How to behave at the interview
Every person is sooner or later faced with the issue of employment. For this we get the necessary education, go through various practices, gain experience. But how to present yourself in the labor market so that the employer becomes interested in your candidacy? How to behave in an interview? What should I say, but what better to remain silent? All these and many other questions confront applicants who have gone through the first stage in job search - creating and sending out a resume. Experts of the company Naim.ru tell about how to behave during the job interview.
How to prepare for an interview
A job interview is a test for an applicant, during which his professionalism and level of competence is assessed. The opportunity to take a vacant position depends on how well the first meeting with the employer takes place. That is why the interview requires careful preparation.
Start with the required documents. Do not forget about your passport, diploma of education and advanced training. Also, it would not be superfluous to take a resume (although many employers ask you to fill out a sample organization form).
Before going to the interview, try to study the information about the company you are going to get. Read the site, read the reviews, learn the direction of the employer. Thus, you can show your interest in the future place of work.
Then you should consider the answers to the questions most often asked by employers:
- What is your last job? Why did you decide to change it?
- What is work experience?
- Why choose our company?
- Why choose you? List your strengths and weaknesses.
- Who do you see yourself in 5 years?
Variations of questions may differ, but the essence remains the same - the employer is looking for an employee who can work in this position, possessing the necessary competencies. For the applicant, this is a great chance to profitably “sell” yourself.
Speaking about the previous job, you should not negatively respond to the leadership and colleagues. Calling the reason for the job change, restrict yourself with a neutral answer. It will not be superfluous to emphasize your desire to grow professionally, gain experience and improve acquired skills.
When talking about work experience, list the organizations where you worked before. It is not necessary to tell in detail what your employers did, the creation dates of each organization and the names of the directors. It is better to stop on their own achievements in their position.
Talking about yourself, try to specify such personal qualities that will distinguish you from other competitors. Do not praise yourself, but do not criticize unnecessarily. It is better to mention some minor blunders and tell how skillfully you coped with them.
Think carefully about your appearance. Do not forget that you can not make a first impression a second time. Try to find out in advance whether there is a dress code in the organization. If yes, try to comply with it, if not, give preference to a reserved business style. Women should not experiment with the length of the skirt, men - with the color of a tie. In general, clothing should be neat, hair clean and laid, nails treated. Do not get involved in perfumes and cologne, especially in hot weather.
How to behave in an interview with the employer
So, the preparation was successful and you are ready to go for an interview. Remember some rules, and everything will go like clockwork.
It is better to go to the interview in advance, even if you know the route well. It is better to wait by yourself than to make the waiter wait. If on the way you had a force majeure, call and warn, explaining the reason for your late arrival.
When you come to the organization, do not forget to turn off your cell phone.
When you arrive, be sure to say hello, introduce yourself, ask to report your arrival.
Going into the office to a potential employer, be friendly, sit opposite the interlocutor. You should sit on a chair exactly, without falling apart, without crossing your legs, etc. Keep as natural as possible. Excessive nervousness will not give you the best impression.
Listen carefully to questions, answer only after the employer finishes his speech. Do not interrupt, even if you know what he wants to ask. Answer only on the merits of the question asked, try to meet the answer in 2-3 minutes. If you are asked to tell about yourself, do not start in the memories of your childhood. The employer is more interested in your education, as well as work experience.
During the interview, you can also ask questions to the employer. Prepare them in advance so as not to miss important points due to excitement. Direct questions about future career growth or the possibility of a pay rise should be avoided. It is better to ask whether there is an opportunity for further training, which characterizes you as a person of purposeful and visionary.
At the end of the interview, thank the employee for your time and ask how you will be informed about the results. Many are embarrassed to ask, but in vain. It may give the impression that you came only for a “tick”.
Remember, good mood, self-confidence and preliminary preparation is the key to a successful interview.
The article was prepared by specialists of the portal for employment Naim.ru