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How to Prepare for an Interview in the UAE


Table of Contents

1 Introduction 4

2 How to Prepare for an Interview in the UAE 4

2.1 Research on the Company 4

2.2 Self Assessment 5

2.3 Practice on Common Interview Questions 5

2.4 Plan on What to Wear 7

3 Conclusion 7

4 Recommendations 7

5 References 8


The following report informs on how to prepare for an interview inthe UAE. The interview process makes it possible for job seekers todemonstrate their ability as potential employees. Thus, candidatesshould prepare in advance, prior to attending the interview. Planningenhances success and is achieved through a number of strategies.These are researching about the company, conducting a self assessmenton one’s achievements, practicing on how to properly respond tocommon interview questions asked by UAE companies, and planning onwhat to wear.


An interview acts as an opportunity for the interviewee to presenthis or her skills, experience and competence to the potentialemployer. Thus, when invited for an interview, the main agenda in theinterviewee’s mind is on presenting their prowess in the best waypossible. In order to be successful, one must effectively prepare forthe interview. In the following discussion, the report aims atinforming on how to prepare for an interview in the UAE. This isachieved through a review of available literature on planning for aninterview.


Available literature on interviews conducted in the United ArabEmirates (UAE), demonstrates that a number of issues should be putinto consideration when planning for an interview. Giordano (2016,p.1) explains that the greatest mistake an interviewee can make isfailing to be fully prepared for an interview. The author furthernotes that interviewing compares to a skill, and similar to allskills, preparing and practicing increases the quality ofinterviewing. In addition, it is not possible to conclude on a singlebest approach to plan for an interview. Instead, there are particularas well as significant strategies to improve a job seeker’slikelihood of succeeding during an interview.

2.1Research on the Company

According to Fullard (2014, p.1), when a job seeker is invited foran interview in the UAE, the first step should be to conduct researchabout the company. It is possible that when applying for a jobinterview, the individual looking for a job was aware about anorganization and what it deals with. However, during the interview,interviewers want to be sure that the potential employee has anin-depth understanding of the company. For instance, the candidateshould have a proper understanding of its goods or services, thelocations of different offices, and target population. In order toimpress the interviewers, the job seeker may research more on theprospect growth opportunities (Fullard 2014, p.1). Information aboutthe company can be accessed from the corporate website andpublications. Online resources are an equally important source ofinformation about companies, their competitors, goals, mission andvision. When proper research on a company is conducted, beingequipped with the information enhances the confidence of theinterviewee. Confidence is a very important trait, which is soughtafter by many employers.

2.2Self Assessment

Self assessment refers to reviewing ones “current skills, talents,abilities, strengths, weaknesses, interests, and work values”(Giordano 2016, p.1). This ensures that the information provided inthe candidate’s curriculum vitae, cover letter and other documents,align with the employment position applied for in a company. Selfassessment also makes certain that the interviewee is able to recallall of his or her achievements prior to attending the interview.Through the evaluation important corrections that are oftenoverlooked are made on the cover letter and curriculum vitae, sincethese are important documents during the interview. Employers beginby reviewing the documents to gain an understanding of the personthey intend to employ. It is important that what the candidate says,matches what is written in the curriculum vitae, for instance onimportant issues such as work experience and qualification.

2.3Practice on Common Interview Questions

It is common for interviewers to ask questions. Some of theseinterview questions may be new, but research indicates that there arecommon interview questions asks by employers in the UAE. Kapur (2014,p.1) identifies the first question as “tell us something aboutyourself”. It is a frequent opening question, which appearsstraightforward and easy to answer. However, many interviewees failto respond to the question well because they provide a brief of whatis outlined in the curriculum vitae. The candidate should respond tothe question by informing precisely on their personal life andprogress to professional information. The latter should depict howone can be an important asset to a company.

The second question is on strengths and weaknesses. The candidateshould review possible answers to the question and ensure that anystrengths mentioned match the position applied for. It acts as anopportunity to boast about one’s skills. Strengths are aimed atdemonstrating that the candidate is the best fit for the vacantposition in an organization. On the other hand, interviewers shouldbe careful when informing about weaknesses. The response must besmart as well as thoughtful. It should include a narration ofweaknesses the candidate has managed to turn into strengths (Kapur2014, p.1).

Third, an interviewee is highly likely to be asked why he or shewants the job. The interviewer is only interested in learning abouthow the job acts as a prospect for growth. According to Kapur (2014,p.1), it is not advisable to complain about the “current dead-endjob, salary or boss woes. Your potential employer does not want youto bad mouth your current one but wants to know about the good thingsthat you believe can happen if you were hired”. The candidateshould be prepared to explain how the new job will be significant.

The fourth common question is on why the company should employ theinterviewee. Once the candidate has been summoned for an interview,the company is already aware of their skills and possible ability tohandle the job. When preparing for the interview, the candidate needsto practice on how to sell themselves to the hiring company inperson. One should be confident in expressing his or hercapabilities.

2.4Plan on What to Wear

It is highly likely that the interviewer and interviewee will meetfor the first time during the interview. Companies in the UAE requirejob seekers to dress conservatively, in spite of the job position. Itis common for individuals to be judged based on their dressing. It isimportant to research about the accepted dress code in a company andensure that the interviewee dresses in the same way. This is because,planning to dress properly for the interview will create a goodimpression about the candidate.


The interview is an important process that allows the candidate tosell his or her skills to the potential employer. As such, candidateshould prepare prior to attending the interview. Planning is achievedthrough researching on the company, self assessment, practicing onhow to respond to interview questions and planning on what to wear.


In order to enhance one’s success during an interview, thecandidate can research on the human resource practices of the companythat has invited them for an interview. The job seeker can also planvisits to the company to observe how employees dress and relate witheach other. By doing so, the interviewee gains knowledge about thecompany, which in turn enhances confidence during the interview.


Fullard, M. (2014) ‘How to pass a job interview in Dubai’ GulfNews, available:http://gulfnews.com/guides/life/career/how-to-pass-a-job-interview-in-dubai-1.1373853[accessed 20 November, 2016].

Giordano, L. (2016) ‘The ultimate guide to job interviewpreparation’, [online], available: https://www.livecareer.com/quintessential/job-interview-preparation[accessed 20 November, 2016].

Kapur, S. (2014) ‘Five most common questions asked at jobinterviews in UAE’, Emirates News, available:http://www.emirates247.com/news/emirates/five-most-common-questions-asked-at-job-interviews-in-uae-2014-02-26-1.539577[accessed 20 November, 2016].