An interview is the next step you take if your potential employer takes interest in your CV. It is important to prepare for the interview because it is the phase where most employers form a fundamental picture about you. To complete a job interview successfully, follow a few simple guidelines to help you increase your chances of success.
Home preparation for the interview
Even before you arrive to the meeting, we recommend that you find the available information about the company you apply for employment in. We also recommend you to study the job content of the job you have been offered. Thus, you show your honest interest. Last but not least, do not forget to check the details in your CV, especially the information about your work experience. If you've found any errors or have changed some data, bring an updated CV with you for the meeting.
Think about your expectations
What do you expect from a given offer? Why are you a suitable candidate for this position? These are the basic questions you will be asked by each personnel clerk during the interview. It is good to have the answers ready in advance. It is also important to think of the motivation, which often pushes the candidate to the next round. You too have to be convinced that you are really a candidate suitable for the position.
Choose an appropriate dress for the interview
People say: “tailor makes the man”. This also applies in this case. Choosing the right dress, styling, and your presentation is what is important in the interview, and creates the initial impression. That's why you must adhere to the following: Less is sometimes more, Stick to the proven classic and do not experience too much. Try to choose clothes that make you feel comfortable and correspond to the position you are applying for. These dress policies apply to both, women and men.
Come to the meeting in time
Come at least 5 minutes before the start of a job interview. It is important to know, who you are going to meet and what job you are looking for.
It is very important to be natural at the interview. An experienced personnel clerk reveals within minutes that this behavior is not natural to you and you are just trying to make an impression. Try to act calmly; be honest; do not complicate your answers and, in particular, do not try to give false information. Fictive responses can do more harm than good. Gesture appropriately when speaking. Natural gestures can help you in communicating.
Candidates we meet in the interviews are mostly very well prepared for standard questions about their work experience. However, model situations may surprise. That is why we have prepared a set of questions that we often ask during the interview. Our goal in the situational issues is to find out how you responded to the specific situation you have dealt with in your professional career.
What was your role in the team?
Tell us about someone, whom it was for you very hard to work with.
Tell us about the situation, when you had troubles integrating into a new team.
Tell us about the situation, when your work was not positively evaluated.
Tell us about the situation, when you were under stress.
Tell us about the situation, when you initiated an idea.
What was the biggest challenge for you and how did you handle it?
Tell us about the situation, when you were dealing with a challenging problem.
Tell us about the situation, when you had a limited time to decide.
Tell us about the situation, when you solved the problem in a non-standard way.
Tell us about the situation, when you received undue criticism.
When you have learned from your mistakes last time?
In preparing for a job interview, however, remember that it is the person conducting the interview who matters. Personnel clerks often put behavioral questions; on the other hand, managers or technical specialists rather focus on expertise. So be prepared for everything.