Most people are aware of the constant progress happening in the technological industry and they try to keep up with the latest gadgets and applications. Meanwhile, developments that happen in the Human Resources department don’t always make it to the front page. What that means for the candidate is that once they start applying for positions they might find themselves in untested waters. Traditional process of simply having interviews is long gone. Companies now use all sorts of different tools and tests, and you better come prepared. If improvisation isn’t your strong suit you might lose the position before you even know it. Take a look at these five steps and get yourself ready so no new technique can leave you surprised!
1. Phone screenings
When you get a call from a company you expect only to be invited to the interview. This was, in fact, a common practice for years. But now companies have started testing people even on that very first call. The aim of this is to separate during the first stage people who don’t fit the criteria, in order not to waste time on a job interview. This means that you will probably be asked something simple that can automatically put you in the yes or no column. The two most common questions are the one regarding salary (especially with low-earning positions) and the one regarding your knowledge of a foreign language. Someone with a very high level, or even a native will ask you a simple question and if you are not able to answer it you will not make it to the live interview. So, be ready to show of the skills you’ve put in your resume, or don’t put them there at all.
2. Personality tests
There is really no way to prepare for a personality test, but just knowing you might have to do one is helpful. More companies are using some sort of standardized testing and answering a bunch of specific question about your personality can leave anyone completely confused. A lot of good tests exist online and you can do them without having to pay for them. Practice a little so when you get swamped with a lot of questions you will be able to manage better and not have to take a minute.
3. General ability test
These tests can be pretty trick because they are quite hard and you can’t really study for them. They test your intelligence, logic, ability to solve complex problems, knowledge of language and math. Although you can’t study for them, doing a couple at home will definitely put you at ease before you have to do one knowing someone will judge you for it
4. Case studies
Using case studies in order to evaluate a potential candidate has proven to be very successful, which is why a lot of companies are using this method nowadays, even before the interview. Having more candidates interact with each other in order to solve a problem answers a lot of questions you can ask in an interview – How do you deal under pressure? Do you cooperate well with others? Are you solution oriented? Do you pay attention to details? Make sure that what you say and what you do match, and you will already be one step ahead.
5. Role playing
Same as case studies, role plays are great for improvisation and acting on the spot. No matter what the candidate says in an interview, putting him in a situation like this one will reveal a whole lot more. Make sure that you have kept your cool and stayed in your role and be yourself. If that is not enough than the position wasn’t meant for you and you will be way readier the next time.