Tips for a successful interview

Tips for a successful interview is a great way to establish a first contact for a job. But after this first step, you will need two things: a well-written resume and a successful interview. Many people do not realize just how important the interview is. But the fact is, it is crucial. This is where you make your first and most important impression as a person. Companies are not just interested in your training and experience and they can get this information from your CV. What hirers want to find out in an interview is how you respond in day-to-day situations at work, your attitudes and values, your soft skills. If you disappoint at this key step in the hiring process, say, by showing up unprepared, unkempt, unmotivated, late, or not at all, you will dramatically reduce your chances at a job. This is especially true for young jobseekers. In a survey by the Nicaraguan Foundation for Economic and Social Development (FUNIDES) in collaboration with the Association of Human Resources Executives of Nicaragua (AERHNIC), hirers clearly stated that when dealing with young applicants, they prefer to hire attitude and train aptitude. The five competencies most often singled out by human resource managers as indispensable are that you:


  • are honest
  • comply with the company's basic rules of conduct
  • show enthusiasm for the work/tasks you do
  • are capable of respecting and listening to people in higher positions
  • demonstrate teamwork skills


You can easily showcase all these skills and more in an interview by following the basic, but key points we have put together for you below. This can significantly increase your hiring chances.


Arranging the interview

Write down the name of your interviewer, the position you are applying for, as well as time and address of the interview before you end the call.


Preparing for the interview

- Research the company you are applying at: mission, vision, products, services, general data, etc.

- Know and identify the requirements for the position and check how many of them your profile meets. If you used’ matching process, you can see this in the match report.

- Study your CV and prepare for questions that may be asked in the interview. There are many resources online with examples of common interview questions.

- Know and master your skills, experience and training.

- Make a list of your strengths and your weaknesses. Prepare examples of how your strengths helped you advance professionally and strategies for dealing with your weaknesses.

- Prepare questions to ask the interviewer. You want the job and the company to be a good fit for you too.


The day of the interview

- Even if you sent your resume by email, always carry a printed copy.

- Take a pen and notepad with you, as well as a list of the questions you want to ask.

- Check your appearance: avoid flashy clothes, dress well, clean and shaved (if applicable), don't wear dark glasses.

- Go alone.

- Arrive early (5 minutes before).


During the interview

- Smile: This is a key factor, sending a message of empathy and accessibility. Greet the interviewer with a conventional formula: Good afternoon Mr. Sanchez.

- Eye contact: This non-verbal tool helps us to communicate a lot of confidence.

- Posture: Body language plays an important role, since it transmits a lot of information about you. Sit straight, don’t sit on the edge of the chair (denotes insecurity) or in a lazy way (disrespect).

- Don't talk too much or too little. Try to find a good balance - and make sure your language is appropriate.

- Only address the interviewer informally if expressly invited to.

- Listen carefully to questions and answer deliberately and honestly. If you don’t understand the question, ask for clarification.

- Show your interest in the position: ask the questions you prepared and be enthusiastic about the work and tasks.

- At the end, thank the interviewer for taking time to interview you and leave with a handshake and a smile.