The following Gulf Interview Cracking Tips have been compiled with the
help of the best Middle-East recruiters in agencies & companies, as
well as, recently hired candidates.
1. Greet your interviewer with a firm handshake and a smile, address your interviewer by his / her first name, and look into the eyes while talking or listening.
2. Never sit until asked to.
Before going in for the interview, make sure you try to get as much
information about the organization and the job position as possible.
Visit their website, read about them, inquire about the job position and
the salary range offered etc.
4. Read your own Resume
thoroughly. Chances are someone else made your Resume. Be sure you know
the dates of your previous jobs well too.
5. Be sure about
the exact location of the office, and how you can reach there. It is
advisable to reach at least 10 to 15 minutes early, so you can be well
6. Dress smart. Don't dress too flamboyantly. Be decent, stick to formals. Look confident & successful.
When asked to say something about yourself, DO NOT talk about non-work,
personal life. No one is interested in it, except yourself. Stay right
on the path related to work, your duties etc. Remember never ever to
speak in negative tones about your past organization.
At the end of the interview, the interviewer may ask you if you have any
questions for him / her. Be enthusiastic and ask some questions about
the organization, it's goals, about the job position etc. Do not forget
to thank the interviewer for the time they took out for you.
A Thank You Letter should be sent after the interview, particularly if
you know the interview went well and you are interested in taking up
that position. This will refresh the interviewer's memory and keep you
on top of the list. If you do not receive a response a week later, go
ahead and call.
10. If you went for the interview through a
recruiting agency, then let them know whether you are interested or
not. Many a time the organization is waiting for an answer from the
employee, before they say yes.
Although negotiating salary, may be common in some places it is NOT recommended for the UAE and the Gulf market. It may give the potential employer a negative impression about the candidate.
Here are the things that you should FOCUS on:
3. Strong Handshake.
5. Ask Questions.
6. Confident Answers.
7. Polite & Soft-spoken.
10. High Moral Standards.
These Gulf Interview Cracking Tips more or less cover almost everything. If you go through these thoroughly, you will be well prepared to make a Positive Impression. And in these competitive times, this may be the one thing that tips the job in your favor!
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