Romanian Interview Tips
Working abroad sounds like an adventure to many people. However, a job search in Romania requires more than just the obvious Romanian CV writing and translation. You must pass a Romanian interview. You will face issues that probably did not even cross your mind when you start planning to find jobs in Romania.
Do not misjudge the impact they can have on the end result of your adventure! For example, you will experience the different immigration practices and habits, job application procedures, the selection trends and the management culture.
Most visits to Romania 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.
Please note that degree relevance is important in Romania, i.e. economics students become economists and language students become teachers.
Prepare yourself for the Romanian interview. Before an interview find out information about the company you want to work for. Practice (preferably in Romanian) your one or two 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.
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 keywords, but also during an interview, you must be able to talk/speak 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 aspects in not being hired.
So, check the Romanian dress code
Be ready for two job interviews. Usually the first interview is with the HR manager and the next one with your future supervisor and/or company manager. Have with you written references from former bosses, coworkers, or professors that positively attest to your qualifications and work ethic.
Romanians are a very punctual society, so arrive 5 -10 minutes before the job interview and turn off your cellphone. Look less serious and more cheerful. Prepare yourself - find out information about the company you want to work for. Bring with you copies of diplomas and letters of reference from former employers. An extra CV can be handy too. You will never get a second chance to make a first impression!
Usually the Romanian interview starts with introductions, handshakes with everyone present. In Romania, you should always shake hands when being introduced to a man, but be aware that the custom of kissing a woman's hand still exists.
When introducing yourself use your last name without your title. Use professional titles, or Mr., Mrs., Miss with the last name when addressing someone and maintain eye contact.
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 yourself, your qualifications, skills, experience and hobbies. In addition, an interviewer may ask you to respond to hypothetical questions and to very direct ones – like for example, “Why do you want to work for us?”. Answer questions as fully as you can, avoiding yes and no answers. Mention several reasons why you are the right candidate for the position for which you are applying.
Romanian 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."
At the Romanian interview do not volunteer information that the interviewer does not ask for
When listening to a Romanian talking in foreign language, 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 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).
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 strong/final interest in the position.
References are usually followed up if an offer of employment is made, so notify your referees in advance.
Other Romanian Interview Info
We hope that your Romanian 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 Romanian interview!