Services for Job Seekers
Services for Job Seekers
Going to an Interview
- Make sure you know enough about the company and the field.
At the very least read the website.
- Think of answers to the most common questions beforehand.
- Come up with questions you can ask.
- Plan your trip to the location properly – don't get lost
and be late.
- Dress as appropriate for the position
- Take copies of your CV and other references with you.
During the Interview
- Adapt to the setting – the interview may be strictly
structured or more free.
- First impressions are important, as always. Introduce
yourself to everyone and look people in the eyes when shaking hands.
Let the interviewer reach for your hand first.
- Watch your body language.
- Speak clearly and give direct answers.
- Remember that you can also ask questions.
- Be honest, but don't volunteer information on weaknesses.
- Don't sound like you're repeating sentences you memorized on
- Keep quiet about negative experiences at previous jobs.
- Don't be too forceful or confident to the point of being suspicious. Being more humble than you would in many other countries pays off.
- When you're done, thank everyone for their time and find out
what you need to do next.
If You Need to take a Test
Many employers require some sort of testing before hiring, in
order to judge the suitability of the candidate. It's supposed to
provide impartial data, and ease comparisons. Tests are usually
administered after the first round of interviews, and may include the
- IQ tests
- Personality evaluations
- Learning ability
- Post-test discussion sessions
It's hard to prepare in advance, but be well rested and attentive.
If a test has a time-limit, don't let quality suffer, as the others probably won't be any faster than you are. Don't get stuck, either, and just skip impossible questions. Ask about
your performance afterwards in order to get useful tips – it's a
learning experience even if someone else fit the job better.
- Describe yourself in a few sentences.
- What are you doing currently?
- Why did you choose your field of study?
- What are your strengths and weaknesses?
- How does your education fit this vacancy?
- What are your hobbies?
- Why are you applying for this position/leaving your previous
- What motivates you?
- What expectations do you have for the job?
- What's your family situation?
- How do you respond to pressure?
- Give us an example of a problematic situation and how you
- Can you well both in teams and alone?
- What's a good boss like?
- How do you deal with difficult coworkers/clients?
- What do you know about or company?
- What achievement are you especially proud of?
- What are your long term plans? How will you reach your
- How will the organization benefit from your presence?
- Would you like to ask us something?
- What salary level are you expecting?
- Are you skilled with computers?
- What kind of job environment do you prefer?
- Are you prepared to travel?
- How flexible are you with regard to work hours?
- Do you have any health issues that could affect your