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How to prepare for your interview with the recruiter

1 - Explain your CV and motivations

Recruiters usually focus on the main elements of your CV; your education, training and work experience. They may also ask you about any experience abroad, interests or hobbies. Explain your reasons for applying, relating those to the company and the position.

Take your time: talk about each experience individually, highlighting key activities, achievements and learnings. 

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Before your interview you should reflect upon your past experiences and re-familiarise yourself with your CV. Know your strengths and prepare strong examples for every point you wish to make.

by Larissa Diz – Global Resourcing, Eni
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If you have a telephone interview, find a quiet place where you can focus and speak easily. Talk in a clear and comprehensive way.

by Chiara Martinelli – Global Resourcing, Eni

2 - Carefully consider your questions and anchor them to the context

Showing enthusiasm and interest is the best way to make an impact. Prepare questions based on your research and information you have received. Remember that active listening is also an expression of interest!

Some useful questions you could ask recruiters at this stage are:

  • “Who are the main interlocutors in the business area I would be working for?”
  • “What kinds of projects will I work on and what are some of the team’s current projects?”
  • “What should I expect in my first three months?”
  • “How would you describe the culture of the company/team?”
  • “What does success look like in this role?”

3 - Be transparent about your goals

It is crucial that you make your career objectives clear, allowing both you and the recruiter to understand if your profile is suitable for the position.

Don't be afraid to ask for more information and clarification.

Tell the recruiter if you feel some aspects of the position are not in line with your objectives, for example, international travel.

Remember: the company chooses you as much as you choose the company. Choose a job that suits your interests and goals.

Telephone or video interviews are slightly different to face-to-face interviews and are generally shorter. Sometimes the quality of the image and/or the sound aren't always good, which can add to your stress level – so keep to the point and be genuine. Try to avoid clichéd responses.

by Virginie Feroul – Global Resourcing, Eni