Preparing for the job interview is an important step in the job search process. Therefore, we must take the time to prepare with answers to the possible questions in the interview and especially to go with the thought that we will succeed. This is when we can win the employer on our side and convince him that we are the best candidate for the available position.
So, let’s find out together what you need to do to prepare for this moment, what the possible questions are, and what steps you need to take to avoid leaving anything to chance.
Scheduling the job interview is the first interaction with the potential employer and can take place by phone or email.
When you are contacted to schedule the interview, make sure you know the address and time you need to show up. Either write down your information during the discussion, or ask the person who contacted you to send you the details in a message or email.
Search the map for details on how to reach them and write down your date, time and details in your calendar. You don’t want to forget about it or get to the wrong time or place.
Find out in advance about the company you are going to, read again the job advertisement and prepare the answers to the possible questions during the interview.
Choose the outfit you will wear at the interview.
The first impression matters, so think about the most appropriate outfit depending on the position you applied to and the company’s policy (it contains internal rules of organization). Your outfit must be impeccable, you must be decently dressed, clean and neat, without being highlighted by eccentric or out-of-the-ordinary clothes.
Your attitude and position during an interview are very important. Be honest, calm, smile and listen!
Go to the interview confidently, with a positive attitude and respect some important aspects.
Be punctual! You can get to the location early, but you arrive a maximum of 5 minutes early (if you arrive much earlier, they may not have anyone to pick you up, as the employer is doing other work). Never be late for an interview! If this happens, such as congested traffic, contact your employer to let them know before the scheduled time.
At the interview, shakes hands with the employer.
Do not shake his hand too hard, but do not let it go too softly. The handshake must be balanced. If you don’t know how to do it, practice with the right intensity with a friend.
Throughout the interview, maintain eye contact with the interviewer, but do not abuse it. At the same time, it is important to have the right body language and the right tone of voice. Keep professionalism and do not become too familiar with the employer, even if he has a very relaxed attitude.
Answer the questions asked by the employer as best you can. Ask questions too.
If you don’t know what to say to a question, say that you will find out about it and come back with the right answer. If you need time to think, repeat some of the employer’s question to prepare your answer. And if you think you’re wrong about a question, don’t miss it! It is important to give the most appropriate answers to the following.
Pay attention to everything your employer tells you and ask questions if you have one. This will show that you are really interested.
Here are some questions you can ask your interlocutor:
- How is this position free in the company?
- What would a successful month, quarter, or year look like in this position? What would be a remarkable achievement for someone in this role?
- What are some of the most common issues and challenges I might encounter in this job?
- What are the next steps in this interview?
Be prepared for tests and trials, right from the first meeting.
There are no typical job interviews. You may be invited to a meeting with a recruiting firm, a committee, or a single interviewer.
You may be asked questions about different professional or personal topics or describe past professional situations and motivate your behavior by emphasizing what you have learned from your experience or you may be told a case study and asked for concrete solutions if you you are facing a specific professional situation.
After the interview, there are two more simple steps to be able to gain as much as possible from this experience.
Step 1: Send the interviewer a thank you email within 24-48 hours. Emphasize that you had a good experience and what you learned (mention 2-3 things) makes you excited about your role and company. Send a short message with a positive note.
Step 2: If you do not receive a reply sooner, please send a follow-up email within 2 to 4 weeks. Just mention when you had the interview and ask if a decision has been made.
Recommendations for students – presentation at the job interview
Calm, optimistic attitude, naturalness and authenticity in what you think, communicate and act. Don’t force yourself to be different than you usually are and don’t overdo it to please or impress your employer! The employer is not looking for an ideal candidate but one that suits the position and organizational culture of the company. (Overmotivation on the task leads to failure).
Maximum punctuality! Proper attire, preferably sober and neat.
Do not take a seat before being invited! Posture: straight, without crossing your hands or feet. Support the other person’s gaze when you speak.
Give the interlocutor the initiative to engage in conversation, he is the one who will direct the questions.
Communication that reflects education, intelligence: coherence, clarity, conciseness, short and objective answers. If details are needed, the recruiter will ask for them.
The interview is not a simple conversation or discussion, but involves the assessment of skills, experience and vocational personality. So no personal opinions, criticisms or compassion for personal issues.
Do not address political, religious issues.
At the end of the interview, the employer may ask you if you have any questions. Then you can ask questions about issues related to the position / company that interests you. The recruiter can also discuss the salary issue, the initial negotiation being important.
Be firm and focused until the end of the interview, relaxation can take place at home. After the interview, critically evaluate your presentation at the job interview (advantages and disadvantages), in order to learn a new lesson that will be useful in future interviews.
In the end, thanks the recruiter for his time and once again states his interest in the position.
Now you are ready to have a successful interview! Good luck!