The job interview
Congratulations! You have done it! You have been invited to an interview by a client of LHC International. Of course, we are at your side but you should read these tips below and prepare for the interview:
Prepare yourself well before the interview and keep in mind to do some research on the internet about the potential employer: What kind of company is it exactly, where is it operating, and how it is positioned? How many employees does it have? What is said about the corporate culture, values and visions? Do not forget to do some research in social media networks and media articles easily via Google's "News" feature, too.
- It is logical but should still be mentioned here: Sleep in, be well rested and relaxed in the interview. Of course, you will be a little nervous but you will not be able to concentrate if you are too tired. Arrive early as a traffic jam or late public transport will put you under stress and will make you late. To be too late for an interview is an unforgivable faux pas!
Depending on the company, modest clothing can be appropriate. If you are going to have an interview at a conservative company you cannot go wrong with a dark suit and tie. Subtle colors are the way to go in this case. Clean and well looked-after shoes complete the professional image. However, if you are trying to get a job at a young, funky and style-oriented company, this style can be inappropriate. Ask your LHC International consultant for advice. A word also on odor. Do not use too much perfume. Less is more in this case. Intrusive perfumes put you in a bad light.
An interview usually takes between 45 and 90 minutes. Depending on the company, the HR manager, the head of the department, the immediate supervisor, and / or the owner of the business could be present. There are often several rounds of interviews. Only the HR manager is present in the first one. Always ask beforehand who will be present. There will not be much emphasis on your technical skills in the first interview as your resume has been read. The interviewer wants to get to know you as a person and find out more about your abilities to see if you are suitable to the company. Read the job offer carefully and think in advance why you are the ideal candidate for the individual tasks and requirements. Mention specific keywords from the ad and have examples at the ready. Talk about parallels to your current job. You may be asked to talk about yourself and present you strengths and weaknesses. Keep the desired position in mind and emphasize how your strengths apply to the new job. In the so-called self-presentation you have to present yourself in the best way for the potential new employer. Here is where you show the similarities between your resume and the job specifications. Please do not just say exactly what your resume is saying as the recruiter has already read it. In general, the presentation will take about ten minutes. Ideally, you practice at home because this will make you sound more confident. Use active language (I can / I reorganize) and talk about yourself, not someone in general. If you have cheated on your CV it will become obvious now and you will have no chance to proceed. The HR manager will detect inconsistencies immediately by asking specific questions. Do not worry about gaps in your CV and explain these. Your LHC International consultants will give you advice on how you find out why there are gaps in your CV and how to explain them convincingly. Create an emotional connection to your interlocutor and look at him, or at both alternately. Direct eye contact helps a lot. Smile and do not hesitate to turn your body to face the person you are talking to. This signals interest.
Usually, you will be assigned a seat. Sit upright and confident. Your voice needs to get some air and have space, do not speak too quietly. You do not want to come across as a shy little mouse. Do also show self-esteem with a normal-firm handshake. Speaking of hands: Do not fidget or even bite your nails. Sure, you're nervous but you need to control that. Your arms should be active and help to get your point across. Please not cross them in front of your chest because that signals rejection. Do not play with your hair, jewelry, or the like. Your arms and hands may be put on your lap or on the table if you are nervous and are afraid you will fidget with them.
- The farewell is important as well as you leave one last impression. Give a firm handshake with a smile before leaving. Thank the people present for the interview and say goodbye by saying that you are looking forward to hear from them. A more casual farewell may be appropriate in some industries but you are always on the safe side by saying something more official. Please do not blabber on. Instead, say something like "I'm very interested in the position" as a confirmation of your interest. And if you want to call someone like your partner, mother, or someone else, please wait until you are outside the building.