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How to rock your Dialectica interview

by Sofia Aravantinou, Head of Training & Culture Development

Sofia joined the Dialectica team in May 2016 and is Head of Training and Culture Development. Undergoing her PhD in Alternative Investments and Behavioral Finance, she is responsible for the company's training workshops and seminars. Here are her tips on preparing you for your Dialectica interview.

We all have heard stories about interviews that ended in disaster. We also have heard about super skilled candidates that have failed to 'convince' the interviewer on the added value they will equip the company with.

Some of us might actually have been stars of such stories before, while experiencing the absolute horror of not understanding the question, not remembering the options, failing to articulate the "amazing" us… the list is long and can give you the creeps.

Here, I present you with the absolute guide that will help you nail your next Dialectica interview!

Phone Interview:

  • Be on time and pick up your phone quickly - even for a phone interview, being late is not professional.
  • Make sure to test your connection & stay somewhere with strong signal. If the signal is weak and you can’t hear the interviewer, ask to call you back or try calling another line.
  • Be consistent – don’t try to impress the interviewer with complex answers to straightforward questions.
  • You can probably guess some of the typical 1st round questions, so work out some answers in advance. This will save you time and it will actually help you relax, during this somewhat stressful procedure of an interview.
  • If your call is scheduled at 10 am, don’t wake up at 9:45am.

Face2Face Interviews:

You have now passed to the Face2Face interview phase - relax and keep on preparing!

  • Prior to the face2face interviews you will be sent a case study. Make sure you read it thoroughly. You might as well consider it as your first Dialectica project.
  • When presenting the case study use your notes while explaining the rationale behind it: even if your answers are not correct, it is super-important to explain the “WHY”.
  • When challenged about one of your answers, think critically: your rationale may be 100% correct and the interviewer just wants to check how well you defend your work.
  • When asked about your previous working experience, don’t look down on your previous job. 
  • Asking questions about the company shows real interest.
  • Watch your body language - if you don’t know what to do with your hands, you can hold a pen all through the interview. If, when stressed, you can’t stop fidgeting (playing with your hair etc.), use your hands to emphasize your answers/ statements.
  • Listen carefully to your interviewer and answer the questions as much to the point as possible- conciseness is a virtue!
  • At the end of the interview ask about next steps - so you know what to expect. This also shows genuine interest in the position.

Hope these tips were helpful enough and wish you best of luck on your next interview!

See you soon,

Sofia

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