How to Prepare for a Job Interview

The interview for an internship or a job is the last phase of the recruitment process. This is the opportunity for the employer to make his final decision, so it is a key step in recruitment. If a recruiter calls you to an interview, it is because your application interests him.

You must now reassure him, that is to convince him that he has made the right choice! Demonstrate that there is a consistency between the CV, the letter of motivation that he has received and what you are, with the skills and qualifications needed for the position to be filled. Show yourself to be dynamic and constructive.

Several interviews can take place before the employer makes the decision to hire you: a first interview with a person from the personnel department, an interview with the person (s) who will supervise or collaborate with the person recruited, a final interview with the person in charge of the personnel or the manager of the company.

After an unsolicited application, for example, there may be no immediate position within a structure but meeting or a telephone contact can present the context of the company, its business and its development prospects .

Different phases make up the interview

An interview usually takes place in three stages:

The first contact and the introduction : be attentive to what will strike your interviewer  and give him immediately a certain image of you (punctuality, presentation, way to enter, to say hello, to shake hands, to to sit, courtesy, quality of listening, first words).

The body of the interview : know how to talk about yourself, present yourself, your project, your motivations for the position and the coherence between these three aspects. Answer the questions of your interviewer to inform him accurately and reassure him. Show interest in your company, fill the vacancy by questioning it, highlighting your skills and abilities with concrete examples.

The conclusion : at the end of the interview, address the issue of working conditions, salary, prospects for change. Then agree on a deadline for the final decision.

Being informed about the nature of the interview is already a first step to prepare for it. Most of the time this information can be obtained by telephone from the company before the interview.

While going for the interview, it is better to go relaxed, having confidence in yourself, without being too sure of you either. This is a unique moment to inform you of the interest of the position, the conditions to succeed and to assess whether the position is right for you.

An interview can sometimes be followed by tests. For example, psychological, technical, quantitative, qualitative, etc.

So you must prepare your interview on different levels:

Equipment : the place of maintenance, the clothes to put on, the documents to take away

Psychological: the conditions to be relaxed, positive, anticipate the unfolding …

Technique : unfolding, situations that you may encounter …

Argumentary : the arguments to be presented, the answers to give in all circumstances …

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In any case, you need to know as much information about the company as possible before going to the interview (its activity, its organization, the position to be filled, etc.). Mastery of your main skills and qualities is essential to build a quality argument.

You should be able to match what you do with what is needed for the job, your skills with what is useful in the business, your qualities with what is required for the job.

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