Italian Interview Tips

Working abroad sounds like an adventure to many people. However, a job search in Italy requires more than just the obvious Italian CV writing and translation. You must pass an Italian interview. You will face issues that probably did not even cross your mind when you start planning to get jobs in Italy.

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.

art_warning Italian InterviewMost visits to Italy 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 Italian interview. Before an interview find out information about the company you want to work for. Practice your few-sentences "speech" (preferably in Italian) about who you are and what you do. Practice your Italian. Italians prefer to do business in their own language. Do not whine. Do not talk about being jobless. Do not dump on your former employer. Be positive.

Find out information about the company you want to work for. Bring copies of your CV, letters of reference, employer testimonials, photocopies of degrees and diplomas to the interview with you. 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 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.

art_remember Italian InterviewRemember, how you dress is the one of the most important aspects in not being hired.
So, check the Italian dress code

Be ready for three to four job interviews and some psychometric tests.

Italians take punctuality very seriously, so arrive at least 10 minutes before the job interview and switch off your cellphone. Job interviews normally begin with introductions, firm handshakes all around, the exchange of business cards and a few minutes of informal conversation. Ladies should extend their hand first to men.

Show your friendly face, smile and maintain eye contact while talking; otherwise, Italians might think you are hiding something. Use last names and appropriate titles when addressing someone. Try to demonstrate some knowledge of Italy history, politics and culture.

Do not sit until invited. Talk effectively demonstrating your knowledge of the Italian industry and/or the company, do not interrupt the interviewer and criticize former employers.

Prepare for all kinds of questions, particularly about your motivation, qualifications, skills and experience. Answer them as fully as you can, avoiding yes and no answers. Provide examples to illustrate your achievements.

Italian 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.

You do not have to answer personal questions during the Italian interview, 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."

art_tip Italian InterviewAt the Italian interview do not volunteer information that the interviewer does not ask for

When listening to an Italy 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 responsibilities, but avoid raising the issue of salary or benefits early in the process. However, if you are asked about your current salary, respond directly and honestly.

When the interview ended, thank for giving you this opportunity and shake hands of all present again.

You may have to wait for the results of the job interview. The application process tends to be long, up to three months. So, do not forget to ask, “When can I expect to hear from you?” (if that has not been discussed).

Send a thank you note after being interviewed. Employers regard this as an indication of your strong interest in the position.

Other Italian Interview Info

When you receive an invitation to an Italian interview, take a quick look at job interview tips and other job search skills pages.

We hope that your Italian 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.

In addition, on the international info, job search, visa, work permit, cover letter, CV & resume, job interview and dress code pages you will find many useful tips for overseas job seekers.

Good luck with your Italian interview!

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