Preparing for the interview

Preparing for the job interview is an important step in the job search process. That’s why we need to take the time to prepare ourselves with answers to possible interview questions and especially to go in with the knowledge that we will succeed. This is when we can win the employer over to our side and convince them that we are the best candidate for the job available.
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 leave nothing 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 your interview, make sure you know the address and time you need to be there. Either write down the information during the discussion or ask the person who contacted you to send you the details in a message or email.
Look on the map for details of how to reach them and make a note of the date, time and details in your calendar. You don’t want to forget or arrive at the wrong time or place.

Find out in advance about the company you are going to, read the job advert again and prepare answers to any questions during the interview.
Choose the outfit you will wear to the interview.
First impressions count, so think about the most appropriate outfit based on the job you’ve applied for and the company policy (this contains internal organisational rules). Your attire should be impeccable, you should be dressed decently, clean and neat, without standing out with eccentric or out of the ordinary clothes.
Your attitude and posture during an interview are very important. Be honest, calm, smile and listen!
Go to the interview with confidence, a positive attitude and respect a few important points. 
Be punctual! You can arrive early at the location, but arrive no more than 5 minutes early (if you arrive much earlier, they may not have anyone to pick you up because the employer has other business). Never be late for an interview! If this happens, such as in heavy traffic, contact the employer to let them know before the scheduled time.
At the interview, shake hands with the employer.
Don’t shake his hand too hard, but don’t let go too easily either. The handshake should be balanced. If you don’t know how to do it, practice it with the right intensity with a friend.
Throughout the interview, maintain eye contact with the interviewer, but don’t abuse it. At the same time, it’s important to have the right body language and tone of voice. Maintain your professionalism and don’t become too familiar with the interviewer, even if they have a very relaxed attitude.
Answer the employer’s questions to the best of your ability. Ask questions too.
If you don’t know how to answer a question, say you will find out and come back with the right answer. If you need time to think, repeat part of the employer’s question to prepare your answer. And if you think you’re wrong on a question, don’t miss it! It is important to give the most appropriate answers to the following.
Pay attention to everything the employer tells you and ask questions if you have one. This will show that you are genuinely interested.
Here are some questions you can ask your interviewer:
How open is this position within the company?
What would a successful month, quarter or year look like in this position? What would be an outstanding accomplishment for someone in this role?
What are some of the most common issues and challenges I might encounter in this position?
What are the next steps in this interview?
Be prepared for tests and trials 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 various professional or personal topics or describe past professional situations and motivate your behaviour by highlighting what you have learned from your experience or be presented with a case study and asked for concrete solutions if you are faced with a specific professional situation.
After the interview, there are two more simple steps to get the most out of the experience.
Step 1: Send the interviewer a thank you email within 24-48 hours. Emphasize that you had a good experience and that what you learned (mention 2-3 things) makes you excited about the role and the company. Send a short message with a positive note.
Step 2: If you don’t receive a response sooner, send a follow-up email within 2-4 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, upbeat 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 exaggerate to please or impress the employer! The employer is not looking for an ideal candidate, but one that fits the job and the organisational culture of the company. (Excessive over-emphasis on the task leads to failure).
  • Maximum punctuality! Appropriate attire, preferably sober and neat.
  • Do not sit down before you are invited! Posture: upright, without crossing arms or legs. Hold the other person’s gaze when speaking.
  • Give the interlocutor the initiative to engage in the conversation, he is the one who will direct the questions.
  • Communication that reflects education, intelligence: coherence, clarity, brevity, 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 assessing skills, experience and professional personality. So no personal opinions, criticism or sympathy for personal problems.
  • 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 job/company you are interested in. The recruiter may also discuss the issue of salary, initial negotiation is important.
  • Stay 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) to learn a new lesson that will be useful for future interviews.
 
At the end, thank the recruiter for their time and declare your interest in the job once again.
 
Now you are ready to have a successful interview! Good luck!

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