Be efficient, bring out your best features!
Remember that the interview is the best opportunity you have to get an insight into the position and the company, and find out how you can contribute to achieving the company's goals for growth and earnings.
Think through how you will present yourself. To sell themselves to a prospective employer within 45 minutes is enough to make anyone a little nervous. There is a simple way to overcome nervousness on - by exercising the interview situation. Ask someone you trust to interview you, and give you constructive criticism.
In an interview you can encounter anything from 1 to 3-4 people, but do not stress of being in the minority. Remember that these people basically like what they already know about you. How you behave, the way you respond and you are perceived by interviewers, is crucial if you are to be offered the job. They are often as excited as you. They have, hopefully, worked hard to pick out potential candidates and have great expectations.
• Prepare a three-minute presentation of yourself.
• Tell us why you are interested in the position / company.
• Explain why you are the best qualified.
• Read your application and CV again, especially if it has been a while since you wrote them.
Interviewers often start with what you have written when they ask questions.
• Check dates positions, responsibilities and achievements.
• Be aware of your good qualities, and think through what you can improve on.
Prepare to present examples and achievements, and how these experiences can help the company to resolve some of their challenges. Concentrate on the last thing you've done, but do not forget the start of your career if you have worked for some years.
Know the position
Try to imagine a picture of the position, the main duties and responsibilities, as well as what is expected of the position.
Know the company
Search online and find out as much as possible about the company. Perhaps you know someone there? This is a typical question: - What do you know about us?
• Annual Reports
• Friends and colleagues
No job interviews are similar, but they have some common features. The interview is a friendly invitation from a recruiter who are curious about what you have to contribute, both personally and professionally. An interview should not be an oral examination or third interrogation.
Remember that recruits want answers to the following:
• Motivation - you seem particularly interested in this position? Do you want and can you do the job?
• Commitment - do you do whatever it takes for the task?
• Chemistry - will you fit in?
• Results - what you have achieved in the past?
Some Tips on Interview Day
• Meet precise, not too early or too late.
• Take notes, resume, application, certificates and diplomas.
• Turn off your mobile phone.
• It is normal to be nervous, and the interviewer knows.
• Say it as it is, it dampens nervousness.
• Show interest and motivation for the position.
Emphasize achievements and goals you have accomplished. Bring out the trust other people have shown you, usually with facts and figures if previous employers are what you are referring to. Answer honestly and directly to questions. Interviewers seek candidates they can trust. If you need to discuss negative experiences, be honest and point to what you have learned, and why you are not going to make the same mistakes again. Answer the question directly. You should not ignore a question by answering something else or by asking a counter question. If you are unsure about a question, ask to have it repeated.
Ask specific questions.
Be positive when you tell why you might, want to leave the job you are in, or previous jobs. Important keywords are "more" and "several." You will have more challenges, more responsibility, more opportunities etc. If you were fired or laid off, stressing what you have learned from this and how the experience has made you even more proficient in what you do.
The first impression
The interview is often the single most important factor that determines whether you get a job, so the first impression is important. A firm handshake is always positive. Dress well and slightly conservative. Then you will give a professional impression. Please check in advance how the staff is dressed there. During the interview you should add focus on being
• Engaged - show that you want your job!
• Offensive - be direct, ask questions
• Smiling - good mood breaks barriers
Give examples of what you have done and why. Practice like role play for practicing some answers before the interview. Answer clearly and concisely, avoid chattering away (easily done when one is nervous). If you are asked to tell about yourself, so limit your answer to two or three minutes and put emphasis on the personal achievement, without bragging.
Be sure to have a good appearance, be polite and tolerant. Have good eye contact with the interviewer. Reply detailed enough on questions. Let interviews come with proposals on wages. Think about whether you have added yourself bad habits when you are nervous. Some yawn, others fans energetic with the foot under the table. It may be wise to weed out such.
The process in an interview
As a rule, the recruiter opens the interview to tell about the company and the vacancy. During the interview you may be asked tough questions. These are designed to see how you react to pressure and unfamiliar terrain. There are no standard answers to these questions. See standard question in next page.
An interview is an exchange of information. Show interest by asking questions. Prepare some questions about the company and job in advance. An interview usually lasts 45-90 minutes. Sometimes you may be asked to take a personality test and some employers interviews candidates in groups.
The Interviewed is rounded usually with information about the process. How long it will take, how many applicants there are and how many are called for an interview. You will usually get to know when you can expect to hear anything. If it is not mentioned anywhere…, ASK.
Visit the website of the company and familiarize yourself with what it stands for, then you could come up with two or three questions that make the interviewer interested in you. To find out more about the position and the company, and who can help you to understand better what the interviewer is looking for.
• What do you see as its main competitive advantages?
• How does a typical day for this position look like?
• Do you have a training program, and what it contains of?
• How do you see the development of the company in the next five years?
If important information about you is not reached, try to get this told this before you depart. You should also have a clear picture of how a working day would appear to you. Find out the next steps in the hiring process and when it will happen.
The question of salary may be sensitive and lead to several rounds of negotiations. Most companies strive to provide a fair offer. They want to bring in new staff at a salary level that makes it attractive to change jobs, but it should be in proportion to the existing salary structure of the company.
The position is the most important element in your decision. No amount of money can make a bad situation or a bad company to a good choice. A good position in a good working environment provides many benefits that cannot be bought for money.
Be flexible. Working conditions are a package of salary, bonuses, titles, development opportunities, skills / training / education, localization and other goods. these may combined and adapted in many different ways. Sometimes it is used great creativity to satisfy both the individual and the company.
If you are asked what kind of salary you are looking for, try to avoid disclosing a concrete figure. This is to avoid under- or overpricing yourself. Try something like this:
"I'm very interested in the position and believe I can contribute to growth. I currently make ... pr. Year and I am open to a competitive offer".
After the interview
If it feels right, you can send an e-mail thanking for a pleasant interview. Depending on what was said in the interview, you can call after approximately 14 days, if you have not heard anything. Do not be discouraged even if you do not get the job. Do not forget that when you have been called for an interview, the employer considers you as qualified for the position! It is also good exercise in going to interview. You may have made a great impression even if you did not get the job.