of all, do not see the interview as an ordeal to be endured but as a meeting of
Appearances do matter –
and more than perhaps we would like to think. By dressing in a suit and tie,
or smart skirt and jacket, you show genuine interest in the position,
preparation and a professional approach.
2. What to take to
A copy of your resume
(both Russian and English). A good tip for aiding people in remembering you is
to include a photograph on the resume. Also, having a back-up in electronic
form, on a disc or flash-card can be useful in case electronic versions have
been miss-delivered by email or lost.
about yourself: letters of recommendation, certificates, awards, previous job
descriptions – all of these help to set you out from your competitors and give
a competitive edge.
For the truly motivated,
consider making a 5 minute power-point presentation about yourself showing how
you are compatible for the position. The more preparation you do, the higher
your chances for success.
Bring a business card and,
if you don’t have one from work, it would even be beneficial to make some
3. Come to the
Interview on Time:
4. Be Interested in
5. Be communicative,
A good interview is about
being communicative and open - It is not an inquisition. It is not a good idea
to appear silent, hostile, apathetic, disinterested or confrontational. So be
as natural as possible, as sincere as possible. A smile can make as much
difference in an interview as an earlier studied 4-5 year long degree!
6. Research the
7. Accept a Work-Day
8. Don’t Blackmail or
Pressurize Potential or Existing Employers!:
Never play games with
companies as regards offers and counter-offers, your own company included. By
showing offers from one to another, you demonstrate disloyalty, lack of
commitment and are most likely to have no offers made or existing ones
withdrawn. In the same way, showing offers to your existing employer in the
hope of a pay raise is a dangerous strategy and, even if successful for a few
months afterwards, most often results in a eventual termination of employment
once a replacement can be found.
9. Prepare for the
Interview with a Friend or Relative:
Prepare for the interview.
A good idea is to even role play the interview with a friend or relative.
Think about what questions will probably be asked and, also, make it clear to
yourself what your real motivations and answers will be. Why do you really
want this position? What really do you have to offer? Why are you best for
this company? Practice will greatly improve your chances and decrease any
nervousness at the interview itself.
10. Never Say you Only
Want more Money:
Never say that your main
motivation for a new job is a higher salary – even if it is. Be also aware
that in naming which salary you want you have to not only be realistic, in
pricing yourself at the market level for somebody of your skills and
experience, but also to name a salary you would actually be happy to work for.
The higher the salary you quote, the lower your chances of getting the
position and vice versa. Lastly, also note that if you state a salary
expectation at the beginning, it is a very bad idea to increase it later.
11. Be Patient, but
Stay in Contact with the Interviewer:
Some companies may take
weeks before deciding to interview you, while others may do so within days.
After an interview, some companies may take weeks more to make an offer or a
rejection. Be patient, but stay in contact with your interviewer at Brainpower
(by email). In all cases, we inform candidates of rejections in writing; so,
sooner or later you will be informed of a decision. It is also a good idea
after interviews, in the event of rejection, to find out the reason why - so
don’t be afraid to ask since this can assist you in improving interview
weaknesses for future positions.
12. If an Offer is
Made, Take is Quickly:
If you are lucky enough to
be made an offer from a client, decide what to do quickly. If you wish to
accept, do so in writing and confirm by a call as soon as possible. By being
slow, an offer can be withdrawn within a few days in some cases. If you are
not content with the offer and wish to renegotiate, you may do so but also be
aware of the risks of this. If you choose this option, be sure to consult your
interviewer first and, again, do so quickly. Usually a week to make a decision
is too long and may easily result in an offer being withdrawn.
13. Be Stable in your
If your resume
demonstrates that you have been employed at several firms for short periods of
time, it does not reassure future employers that you will stay for long with
them either. If you do take a new position, do your best to stay with it for
at least a couple of years. Note also, that if you have on your resume one or
two recent positions of under 12-18 months, it may become extremely difficult
to get new employment with professional firms again.
14. Stay in Contact
with your Recruiter:
Recruiters are always glad
to hear from candidates interviewed or candidates placed in new positions. If
you are not successful for one position, by keeping in contact with the
recruiter, you may be offered others in future. If you are placed in a
position, it is also useful to stay in contact (for advise, recommendations
etc) and always very pleasant for recruiters to hear how the new employment is
Good luck with your interviews
- but remember that 90% of your luck depends on yourself.
BEHAVIOUR DURING THE INTERVIEW
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