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What you have to Remember For You Job Iterview

We list for you here the most important points and tips to remember when having a job interview.

Before the interview

It is convenient to have information about the vacant position, about what the employer is looking for, for example: what are the tasks and responsibilities of the position, what are the necessary knowledge, if you have personnel in charge, if you have a direct boss or who responds and how much is pay in the market for a similar position. Also, if possible, obtain general information from the employer, for example: what the company does, the products or services it provides, the number of employees it has, whether it has branches, etc. We recommend that you keep in mind what is written in your resume, analyze your strengths, your weaknesses, and think of arguments to explain them. All this information will help you to be calmer and to handle yourself better at the time of the interview.

During the Interview

The interviewer has the objective of checking if you have the knowledge or skills that the job requires. To realize this, he will ask you to talk about yourself, he will ask you questions about your resume data, he will ask you if you know how to do the required tasks, perhaps he will inquire into some questions of your personal life, your availability and your interests. That will be the focus of the interview, nothing that you cannot answer in a simple and comfortable way.

The questions can be of different types:

Direct: Do you know how to do X homework? Do you know how to operate X machine? Do you drive the Excell? Hypothetical: What would you do if X situation occurs? If X doesn't work, how would you replace it? About your story: What did you do in X company? Why did you leave that job? Why do you study? About your projects: What do you expect from your studies?

You need to know clearly what the employer offers, that is, the working conditions (salary, hours, awards, training, etc.) and what are the tasks that he needs to cover (responsibilities, tools used, to whom he reports, etc.). Ask what you need to make a decision.

Remember

  • You are there because you're interested in work.
  • They cited you for an interview because they chose your resume and wanted to know more about you.
  • Maybe you got the interview but you still don't know if he likes that job or if you can do it and you need to have more information about what they offer or about the assignment.

Possible interview questions

Possible questions to be asked during the interview and sample responses. Here you will find examples to help you think through possible arguments.

Motivation and expectations

  • Why have you responded to our ad? (Because I think I'm going to do the job well, because I have experience and knowledge about that position, because it's something that interests me, because it will allow me to learn new topics, etc.)
  • What do you know about our company? (I know what it does, that it has been the most important in the area for years, that it's new, etc.)
  • Do you think you can do this job? What can be the advantages and disadvantages to be able to carry out this work? (It is similar to my previous job, I don't think I will have difficulties, and what is new to me I can learn. It is related to my studies and I have the ability to learn new things).
  • Do you think you will adapt to this job? (Yes, because I worked in similar tasks; yes, because I'm excited to learn; yes, because I'm interested in joining this company, etc.)
  • What can you contribute to our company? (Knowledge, experience, enthusiasm, desire to learn and progress).

Work experience

  • Why did you leave your last job? (It did not suit me financially, because I moved, because there was a reduction in staff, because my interests did not coincide with the tasks that I developed there).
  • Tell me about your last job, what tasks did you do?
  • Describe a typical day at your last job.
  • What were the most difficult tasks? Which ones with the greatest responsibility?
  • Of all your jobs, which one did you like the most? Which was the one where you learned the most?
  • What did you like the most and what did you least like about your previous job? (What I liked the most were the colleagues, what I learned; the least: the salary, the distance, the wasting of my skills).
  • What do you think they would tell me about you in your last job? What do you think was valued about you in your last jobs? (I'm hard-working and compliant, I'm innovative or creative, I'm very punctual and respectful, etc.)
  • Tell me about your previous bosses (Avoid criticism, especially personal).
  • From what you study, what have you used the most in your jobs?

Training

Remember what you wrote on your resume. Do not leave aside trade courses, workshops, internships, conferences, seminars, etc. that are linked to the position to be filled.

  • Which are your studies?
  • Why did you choose these studies? Why did you choose that trade?
  • Do you plan to continue studying? Why?
  • Can you work and continue your studies? Are your studies taking time away from your job performance?
  • How do you manage the schedules to be able to study and work?
  • In what moments do you study?
  • How many days do you request per exam per year?
  • What influenced the choice of your studies?
  • In which subjects does he excel the most? Why?
  • What are the most complex subjects for you?
  • What branch of your profession or trade interests you the most?
  • If you could start over, would you choose the same?
  • What is the most useful for your jobs that you have learned in your studies?
  • From what you study, what have you used the most in your jobs?
  • What is the degree of knowledge about languages, computers, special machinery, trades, etc.?

Aspects of personal life

These questions allow the interviewer to obtain data on some personal characteristics of the applicant, including responsibility, dynamism, character, readiness to learn, initiative, creativity, tenacity, security.

  • Tell me a little about yourself (relate positive aspects of your personal life: family, social activities).
  • What other activities do you do besides work?
  • What are its strengths and weaknesses? (I'm a worker, I'm honest, I have a good relationship with people. Weak: I don't like to make mistakes, I'm too demanding with myself, I'm very obsessive).
  • How do you perform better, as a team or alone?
  • In your work, what are your goals? What is your project?

Questions the applicant can ask

  • What will my responsibilities be?
  • What tasks would you have to perform?
  • What will be the working hours?
  • What benefits does the company offer me: training, cash bonus for presenteeism, progress in the job, travel, overtime?
  • How many people am I going to work with?
  • Who will be my boss?
  • Why is this position vacant?
  • What will be the remuneration for this position?
  • Is there a trial period?
  • Could you describe a typical work day for me?
  • When do you plan to make a decision about hiring?

Different interviews

The interviewer can be the owner of the place, the person in charge or the head of the area where the vacancy is. It may happen that the interviewer first explains the details of the available vacancy, then asks you questions about your work history, or starts with questions about your resume, then informs you of the working conditions and at the end you ask the questions you need. There is a possibility that a proof of work is included, directly performing a task.

There are also group interviews. In these cases, an interviewer brings together several applicants and asks them the same questions, usually they will be about hypothetical situations of task resolution (what would you do to solve this problem?) Surely they will cross-examine the answers of the others ( What do you think of what she answered?)

Recommendations

The interview is a space to tell your "real" work story. Be natural without losing sight of formality.

  • Try to be early for the interview.
  • "Good appearance" is always recommended, this means that the clothing must be according to the position for which you're applying.
  • Think for a moment before answering, don't rush.
  • If there are questions you don't understand, ask for clarification before answering, maybe the question was not clear enough.
  • Remember what you wrote in the resume or cover letter, this will give you clarity and confidence.
  • Knowing the requirements of the position will give you more security to respond.
  • If your previous experience is largely made up of short-lived jobs, it's advisable to have clear arguments to explain how this process was, recovering from each position what was learned and the developments obtained.
  • Do not try to hold attitudes that aren't your own. The interview involves telling your "real" work story from a place of naturalness.
  • Age should not be taken as an impediment: experience may be necessary for that job or, in the case of younger people, someone without experience may be needed to be trained on the job.
  • It is valid to ask what are the times that the selection process will take and agree when you can receive a response.
  • Many times it's not knowledge or work experience that defines the search, but personal characteristics observed in an interview.

The subsequent follow-up

Ask how and in what time frame they will make a decision about the vacancy. Inform yourself of the result within the deadlines indicated. This section is intended to give you a general idea about the mechanisms of a job interview, each one will know how to incorporate for himself what is useful. Remember that each Employment Office may provide you with support in this process.

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