10 valuable tips for foreigners when interviewing for a job in Turkey



Job interviews are a challenging process that causes newly graduated students and experienced employees to be excited. Unemployment, which has emerged with the increasing crises that have become a common problem of many countries, including Turkey, is a platform where competition and stress are intense for people searching and finding. At the same time, business agreements between countries, advances in technology, and science increase the chances of a career in international companies, especially abroad, and require new graduates to have a well-equipped resume to apply for jobs. Therefore, we share a few essential details you need to do and know when you are invited to a job interview in Turkey.



1. Understand Cultural Differences

If you are interviewing for a role in Turkey, it is crucial to understand the cultural difference. The cultural difference between Turkey and your homeland other than previous work experience can be significant. As an expat, researching the work norms and etiquette in the country where you hope to work is vital.

Business life and business culture in Turkey are pretty similar to Mediterranean countries. Attention is paid to establishing close relationships with customers. For example, you should pay attention to greetings when you enter the office or enter any shop. Dining rules, visiting, and residence rules; To obtain detailed information about topics such as national and religious holidays in Turkey will make your life easier.


2. Do Research

If we think that you have received a positive response to one of your job applications, one of the most critical conditions for a good job interview is to prepare for the interview. Knowing a thing or two about your prospective employer will help you during the interview and attract the attention of the other party and leave a positive impression. In addition, the better and more detailed your research is, the easier it is for you to understand the employer and the institution you will work in and answer the questions asked to you during the interview.

At the same time, try to know as much as possible by examining the website of the institution you are applying to, especially the "about us" section, and find out what the company has done in the past and its plans. On the other hand, check social media pages such as LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and get information about their share. Remember, the more information you collect for a successful job interview, the more comfortable you will be during the interview!



3. Practice

Doing a preliminary study about the job interview and interview questions and knowing yourself will help you during the interview with the employer. Since the same type of questions is generally asked in interviews, you can create an impressive story with examples from your own life rather than giving cliché and friendly answers to the other person. Rather than memorizing questions and answers, you can create concise answers by decorating them with specific examples and a few details that you can reference from your resume. Among the most frequently asked questions:

Can you tell us a bit about yourself? In answering this question, you can start from your previous experiences and describe your characteristics that are suitable for the job you are applying for.

What are your strengths? You may be expected to provide self-defining answers using adjectives such as talented, hardworking, adaptable, which may be related to your work environment and your harmony with your colleagues.

Why do you want to work here? Then, based on the company's characteristics, you can talk about how suitable you are for the job.

What is your salary expectation? One of the most challenging interview questions is what your wage expectation is. To give a clear answer to this question, you can do market research on your industry and field of work.

At the same time, new graduates who have not had any previous work experience are expected to answer questions such as internships they did while studying, social activities they participated in. Why they chose the department, they graduated from.



4. Get ready

Although job interviews consist of conversations that take a few minutes, extending that time during interviews depends on how well you are prepared to show that you are the right candidate. 

The most important part of the preparation phase is the choice of clothes. Before the interview day, you need to evaluate all the details and color dresses you will wear to your hairstyle, accessories, and shoes. 

The selection of suitable clothes for job interviews may consist of female candidates' pants or skirts, blouses or shirts, well-groomed hair, and light make-up, in addition to wearing dark suits, ties, and watches as accessories for male candidates in general.

In addition, if the place to go to the job interview is not very formal and office work, you can choose more comfortable clothes provided that they are clean and stylish. A good look will increase your self-confidence and relax psychologically.


5. Be There on Time

Another critical point for a successful job interview is the place, date, and time of the interview. If you do not know how to get to the place where you will be interviewed, you can use a few apps that show the maps, metro, and bus times on your mobile phone. It would be best if you took care to get to the interview 15 minutes beforehand. It is also helpful to have paper, pen, a few copies of your resume, reference list, and portfolio.



6. First Impression

Making a good first impression with the employer is one of the most critical issues for a successful job interview. A few essential points to be aware of are as follows:

  • Smile during the first encounter,
  • Make eye contact,
  • Do not sit without being shown a place to sit,
  • Be confident while shaking hands,
  • Take care of your body language during the interview. Stand up straight, lean back, do not exaggerate your hands and arms, do not tie your arms in front of you,
  • Do not shake your feet or play with your fingers.


7. Stay Calm

Make sure to stay calm and not get excited as much as possible during the job interview. Try to understand the questions posed by listening thoroughly and speak slowly. Avoid unnecessary talks, exaggerated laughter, repeating identical words frequently, pauses, and speaking quickly and excessively. Instead, start with a confident tone of voice and determination and show you are a good listener.


8. Be Positive

One of the basic rules for a successful job interview is positively impacting the other party's mind. Therefore, from the first moment you start the interview, you should take care to be positive and influence others. If you have had work experience before, avoid making negative comments about your old job. Instead, talk about your work achievements, problem-solving skills, communication skills, and teamwork predisposition.



9. Ask a Question 

During the job interviews, during the other person's questions, you can ask questions to show your interest in the job as long as it is not unnecessary. By asking questions about the difficulties of the job, the skills you need to acquire, the department and projects you will work in, you will make it clear that you are doing research and preparation before coming to the interview. Rather than asking what the salary is, wait for the other party to open up this issue and emphasize that the important thing is to improve yourself and achieve success in your business.


10. At the End of The Meeting

If you think the meeting ended positively, don't forget to thank the person you spoke to when leaving! It is a good idea to shake hands and leave without asking questions such as when they will return or whether they will inform you that you have been hired. If the job interview is anyway positive, the workplace will contact you.

Finally, If the job interview is not successful, instead of feeling bad, it is helpful to think about the pros and cons and see this as an experience.



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