FAQs (Interviews)

Frequently Asked Questions

Interviews

These are the most commonly asked questions about Interviews

If you can’t make the interview for whatever reason, it’s always better to communicate that beforehand. If you’re kind enough, and your situation bleeds empathy, you might be able to reschedule your interview. If you just miss the interview, then most partners won’t look kindly on that.

When you get an interview scheduled, you’ll probably be contacted via email or phone to set up some time to meet. Whenever you’re contacted try and save those numbers or email addresses so that you might be able to communicate any roadblocks well in advance.

Normally, you should dress appropriately for the job you’re applying for. Be mindful of that, and when in doubt, do some research on the company. They might have pictures of the workspace. If you’re unsure, then you can’t go wrong with smart-casual. If you are attending a remote interview, still dress well and appropriately, it would also be advised to make sure you are in a quiet and tidy area.

First things first, make sure that you have a reliable internet connection and are dressed as if you were meeting in-person. In terms of preparations, make sure to practice common interview questions, and also do a little research on the company you’re interviewing at so that you can bring up what you learnt naturally. Remember to also prepare a few smart questions to ask them. If you show that kind of curiosity it will reflect well.

Once you’re in a position to be interviewed for a job, the most important thing you can do is be fully prepared in order to make the best first impression that you can. We have a helpful blog post that you can read in order to fully prepare for any interviews.
Check it out> https://knowledgetrust.org/expert-tips-on-nailing-your-interview-before-during-and-after/

Finding employment can be stressful enough, but once you’ve got the gig you’re in a whole new game. Add to the fact that you won’t even be in the same room as your new colleagues, and you can get quite nervous and have a lot of questions to ask.

Luckily for you, we had Jaryd sit down with Mr du Plessis(Engineering Manager) from Gitlab to talk about this very topic. He talks about how he manages his productivity while working from home, how to balance work-life and home-life, and some valuable remote working tips!
https://knowledgetrust.org/trusted-interns-webinar-jean-du-plessis-prepare-for-your-first-remote-job/

No, completing the Whatsapp interview will only give you a chance at being seen by the partner, depending on the strength of your documents and application. You’ll only be presented to the partner if you meet all the required criteria. If you don’t complete the interview though, then there is a 100% chance that your application won’t be seen by them.

Try to make sure that you always complete your Whatsapp interviews so that you always stand a chance of your application being seen.

Try to pay attention and answer the question(s) to the best of your ability. Also remember to be yourself.
Also, take note that if your application goes through then the partner will hear your voice note(s). Try to speak with a professional voice, and make sure what you’re saying makes sense.

Be in a quiet environment if possible. Speak clearly and enunciate. Try not to sound bored or monotone, maybe smile while talking. You want the partner to hear the enthusiasm in your voice, and people are more likely to like someone if they sound genuinely interested.

Also, really short voice notes, or answering with only a “yes” or a “no” is a big no-no. There are lots of voice notes where some people go in-depth about why they want a job, or why a certain tool is important. If you’re asked a question about if you’ve ever experienced something and you simply say “yes”, then that’s a huge negative to us and our partner.

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