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The Job Interview


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Interview simulator

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The Job Interview

A successful job interview is a well prepared job interview!

The Job Interview is a unique opportunity:
  • To prove to the recruiter that you’re a good candidate
  • Verify that the job meets your expectations
  • You don’t get a second chance to make a good first impression


Before your meeting:
  • Adapt your “look” to the type of job
  • Adapt your “look” to the style of the company


The goal of the job interview
  • Show that :
    • You are motivated
    • You will be quickly up-to-speed
  • You need to convince the recruiter:
    • That you are a good candidate
    • Capable of adapting to, evolving within and staying with the company
  • You need to evaluate if the job matches your profile and expectations


  1. Know what the job you are applying for is and see how it fits into your vision of your future career.
    • Prepare yourself to answer the following questions:
      • Why are you applying for this job?
      • What aspects of this job do you find interesting?
      • What are your mid and longterm career goals? And how does this job fit into them?
      • Why did you choose this company?
    • Inform yourself of the values of the company that is hiring and try to fit in
  2. Why should they hire you: Your strengths and weaknesses.
    • What are your strong points?
    • What makes you stand out from the other candidates?
    • What are your weak points in regards to this job?
      • Think about your competences, behaviour, knowledge… In order to be able to easily reply to the questions
    • Be honest with your answers and give concrete examples to back them up.
    • When talking about your weak points conclude by explaining in a positive fashion how you are working to improve these points
    • When reading the job posting:
      • Analyse the skills needed for the job
      • Base your answers on what is in the posting
  3. Prepare how you are going to act before the interview
    • You’re nervous!… It’s NORMAL, use it as a source of energy and enthusiasm
    • Arrive early
    • Be confident, introduce yourself, smile, say hi and make a good impression in those first few seconds.
  4. Prepare how you are going to act during the interview
    • Control:
      • Your voice
      • Your breathing
      • The pace of your talking
      • Where you look, your posture and your hand motion
      • Base your behaviour on the point you’re trying to get across: dynamism, strength, strong-willed, calm, enthusiastic, organized, independent, etc…
    • Stay friendly and courteous during the whole interview
  5. Find out all you can about the job, the company and the interviewer
    • A job interview is not a monologue or an interrogation.
    • The job interview is a conversation so you can ask about:
      • Various aspects of the job and what you would be expected to do
      • The team with who you would be working with
      • How the company is structured
      • The job of the recruiter and their influence on the hiring process
      • Prepare your questions and show that the job interests you!

  1. You present yourself
    • The interviewer will probably let you talk at first to let you introduce yourself:
      • Restate the major points in your CV
      • Tell them what led you to apply for the job.
  2. The interviewer will then ask you questions
    • To find out more details about you and what you have done such as:
      • Your training
      • Your experience
      • Your professional goals
      • The reason you are applying for the job
  3. The interviewer will then talk about the job and the company in greater detail
    • The aptitudes and skills necessary for the job
    • The specific tasks entailed in the job:
      • What is expected of you if you get the job
      • What type of business they are, what is the companies culture and it’s values
    • Ask all the questions you need to so there is no doubt in your mind about the responsabilities and specific tasks entailed…
  4. The interviewer might want to ask you a few personal questions
    • About your personality
    • What motivates you
    • Your past experience
    • How much you expect to get paid
    • How your job search is going
  5. Now it’s your turn to ask the questions
    • How much does it pay (if it hasn’t been already stated)
    • Working conditions
    • Avoid dumb questions
      • Do we get freee meals?
      • How much is the coffee in the coffee machine?
      • You WILL lose all credibility if you do!


The Job Interview Process

  • The order of the steps might vary
  • The interview might start with the interviewer talking about the company and the job details
  • There might be follow up interviews

  1. Talk to me about yourself – the interviewer wants to get to know you better
    Variation : How would your friends describe you?

    • They want to see how well you express yourself (are you clear, concise, know what your talking about).
    • But also to put you at ease and give you a chance to prove yourself
    • The interviewer is trying to find out more about your personality and wants to know how you view yourself
  2. So tell me about a professional experience that you are particularly proud of that you find motivating?
    • Select an experience in which you played an important role – preferably one related to the job.
    • Be sure to explain the context of the project, your role / your leadership skill in a potential future team, the results you obtained and what made it a success?
    • Variation : What kind of risks have you taken in your life? Do you have responsibilities? If so what kind?
  3. Tell me about a professional experience where you had to overcome problems or obstacles
    • How did you resolve the problem?
      • The interviewer wants to know what it is that you’ve learned
    • Variation : Do you like challenges?
  4. Why did you choose to get trained in this field? Do you regret it?
    • The interviewer wants to know what it is that you’ve learned
      • Or in other words what they can expect of you and what ignites your passion
    • Also they can make sure that you are at ease with your life choices and you know where you want to go: show your confidence
  5. Do you like working with a team?
    • The interviewer wants to know if you will integrate well with the team
    • Show that you enjoy working with a team and all different types of personalities
    • Variation : Do you enjoy working alone or in a team?
  6. Do you know how to say “no”?
    • Wants to see if you have the ability to make a decision
    • Do you know how to express your decision even though the person in front of you might not take it well?
    • Variation : Do you easily accept orders?
  7. What do you do in your spare time? What do you get passionate about?
    • The interviewer might want to relax the situation
    • Be careful they still are analyzing you and want to know the details of your personality
    • always stay professional!
  8. What are your weak points? (What are your strengths?)
    • The interviewer is looking to find out what risks they are taking if they hire you
    • Describe your faults and what you are doing to correct them
    • Also that your faults will be erased by your plan of action
    • Variations :
      • Describe yourself in six adjectives (positive and negative)
      • How would your ex employers describe your main good and bad qualities?
      • What do you bring to the table and what makes you different from the other applicants?
  9. Can you give me a concrete example and precisely explain what it is you’re talking about?
    • The interviewer is still looking for you to back up your words with actions and also double check your facts
  10. Why did you leave your last job? Why are you looking to leave your job?
    • Again this is the another way to find out what motivates you
    • What are the things that you didn’t like or would have liked to have changed in the company?
    • The interviewer wants to know how long you are going to stay in their company:
      • Are you undependable in a company?
    • Attention during the job interview:
      • Never put down your ex coworkers
      • Do not give out confidential information that you acquired from your last job
      • These comments are not appreciated and show a lack of professionalism

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