Are you a refugee?
Working abroad sounds like an adventure to many people. The job search in Greece requires more than just the obvious Greek CV writing and translation – it requires methodical preparation. You need to pass the Greek job interview. You will face issues that probably did not even cross your mind when you start planning to go for jobs in Greece.
Do not misjudge the impact they can have on the result of your adventure! For example, you will experience the different immigration rules and practices, job application procedures, the selection trends and the management culture.
Most visits to Greece are trouble-free but you should be aware of the global risk of indiscriminate international terrorist attacks, which could be against civilian targets, including places frequented by foreigners.
The Greek job interview is a time of mutual assessment. Be ready for three to six job interviews. Most Greeks speak English at an acceptable level.
Prepare yourself for the Greek job interview. Before an interview find out information about the company you want to work for. Also, practice your few-sentence “speech” about who you are and what you do. Do not whine. Do not talk about being jobless. Do not dump on your former employer. Be positive.
On the initial interview, bring with you documents like letters of reference and photocopies of academic certificates. It is also advisable to have on hand written references from former bosses, coworkers, or professors that positively attest to your qualifications and work ethic. An extra CV can be handy too. You will never get a second chance to make a first impression!
Remember, the same keywords you used in your CV will be the foundation for your job interviews. Not only do you need to be able to write about your key words, but also during an interview, you must be able to communicate about them as well, in strong and powerful statements that highlight your successes, contributions and achievements.
Punctuality is expected, so arrive at least 10 minutes before the job interview and turn off your cellphone. Smiling lightly show your friendly face.
Remember, how you dress is the one of the most important parts of not being hired.
So, check the Greek dress code
When introducing yourself show your friendly face, use your last name and business title. Shake hands with everyone and exchange business cards. Maintain eye contact while talking to someone. Show your interest and talk about Greek culture and language with enthusiasm.
Do not sit until invited. Talk effectively demonstrating your knowledge of the industry and/or the company, do not interrupt the interviewer and criticize former employers.
Prepare for all kinds of questions. Questions about your personal situation like age, religion, marital status and families are quite common in Greece. So do not feel offended by them. Answer them as fully as you can, avoiding yes and no answers.
Interviewers often ask about your past successes and mistakes on the job. It is a good idea to prepare a few career success stories and couple that had less than favorable outcomes but were learning experiences.
You do not have to answer personal questions, but consider in advance how you are going to tackle them. If you feel uncomfortable with a question asked, simply smile and say, “In my country, that would be a strange question.”
At the Greek job interview do not volunteer information that the interviewer does not ask for
Ask questions about the job, the lines of authority and your responsibilities, but avoid raising the issue of salary or benefits early in the process. Ask for clarification if you do not understand the question you have been asked. Do not forget to ask, “When can I expect to hear from you?” (if that has not been discussed).
Before leaving, thank everyone present for interview and shake they hands.
Do not forget to write a thank you letter to every interviewer and subsequently follow-up by letter, email or phone call. Employers regard this as an indication of your final interest in the position.