Hungarian Interview Tips
Working abroad sounds like an adventure to many people. A job search in Hungary requires more than just the obvious Hungarian CV writing and translation. You will face issues that probably did not even cross your mind when you start planning jobs in Hungary.
Do not misjudge the impact they can have on the 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 Hungary 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 Hungarian interviews are the most important part of the application procedure in Hungary. The number of interviews varies depending on the company, position and whether or not tests are involved. Usually there are two interviews. The first is a one-to-one and the second one is a panel interview. As English is usually required for managerial positions, most interviews with foreign candidates will be in English, but at least a part of the interview will be conducted in Hungarian.
Remember, how you dress is the one of the most important aspects in not being hired.
So, check the Hungarian dress code
Prepare yourself for Hungarian interview - before an interview find out information about the company you want to work for and practice your few-sentences "speech" (preferably in Hungarian) 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.
Do not forget that a business card, photos, letters of reference and photocopies of academic certificates at initial job interviews are customary. An extra CV can be handy too. You will never get a second chance to make a first impression!
Remember, the 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 keywords, 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.
Punctuality is expected, so arrive at least 10 minutes before your interview and turn off your cellphone. Smiling lightly show your friendly face. Firmly shake hands with everyone present showing your friendly face.
When addressing someone, it is polite to use person's professional title and last name. Maintain eye contact while talking to someone. Try to demonstrate some knowledge of Hungary history, politics and culture.
When listening to a Hungarian talking in English, it is very important to nod showing that you are listen and understand the speaker.
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 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."
At the Hungarian interview do not volunteer information that the interviewer does not ask for
Ask questions about the job, the lines of authority and your 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, 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 final interest in the position.
Large multinational firms mainly use psychological tests and Assessment Centres. A medical examination is required for some occupations and some employers test all their prospective employees for drug abuse.
Other Hungarian Interview Info
We hope that your Hungarian 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 Hungarian interview!