Conduct information reconnaissance
If we rephrase the well-known aphorism, then we can say: who owns the information, he owns the situation at the interview.
Before you go to the office, find out:
- with whom you will talk: with the chief, the head of the personnel department or his ordinary employee;
- format of the interview (group or individual, question-answer or self-presentation);
- dress code and things you need to have with you (documents, gadgets, etc.);
- how to get there (it’s unacceptable to be late).
Will help to find out this is the company’s website or call to the office.
What you need to know before an interview
Make a map of answers to typical questions
Interviews in the device for work are the same type and at the same time do not resemble each other. Many have heard of stressful interviews, where they can suddenly start shouting at the applicant to get him out of the rut. Also there are so-called case-interviews: the applicant is placed in certain circumstances (for example, talking to a dissatisfied client) and watching how he solves the problem.
It’s not always possible to find out what type of interviewing people prefer in a particular company, so you have to be ready for anything.
To do this, make a card with answers to typical questions and requests (they are asked in 99.9% of cases):
- top 5 of your main strengths;
- what are you good at;
- strategic directions of self-development;
- offers on the work of the company;
- your life and work philosophy;
- your short-term and long-term goals;
- unusual tasks that you had to solve.
Also, you should prepare a list of topics that you would like to discuss with the HR manager in advance.
How to make a plan for interviews
Interpret the questions of the tenant
“A” does not always mean “A”, but twice two is not always four. Recruiters sometimes ask insidious questions, where for simple wording lies a clever plan – to force the applicant to say more than it should.
A simple question: “What salary would you like to receive?”. But the answer helps the interviewer understand your motivation: money, social guarantees, work schedule and so on. If you are asked if you have had conflicts with the management and how you solved them, then most likely the HR manager wants to know if you are inclined to take responsibility or are accustomed to shifting it to others.
Tricky questions – a lot. You need to be able to see the “double bottom” (without fanaticism!).
How to understand the questions of the employer
Think about your non-verbal behavior
HR managers are people, not automata. They, like everyone, pay attention to non-verbal signs: appearance, facial expressions, gait, gestures and so on. An experienced professional can be denied only because he behaved incorrectly.
Think in advance the body language. If from excitement you habitually twitch your foot, then sit your foot on the leg. If you tap your fingers on the table, try to hold your hands with something, such as a ballpoint pen.
HR managers are people, not automata. They understand that you are worried. But the naturalness in non-verbal communication will increase the credit of trust to you.
How not to spoil the interview
Set taboos on some topics
“Tell us about yourself,” the interviewer asks. “I was born on April 2, 1980 (on the horoscope Taurus). In his youth he was engaged in football, was the captain of the city team. Then he graduated from the institute … “- if the story of the applicant is about this, do not see him as their ears.
There are things that are absolutely uninteresting to the employer and which in no way characterize you as a professional. In this example, this is the year of birth (this can be read in the summary), the sign of the zodiac and sporting achievements.
There are topics on which you need to impose a taboo:
- retelling the resume;
- personal life goals (buy a house, have children, etc.);
- reputation of the company and its employees;
- skills and experience that are not relevant to future work (I’m good at preparing, I understand plumbing and so on);
- failures that demonstrate incompetence.
Just as you have drawn up a plan, what you will talk about, write down and remember the topics that should be ignored. Also think about how to correctly answer if you are still asked about it.
What not to talk about at an interview
Behold to calm down
Interviewing is nervous. You can forget what your name is, not to mention the demonstration of business qualities.
To calm down, look around. Examine the office, equipment, staff. Details will tell you a lot about the company, where you are going to get settled, and their analysis will help to normalize the nervous system.
A critical view of the firm and future colleagues can increase the sense of self-importance. Remember: a company needs a good worker as much as you are in good work.
How to comprehend Zen in an interview
Take the initiative in your hands
In an interview, as a rule, there comes a time when the interviewer and the interviewee change places and the applicant has the opportunity to ask questions of interest to him.
Do not waste time on useless “Do you call me or will I call you back?”, “Why is this position open?” And so on. Show yourself as an enterprising collaborator. Ask:
- Does the company have any actual problem? How do you think, how can I help you?
- Could you please describe how you represent the ideal candidate for this position?
- What advice would you give to someone who starts working for your company?
There are also a number of questions that are not recommended. Which – tell the click on the button below.
How to take an interview under control
Following these tips will prepare you for the interview and increase the chances of finding a job.