How to prepare for an interview? We have 3 steps to success for you!

Did you respond to the job offer and invite you for an interview? This means that you are interested in your CV or cover letter. Now you have to prepare perfectly for the interview and leave nothing to chance. Get ready for it with our instructions in 3 easy steps!

Step 1. - Before the interview

How to successfully prepare for an interview?

You only have one chance to make the best impression. 30 seconds is enough for the HR specialist. We have some advice for you on how to make the most of them during them. Take a look at the first part of preparing for a job interview.

Find company information

Get as much information as possible about the company (its corporate culture, products, services, trends, projects and financial situation). Use social networks  or the company's website as a source of important information  . Find out something about her competition, it can earn you significant points.

Our tip:  Ask friends and acquaintances on social networks if they know someone who works for the organization to find out as much as you can about it.

Find out information about the person who will conduct your interview

Try to find out who will conduct the job interview with you (his name and position in the company). If you know who will lead the interview, you can estimate some of the interview questions and better  prepare for it .

Interview with a human resources manager or a future supervisor?

The recruiter's task is to determine the most suitable candidates for the position and send them to the next round. They will inform the unsuitable candidates that they are no longer advancing to the next round. The recruiter always asks only general questions and his goal is to get the most information about the personality. He mostly uses general and template questions.

If you go through HR, in the second round you will reach your supervisor (or straight to the director). In this case, it is already a person who is an expert in the field. Therefore, show your practical experience. But he will also be interested in your professional skills, specific experience, motivation and personality. And last but not least, it will find out how you deal with various crisis situations or whether you fit into the team.

3 questions you need to know the answers to

Preparation is very important for your success. Answer 3 important questions.

  • Why do you want to work in this position?
  • What is your idea of ​​salary?
  • When can you start?

Our tip: Don't forget to prepare for the most frequently asked questions during the interview.

Job description

The best way to prepare for day D is to go through the job description and selection criteria. Take a look at the responsibilities required for the position and remember examples of when you have performed such tasks in the past. You should be able to tell in detail about your previous work experience.

Experience and references

Interviewers may also want you to demonstrate your main years of experience, skills or provide a job report from your former employer.

Our tip: Do not be afraid to ask questions about the job description or company during the job interview. You will show your interest in the job and the future employer.

Interview in a foreign language

If you have indicated that you speak a foreign language, it may happen that part of the interview will be conducted in a foreign language. Therefore, before the interview, read your  CV  or  cover letter  in English or German again, so that you do not forget someone else's phrases to describe your job.

Sometimes people have trouble selling themselves and highlighting their strengths. However, it is very important to state during the interview:

  • key strengths
  • key character traits
  • qualifications and experience
  • key successes and lessons learned from failure
  • why you want the position
  • why you want to work for the company
  • why the company should accept you

5 tips in conclusion

  1. Prepare all the necessary documents for the interview (eg printed CV, cover letter or job report).
  2. Summarize your resume aloud and view the most frequently asked questions.
  3. Try to calm down before the interview. Think of the interview as a meeting where you want to show the best of yourself.
  4. Go to bed in time to have enough time in the morning and come to the interview calmly and without hustle and bustle.
  5. Come on time!