Russian Job Interview Tips
Working abroad sounds like an adventure to many people. However, a job search in Russia (Russian Federation) requires more than just the obvious Russian CV writing and translation. You must pass the Russian job interview. You will face issues that probably did not even cross your mind when you start planning to go for jobs in Russia.
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 Russia 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 Russian job interview. Before an interview find out information about the company you want to work for. Practice (preferably in Russian) 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.
Russians are very proud of their cultural heritage and history. Subsequently they know a lot about Russian composers, writers, etc. They are surprised if their counterparts are not able to give information on their nation's greatest painters, writers, artists or important historical facts. Knowledge about art, music and some Russian history is appreciated. So, know something about it!
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 in strong and powerful statements that highlight your successes, contributions and achievements.
Remember, how you dress is the one of the most important factors of not being hired.
So, check the Russian dress code
Typically there is more than one job interview in Russia. Usually the first job interview is with the HR manager and the next one with your future supervisor and/or company manager.
Russians appreciate punctuality, so arrive 10 -15 minutes before the job interview and turn off your cellphone. Show your friendly face - look less serious and more cheerful. Prepare yourself - find out information about the company you want to work for.
Remember that 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!
Representatives of the Russian company are usually seated on one side of a table at interviews with candidates on the other side. The Russian job interview, usually start with introductions in order of seniority, handshakes all around (always remove your glove before shaking hands and shake hands firmly) and business cards exchange.
The procedure of presenting and receiving business cards is important - do not treat it lightly. A dual language business card is helpful - English on one side, Russian on the other. Unless invited to use first names, use Mr., Mrs., or Miss during the conversation 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 interview questions about your personal and professional goals. Listen carefully to the questions and answer them directly and in an organized manner 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 Russian job interview do not volunteer information that the interviewer does not ask for
When listening to a Russian speaking 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 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).
At the end of your interview, thank each person present for interview and firmly 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.
A medical examination is required for some occupations and some employers test all their prospective employees for drug abuse.
Other Russian Job Interview Info
We hope that your Russian 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 Russian job interview!