Once the recruiter has decided they want to meet you in person, the interview can last from 30 minutes to 2 hours. All aspects of verbal and non-verbal communication are important. The recruiter will observe your positive and negative communication skills and analyse them in order to form their assessment.
Most employers use semi-structured interviews. The structure may be as follows at the first meeting:
• small talk to put you at ease;
• presentation by the recruiter and the applicant;
• questions about your experience, skills and knowledge; verification of information in the CV;
• the recruiter informs you about the requirements and main duties of the job and about the company in general: which sectors it operates in, its achievements, etc.;
• the recruiter checks that you have understood all the aspects discussed;
• your questions, for example: What is the work schedule? What salary are you offering? Is there a lunch break?
You are advised to prepare questions before the meeting, but be flexible and try to think of others that may crop up during the interview.
The atmosphere should be open, relaxed and communicative. Make sure you adopt a professional attitude and that you explain your motivation for the job.