It is a good idea to be well prepared for an interview situation. If you are well prepared, this will shine through during the interview and you will appear motivated for the position.
Make an good impression during the interview
When you have been so lucky to get an interview, this shows that the employer has considered that you are qualified for the position. It is then important that you use this opportunity to further make a good impression and really sell yourself.
- Dress properly and be well-groomed in clean clothes that are adapted to the type of company and type of position.
- Meet up well in advance.
- Greet with a firm handshake and look the person you are about to meet in the eyes.
- Be outgoing.
- Be forward-leaning, show commitment and feel free to ask questions along the way if it comes naturally, but do not interupt. Keep the ability to listen to what is being said.
- Do not use snus during the interview or take a smoke just before entering.
- Speak positively about previous employers.
- And last but not least, BE YOURSELF. The employer is interested in who YOU are, and not who you think they want you to be.
Questions you might receive
In a job interview, you might receive general questions that the person interviewing you asks to get to know you, and be able to to get an impression of your personality.
It is important that you are prepared to answer these questions so that you can answer naturally when asked.
Here is a list of typical questions you may receive in an interview:
- Can you tell us/me about yourself?
- What is your motivation for applying for this job?
- What can you do for us that others cannot?
- What are you interested in outside of work?
- Do you have any qualities that you are especially proud of? (Strengths)
- Do you have qualities that you are not proud of? (Weaknesses)
- How do you relate to criticism / boasting?
- How do you handle situations under stress or situations that you are not very confident in?
- How do you work in collaboration with other people?
- How do you deal with problems you have to deal with alone?
- Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
These kind of or simular questions are questions we know from ecperience that are often asked in interviews. By reading up on these questions, and reflecting on the answers to them, can make you more prepared to give an good impression of yourself. But keep in mind that you will most likely be asked questions that are also specific to the position you are applying for, so make sure you also prepare by reading up on the company before entering an interview.
Read up on the company
Check if the company has its own website and read up on information about the company there. In this case you will appear well prepared. Also think about what you can add to the company in relation to your skillset and competence.