How to Communicate with an HR manager?

Your Judgment Day

First and for most, no matter what happens, DON’T BE LATE! Schedule an itinerary for an interview, calculate the time needed to spend on the road, add a time margin (15-30 minutes) for the possible transport difficulties you might face.

As for the interview itself: welcome everybody within the organization regardless their position. You never know who might add up to your team in the future. Smile gently and be polite. Perform only those qualities that show you as a ball of fire. Throw everything beside the point in the garbage of your brain. Sit so that your face is turned to your companion. Move the chair if necessary. Don’t fall apart on a chair, don’t cross your legs, don’t pursue them. Try to value it as a regular, but more formal conversation. Of course, avoid airing your dirty laundry. Kill a bag of wind in yourself.

Very often, employers are looking for a professional assistant and a new friend in one face. So, in the case they start going deep into their personal life, bear with them. You’ll be rewarded twice: with money and with respect you deserve. On the other hand, don’t be afraid to beg to differ if suitable. Otherwise, you won’t be ever respected within the organization. Don’t show you’re on the anxious seat: you’ll be attacked with even more tricky questions. DON’T LET YOUR EMPLOYER THINK YOU’RE READY FOR EVERYTHING AND ANY WAGES! NEVER SHOW YOU’RE IN DESPAIR!

Calm down! Remember: the primary objective of any HR manager does not sound like: “Let’s find out what this burdock is incompetent with”, but to uncover your hidden abilities. You have to realize it is also a serious part of their job, not fun. A real professional can even point at the necessary skills you might forget to mention in your resume that will help you despite whether you will be chosen for this particular position or not. Good HRs serve the way good psychologists do: sometimes they can turn your life upside down by making you discover your true calling. By keeping it in mind, you’ll never get nervous.

Also, do not mention things like you’re at the bottom of the ladder at your current/previous job. It’s better to make your potential employer think you are worthy.

Attic salt is NOT ACCEPTABLE! Leave all of the jokes for your friends, housemates, relatives whatever. In other case, you won’t be taken seriously.

Usually, when the Secretary holds an appointment – watch out! He/she will report all the details to the supervisor immediately. This trick is a very common test of your candidacy.

Mind that for some organizations a conversation would be enough while for others you may face new challenges like tests or specialized questionnaires.

Basic Rules of the Game

  • Don’t tell you are addicted to some bad habits – it won’t make you look cool!
  • Be self-critical enough – it will raise your credibility in the eyes of the employer. Babes and sucklings are seen from the first sight, so do not lie about your work experience or unexisting awards and achievements.
  • No matter what you say, never air your grievances concerning your previous place of work or internship. It will make you a suspicious sissy in the eyes of your potential employer. Narrow it down to the neutral statements: the lack of opportunities for professional growth, irregularities in obtaining monetary compensation, distance from home, inconvenient work schedules, etc.
  • Be ready to listen all ears! Talk less, listen more = that is that simple. This formula of success has never let someone face down in the dirt. At least, it is much better than bending HR’s ear. Forget about all the insignificant details
  • Stop acting up! Keep in mind that you are still a dependent face in this situation. Answer only when you’re asked. Don’t behave boastfully. Remember: all of your achievements were already mentioned in your resume and cover letter.
  • Don’t be ahead of the game! It is okay to plan, but don’t start acting like you’re already the head of the department. You’d better tell that you wish to become a CEO one day.
  • Don’t lie! Your real skills and abilities are apparent to the naked eye – don’t try to fool your HR. It’s better to seem less experienced and receive a chance to show up rather than missing it by telling lies.

What’s Behind the Door?

  1. The questions that you will most probably face in every interview:
  2. Tell us about your last job.
  3. Tell us a little bit about yourself.
  4. How would you describe yourself?
  5. Tell us about your former boss.
  6. Reasons for leaving previous job.
  7. What do you know about our company?
  8. What attracts you to our company?
  9. Why do you want to work for us?
  10. What does your educational/work experience have to do with this work?
  11. How will you be useful to our company?
  12. What are your strengths (prepare your personal S.W.O.T. )?
  13. Do you have any bad habits?
  14. What type of work do you prefer most of all? What seems unacceptable to you?
  15. One thing about your previous job which you liked the most.
  16. Tell us about your worst gaffe at your previous job.
  17. What are your life goals? How do You plan to achieve them?
  18. What would you like to change your past?
  19. What salary are you expecting?
  20. What will you do if… ( description of any critical situation of your business)?

It is interesting to know that the average ratio of failed and successful interviews is 20 to 1 (under successful interviews, I mean those that end up with a job offer). In other words, out of 20 interviews you’ll visit, only one will be productive.

P.S. Don’t forget to support the new relations with the help of thank-you or follow-up letter as a token.

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