It will largely depend on you how you do in the interview and whether you get the position you want. It is possible that you will have to go through an interview. Let’s look at how to get tested for a job, what you can say, and how to behave.
What tests are taken at the interview
The tests offered to job seekers can be divided into four categories:
- A test of an employee’s general abilities;
- testing of practical skills;
- determining the worker’s responsiveness and dexterity;
- A medical examination.
When it comes to health conditions, one should be extremely honest, remembering that sooner or later everything will be established. Several years ago, a friend of mine was applying for a job as a stewardess. Everything was fine, until the gynecologist told her that she was pregnant. So try to find out ahead of time the relevant requirements at a possible workplace. It may happen that you can’t work there at all.
Preparing for the test
You should know your profession well and the nature of the work to be done. Each institution or firm usually develops its own tests. Therefore, only general recommendations on how to pass the test most successfully can be given.
First of all, get a good night’s sleep. Take everything you need from home (it is ridiculous, for example, to ask the examiners for a ballpoint pen). Arrive at least 15 minutes in advance. Read the instructions for the test carefully.
How to take the test
Watch your speed on the test. Don’t spend too much time on questions that seem difficult. Answer the others. If there is time left over, go back to the ones you missed.
Find out if an answer made at random is penalized. Most tests are based on counting the number of correct answers. Others are based on counting the number of correct answers and estimating the degree of validity in wrong answers, where the number of wrong answers made at random is simply subtracted from the total number of correct answers. So blind guessing might just hurt you.
How to pass the interview
Then you may be invited to an interview or an interview. It’s not easy to get through. But people get through! First of all, prepare yourself to meet with representatives of the company or institution. Read everything you can find about the company or the industry in which it operates.
To make an impression, you have to “pitch” yourself. The person who will be talking to you has probably read your papers and will ask you questions in a targeted way.
Think carefully in advance about your answers to possible questions. Some of the most common ones may include the following:
- What are your immediate plans and plans for the future?
- What is more important to you: your salary or the nature of your work?
- What are your strengths and weaknesses?
- How would you describe yourself?
- What do you think you could do for the firm?
- What are your criteria in evaluating the position you are offered?
But there may be questions about your lifestyle such as “Do you live alone?”, “What does your life partner do?”, “What do you often get sick of?”, etc. Here you can give the most evasive answers. In other cases, however, you need to respond to the case and accurately. Remember the inherent weakness of women to talk a lot and overly detailed. Try to avoid that in your answers.
It may happen that you will have several interlocutors, and they arrange a kind of cross-examination. It all depends on your ability to concentrate and your eloquence. If you don’t understand a question or it’s too general, for example: “Tell me about yourself,” you can ask again to be precise. Avoid “yes” and “no” answers. And don’t go into too much detail. Never lie when applying for a job. First of all, you’re going to give yourself away in some way anyway. Secondly, some firms engaged in recruitment for other organizations, institutions, firms, keep their own lists of candidates who cannot be trusted.
If the right to ask questions is granted to you as well, you may ask the following:
- What is my work process?
- What will my responsibilities be?
- What will be my task? (These questions can be combined into one and, having received an exhaustive answer, do not ask all three).
- Who will I be working with?
- What are the prospects for career advancement?
- The length of my work day? What will my salary be?
Asking about money is appropriate, but only if the salary was not stated in the ad or was not stated during the interview. It is not right to ask about it right away – otherwise it will look like you are more interested in money than in the job. You have to keep a good tone.
Other questions may come up. Don’t get confused. You shouldn’t be too uptight, because it’s not your last chance. But it’s also annoying to behave too freely.
What you shouldn’t do or say at a job interview
What else irritates employers during the interview:Exaggerated self-esteem.
- When, for example, estimating their knowledge of English as “fluent in the language,” they cannot answer elementary questions asked in it.
- Avoiding answering specific questions directly. Of course, there are all kinds of questions, as already mentioned. But if, for example, they ask about experience in a particular field, and there is none, and the interviewee begins to speculate that with his talent…
You should never scold the organizations or firms where you used to work or where you were rejected. In general, you shouldn’t scold anyone. Otherwise you will have a reputation as a quarrelsome woman. Such people are not liked.
How to behave during an interview
Remember that gestures and postures matter. The interview does not begin when the two are comfortably seated, but when their gazes meet. To the discerning eye of an older and more experienced person, many things become clear without words.
For example, the gaze. It is believed that during a conversation you must look directly into the eyes of the person you are talking to. In English it is called “i-contact”, i.e. contact with eyes. But you should not look too closely (sexual contact is not what you need right now). You have to blink from time to time. Because, as it turns out, staring without blinking is poorly perceived by the opposite party.
It is clear that in a state of nervousness it is difficult to control your gestures, but you have to. Let them not give you away. Consciously relax. If a man is talking to you – try to relieve his tension. A smile is appropriate, but a woman’s nervous laughter is perceived as giggling, and that is not acceptable.
Tip: before you enter, just before the door, remember something very pleasant. And come in with that expression on your face. Witty answers will distinguish you from a number of other applicants, make you remember. But don’t get carried away!
Watch the timbre of your voice, because a high-pitched female voice seems less suggestive. It is better to speak at the same pace as the interviewer. If you speak more slowly, they might think you are lazy. If you’re in a hurry, they might think you’re smarter. So adjust to the pace of the interviewer. Make the same pauses, and he will subconsciously feel that you are your own.
Try to create a positive, professional and confident image. It is good to give the impression of a proactive and energetic person, but remember that you should not dominate the conversation.
How to finish a job interview
There is this observation. Eastern merchants know when a customer likes a product. Their pupils dilate. Then they do not concede the price or bargain in the way that is advantageous to them. After all, they have already seen the interest. Where? How? When a person likes something, his pupils dilate. That is why traders from the East look so intently into the eyes of our bazaars. In the same way, you can look closely into the eyes of your companions at the end of a conversation. What if their pupils have dilated, too? And maybe you will be hired?
After the interview, it’s a good idea to ask yourself some test questions so that you can take the omissions into account in the future – this may not be your last interview:
- Did I talk too much? Too little?
- Did I speak in complete sentences?
- Did I make any grammatical mistakes?
- Did I say “you know,” “like,” “um”?
- Was I too tense? Too aggressive? Too opinionated?
- Did I answer the questions with more than just a “yes” or “no”?
- Did I clarify everything I needed to know about the job?
- What were my gestures?
But! At the end of the interview, don’t ask, “So did I get the job?” You won’t get an answer right away. After all, you’re probably not the only one applying for the position. The question of choosing from applicants will be decided later. You’ll be told if you’re accepted. Have patience. Patience should also include not interrupting someone during the interview and not looking at the clock. Don’t forget to thank them at the end of the interview, because people have spent their time on you.
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