Galina Mihaylova & Anton Ivanov
Interview: Preparation

Interview: Preparation

Interview: Preparation

To prepare well for the interview, you should have an idea of ​​what it represents, and any variations thereof not to be surprised at the last minute.

Do not expect to speak in the interview, especially the first, with his future employer. Usually done by a professional, but that does not scare you. Even has some advantages if you are familiar with the nature of his professionalism.

Apparently now many employers prefer to combine pure interview with other methods – tests and assessment centers etc.

The combined system includes a personal questionnaire test capability test for the diagnosis of performance and a questionnaire for the professional interests or other tests.

The recommended form of the final call is “Evaluation of the round table”, and has the character of each hearing. The candidate is presented in an atmosphere free of tension, with answers to various questions may produce the most complete yourself. He also receives specific information about the position and company workplace. Assistance of external consultant does increase the objectivity of the decision and is aimed at reaching a mutually acceptable solution. The duration of the final stage two, maximum three hours.

Many employers or intermediary agencies prefer structured interview. It takes place in a friendly atmosphere and in isolation from noise room with comfortable chairs and no phones. Interviewee presents and evaluates how the interviewer education, professional experience and interests, expected salary and others. meet the profile requirements of the position. The conversation should not last more than 25 minutes, the interviewer is responsible for about 20% of the time. It is not recommended that a preliminary interview to be conducted directly by the manager of the company. Better when interviewing pro-talks with all interested candidates it, prepare a short list of the most appropriate ones, and only then the manager held its interviews precisely those candidates who best fit into the profile of requirements position.

Do not panic. Remember, the more prepared you are, the more comfortable you will be during the interview. The more relaxed you are, the better it will perform. The better you present, the more likely you are to get the job done. Makes sense, right?

Learn as much as possible about the company, the position and the person who will interview you. The best source for this information is the consultant of the agency recruitment who sent the interview. However, we should not forget to do your own research. Drink water straight from the source! Call the company and ask for brochures and other materials that you may have provided. Explore detailed page of the company on the Internet. Only then turn to secondary sources of information such as the press, catalogs and trade business directories. Remember to interview friends and family.

Be aware of why you want the job. Your attitude and a sense of confidence should tell the interviewer: “Appoint me.” Be prepared to present your best skills that you can offer the company. When you describe your previous initiatives show how they relate to the strategic plans of the company. Talk about results that are measurable.

Show the way in which you have achieved success, focus on your strengths.

Be prepared for the standard questions of each interview.

One of the most frequently asked questions is “Tell me about yourself.” Remember that interviewers usually build their attitude to the candidate during the first few minutes. Talk about previous appointments, emphasizing the positive achievements. Be concise in his speech – if the interviewer has stopped blinking eyes, you’ve eaten a lot of verbosity.

Another question is: “What is your greatest weakness?” Always answer the question without having to do a psychological dissection. The purpose of this question is to find out if you look at yourself and how to know whether you consider perfect or there are things on which you work to improve them.

Be aware of why you left your previous job. The explanation should be brief and optimistic, not dwell on unnecessary details.

“What salary do you expect?” Do not raise the issue before being asked, especially in the first interview. Do not discuss the amount of salary before you have a firm offer – this is the best position to negotiate. Do not be the first to mention a specific figure – wait to offer one. Remember that this figure is not everything – bonuses and social benefits it can double.

Determine what your needs and desires and be aware of the difference between the two.

Prepare questions you want to ask – they show that you are interested in the company and the position. Ask only questions that you can answer yourself. Your questions to the company show a sincere interest in your potential future employer and how you have prepared for the meeting. Remember – you are part of these conversations and it is normal to not only meet, but to ask questions to build its own. Rehearse! Ask your friend to ask you questions that you have already prepared, but in random order. The purpose of this exercise is not to memorize answers, but to gain confidence to make more convincing.

