Who among us does not dream of a perfect job? One in which we feel good, like our team and fulfill ourselves in an atmosphere of respect and trust. What to do to get such a job? Surely the first step is to present yourself well at the interview. In this article, you’ll find some tips.
How do you know if someone is confident and has experience in working with people? He maintains eye contact, but… with everyone present at the meeting. If three people are talking to you, give each of them a little attention and look at them all every now and then. I know, I know, it’s hard when we’re stressed, but it’s worth the effort. How would you feel, dear reader, if, for example, at a social gathering, someone ignored you and spoke to only one person for an hour? Probably neglected. Take yourself to the heights and show that you can.
Dress smartly, iron your clothes. We avoid see-through blouses, shorts, short-sleeved shirts, short skirts and large necklines. It’s best to prepare them the day before, so that you don’t have to worry about putting together your outfit in the morning. You will make a good first impression that cannot be undone.
Ghosting in HR
Ghosting, or disappearing without warning, occurs not only in dating. Finding a job is a dynamic process and it may happen that you get another job faster or change your mind. If you cannot appear at the meeting, write an e-mail or text to the recruiter. You will show class and show respect. Perhaps at this point this company is not your priority, but you don’t know if you will need it in the future or if you will not be seeing each other at business meetings. It is a pity to risk being blacklisted if it takes a few seconds to inform about your absence.
First impressions matters - appropriate clothing
What is the recruiter’s nightmare? Average Schmidt comes for an interview and does not remember what position he applied for, nor does he know what the company does. We live in beautiful times. There is no need to send telegrams, look for numbers in the telephone book by turning the dial on corded telephone or search the encyclopedia to find something. You can even visit the website on your way to the company. Make a database of the job postings you apply for and check if necessary. Who knows, maybe when you do research about the company you will come up with some brilliant idea for improvement and you will go straight to the CEO’s office? 🙂
Come to the interview earlier
A safe rule of thumb is 20 minutes. In many companies, you have to go through 2 receptions, sign in to the guest list, get a badge, etc. You may need to freshen up in the toilet or collect your thoughts. It is better to walk outside the company’s headquarters for a moment than to run into a meeting, out of breath, and explain that there was a traffic jam. There always is. Don’t be like road builders surprised by winter this year. Companies have a limited number of meeting rooms, so if you are late you may lose your slot. Moreover, the interview may be attended by several people who organize their time and calendar to meet you! 🙂 If there is a lot of competition, every detail will count. It would be a pity to reduce your chances just because you were late.
Savoir-vivre and business etiquette
- Hide your phone and turn off the sound
- Pay attention to the hierarchy within the company
- Wait for a recruiter or your prospective boss to give you a handshake
- Never chew gum while talking
- Don’t talk about private stories
- Don’t gossip about your current colleagues and don’t talk negatively about your boss
Prepare answers to the most likely questions
The good news is that most questions are predictable. You can expect, among others such questions:
- What’s your experience?
- What exactly did you do in your position?
- What is your scope of duties?
- Why do you want to change job?
- What do you expect from this job?
- How much do you want to earn?
- Your strengths and weaknesses
- What was your relationship with your previous boss?
- What would you like to do professionally in a few years?
- What did you do professionally and as a student during your studies?
- What were your failures and how did you deal with them?
- What successes can you boast about?
- How would you deal with a situation when … (here find difficult situations in your industry – client, the problem with payment from the contractor, etc.)
If you write in your CV that you know e.g. English at B1 or B2 level, and when asked if we can switch to this language, you say that you need to prepare and maybe later this puts your honesty in a bad light.
Patience and peace
It may happen that you write something on your CV and the recruiter will ask you about it or the questions will be repeated in the next stage. Don’t get irritated by saying “as I said before” or “I have it written on my CV, haven’t you read it?” Remember that your CV is just a teaser. A good recruiter can deduce a lot from how you talk about a given topic. The content of your CV is a good start to an interview. Going with the idea that you are going to meet probably your future employer, just be open-minded and curious. On the other side, too, there are people who have similar problems and worries in life as you do. An interview is a great time to verify your skills and experience, but also to see if this company suits you.
Storytelling- prepare a story about yourself
Everyone has a story, and so do you. Instead of telling clichés about yourself, try to create an interesting story that shows the road traveled to where you are today. Show the transformation of the hero, difficulties, overcome crises. Talking about your difficulties or failures can be your asset, especially if you show that you have drawn conclusions and changed the way you act. Thanks to this, you will stand out from the crowd. Learn how to create engaging stories using storytelling techniques and how to create a pitch about yourself.
Hi. Welcome to my blog 🙂 I’m a psychologist and public speaking trainer. In 2021 I was chosen as one of the top 11 public-speaking coaches worldwide 2021, according to the Coach Foundation ranking. I work as a TEDx coach and Head of Speakers at TEDxZurich. I also help, among others, lawyers, vocalists, actors, lecturers and business people in preparation for their speeches in front of hundreds of people in the audience, as well as in conducting small meetings or presentations. For many years I worked on controlling the stage fright that kept me awake at night. I was singing and dancing in a Cuban musical. I have always wondered how to manage the internal critic, not to worry about the opinion of others, and how to build a real sense of confidence on stage. Now I know the answer.
Recently, I have given countless interviews, which made me aware of the importance of confidence in front of the camera. Having been involved in music since the age of 10, I know how stressful it can be to present to a wider audience. By combining my business and music experience, I can guide you through the process of changing direction towards your dreams. Based on my vast stage experience, I have gained the ability to provide adequate tools and methods of coaching that will support your development.