Goals

The aim of the training is to improve and develop skills needed to succeed in the job interview. During the workshop participants learn how to answer the recruiters’ questions, make the best first impression and work on their body language and stress control in difficult situations.
The workshop lasts one or two days. Classes are divided into the lectures and practical exercises. During the lectures, the participant will learn the basic knowledge about the most frequent questions asked during interviews, preparing answers to those questions, speaking techniques and methods of managing stress in public situations.
Practical exercises will allow the trainees to view and evaluate themselves in the event of their occurrence, identify their strengths and weaknesses and learn how to develop their skills in the future. In addition, the exercises will show the participants how to quickly and effectively overcome the barriers and fears associated with job interviews and quickly and efficiently respond to unforeseen situations.

Training methods

First module (ca. 1 hour) consist of a lecture on the types of job interviews, ways of preparing for one and presenting oneself professionally. Moreover, participants learn about body language and stress management as well as influencing others while talking to them.
The second module (7 up to 15 hours) is is a practical workshop during which participant practice their self-presentation skills in simulated interviews (some of them in front of the camera). Participants’ performances are then evaluated in conversation with the trainer. During the discussion, the trainee receives feedback about his strengths and weaknesses and what he should focus on in the future to improve the level of his self-presentation skills.

Plan

Interview and its role in recruitment

  • Recruitment stages: what precedes the interview and how we pass it.
  • The role of the interview: its goals and tasks.
  • Self-presentation elements of the conversation between the company and the candidate.
  • Assessment of the candidate in the interview. The most common reasons for making a final decision.

Preparing for the interview

  • Recruiter’s side: determining of time, the place of the interview and the duration of the meeting.
  • Preparing questions for the candidate.
  • Interviewee’s side: attempting to predict questions of the recruiter, prepare answers and arguments for being the right candidate for the post. Preparing your own questions about the company and the job.

During the interview

  • The first impression of a candidate: Why it is so important and what is its role.
  • Components of the first impression: clothing, style, body language, enthusiasm, competence.
  • Building trust: How to make people like you and listen to you?
  • Answering their needs: How to present the benefits for a company from employing you in a given position. Rules of speaking about your strengths.
  • Time management and emotional control. How not to make them tired, bored or upset.
  • Talk about paycheck: basic strategies for presenting your own financial expectations and responding to the employers’ proposals.

Stress management during the interview

  • Overcoming nervousness when they assess us. Cognitive methods of stress control.
  • Behavioral methods of controlling stress in public situations.
  • How to make the impression of self-confidence and being professional.

Exercises

  • Brainstorming about the most common questions during job interviews and what the candidate should answer.
  • Simulations of the most difficult interviews (if necessary also in front of the camera), during which participants answer sample questions of recruiters.
  • After every simulation, the trainer and other participants give feedback on the quality of self-presentation, arguments, body language, etc. and formulate recommendations. The participant learns what are his or her strengths and what he or she must still work on; which techniques to develop and with which bad habits to fight.