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A job interview – how to go through?

Have you responded to a job advertisement and been invited to a job interview? It means you got them interested in your CV and cover letter. Now it is really important to prepare for the job interview so you do not spoil it and you impress your prospective employer increasing your chances of getting this job.

Prepare for the job interview in advance and focus on the following:

  • Your data – you should be able to tell more about all information you stated in your CV. The recruiter verifies these data and this is your chance to impress by telling him/her more about yourself.
  • Company profile – you should know not only the company's name but also about its activity, history and its executive leaders, sometimes even about its competitors. The best source is the company's own website or articles about it.
  • Content of the job position – review the content of the job position before the interview. You can also print it out and bring it with you. Prepare a few questions regarding the job position itself in order to emphasise your interest in it.
  • Job interview in a foreign language – if you state in your CV that you speak a foreign language, it can happen that the whole job interview or a part of it will be conducted in a foreign language.
  • Relaxed state of mind – get into a relaxed state of mind before the interview. Do not allow yourself to be angry or upset.Think of a job interview as a meeting – an opportunity to impress the prospective employer.
  • Common interview questions – Many of the questions you are asked at most of the job interviews are the standard interview questions. Prepare your answers in advance.

Telephone interview

Before the face-to-face interview, you can expect a phone interview. It can be focused on a preliminary selection when the recruiter wants to find out if you really meet the criteria required for being accepted. Additionally, he/she can also verify information stated in your CV and your interest in the given position. The interviewer might want to find out how you act and respond to unpredictable situations. Therefore reply swiftly, clearly and precisely. Be approachable and likable throughout the whole interview, since the way you react is also a factor that influences the selection process.

On the day of your interview 

In order not to spoil the first impression on the day of the interview, give yourself enough time to get there without rush and arrive a few minutes ahead of time. If you do not know the office location, search for it on a map and possibly print it out.

-      If you go by car, find out the parking options in advance

-      Calculate the time so you reserve enough time for unexpected situations, such as traffic jams or a delayed bus

-      Keep always the contact person's telephone number with you, so you can call him/her in case you cannot attend the interview or you are running late


Interview outfit 

The day of the interview is probably the first time you meet your prospective employer. Therefore, you must leave behind a good visual impression by your clothing and appearance. Appropriateness of the clothing depends on the job position. The most suitable attire for ladies is a skirt or a trouser suit, a dress, or smart trousers with a blouse. Gentlemen can combine smart trousers with a shirt, a tie and possibly with a suit jacket.


Good tips and advice

-      Do not forget to bring your identity card, CV and alternatively a printed job posting, a notebook and a pen for taking notes

-      Do not forget to bring any extra materials, such as certificates, if you were asked to

-      Do not smoke before the interview, since the smell can be detected even a few minutes after you have finished

-      If you chew gum, throw it away

-      Switch off your cell phone


At the job interview

A job interview starts with a greeting − shake hands firmly and look into the interviewer face. Maintain eye-contact during the interview. Relax, be cooperative, communicative and create pleasant atmosphere.


-      Get yourself enough time to answer the questions, let the other person finish, do not interrupt him/her

-      Respond to every question even if the answer is stated in your CV

-      Avoid vague replies like, 'It could be', 'I have already done something similar' and overused CV words like, 'I am flexible', 'I am a team player'

-      Recall concrete experience and situations. A job interview gives you space to present your skills and personal qualities


Towards the end of the interview you usually get an opportunity to ask your own questions. Do not be silent and have some questions prepared beforehand. Recruiters usually pay attention to how many questions you ask and mainly what quality they are. Your questions indicate your motivation and being prepared for the interview.

If the interview is conducted in the premises of the recruitment agency, ask about exact working time, rewards, benefits, work environment, organisational structure, team, superiors, company culture and opportunities for growth and development.

If the interview is conducted directly by a manager or by the personnel department of the company, ask about a specific description of the working day, ask a bit more about the job position and duties, company culture, team, relationships and responsibilities. In this case it is more advisable to inquire about rewards, salary, working time, benefits, etc. only in the next round of the recruitment process. 

At the end of the interview you should know the following:

-      What is a job description of the given position?

-      How does the company approach the employees?

-      When is the start date?

-      How long is the recruitment process and how many rounds does it have?

-      When do they expect to make a hiring decision and when may I hear from them?

-      What are the next steps?

-      Is it necessary to provide any extra materials?

-      Is it necessary to take any tests (e.g. professional, language or psychological)?


At the end of the whole interview ask for feedback on yourself. By doing so you show that you are interested in hearing about yourself and that you are capable of being self-critical. At the same time you prove you are able to receive and process feedback and that you are genuinely interested in your self-development.