The UAE Interviews for Job Seekers
Working abroad sounds like an adventure to many people. However, a job search in the UAE (United Arab Emirates) requires more than just the obvious UAE CV writing and translation. You have to pass the UAE interviews. You will face issues that probably did not even cross your mind when you start planning to look for jobs in the UAE.
Do not misjudge the impact they can have on the result of your adventure! For example, you will experience the different immigration rules and habits, job application procedures, the selection trends and the management culture.
Most visits to the UAE are trouble-free but you should be aware of the global risk of indiscriminate international terrorist attacks, which could be against civilian targets, including places frequented by foreigners.
Prepare yourself for the UAE interviews - find out information about the company you want to work for. Research the prospective host country’s cultural and business practices so you can make a good first impression. Books and online guides about cultural differences can help.
Remember that it is customary to present a business card (a dual language business card is helpful - English on one side, Arabic on the other), originals and copies of qualifications and certificates, passport photos, passport, written references (references are usually verified, so notify your referees in advance), application forms (where appropriate) and marriage certificate at the initial job interview. An extra CV can be handy too. You will never get a second chance to make a first impression!
Remember that the same keywords you used in your CV will be the foundation for your UAE interviews. Not only you need to be able to write about your key words, but also during an interview, you must be able to talk about them as well in strong and powerful statements that highlight your successes, contributions and achievements.
Practice your few-sentences "speech" about who you are and what you do. Do not whine. Do not talk about being jobless. Do not dump on your former employer. Be positive.
Remember, how you dress is the one of the most important attributes in not being hired.
So, check the UAE dress code
Depending on the company, the position and whether or not tests are involved the number of job interviews in the UAE varies a great deal. Prepare for more than one job interview in the UAE.
In the UAE (United Arab Emirates) it is widely accepted to be late, but this is not applicable to you! So, arrive at least 10 minutes before the job interview and turn off your cellphone.
During the UAE interviews you need to show that you are flexible, culturally sensitive, able to adapt to new circumstances and cultures, and that you possess some perseverance and motivation (for the job, not the location!).
If no one is available to introduce you, shake each person's hand and introduce yourself. Maintain brief eye contact while talking with someone. Use professional titles or Mr., Mrs., Miss with the last name when addressing someone.
Do not sit until invited. Talk effectively demonstrating your knowledge of the industry and/or the company, do not interrupt the interviewer and criticize former employers.
Prepare for all kinds of questions about yourself, your skills, qualifications, experience and hobbies, and answer them as fully as you can, avoiding yes and no answers. If you are not married, it is not wise to mention that you “only” live together with a partner – it does not comply with the Muslim religion.
You do not have to answer personal questions, but consider in advance how you are going to tackle them. If you feel uncomfortable with a question asked, simply smile and say, "In my country, that would be a strange question."
At the UAE interviews do not volunteer information that the interviewer doesn't ask for
When listening to a local person talking in English, it is very important to nod showing that you are listen and understand the speaker.
Ask questions about the job, the lines of authority and your future responsibilities, but avoid raising the issue of salary or benefits early in the process. Do not forget to ask, “When can I expect to hear from you?” (if that has not been discussed).
Before leaving your UAE interview thank everyone present for interview and shake they hands.
After the interview, do not forget to write a thank you letter and subsequently follow-up by letter, email or phone call. Employers regard this as an indication of your strong interest in the position.
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We hope that your UAE interview has been successful. Follow up the job interview with a thank you letter. Employers regard this as an indication of your strong interest in the position.
Good luck with your UAE interviews!