your interview skills. Good Luck!

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Written by Farzana Patel

29th November 2022

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