Tips for a successful interview

With these tips every job interview will be a success!

Whether you’re doing an internship or working as a company boss, the interview seems like a big, scary hurdle between you and your dream job. But an interview can also be very relaxed. In this article you’ll find many useful tips on how to prepare for this important day so that everything runs smoothly during the interview.


The preparation

Research the company to which you submitted your application. Which industry does it belong to? What kind of products are produced? How many employees are there and what is the company philosophy? Use the questions below to prepare yourself for the interview by letting the answers go through your head beforehand. You can also practice the conversation beforehand with friends or a family member. Plan early on how you will get to the interview. Plan enough time for this.


The most frequently asked questions and the best answers.

Probably one of the most important topics of the interview is the questions of the personnel managers. To prepare for the questions, think about the answers in advance and practice them in front of a mirror. However, don’t memorize the answers, the HR manager would quickly notice that.

Tell something about yourself.

The classic introduction to conversation. Answer here with some key data from your life. Introduce yourself briefly with name, age and your last professional stations.

Why did you apply to us?

Here it is important to place the profile of the company next to your own strengths. Why do you fit in with exactly this company?

Why do you think you are the best candidate for the open position?

Think in advance what your two to three greatest strengths are and explain them. The strengths should, of course, match the characteristics required in the job advertisement.

What are your strengths and weaknesses?

With the strengths you should show a healthy mixture of self-confidence and modesty. What makes you the ideal candidate for this position? When it comes to weaknesses, you should definitely avoid tired sentences such as “I am too perfectionist”. Choose a weakness that is not too bad for the employer and always say how you work on your weakness.

What were your biggest successes/failures?

It’s not about whether you passed the driving test 10 years ago or didn’t make some money, but how you handled it. Always stress that you have learned from your failures and prove this with examples.

Do you have any questions?

The only correct answer here is: Yes. Questions are important to express your interest in the company. However, they should not be about salary or holidays. Instead, show interest in the size of the team and career opportunities.

Clothing makes people: the confident appearance

Inform yourself in advance about the dress code of the company. For example, banks are more strict and expect a suit or a costume. Marketing or advertising companies are a bit more relaxed. Make sure your outfit matches, is clean and ironed. Put your money on discreet accessories, hairstyle and makeup.

At least as important as the clothes is the self-confident appearance. You should stand and sit up straight for the duration of the conversation, don’t fold your arms and look friendly. Smile at the receptionist as well as the staff member friendly when they introduce themselves to you. Don’t avoid eye contact, but don’t stare into the other person’s eyes either. Do not fumble around with your hands in your face, but show a calm, relaxed posture.

Concluding tips

The personnel managers only know you from the documents that you sent in with your application. So make sure that everything you say matches your cover letter, CV and job reference. Expect to have to explain any gaps in your CV in the interview.

Bring a copy of documents such as your employer’s reference to the interview. This makes a good impression.

Mirror your counterpart. This is a psychological effect that makes you appear more likeable. Laugh when he laughs, drink a sip when he reaches for the glass and bend over when he does.

The duration of the interview is divided into 5 phases. The small talk, the getting to know, the self-presentation, the questions and the conclusion. Self-presentation takes the longest part, followed by getting to know each other and asking questions. Therefore, concentrate on these phases in the preparation in appropriate proportions.