So your CV has been good enough to get you on the interview shortlist. Now comes your opportunity to show off both your language skills and your aptitude for the particular position you have applied for.
The specific interview process will vary from organisation to organisation and is dependent on the seniority of the role, the type of job and the size of the business. Expect at least 3 meetings, which could include face to face interviews with individuals or panels, testing (language interpretation and translation, psychometrics, numerical etc.) and presentations.
Remember that most companies are just trying to find a candidate who has the requisite skills and will fit into the organisation quickly and comfortably.
PromoLingua will provide you with as much information as possible about the interviewing organisation, the interview process and any people involved in interviewing.
Your personal preparation needs to involve the following;
- Study our information thoroughly and then do your own research on the company too. The internet is an excellent tool for getting information. Try your network of contacts: do any of them work at the company or know someone else who does?
- Ensure that your language skills are as good as you indicated on your CV. This means testing your fluency and brushing up your capability if you don't measure up.
- Asking questions of your own at interviews is an excellent way of showing that you have done your research. Good interview questions also show your interest in what the organisation does and what the job entails.
- Practice makes perfect. Get friend or partner to take you through some practice sessions to build up your confidence.
- Get to the right place at the right time, know who you are meeting and know what you are going for. We know that you will be adequately prepared but many candidates aren't.
The first interview is a continuation of the screening process and the first opportunity the company has to compare its initial shortlist of candidates against each other.
- Be well groomed and smartly dressed.
- Arrive early. Take some deep breaths and run through the interview in your mind visualising it as a complete success
- Turn off your mobile phone.
- Be confident, relaxed, open and honest. Accept a few nerves. It is your mind's way of making you alert.
- Ask questions from your prepared list.
- Remember to think before answering questions because you can then construct the best answer. And always be positive about previous jobs and organisations.
At this stage of the process the candidate list will have been whittled down to the serious contenders. You can compliment yourself that you have managed to get this far.
The second interview is an opportunity to express the skills and qualities that make you the candidate of choice against your rivals. So...
- Research, prepare and practice again
- Tell the interviewer(s) why you want to work for their organisation and do the job in question.
- Talk about your strengths in relation to the job specification and the company's way of doing things.
- Provide evidence of your strengths, qualities, capabilities and achievements. Show how your personal input has been important while remembering that being a team player is an asset in many jobs.
- Be ready to answer the question "What lessons did you learn? about any situation that you talk about.
- Ask relevant, inciteful questions about the organisation and the job. This shows interest and is a chance for you to confirm this is the right place to work.
- Make sure that you have spoken to PromoLingua about appropriate salary levels before mentioning money.
You can always talk to us about the interview process. We are here to help.