Czech Interviews Tips
Working abroad sounds like an adventure to many people. However, job search in the Czech Republic requires more than just the obvious Czech CV writing and translation - it requires careful preparation. You will face issues that probably did not even cross your mind when you start planning to go for jobs in the Czech Republic.
Do not get the wrong idea about the impact they can have on the end result of your adventure! For example, you will experience the different immigration rules and practices, job application procedures, the selection trends and the management culture.
Most visits to the Czech Republic 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.
The Czech interview is a time of mutual assessment. Prepare for two to four job interviews with various people, although panel interviews are less common.
Punctuality is essential, so arrive at least 10 minutes before a job interview and turn off your cellphone. Prepare yourself for Czech interview - find out information about the company you want to work for. Before an interview, practice your one or two-sentence "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, these same keywords you used in your CV will be the foundation for your job interviews. Not only do 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.
It is customary to present at Czech interview a business card, letters of reference, photocopies of diplomas and photos 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, how you dress is the one of the most important aspects in not being hired.
So, check the Czech dress code
If no one is available to introduce you, shake each person's hand and introduce yourself with a friendly face. During introduction, use Dr., Magister, engineer or Mr/Mrs/Miss and surname. Do not sit until invited.
Czech interviewers pay most attention to the personality of the candidate.
Prepare for all kinds of questions about your personal and professional goals for the near future and about your achievements in the past. Answer them as fully as you can, avoiding yes and no answers. 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."
Czech interviewers often ask about your past successes and mistakes on the job. It is a good idea to prepare a few career success stories and couple that had less than favorable outcomes but were learning experiences.
Talk effectively demonstrating your knowledge of the industry and/or the company, do not interrupt the interviewer and criticize former employers.
When listening to a Czech talking in English, it is very important to nod showing that you are listen and understand the speaker. Ask if you do not understand the question, particular when a Czech interviews you in English.
During the Czech interviews do not volunteer information that the interviewer does not ask for
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).
At the end of your interview, thank everyone present for interview and shake they hands.
After 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 interest in the position.
The large multinational firms for their worldwide recruitment sometimes use Assessment Centres and some psychological tests.
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We hope that your Czech 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 Czech interviews!