The job interview is crucial in the selection process. The recruiters can apply different types of interviews and tests to choose the ideal candidate
Before the interview
- Know everything you can about the company
- Review your skills, your experience, and your training
- Take the curriculum and know it perfectly, because they will be based on it
- Make a list of your weak points and prepare arguments to defend them
- Make a list of your strengths and prepare arguments to corroborate them
- If they quote you in writing, confirm your attendance
- Check your appearance (avoid flashy clothes, well-dressed, clean and shaved)
- Go Alone
- Be punctual (5 minutes before)
- Prepare the interview, the coach is going to do it too
During the Interview
Create a good impression First impressions are of great importance. Many entrepreneurs consider that after having seen a candidate enter the door, observe the form of shaking hands and sit down, they are able to decide on their worth
- Say hello to the interviewer with a conventional formula: Good afternoon Mr. Ruiz
- Sit up straight, or on the edge of the chair (insecurity), or lounging (disrespect)
- Do not be the first to extend your hand
- He waves with a handshake and smiles, looking into his eyes
- Do not sit down until they tell you
- Do not tutee if they do not tell you
- Be attentive and sympathetic
- Avoid getting nervous and gestures that indicate how to bite your nails, hit with the pen on the table, shake in the seat …
- Do not smoke
- Do not interrupt
- Look at the interviewer in the eyes, but without intimidating
- Let him take the initiative
- Do not talk too much, or too little
- Watch your mouth
- Do not sin of aggressive or sensiblón / a
- Do not approach the interviewer excessively
- Do not put your elbows on the interviewer’s table
- Do not cross your arms, it may seem that you are on the defensive
- If they offer you a drink you can accept but, that is not alcoholic
Think before answering
- Respond clearly and briefly
- Always tell the truth
- If they ask you about yourself, emphasize your training, experience and the result of your work
- Do not use elaborate words
- Do not respond with evasions or doubts, or with monosyllables
- Try not to use sharp expressions “always, never”, or use “bone”, “this”, “good” …
- Show enthusiasm for work, but do not beg
- Do not speak ill of the companies in which you have worked
- Do not refuse to answer questions
- If you have questions like: how do you go on a trip with your boyfriend? What do they ask for one or two rooms? Answer that in your opinion that matter is irrelevant to deduce your suitability for the position you choose. Say it seriously but not aggressively. These questions value your emotional control
Think and respond positively
- Do not say that you need the work terribly
- Do not criticize past businessmen
- If you do not have experience: Do not say, “I have just finished my studies and I do not have professional experience” focuses in another way the answer … “I am available to work and willing to put into practice all the knowledge I have acquired in my studies
On the possibilities of promotion, the company or the job
Express your thanks
After the interview
Analyze the results, note strengths and weaknesses during the interview … it can be useful for future interviews in that or other companies.
Possible questions that you can ask in the interview
- Tell me about yourself
- Tell me about your activities outside of your studies/work
- Tell me an anecdote about your life in which you successfully solve a problematic situation
- What does the company earn if it hires you instead of another candidate? What differential element do you contribute?
- If you were the one in charge of making this selection and I was the candidate, what qualities would you like me to gather?
- Do you like to work with people or do you prefer to work alone?
- Do you consider yourself a leader or a follower? Why?
- What has been the most important decision you have had to make?
- Define yourself with five qualifying adjectives. Justify them.
- What have you learned from your mistakes?
- Do you finish what you start?
- Think of …… a teacher, a friend, your boyfriend/girlfriend. If you were asked what you are like, what do you think they would answer?
- If all the jobs had the same remuneration and the same social consideration, what would you really like to do?
- Describe your scale of values
- What type of people gets on your nerves?
- Do you sleep well?
- How do you usually react to the hierarchy?
- How do you get into a work team?
- What impression do you think I got from you after this interview?
- Why did you study architecture, law, economics …?
- How did you decide to study ………….? What other careers attracted you?
- Who influenced you the most when choosing your career?
- Which subjects did you like most / least and in which ones did you score better / worse?
- To what extent are your grades due to your personal effort and to what extent to your intelligence?
- What changes would you have introduced in the curriculum of your Faculty or School, if you could?
- What was the most rewarding experience during your life as a student?
- Do you plan to continue or expand your studies in any way?
- If you were to start your studies again, what would you do differently?
- In your complimentary training, what seminars or short courses have you completed? What motivated you to do them?
- Did you do any “student” work (classes, summer jobs, internships …)?
- Did you have a representative position during your student time? (Delegate, of course, member of the Tuna …?
- What did you learn during your previous jobs? What functions did you play? How much did you charge?
- Should you supervise someone’s work?
- Which of your previous jobs did you like more / less? Why?
- What is your most creative project or solution?
- How did you get along with your colleagues, with your bosses, with your subordinates?
- What was the most unpleasant situation you saw yourself in? How did you deal with it?
- Describe the best boss you have ever had. And the worst
- Describe me a typical day in your previous work
- How did you get that job, that practice …?
- What do you know about our company?
- What attracts you to her?
- What work environment do you prefer?
- Do you prefer a predictable job or a changing job?
- What relationships do you think there should be between a boss and his immediate collaborator?
- Would you be willing to move to another city, to another country, or to travel frequently?
- Do you have a geographical preference?
- What do you think maybe the greatest difficulty in moving from student life to working life?
- Which department (marketing, financial, production, commercial …) attracts you more?
- What are your strengths and weaknesses for this position?
- What do you see yourself doing in five years?
- What are your long-term goals? How do you think you can achieve them?
- How did you find out about this position?
- Why do you think you will succeed in this work?
- What kind of boss would you like to work with?
- And with what kind of boss do you think you would end up crashing?
- Would you be willing to take a training course in charge of the company, before being hired?
- How much do you want to earn now (and within five years)?
- Do you prefer to work in a large, medium, small, public, private company … Why?
- Do you like the predictability of a job whose starting time you know, as well as the time of completion, or do you prefer a job in which today you do not know exactly what you will do tomorrow?
- When could you join the job?
- What people from the companies that you have worked on before can give us references about you?
- Do you participate in other selection processes?
- What do you think of ….. the monetary union, terrorism, feminism, politicians, unions ………?
- Do you talk with your parents-wife / girlfriend / or the incidences of your work?
- With whom you live?
- What does your family do?
- Do you have a girlfriend – wife? What do you think of this job?
- What do you do in your free time?
- What are your favorite hobbies?
- Which is the last book you read? what do you think about it?