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Excerpted from the Finland Career Guide

Pre-Interview Preparation

Getting ready for an interview should always include gathering material about the company from the Internet, from publications and by talking to people in the industry. It is wise to prepare for the most typical questions the interviewer might ask, based upon the position, the field of employment and your unique qualifications and history. Relevant work experience usually is required, and often is regarded as more valuable than formal qualifications in Finland; work experience should be emphasized as much as possible. Employers will be looking for evidence of teamwork, as well as IT and language skills (such as Finnish, Swedish, German, English and Russian). Employers also are interested in your reasons for applying.

Interview Conduct

Being prompt is a must. Finns are proud of being punctual, and punctuality is expected from others. If you are delayed and will arrive late to an interview, a telephone call is definitely appropriate.

A handshake is the customary greeting at an interview. Finns usually state their own name when meeting people, but they don’t necessarily address the other person by name during conversation.

The Interview

If there is more than one interview round, three to ten candidates are generally screened in an interview. Although interviews are typically organized separately for each applicant, sometimes group interviews are organized to get a better understanding of the candidates in a team situation. Being active in the group discussion is positive, as is listening to the others and involving them in the discussion.

The interview usually begins with the interviewer presenting the company and explaining what type of position he/she is in the process of filling. The interviewer will then ask the applicant to talk about his/her background and work experience. Additional questions can be asked throughout the interview. Typically, employment-related negotiations get to the point very quickly, but it is best not to discuss salary or compensation benefit items early in the interview process.

This is just a short sample of what you’ll find in over 100 pages of information in the complete Finland Guide.

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