Day before the interview, check if you know the exact address of the company, how to get there and for how long. Prepare the clothes you plan to be at the interview – clean, ironed, buttons and zippers – there and working.

Dress conservatively. The suit is the most appropriate for the occasion, especially if it is a bright color. Gentlemen, white socks are more suitable for tennis courts than similar official event. Ladies, be moderate in your hair and makeup – natural colors look best.

If you’re the kind of person who would go to the hairdresser before the interview you should consider are risking a lot if you are not moderate. You are right, it should look good, but that does not mean that the interviewer should be looking all the time in your hair instead of listening to what you say.

Your clothing must conform to the style of the company you are applying: If you will be meeting with representatives of the creative department of an advertising agency is unlikely interviewer wearing a suit, so you would look funny in strict business attire. On the other hand, if you are meeting with a representative of an auditing company T-shirt and jeans would be considered quite inappropriate.

Women should not try to impress interviewers with short skirts and tight shirts, and men should not attempt to be original with light socks and sneakers.

When you put on a new outfit make sure you are wearing it at least once before. Otherwise, the interview may be that it is too tight, it barely breathe.

It is strongly recommended that you try to look at the countries and to evaluate the adequacy of behavior during an interview.

Due to the fact that during the interview the applicants are concentrated on what you say and do they often fail to observe their behavior as a result they can not spot the strengths and weaknesses in performance. Possible “medicine” is self-monitored monologue in front of the mirror: it is not a sign of a troubled, but attempt to look at your image and assess it in terms of expression, gestures and posture.

Should also pay attention to how you approach the start of the conversation be critical to the way you greet the other hand, as well as words that “ice-breaking”.

Pay attention to how you express your motivation for applying and how you present yourself. Try to make a list of reasons why the employer should hire you, define your strengths and be prepared to talk about your weaknesses (but only if asked) in a way that makes them a clear advantage.

Before you go for an interview, make sure once again that you are familiar with basic information about the company. Gather information about the company’s origin, property, field of business, products and services, image, trends of development and overall strategy. Today, it is far easier to find such information for companies as most of them develop their own websites or are referred by others. If you come across an article about the company or an interview with one of its executives, find it, re-read it and be prepared to post their congratulations or good impression during the interview. It will be appreciated by keen interest in the potential employer.

If you know the name of the person you will meet during the interview, try to get the impressions of people who know him:

You will be more focused and assertive if you are prepared for the interviewer’s approach in his dealings with people. Moreover, it may be that you will have a panel interview or series of consecutive interviews. Therefore, it is better to know this in advance, so as not to be caught in an awkward position.

Talking to friends, however, should not aim to get them to put pressure on the interviewer or to intercede for you in front of him. Professionals will immediately become suspicious and irritated by the fact that you are trying to influence their judgment.

If you do not know the name of the interviewer had to ask for it when you called and invited for an interview. So do not forget to do the next time you call from a potential employer.

It is also important to know what language will be spoken during the interview.

Intuitively you know that it is absolutely unacceptable to drink alcohol before an interview. Knowing and assertive behavior are indispensable, and none of them is a function of alcohol.

Usually at the end of the interview you will be given the opportunity to ask questions. Except that you will need to get further details on the job, your questions will witness genuine interest in the respective employment opportunity. Ideally, you should prepare in advance a list of questions you want to ask the interviewer; they can relate to the experience of the company and general policies and organization with respect to the position you are applying for; can also consider issues related to corporate requirements and ideas for the perfect match to the position, etc.

Make sure you know exactly where the office you need to go and how long it will take to get there. Otherwise you risk being late and it will not make a good impression on the interviewer. Generally, you should not arrive at the appointed place at the appointed day, about 5 minutes earlier. When waiting in the hall should behave as if the interview has already started for you; remember that you are being watched; often impressions of the secretary and other staff passing you appear to be essential for the final decision of the interviewer.

Still time can have control over the outcome of the contest. Careful preparation will save you anxiousness during the interview, as well as increase your chances of success.



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