Take care to be on time for your job interview – it’s better to be early than to get hot and bothered by arriving last minute. If you are delayed, avoid lame excuses.
have a positive attitude.
The company is interested in you: Don’t forget that your interviewer invited YOU to the interview. Nowadays, a shortage of qualified employees in many occupations means talents and employees are in high demand. Look forward to 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, so honesty really is the best policy.
Make sure to be well groomed. Choose an outfit that fits both you and the job.
prepare questions and answers.
Put yourself in the position of the interviewer and think about what questions they may ask, and what questions would be important to them in regards to the position. What criteria are decisive for this job? Consider how your skills can be used to meet these criteria.
An interview is a dialogue – prepare questions you would like to ask.
practice makes perfect.
At the start of every interview you will be asked to briefly introduce yourself and to summarize your career to date, which is something you can practice in advance. Make a list of the most important milestones on your CV. Prepare to be asked why you’re looking for a new challenge and why you’re the right person for the job.
Think of concrete examples that will reaffirm your competences. Name examples and figures, such as the size of a team you’ve managed, or a budget you were responsible for. These facts are important for your interviewer to get a detailed picture of your skills and experiences.
eating and drinking.
You’re allowed to take drinks that are offered to you – but remember your manners. It’s not a good idea to eat during the interview.
do your research.
It’s important that you do enough research about the company and its products or services beforehand. Candidates are always asked what they already know about the company. You will impress your interviewer if you’ve done your homework and know a lot about the company.
adapt to your interviewer.
Your interviewer will likely determine the structure of the conversation, so it might not always go the way you were expecting. You will, however, be able to quickly adapt, thanks to the confidence you achieve through being well prepared.
be attentive and focused.
Listen attentively. Respond to what is being asked and show that you are interested.
Find a balance between short and long answers. The longer you take to respond in detail, the less time your interviewer has to learn more about your personality and competencies.
sell yourself well.
Before the interview, find out the average salary for the industry so that you have a guideline.
social media is good, but...
Think carefully about what you post on Facebook & Co. Selfies can be good for your friends, but not for the job.
getting the job at all costs!
It's great when you really want the job. However, if you do get turned down, accept the decision gracefully - other opportunities will come your way!