- Research the organization. Company websites are a good source of information.The more knowledgeable you are, the more impressed your potential employer will be.
- Think of the reasons why you would like to work for this company and why you are the ideal candidate for the position. Try to determine which of your skills the employer will value most and which examples from your past you can use to demonstrate them.
- Anticipate questions about your CV, keep answers and reasons ready.
- Try to prepare a list of questions to ask during the interview.
- Dress smartly and make sure that you are well groomed.
- Be on time ! Even plan to arrive 15 minutes early so that you are not getting stressed by any unforeseen delays.
- Maintain eye contact during the conversation. This signalises self confidence and shows that you have nothing to hide.
- Be friendly and positive. Do not talk negatively about your current employer, unless you have a good reason for doing so.
- Be honest, it is the best strategy in the long term.
- Above all, be yourself. There is no reason for being nervous, you have been invited, which means you have already passed a first pre-selection.
- Listen carefully and make sure you understand the interviewer’s questions. Give full answers and avoid yes/no responses. Sometimes finish your answer with a further question which helps to establish a flow of conversation and shows you are interested. Do not hesitate to ask if you have not understood everything, but never interrupt the interviewer.
- At the end of the interview, the employer will usually explain what happens next, if not, then ask what the next step will be.
- Thank the interviewer for having taken the time to meet with you.
- Follow up with a thank you e-mail, expressing your continued interest and making reference to the topics discussed.
For international assignments, employers often use telephone interviews. It speeds up the process and can avoid unnecessary flight costs.
A lot of the information detailed above remains relevant, we have however detailed a few specific points below.
- Agree in advance on date and time of the interview. Be ready when the call comes, keep the following information next to the phone: CV, your current appointment schedule, list of questions you wish to ask, writing material.
- Try to use a stable connection.
- Be seated comfortably and make sure that you are alone and free from any distractions.
- Take notes during the interview.
- Sound positive, enthusiastic and smile when speaking.
- Silences often seem longer on the phone, therefore try to avoid too long silences when speaking.