Looks like you made it. You created a good resume that caught the attention of the company you want to work for and now they want to get to know you better to make sure you are the best candidate for the position. If you’re about to have your first interview, it’s normal that you’re nervous and have some concerns about how to deal with a job interview, and if it’s not the first time you’ve been in this situation, you’re sure to know from past experience that there’s always something that can be improved.
So that you know how to get through a successful job interview we will divide the whole process into three phases (before, during and after) and offer you practical advice so that you know what to say in a job interview, how to dress, what to wear or what you should do after the interview to increase your chances of being hired.
Although all the information can be useful for any job interview, keep in mind that you may need to adapt your preparation to the type of interview you are going to have:
these are the most common interviews, although with the introduction of new technologies and the Internet, other job interviews are also becoming popular. Take great care of your image according to what is expected of you in the workplace and do not forget to bring certain materials that we will explain later. You may be interviewed by one or more interviewers and have to do it with other candidates at the same time, but they should let you know in advance. It usually lasts between 15 and 30 minutes.
Video conference interview:
if you are opting for a remote location or want to work in another country or region other than your usual home, you may be offered this option. It is very convenient for both parties due to the economic savings involved and it is also relatively easy to make an appointment even if the candidate and the interviewer are in different time zones. The big drawback is that body language loses all prominence and the success or failure of the interview will be measured by how you answer the questions. Take care of your body image and also what you see behind you in the camera to avoid an uncomfortable situation. Learn how to make your recruiter fall in love with Skype.
Telephone interviewing: They are very rare nowadays, although you may need to do a short, quick telephone interview just to confirm that you are a suitable candidate.
Before the job interview: How to prepare for the big day
Pre-training is one of the keys to getting that job that interests you so much. Therefore, pay attention to the following:
Check out the company. Collect as much information as possible about the company you want to work for. You can ask friends or acquaintances, or use the great modern source of information: the internet. Make sure that the company’s philosophy is adjusted to what you want, if you have the possibility of growth, the working hours, if you can work remotely, if it is a franchise, if it has branches in other cities or countries, what are the services or products it offers, what is its type of market, what is its salary, how many workers there are, if it collaborates with other companies, if you will have to make frequent trips, if it requires a clothing label, etc.
Take a look at the social networks.
Social networks can tell a lot about a company. Look at what platforms it is present on, what kind of posts it makes and how it responds to users.
Use the company’s services and/or products. So that you have a better knowledge of what the company offers, use its services and/or products.
Analyze your workplace. While you are sure you know what is expected of you, review the job objectives and requirements for fulfilling all your responsibilities.
Develop and practice a list of questions.
It is very important to know what to say in a job interview. Make a list of all the possible questions, related to the professional and personal area, that can be asked. Remember that they will ask you questions about your experience, education, teamwork skills, autonomy, languages, flexibility, financial remuneration, willingness to travel, strengths and weaknesses, ability to work online or with certain devices, etc. Make a list of 20 to 30 questions and write down how you would like to answer them. Remember that the main thing is to be honest, even if you have to decorate the information a little bit from time to time. Once you have the questions and answers, practice them with someone you trust, and if you have experience in human resources, so much the better. In addition to making sure you don’t omit any important information, practice hand movements, body position, facial expression, intonation, use of appropriate vocabulary, sense of humor, speed of speech, etc.
Choose the right outfit.
Common sense is very important here. If you want to work in the hotel and catering sector, you probably don’t need to wear a suit and tie, but if you want to work in a bank, a formal wardrobe is more appropriate. Take care of your image but don’t try to attract attention either. Companies know that the image of their employees is very important and they are looking for something that pleases their market, not a person whose clothes do not fit what customers expect to see. For many companies, apparel is very important, even telemarketing companies require formal apparel to create a professional work environment even if employees are never in front of the public. Read more in our guide on how to dress for a job interview according to what you want to communicate.
Carry copies of important documents.
You never know how many people will be at the interview or whether the interviewer has forgotten to bring any important documents with him/her. That’s why she carries several copies of letters of reference, resumes, experiences abroad, etc.
Locate the location of the interview.
Enter the address into your mobile phone and plan how long it will take you to get there; you can also print out the addresses. Consider whether you will be driving your own vehicle, taking public transport or walking. It is always better to arrive early than late; avoid giving a bad initial impression.