Tips & tricks

1. Be prepared
2. Make sure you are genuinely interested in the position
3. Have a positive attitude
4. Adapt your approach to suit your interviewer
5. Listen attentively
6. Don't sell yourself short
7. Brochure "Sell yourself"

1. Be prepared


Being well prepared gives you a feeling of security and increases your self-confidence. Present yourself in the best possible light. Put yourself in the position of the interviewer; consider the questions they might ask you and the main qualities that they would want you to bring to the job.

Practise presenting yourself. Every interview will start with a request for you to briefly introduce yourself and summarise your career up to that point. You can practise doing so before the interview. Make a list of the most important professional milestones on your CV. Use the opportunity to think about what the interviewer should definitely know about you. Prepare to answer why you’re looking for a new challenge and why you are interested in the vacancy.

Think of some specific examples that demonstrate your skills. When presenting your career history, make sure to cite examples and figures to highlight your skills. You could, for example, mention the size of a team that you managed or a budget for which you were responsible. These facts are essential for fleshing out your capabilities and experience for your interviewer.

It is extremely important to do some research on the company and the products and/or services it sells. In any interview, the candidate is always asked about their knowledge of the company. If you’ve done your homework and can show that you know some key facts about the company, you will impress the person sitting in the interview chair.

Plan your route to the interview location. Find out the correct address and plan your journey to the interview. This will eliminate the risk of losing your way at the last minute and being late. 

Factor in enough time to get to your interview on time. It’s better to be ten minutes early than five minutes late.

Dress appropriately, because there is no second chance at making a first impression. Your clothes should reflect the position that you’re applying for and make you feel comfortable, so you look professional and at ease.

2. Make sure you are genuinely interested in the position


Make sure you are genuinely interested in the position. Think long and hard about whether you really want the job advertised. If you go to an interview for a position that does not really interest you, you’re wasting your own time and that of your interviewer. It’s also difficult to convince them that you are the right person for the job if you’re not convinced yourself.

3. Have a positive attitude


The company is interested in you: Don’t forget that your interviewer invited YOU to the interview. This means that they are interested in you and hope that you meet their requirements. Nowadays, a shortage of qualified employees in many occupations means talents and employees are in high demand. Look forward to the interview and have a positive attitude.

What criteria are decisive for this position? As a candidate, you should think about the criteria you are expected to fulfil. Reflect on how you can apply your skills to meet these criteria and address this during the interview.

Treat your interviewer as your ally rather than your opponent – after all, you both want the interview to be a success. Show them what you’re really like. Anything else will confuse the interviewer and makes them distrustful. Honesty is the best policy 

An interview is a dialogue and your interviewer wants to know about you. Their questions are not intended as an interrogation; they want to find out whether you are suitable for the position. There should be a dialogue between you, and you are allowed to ask your own questions too.

4. Adapt your approach to suit your interviewer


The way in which the interview develops will probably be determined by your interviewer and may not meet your expectations. However, you can adapt to the situation quickly by being well prepared and self-confident.

5. Listen attentively

 

Listen to your counterpart attentively and answer the questions that you are asked.

Structure your answers: Construct your answers so that you initially offer a direct answer to the question. You can then go into detail and provide an explanation for the answer or opinion expressed.

Find a balance between concise and extended answers. The longer you give yourself to provide an in-depth answer, the less time your interviewer has to learn more about your personality and skills. Answers that are too brief, however, are also unsuitable, because they do not give you enough room to create a positive atmosphere. Try to find a balance between the two.

6. Don't sell yourself short

 

Before the interview, research the industry average salary on websites such as http://www.lohnrechner.bfs.admin.ch/. This guideline will prevent you from selling yourself short when it comes to the issue of remuneration. Based on current annual gross salaries, you should ask for 10-20% more. Be brave and be aware of the skills and expertise that justify your salary.

7. Brochure "Sell yourself"


Our brochure "Sell Yourself" gives you tips and tricks for an impressive application, for successful interviews and for dealing with critical issues.