Tricky questions, or get prepared!
It is difficult to overestimate the importance of the first impression. Charm, confidence, maturity, body language, curiosity and energy are important in forming a positive impression. And such qualities as slackness, listlessness, apathy, gloom, shyness and unsociability are likely to create a negative impression of the candidate .
Neatness – your hair should be well combed and look tidy, shoes should shine, clothes should be clean and ironed, nails should be clean. Various unpleasant odours such as perspiration, cigarettes, alcohol, scents or shaving lotion should be eliminated. Clothes should be clean; try to avoid clothes which are too revealing.
We would like to give you some advice on clothes recommended for the interview: style and colours should be neutral – “business style”, for men that means a suit, with which a tie is essential, for women, it means a dress or a suit.
It is permissible to decorate your business clothes, but do it correctly: a small brooch or an elegant blouse under a jacket. Avoid wearing short skirts even if you prefer mini-skirts and your legs are really worth seeing.
Avoid wearing way-out clothes, your clothes should display "unity of style" and be integrated with your personality.
Arrive at least 15 or 20 minutes prior to the interview so that you have time for a rest and to calm down.
Make sure that you know exactly where you should go.
Find out who the interviewer is. When greeting people, shake their hands firmly and address them by name. Be relaxed but not hunched up.
Be ready for difficult questions, give confident and calm answers.
Now a few words about body language. Don't be afraid of looking an interviewer in the eye, but at the same time, don't stare at him. Try not to sit in a “closed” posture that suggests a combative attitude (crossed hands and legs). Remember that the purpose of interview is not to get this particular job at any cost, but to give the interviewer information sufficient for him to make a decision that will satisfy you and the employer.
Now, some general rules on preparing for the interview:
Try to find out as much as possible about the company you hope to be joining, and about the prospective job.
You should have with you a copy of your CV and of your diplomas or certificates that confirm your qualifications.
Be ready to provide the names and telephone numbers of those recommending you, subject to their agreement.
Be sure that you know exactly where the organisation is located and calculate your trip time in order not to be late.
Make sure that you have enough time to be confident, don’t worry if an interview takes a long time.
Put on clothes of a neutral business style: elegant, stylish but not flashy!
Draw up a list of possible questions and prepare answers to them.
It is recommended that you “rehearse” the answers to the most frequently asked questions as actors rehearse their roles.
Be prepared to discuss the wage/salary.
Draw up a list of questions you would like to ask. For most professional interviewers, the questions you ask are as important as your answers.
Questions discussed at the interview varies, but there is a certain list of questions which it is highly probable will be asked. And the better you are prepared for these questions, the more natural and convincing you will be at the interview.
Before we pass on to the most frequently asked questions, we would like to give you some advice on how to answer questions.
Sit up straight, but try to be relaxed. It is recommended that you turn to the interviewer not only your face but your whole body. If it is necessary to move a chair, do not hesitate. Don't draw your legs in and do not keep them crossed under the chair.
While listening to the interviewer, try to maintain eye contact. Don't lower your eyes, or look aside or at the ceiling. Interviewers usually don't like that.
Don't interrupt! Listen to the question up to the end and show that you are interested the in conversation.
Answer only when you're sure that you've got the question right. Sometimes, the interviewer formulates the question vaguely and abstractly. It's better to ask whether you understood the question correctly or not. Quite often the interviewer will clarify the question, thereby helping you to give the correct answer.
Don't expatiate, give short answers, 2-3 minutes will be enough. If the question is difficult, give the gist, only the most important information.
Don't worry even if the answer seems to be very short. Very often, trying to make a better impression, people wander off topic, trying to tell the interviewer everything they know. Before going on at length about something, find out whether this information is needed or not.
Be ready to pause. If you've answered the question, pause and don't be nervous. Let the interviewer think what to ask next. Be patient.
Don't lower or raise your voice. A low tone of voice can create an impression of a timid, diffident person. Maintain eye contact and you'll sense how you ought to speak.
Try to give detailed replies even to short questions, but without deviating from the theme of the question.
An interviewer usually wants to get the maximum information at the minimum time.