Preparing for interviews

Prepared by Kakuma Youth Research Group

  • Write an application letter that emphasizes what makes you uniquely qualified for this opportunity.
  • Prepare written materials early, share with others for feedback, revise!
  • Research the organization you want to work with before you arrive for an interview. Have a few questions prepared in advance.
  • Consider signing up for a training course offered by the organization you are interested in working for or specializing in a related skill.
  • Consider starting an email account to submit materials. Some opportunities might require email communication.

Interview preparation: Anticipate questions and practice responses.

  • Tell me/ us about yourself.
  • What do you know about the work we do here? How did you hear about us?
  • What interests you about this organization or position? / Why do you want this job, training course, etc.

Commonly asked interview questions

  • Tell me about yourself.
  • What do you know about the work we do here? Why you are you interested in this organization?
  • Why do you want this opportunity [job/ training/ scholarship]?
  • Why do you consider yourself to be the best candidate for this position?
  • What will you contribute to this organization?
  • What do you see as your strengths and weaknesses?
  • How do you see yourself and your community benefitting from this position?
  • Tell me about your previous experiences.
    • What have you been doing?
    • What did you like and dislike about that job?
    • Why did you leave?
  • What questions do you have for us?

Tips for interviewing

  • Speak loudly and clearly.
  • Convey confidence nonverbally by maintaining eye contact and good posture.
  • Prepare a detailed introduction to yourself with specifics about your status.
  • Demonstrate knowledge about the organization.
  • Show enthusiasm and interest.
  • Emphasize your positive qualities. Acknowledge your weaknesses and how you are working to improve them.
  • Be honest. You can only be you!
  • Reference relevant experiences.
  • Demonstrate your fit with the organization. Connect your interests with the work they do.
  • If you are confused, ask for clarification.
  • It is ok to say you need a moment to think about a question, rather than answering right away.

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