Slovak Interview Tips
Working abroad sounds like an adventure to many people. However, a job search in Slovakia requires more than just the obvious Slovak CV writing and translation. You have to pass a Slovak interview. You will face issues that probably did not even cross your mind when you start planning to go for jobs in Slovakia.
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 Slovakia 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.
Be prepared for two to four job interviews in Slovakia. Psychological tests are sometimes used. Assessment centers are only used with the large multinational firms, which often use similar selection procedures for their worldwide recruitment.
Slovak is the official language, with Czech the second official language. Slovak, Czech, English, German and Russian are accepted at business meetings, however most interviews would take place in English. While English is the language of business, a sound working knowledge of Slovak is highly appreciated, although not essential.
When listening to a Slovak talking in English or other foreigh language, it is very important to nod showing that you are listen and understand the speaker. Ask if you do not understand the question, it is not uncommon to be interviewed in English in Slovakia.
Expatriates have some problems understanding intercultural differences. So, before interview, research the prospective host country’s cultural and business practices so you can make a good first impression. Books and online guides about cultural differences can help.
Remember, how you dress is the one of the most important aspects in not being hired.
So, check the Slovak dress code
Punctuality is essential, so arrive at least 10 minutes before the interview. Turn off your cellphone.
Prepare yourself for the Slovak interview. Before an interview find out information about the company you want to work for. Practice (preferably in Slovak) 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.
Be aware 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.
Remember that it is customary to present a business card, letters of reference, photocopies of diplomas and photos at the initial job interview. An extra CV can be handy too. You will never get a second chance to make a first impression!
During introduction use professional titles (Dr., Magister, Engineer or Director etc.) or Mr., Mrs., Miss with the last name. Stay formal and keep saying sir (“pan”) and madam (“pani”), until you are invited to use first names.
Shake hands all around and exchange business cards. Shaking hands is the most common form of greeting. Allow women to offer their hands first. Be aware that the custom of kissing a woman's hand still exists.
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. Mention several reasons why you are the right candidate for the position for which you are applying. Slovak interviewers pay most attention to the personality of the candidate.
Prepare for all kinds of questions about your personal and professional goals for the near future and about your achievements in the past. Listen carefully to the questions and answer them directly and in an organized manner avoiding yes and no answers. Provide examples to prove your achievements and why you are the right candidate for the job.
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 Slovak interview do not volunteer information that the interviewer does not ask for
Ask questions about the job, the lines of authority, your responsibilities and even internal operations, 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 at the end of your interview thank everyone present for interview opportunity 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.
Other Slovak Interview Info
We hope that your Slovak 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 Slovak interview!