Job interview lasts for about an hour. HR specialist tries to find out about the applicant as much as he can and decide if he fits the position and is able to fit together with the team. Sometimes HR throws candidate out of comfort zone to check if he is able to deal with stress situations. At the same time discrimination questions about marital status, age, the number of children or sexual orientation and religion preferences is not allowed.
What is expected:
Coming in time.
Plan your way, so in a case of traffic, you still come in time. You are supposed to get to reception about 5 minutes before the interview. Don't underestimate complicated office buildings. It could easily take you more than 10 minutes to get from entrance reception to company one.
Basic knowledge about the company.
What do you know about the company and position, you are applying for. You not gonna believe how many candidates got blood pressure risen by this basic question. Therefore learn fundamental information about the company before an interview: the history, products portfolio, significant clients, future plans etc. Source of this information can be the company website, press releases and news section.
HR creates the first opinion about you within the first 30 seconds, while applicant opens the door, enters the room and says "Good morning". Thus much earlier, that he starts talking about his experience and skills. So don't dispraise, what you have on and your look overall.
Turn off mobile phone and spit out the gum. Smile and greet people around you in a friendly manner. Be careful about handshake ala scared fish or ala gladiator. Don't interrupt HR. On the opposite, let him/her set speech tempo. Don't be back-slapping and don't try to give the super-dominant impression. Watch out! Salary subject is always opened by HR, not by an applicant.
Frequent questions at an interview.
- What kind of job you are looking for?
- Why did you decide to apply specifically in our company?
- What are your expectations from changing workplace?
- Why have you quit your previous job?
- What were your responsibilities at your last job?
- Describe your typical day at your last job?
- What do you see as your biggest acquisition for our company?
- Why should we choose you for this position?
- How is your education corresponds with our requirements?
- Pick your three characteristics, that would you estimate as an advantage and three things you would like to change in yourself?
- What are your professional goals for the next 5 or 10 years?
- Do you have any experience with leading and managing people?
- What are your expectations about salary?
- When will you be ready to start?"
What applicant can ask
At the second part of an interview, HR can ask you if you have any questions. It would be good if you would prepare one or two questions:
- "Is it a newly created position?
- If I am a replacement, what did the reason for it become vacant?
- What are the key criteria to achieve success at this position?
- What are the possibilities of career growth?
- What are the possibilities for education?
- How are employees estimated?
- When can I start?"