A good job interview begins at least a few days before it takes place. To prepare for the interview with a potential employer, you must start by gathering information about the company, its products, services, market positions, competitors, development opportunities.
Where to find business information?
- annual reports
- company homepage
- news portals
- existing and former employees of the company
- company customers
Prepare answers to frequently asked questions in job interviews.
These are questions about what you have achieved so far, your motivation to take a particular position, your values, your competencies, and your career goals. Be ready to answer these questions:
- could you tell me about yourself!
- why do you want to work for our company?
- why do you think you are suitable for this vacancy?
- what do you know about our company?
- what were your responsibilities, achievements, and initiatives in previous jobs?
- what were the difficulties or problems in your professional practice and how did you deal with them?
- what was the reason for leaving your previous job?
- what are the expectations regarding the amount of salary?
You should dress smart and appear professional and active on the day of the interview. Check to see if you have an alarm, find an interview location, how to get there, and schedule time for possible traffic jams. Do not arrive earlier than 15 minutes before the job interview. Calm down before going to the interview room.
What to wear for a job interview?
The first impression is very important, so:
- clothing, footwear, hair, and nails must be clean and well maintained
- use cosmetics moderately, especially perfumes.
- don’t overdo it with jewelry
- it is essential to avoid overly transparent or loose clothing
Body language in a job interview
- when speaking, try to avoid extensive gestures and uncontrolled actions (chewing a pen or jerking the interviewer’s business card).
- sit upright in your chair without falling or swinging.
- do not rest your chin on your hands, which may indicate a lack of interest or boredom.
What should be avoided during a job interview?
- too quiet/loud talking
- unspecified answers
- a sharp reaction and militant defense of one’s opinion
- talking too much
- defamation or defamation of a former employer or colleagues
- exaggerations and lies
- unnecessary touching of face, hair, watch, garment details
- use of chewing gum
At the end of the conversation, find out how and in what form you can expect a response about the further selection process.