Nikolija Micunovic
Job Interviews! How do you prepare for them?
<font face="Calibri">Hello fellow peeps,</font>
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</font>In my years of experience in HR and recruiting,  I have come across many job seekers and  applicants and almost everyone had their own specific method of interviewer preparation and 
<font face="Calibri">conduct during the interview as well as post-interview rituals. </font>
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<font face="Calibri"> </font>I want to pick your brains here and see how do you go about prepping, what sort of special or unique drills do you  practice, and which ones proved to be effective in the process? 
<font face="Calibri"> </font>Please share with me your experience and I hope we can make a fruitful discussion out of this :) 
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<font face="Calibri">I will also be happy to give a couple of pointers and takeaways to those who are looking  to apply for jobs in the near </font>future .
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Cheers   
May 25, 2018 9:54 AM
Comments · 8
I don't prepare at all. I prefer picking up counter questions for them. Don't be surprised, most of them have no aswers for those questions. I feel they are often too mechanic for a job ment for human contact. Although, i like mocking hr people too for that same reason.

When i was studying business managent in university, i had this article series titled 'why did i not get recruited'. 

I don't know how things work for you, but i've seen too many pretentious people especially in hr business. Hr agents often forget the fact applicants make a selection too, thinking they have already convinced to work for their companies. That's why they can't answer counter questions. As an example, i remember an hr lady ended up saying "this job will be much harder then what you were doing before, but we will be paying less." And she didn't even realised what she said until i asked "why should i do a harder job for less money?" She had no answer offcourse. So i denied the offer and marked rejected as if hr lady denied me from the job. I have many similar stories like that. My only good story happened with a new graduated, inexperienced hr lady. She was the only one who could reply my questions. Yes, rejected that job too, but i had 3 amazing interviews with an amazing person.

One other example, i had interview with a serious company where interviews are held by one hr agent and one department manager alonside. Department manager wanted me in after we had a great conversation for half an hour long. Hr agent lost a few pounds during the interview, so marked negative. Hr manager took his agent's advice and rejected my application. Two months later i was invited for another interview by hr manager, but the name was different.

Things get real when you go to interviews without preperation, because there is no role playing of who you are and what you want. However, when you go there all prepared it's not an iterview, it's a textbook. You're okay as long as you can express yourself in a respectfull manner.

July 25, 2018
Nowadays , It is better to be self-employed. But if you are going to interview with an employer, think , investigate  and identify them; dress neat and try to demonstrate you are honest, skillful  and motivate them to hire you.
July 25, 2018

Very interesting topic :))


I, myself, try to completely clear my mind right before the interview by playing with my rubik's cube or juggling.

It is also helpful to have a quick casual conversation with the interviewer prior to the interview to sort of feel comfortable and to eradicate any possible tension in the room. 

May 25, 2018

<font face="Arial, sans-serif">Hi Nikolija, </font>


<font face="Arial, sans-serif">Look up information about the company, its nature, workflow and culture, and for practical measures their financial situation and potential on the market, is the first step. In general there’s always a lot of questions raised from reading into such details, sometimes I have to write questions down. Some interviewers were kind of surprised that I’ve used a notepad, on some I’ve managed to land the job, some were inexplicably negative afterwards. I think it’s more about fulfilling the skill level required. When all found I had a great resume, that’s subtly revealing “you’ve got the job.” It’s said that being inquisitive helps getting a job, but honestly each interview is different. I never care for any questions left, it’s bad practice in my opinion, but I would like them to know; “if so I’d ask.” </font>


<font face="Arial, sans-serif">Next to the resume I’ve send, I use my extended resume with written key performances, practice to speech it. Telling what one has accomplished with jobs and what whey try to accomplish in the future, is sometimes helpful to avoid being asked about weaknesses, at least it seems logically redundant, but you’ll never know. I never expect to get the job or to be failing, all I have to stick with is trying to find out if this still seems right for me, and that’s exactly the reason I come to a job interview. Usually you’ll hear some days later anyways. In the meantime looking for other job vacancies, is just a sensible thing for me to do. </font>

July 26, 2018

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July 25, 2018
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Nikolija Micunovic
Language Skills
Arabic (Modern Standard), Bosnian, Croatian, English, Italian, Montenegrin, Russian, Serbian
Learning Language
Arabic (Modern Standard)