1. (d) While you must do research on the kind of company you intend to join and its pay scales, you shouldn’t ask this in the beginning.
2. Yes. The employer needs to relate to you. You should be seen to be dressing like others in the company. The prospective employer has to be able to visualise you doing the job.
3. False. Employers can be allergic to scent. Additionally, a strong-smelling perfume is not appropriate in an office.
4. (b) The others are also important though.
5. No. The best qualified does not have to get the job. The person who will get it is the person who prepares and then presents himself well.
6. 15 minutes. If you arrive just in time you will not have enough time to relax and compose yourself. If you arrive too early it would appear that you have nothing else to do.
7. (d) You must be focused all the time.
8. (d) Then if you cannot get the answer, c) would be the more appropriate answer. Do not bluff.
9. (a) You should ask him. An interview is a two-way meeting of minds. If he explains his reasons you could tell him why you think it is important.
10. (b) Be honest. Explain what you have done to negate the weakness.
11. (a) It may be better to cut your losses. You cannot choose your interviewer.
12. (c) is correct. You should never have stated an untruth.
13. (b) It is better not to say anything.
14. (c) It shows that you respect the interviewer’s time. However, a smile and an explanation that you are nervous will not be misunderstood.
15. (c) is the best alternative. There is no reason to put all your cards on the table. However, if a decision is required very soon, then choose (a).
You must remember that the best-qualified person does not necessarily get the job. It is one who presents himself / herself confidently, speaks well and sells himself / herself at the interview. And this can be despite the fact that others may have better qualifications and more experience. The person who makes the interviewer believes that he has that extra magic and that the company cannot afford not to have him / her, is the one who will get the job. The extra magic is really preparation. Successful persons will tell you that to succeed there is no substitute for hard work. Similarly for a good interview there is no substitute for preparation.