28 Jun Job application advice
Although the CV and letter of application are important elements in the process, the job interview remains at the heart of the selection procedure. It is important to highlight your strengths in a concrete way and defend your weak points.
Important to remember! A job interview is not an examination with right or wrong answers; it is an ‘open discussion’ in which both parties can sound out each other’s wishes and possibilities.
Before you go to the job interview, acquire as much knowledge as you can about the company and the sector you hope to soon be working in. If you go into the interview unprepared, you can indicate to the recruiter that you have not made any effort or are not interested, and that’s obviously something you want to avoid.
Important questions you need to consider beforehand:
Why are you choosing this company and this position?
What do you know about the company? What attracts you to the sector the company operates in?
What type of position are you looking for? What is important to you in a job? What direction do you want to take in your career?
Make sure you’re on time for your appointment. Arriving much too early doesn’t make a good impression, either. You don’t want to come across as desperate, do you?
If you notice that you’re going to be late because of a traffic jam or other unforeseen circumstances, call the contact person to notify him/her accordingly.
If you cannot attend your appointment, arrange in good time for it to be changed and NOT on the actual morning itself!
Make sure you are neatly dressed and well-groomed for the interview (hairstyle, nails, clothes).
Your clothes match the company’s dress code.
If the job interview is arranged via United Talent, ask us about the dress code or corporate culture of the company where you will be going for the interview.
Also, do not hesitate to call us afterwards if you have any further questions.
Plan your route to the job interview in advance so that you don’t have to find out how to get there on the actual day of the interview. This will avoid you getting there late and making you unnecessarily nervous.
Go over your CV
If the recruiter asks questions you think are not relevant, calmly ask how the question is significant. There is often an underlying reason for the question that is not immediately clear to the applicant.
Remain calm and collected in any case.
Clear and concise
Answer concisely, but with specific examples. Don’t talk for the sake of it; this makes both parties feel uncomfortable.
Dare to ask questions
If something is not clear during the interview (a term or question), do ask for this to be explained. As long as you do this in a calm and courteous manner, nobody will take offence.
Be positive about yourself. Even if you’re not really communicative, sociable or flexible, you can still steer these subjective concepts in your favour. Stay positive and give examples yourself.
Be positive about your previous employer, even though you may have left with a flaming row. The recruiter will read more about you from the comment than about your previous employer.
Being positive about yourself does not mean that you should brag about yourself in a manner that is not believable. Talk about your skills and achievements in an objective way.
Knowledge of languages
If the job description asks for you to be fluent in other languages, rest assured that this will be tested during the interview. So also practice questions you expect to be asked in other languages. In any case, keep calm.
Despair or humour
Do not act in a desperate way. Even if you’ve already been looking for work for a long time, it is better not to show this as it may adversely affect the impression you make. The recruiter may assume that you have applied for the job just because you need the money and not because you’re interested in the position or the company.
If you feel comfortable doing it, you can try a hint of humour to make it clear that you’re not suffering from nerves.
Wrapping up the job interview
Feel free to ask about how things will proceed further if you are informed that you will be taking part in the second round…
Take a copy of your application letter, your CV and any diplomas or certificates with you so that you can hand them over at the end of the interview if requested.