Yes! I received an invitation to an interview, what’s next?
Correctly accept an interview invitation
First of all: congratulations!
If you were sent the invitation by message or email, don’t forget to confirm, thank for the invitation and find out where you are expected, how to get to the employers location.
If you are contacted by phone, use a friendly tone of voice. Speak clearly. Confirm the meeting time by choosing the most convenient option for you.
Prepare for the interview
Learn about the employer
You should learn as much as possible about the company you are interviewing for. There is a high probability that during the interview you will be asked what you know about the company. But even if you are not- it would be great if you understand what it’s domain of activity is, it’s values and processes, some details about the industry and competition, these will bring you extra points during the discussion and demonstrate you are genuinely interested in the position. You can get these type of information from the company’s employer profile on BestJobs or from it’s website.
Build your story, exercise and present yourself
The employer doesn’t want to talk only about himself and the position. If you want to get the job, you will mostly have to talk about your own experience, skills, knowledge, career path and achievements. Therefore, it is advisable to prepare a short introduction about yourself in advance, recall your professional life, your studies- the highest level of education only and possible certifications or courses that matter for the specific job you are interviewing for. Think about the recruiters potential questions and prepare for them so you do not panic during in the interview.
Prepare your list of questions for the employer
To better understand if the job/ company is suitable for you, don’t be quiet during the conversation with the employer. Ask questions about the activity itself, working schedule, team, leadership, salary.
Casual or office?
An interview is similar to a first date (only less romantic), first impression matter. So choose something classic: suit, business attire or smart casual, depending on the company you are interviewing for. Check out your hairstyle and manicure, girls – go easy on makeup.
Do NOT be late!
Even for 2 minutes, even if the traffic is a mess or there is a storm going on. Go ahead in time, plan your way there, just do NOT be late. It is better to wait a bit before and gather your thoughts, than to force the recruiter to wait for you. As long as there are 5-10 extra minutes, take a look, visually familiarise yourself with the interior, pay attention to how employees interact with each other. This will allow you to draw some preliminary conclusions about the company’s working atmosphere.
During the interview, do not forget about smiling, be friendly, do not worry and do not use short monosyllabic answers (yes/ no), elaborate on your replies. Be natural and be as open as possible. Lying on an interview is the path to failure.
End the interview correctly
Agree when and how you will learn about the employer’s decision, if he did not communicate it immediately. If they promise to make a call, send an email or a message ask the timeline. No one wants to wait forever after all.
What’s the next step after receiving the interview’s feedback?
If you were invited to join the team we congratulate you! Weigh all pros and cons of the offer, if you accept it we wish you good luck!
If you did not get the interview – continue the search. Request feedback on the interview if the employer is willing to provide it. Find out why you did not get the job, analyse the situation, draw conclusions, and improve the points that were mentioned.