Job interview: What to expect?


The techniques of e-recruitment have become the most used recruitment method by recruiters. Many companies are currently using online recruiting strategies that they believe are very beneficial to the business. Here are some of the main advantages:

  • Profitability: generally free to use! Most platforms allow you to post your vacancies for free, this minimizes labor costs. If you invest in candidate screening software, you may be able to save even more during the hiring process.
  • Immediacy: Most messages and replies appear in real time. This can help you step up your efforts to attract more applicants, and even prevent applicants from applying if you’ve found the right person for the job.
  • Efficiency: E-recruitment is easily accessible to users; it is the efficient method to promote your ads. Online vacancies can be quickly shared across multiple platforms.
  • Ease: Almost anyone can use online recruiting methods with very little training. They are clear, easy to understand and user-friendly.
  • Longevity: Newspapers and other print media have a very limited lifespan, depending on the publication cycle, however Online jobs will remain active until the author or website removes them.
  • Accessibility: No matter where you are, if you have an enabled device and Internet connection, you can edit your job posting, see how many responses you have and even respond to applicants.
  • Reach a Wider Audience: You can target a much larger audience without having to pay extra or change your recruiting strategy

Maroc emploi: A living example

The Marocemploi.cc site offers its visitors a variety of job openings in various sectors. To guarantee a simple, fast and efficient search, the site has a number of filters that guide the Internet user to the job corresponding to his expectations. Among these filters, we cite:

  • What? : The candidate carries out his research using a keyword of his choice. Example: ‘’ Digital ’’
  • Where?: The candidate chooses the city where he wishes to find a job
  • Category: About fifty categories and fields of expertise are available on our site.
  • Type of job: If the candidate intends to work on a CDI, CDD or other, he is able to carry out a search of which all the results will correspond to the type he has chosen.
  • Publication date: Some candidates prefer to view the most recent offers, for others this parameter is irrelevant.
  • Salary: Another very important parameter, the candidate can conduct a search based on their salary’s expectations.

Description of a job interview

1- The pre-interview phase

Before taking the interview, you must have already taken several steps in the application process. This is called the “pre-interview phase”. During this phase, you should have sent your CV, cover letter and possibly other documents requested by the recruiter. You might even have had a phone interview with the manager before you were invited to a physical interview. So before even going for the interview, the recruiter knows a bit about your background and skills. You have to be confident because you’ve been asked for an interview because the manager thinks you may be a good fit for the job!

2– The interview phase: the beginning

Most interviews are one-on-one meetings with the manager with whom you will work most closely within the company. Sometimes you will come across a human resources employee who leads the company’s hiring processes.

3- The interview phase: the types of questions

No interview will be exactly the same; each recruiter will ask slightly different questions. However, most recruiters ask questions to assess both your general demeanor and your skills. Below are some types of questions you can expect in a job interview:

  • Verification questions: You will be asked to provide information about yourself, such as your type of degree, number of years in your last job, etc. The recruiter may already know some of these answers and therefore just check the facts cited on your CV.
  • Skills questions: The recruiter can ask you questions to find out what behavior you have adopted in a certain situation. This is a question in which the interviewer asks you to describe a past situation where you have demonstrated a particular quality. These questions indicate how you can handle similar situations in a new job. Here’s an example: “Describe the most difficult challenge you faced in your last job. How did you handle it?”
  • Situation questions: A situation question is a question in which the recruiter describes a hypothetical situation and the candidate has to explain how he would have handled it. With this type of question, the interviewer aims to find out how you will handle situations that may arise in the workplace.

4- Other types of interviews:

  • Group interviews

One type of group interview that you can participate in is an interview in which a hiring manager interviews you simultaneously with other candidates. In this scenario, the interviewer may ask each of you to answer the same questions or ask different questions of each of you. Sometimes you will have to solve hypothetical problems as a team.

Whether or not you are in a group interview, your interview questions are likely to remain a mix of check, skill, and situation questions.

5- The interview phase: after the questions

After the recruiter asks you questions, they’ll likely ask you if you have any questions for them. This is your opportunity to ask questions about the company and the position. It also gives you another chance to sell yourself to the recruiter. Again, the interview is your chance to see if the job is right for you, so feel free to ask questions.

6- The post-interview phase

The next step in the job application process, the “post-interview phase”, takes place in the days following the interview. This is when the hiring manager (and anyone else involved in the hiring process) decides whether or not you are fit for the job.

Most companies will respond with a “yes” or “no” within a week or two, although some companies take even longer to respond (especially if they are conducting interviews over a long period of time). Unfortunately, some companies only respond if the company still has to choose between multiple candidates, you may be asked to come back for another round of interviews.

Remember, no interview is a waste of time, even if you didn’t get the job or decided it wasn’t ideal for you. Each interview offers the opportunity to practice your skills and decide on the types of jobs and organizations that best match your personality, interests and skills.

Best of luck!