The interview

  • Who negotiates what? Your course’s placement director? Your industrial liaison office? Your academic advisor? You?

 

  • With whom do you negotiate? The HR Director? Your corporate advisor? Someone else?

 

  • What can you suggest, demand and accept?

 

  • What subjects is it best to avoid? (job post-placement, etc.)

 

  • When and how do you negotiate? (by email, during the hiring interview, at the beginning of the placement?)

 

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Depending on the level of the placement, you can undoubtedly try to “negotiate” the following points with the company. You are not in a position to impose your wishes, but it may be necessary to clarify certain points.

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A face-to-face interview is not uncommon, even for work placements. Since it’s simply impossible for applicants from North Africa or the Near East to travel to Germany for an interview, it’s important to ask in advance whether it is possible to conduct an interview via Skype or another video chat channel. Most HR officers will understand that. However, a remote interview is not very different from a face-to-face one.

Appear in person (HR officers are professionals; they will realize it if you are trying to deceive them).

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Seven recommendations for a successful job interview (video in French): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dO6vN70ymuU

Question: Tell me about yourself (video in French): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8i4BaK9tUws

What are your qualities / flaws / areas for improvement (video in French): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZZEMtAe0j4

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Questions

Answers

... would you choose the same course of study?

* Don’t give the impression that you chose your direction by process of elimination

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Do:

- Be on time;

- Be yourself;

- Be concise yet precise in your answers and avoid filler words;

- Be positive about yourself. Even if you are not very communicative, sociable or flexible, you can turn those subjective concepts to your advantage;

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 Goal

The goal is to prepare you to adopt the most appropriate behavior to get an internship. You will take stock of your objectives and the elements of the file. The "document preparation" and the "personal preparation" are two essential phases to the success of your interview.

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I make sure that I have the documents concerning the interview, in particular the offer of internship, my CV, my cover letter.
I make sure I know these documents perfectly.

 Analysis of the internship offer                   Analysis of the CV               Analysis of the cover letter

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Je réfléchis à l'image que je veux donner de moi. J'analyse les situations d'entretien que j'ai déjà vécues ou des situations similaires, j'en déduis mes traits de personnalité dominants, mes points forts et mes points faibles. Je porte une grande attention à mon apparence et à mon gestuel. Je prépare mon discours et je réflichis au déroulement de l'entretien.

            Le non-verbal                     Le verbal                      La préparation et la gestion de l'entretien

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Interview dos and don’ts

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