How to handle a job interview with Salini Impregilo

A selection interview is an important step in one's professional life. An interview that goes well can change your life, determine your career path and your future, and affect the decisions you will make tomorrow.
Even if you don’t pass an interview, it can serve as useful experience to improve and grow on a personal level if managed properly.
This is why we focus on selection interviews that are positive experiences for everyone, providing valuable feedback from the HR Team for every single candidate.

Here are some suggestions for how to maximise your performance in an interview with Salini Impregilo.

1. Have fun finding out about our Group.
It is important to come to the job interview fully prepared. Obtain as much information as possible about our Group to understand the environment we operate in and carefully study the position you are applying for. It’s good practice to show interest and it will help you to respond to questions that will probably come up during the interview.

2. Shake hands and make eye contact.
Even a simple gesture like a handshake can be a part of the assessment: be spontaneous and try to stay in control, remain confident and make eye contact with the interviewer. Being distracted or unfocused can make it difficult to interact positively, something that is essential in getting to know each other in the relatively short time available for an interview.

3. Prepare a brief presentation about yourself. Tell us how talented you are!
Don't forget to bring a copy of your Curriculum Vitae and a valid form of ID.
Speaking about yourself may seem easy, but it isn't. Prepare in advance and come to the interview with a well thought-out presentation. Try to be complete but concise and give an organised and task-oriented presentation.
Describe yourself and talk about the skills and knowledge want to develop and what you want to achieve in the future. Stress your educational and professional experience without exaggerating your achievements. Highlight your skills and strengths, emphasising the qualities that make you stand out and which you feel are relevant to the open position.

4. Listen.
Pay attention and be aware of both verbal and non-verbal signals,. Be patient. Wait for the interviewer to finish speaking; don't interrupt. The better your listening skills, the more your answer will be on target, well-structured and show empathy.

5. Don't rush your answers.
If you need time to think about a question, take it! Don't react instinctively simply to avoid a pause. Taking a reasonable amount of time to reflect is generally perceived positively.

6. Make use of examples.
Express your ideas clearly and be proactive during the interview. Respond to the questions with precision. Avoid rambling. Give practical examples to illustrate your experience and to help make your ideas clear for the person listening.

7. Show interest in the company and the position.
It is useful to prepare a series of questions to ask during the interview. This shows you are interested in the company and the position. Avoid asking for information regarding compensation too early: the subject will come up in subsequent interviews during the selection process.

8. Take care of your appearance.
Choosing your outfit carefully translates into consideration for the interviewer and the environment you find yourself in. Wear what represents you best, but don't overdo it: dress in a way that is sober, serious and neat.  

REMOTE INTERVIEWS

In an international company like ours, online interviews occur with some frequency. The most common format used is the Skype video call. Here are some specific recommendations for remote interviewing:

•    Prepare for your interview as if you were going in person.
•    Check the quality of the connection and the audio before the appointment.
•    It is important to pay attention to your appearance: don't forget that this is still a job interview.
•    Prevent interruptions from other people or mobile phones. It is best to switch off any devices and if necessary, ask anyone around you to keep as quiet as possible.
•    Don't look at your own image or the screen too often: focus on the camera and the interviewer instead. This helps create direct contact with the other person.
•    Show interest and be curious. Interviews by telephone or through a video call are generally given less time and are more intense. Be concise, stay focused and keep your replies fairly short.

Remember that there is no single magic formula that applies to everyone: all candidates have to create their own winning strategy. Above all, be yourself!