Polish Job Interview Tips

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

Do not misjudge the impact they can have on the outcome of your adventure! For example, you will experience the unusual immigration rules and practices, job application procedures, the selection trends and the management culture.

art_warning Polish Job InterviewMost visits to Poland 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 Polish job interview. Before an interview find out information about the company you want to work for. Practice (preferably in Polish language) your a 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.

Do not forget that 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 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.

art_remember Polish Job InterviewRemember, how you dress is the one of the most important parts of not being hired.
So, check the
Polish dress code

Polish companies follow traditional selection methods of job application. Usually there are two job interviews. The first interview is with the HR manager and the next one with your future supervisor and/or company manager. Foreign and international companies for their worldwide recruitment usually conduct two interviews, psychometric tests and sometimes an Assessment Centre. They cover interviews, aptitude tests and job simulation tests, which focus on teamwork and working under stress.

Punctuality is important to Polish. Arrive 10 -15 minutes before the Polish job interview and turn off your cellphone. Prepare yourself - find out information about the company you want to work for. Remember that business cards (a dual language business card is helpful – English or other foreign language on one side, Polish on the other), letters of reference and photocopies of academic certificates at initial interviews are customary. An extra CV can be handy too. You will never get a second chance to make a first impression!

Usually the job interview starts with introductions, handshakes with everyone present and the exchange of business cards. Allow women to offer their hands first. Maintain eye contact while talking with someone. Use professional titles, or Mr., Mrs., Miss with the last name when addressing someone (just follow your hosts' example). Try to demonstrate some knowledge of Polish history, politics and culture.

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 interview questions about yourself, your qualifications, skills, experience and hobbies. Answer them as fully as you can, avoiding yes and no answers. Provide examples to prove your achievements.

Polish 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, 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 Polish Job InterviewAt the Polish job interview do not volunteer information that the interviewer does not ask for

When listening to a Pole speaking in English or other foreign language, it is very important to nod showing that you are listen and understand the speaker. Ask for clarification if you do not understand the question you have been asked.

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).

Shake hands with everyone present when leaving and express thanks for the interview.

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.

references are usually followed up if an offer of employment is made, so notify your referees in advance.

Other Polish Job Interview Info

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

We hope that your Polish 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.

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 Polish job interview!


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