Norwegian Job Interview Tips
Working abroad sounds like an adventure to many people. However, a job search in Norway requires more than just the obvious Norwegian CV writing and translation. You must pass the Norwegian job interview. You will face issues that probably did not even cross your mind when you start planning to find a job overseas.
Do not be wrong about the impact they can have on the result of your adventure! For example, you will experience the unusual immigration rules and practices, job application procedures, the selection trends and the management culture.
Most visits to Norway 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.
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.
Remember, how you dress is the one of the most important parts of not being hired.
So, check the Norwegian dress code
The number of job interviews varies, depending on the company, the position and whether or not tests are involved. The psychological testing is used only for management positions. Assessment centers are becoming more common.
Punctuality is essential. Prepare yourself for the Norwegian job interview. Before an interview find out information about the company you want to work for. Bring certified copies of grades, diplomas and recommendations translated into Norwegian or at least in English to the job interview. You will never get a second chance to make a first impression!
Show your friendly face. Smile. The Norwegian job interview generally starts with introductions, handshakes and perhaps a bit of small talk. Norwegians introduce themselves with their first name followed by their surname. Allow women to offer their hands first. Maintain eye contact while talking with someone.
Calling someone “Miss” or “Mrs”, or even “Mr” is very formal and could create an awkward pause. Norwegians are quite happy if courtesy titles are dropped. Modern Norwegians would probably not thank you for addressing them as “Mrs” or “Miss.” First names are usually enough.
Norwegians appreciate it if you can demonstrate knowledge of the differences between the people of Norway, Finland, Sweden, and Denmark. They have a profound appreciation of nature and the environment.
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 strong and weak points and questions regarding your mid and long-term career aims. Questions on religion, politics or cultural aspects are not allowed. Listen carefully to the questions and answer them directly and in an organized manner avoiding yes and no answers. Be respectful - avoid bragging and familiarity. The Norwegians are well educated and they will expect you to be knowledgeable, competent and well spoken.
Norwegian job 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.
Ask interviewers questions about the internal operations, lines of authority and your responsibilities and even benefits, 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).
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 Norwegian job interview do not volunteer information that the interviewer does not ask for
During public sector job interviews, a trade union representative, working within that particular company, will be present to ensure that everything goes according to the rules.
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.
Other Norwegian Job Interview Info
We hope that your Norwegian job 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 Norwegian Job Interview!