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Preparing for a job interview

There’s a job interview ahead and you’re nervous? Don’t worry, with these tips you’ll avoid mistakes and stand out to your advantage in the job interview.

There’s a job interview ahead and you’re nervous? Don’t worry, with these tips you’ll avoid mistakes and stand out to your advantage in the job interview.

Only the best applicants are chosen for job interviews, so after receiving an invitation to a job interview you can already congratulate yourself on a job well done!

The following seven tips will help you to prepare for a job interview.

1. Familiarize yourself thoroughly with the company

Already familiarize yourself thoroughly with the company beforehand, because the interviewer will pay attention in the job interview to the interest that the interviewee shows in the company as well. It’s also good to find out as much as possible about the role applied for.

You can find a lot of good material on the net about different job descriptions. From them, you can get a good picture of the company-specific differences between different job descriptions. At the same time, you get valuable knowledge that you can make use of in the interview itself.

Normally, the company’s own web pages are the best source of information on the company. It’s already worth getting to know them well before the interview.


2. Consider your own strengths

Many of the interviewers’ questions deal with you as an employee. You’ll be sure to be asked about your strengths, areas for development, motivation and attitude. You should already think about answers to these questions in advance.

When telling about strengths, in addition to description you should give the interviewers concrete examples. Examples bring credibility and they will be remembered.

It’s important for the applicant to identify what they can do and also dare to bring it out in the interview.

Attitude and motivation are decisive. Of course, obtaining a job is also affected by know-how and talent, but above all it’s a question of the interviewee convincing the interviewer with their ambition and ability.

3. Be active

In a job interview, it’s worth expressing your own interest in the role, company and work community. So, ask questions! In this way, you get more information about the company, but also give an interested impression of yourself.  At the same time, you get to hear more about the tasks, which then helps you to make your decision, for example in the situation where you have to decide between two different kinds of jobs.

You can also bring your own interest and activeness to the fore even before sending the application. Often, you can get further information about the role beforehand by phone. In this case, it’s worth getting in touch if you want to hear about the role in more detail before applying. Present yourself briefly on the phone and ask a few questions. It’s important that you don’t call just for the sake of calling.

4. Work out your salary expectations in advance

In the job interview, you may be asked about your salary expectations, if the salary hasn’t been stated separately in the advertisement. For this, you should already think beforehand about your own salary range and the grounds for that.

You shouldn’t state a precise salary in euros, because that brings with it a risk of pricing yourself out. Think carefully about the top and bottom limits of your salary, but also mention that you’re prepared to negotiate about the salary if necessary.

5. Prepare for difficult questions

In a job interview, gaps that are evident in the CV are often gone through in detail. These can relate either to discontinuities in the employment history, the ending of an employment relationship, career development or personal issues.

There’s no need to be ashamed of gaps, because it’s normal that a person has at some point concentrated on full-time study, for example, or been at home with a child for a year. However, they are worth bringing out with honesty. At the same time, it’s worth saying what else you did at the time in question, for example travelled or done voluntary work. In this way, you show the interviewer that you have nevertheless been active.

The endings of employment relationships are also almost always asked about, if they stand out, for example, as odd dates. You should always be honest with regard to these. If a previous employment relationship of yours ended in dismissal, you should say this.

6. Come to the interview in a calm state of mind and looking smart

In a job interview, the task of the applicant is to bring out their know-how and motivation. Interviewers often pay attention to the appearance, behaviour and interactive skills of the interviewee. More and more, interviewers are also interested in how the person will fit into the work community or team.

So that you’re at your best in the job interview, prepare well for it. Check on the day before at the latest how you’ll get there on time. At the same time, it’s already worth deciding how to dress and what documents to take along to the interview. Already put everything in order the evening before, so on the day of the job interview you can just take it easy.

Remember the first impression when greeting the interviewers! Shake hands firmly and look the interviewers in the eyes. Be aware of your own body language in the interview situation – it makes up more than 50 percent of communication.

7. Be honest

The interviewers will get around to asking during the job interview e.g. about what other jobs you’ve applied for or how your last workplace was. You should answer these and other questions honestly, taking the employer’s point of view into account.

This should especially be borne in mind when you talk about your previous employers or your education. Employers do not like to employ an applicant who openly criticises their former line managers and employers. Rather, tell them what you liked and what was challenging!

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