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Job interview – how to be convincing

A successful face-to-face interview brings you one step closer to accepting a new challenge. For this reason it is vital to be well prepared.

Collect information

Collect as much information as possible about the firm you are applying to. By doing this you will get to know the firm better. You will know more about its values and products. At the same time it is a good preparation for your interview. If you still have questions, write them down and take them along to the interview. Your notes and your questions will show the contact person that you have come well prepared.

Practice makes perfect

Act out the job interview for practice. Think of all the questions that might come up. What makes you unique? Why should they hire you? Why do you want to leave your currant position? Next to your professional competences and experiences your personality will be of great importance. You must be able to present convincingly what you have to offer to the firm.

Do not be late!

Do you know where the company is located? If not, procure yourself a map and find out how you will get there. Estimate how much time it will take you to get to the firm. If possible drive there a couple of days in beforehand so that you know the actual time. Include time for unforeseen events. Find out who you will have to report to at the firm when you arrive. Ideally you should arrive about 5 to 10 minutes before the interview. If you are there earlier go for a short walk. Otherwise you will mess up the time plan of the recruitment officer.

Attentiveness is worthwhile

Be friendly because your appearance and how you conduct will count as well. Remain true to yourself and do not act artificially. Honesty is most important. Listen attentively to your conversation partner. Pay attention to the questions and answer them in a structured manner. Explain the reasons for your job search. During an interview you will receive important information. Take notes. Do not start asking a multitude of questions. Your interview partner has a plan on how to conduct the interview. She/he will give you time for asking questions at a certain point. Inquire at the end of an interview how things are going to proceed. When will they let you know what their decision is? Will they contact you or are you to contact them? When parting, make sure you leave a good final impression.


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