The job interview.
Questions we like to ask.
What we value.
Questions for Stephanie – our HR-Manager SWARCO Group / recruiting expert in the headquarters of the SWARCO Group in Wattens, Austria.
"we can congratulate"
Hello to Stephanie, our recruiting expert.
“The applicant’s personality has to fit in with our company and with the respective team, because you can't change a person's personality.”
Stephanie, what do you pay special attention to during an in-person job interview?
Stephanie: I try to create a relaxed atmosphere ...
right from the start. If I notice that someone is nervous, then we talk about that because there is really no reason to be nervous. On the contrary, if I notice as a recruiter that the applicant is a little bit nervous, it's a good sign for me that she cares a lot about the job and is excited because he would like to take on this new challenge.
I understand, of course, that a job interview is not an everyday situation. Moreover, it is important for me to have the feeling that my interview partner is authentic and not pretending. Of course, you want to get the job and therefore sell yourself as well as possible. In my opinion, this works best if applicants are true to themselves and act naturally. If they can do that, the rest of the interview is sure to be a success.
How are job interviews structured at SWARCO?
Our goal is to find out where the applicants' strengths lie...
Professional experience, personality, and conduct: what are you looking for?
We are happy ...
if applicants already have a high level of expertise. If they fit in very well with us in terms of personality and certain skills are perhaps not yet available, then there is the possibility of offering on-the-job training.
Training is very important to us. At the beginning of the onboarding process, we do a lot of internal training. After a certain period of employment, we are also happy to finance training with external seminar providers.
What we cannot and do not want to change is a person's personality. For us, it is very important that an applicant’s character and knowledge really fit into the existing team and structure.
Stephanie, can you share with us one question you often ask during job interviews?
One of our core values at SWARCO is agility. That means we focus on our customers' needs, react quickly to new developments, and then deliver the appropriate solutions.
In other words, we have to make quick and also important decisions in our jobs every day. One possible question in the interview could be, for example, the following: "In your professional experience, has there ever been a situation where you had to leave your comfort zone? Tell me more about it."
Of course, everyone is happy if they get the job. Do you have any tips on how to deal with rejection?
We are constantly expanding ...
and offer many interesting jobs within the SWARCO Group. We are pleased about every application, about the interest in our company and about the desire of applicants to work at SWARCO.
Unfortunately, we also must reject many applicants during the application process. This is never easy – not even for us. What is important to us is the respect we have for every applicant and the respectful way we handle rejections.
My tip: View every interview as an opportunity to reflect on yourself so that you can attend your next job interview with more confidence and even more experience.
Stephanie, as a recruiting expert, what would you like a candidate to take away for the in-person interview?
I am pleased...
when I feel and see the interest of applicants, when I notice that they have thoroughly informed themselves about our company in advance.
I have to get the feeling that there is a match between the applicant and the job profile. Seeing that someone is passionate about the new challenge is important. It is essential that the applicant explains in the first interview why he really wants the job and, even more importantly, why he is the best fit for the job.