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Five tips for a successful job interview

You finally have a job interview and are feeling a bit nervous? Being well prepared is half the battle. The following five tips could prove helpful in your job interview.

You should always check which tips fit your particular situation. Job interviews are very individual, which is why there is no standard recipe for success. But take a look for yourself whether some or all of these tips might help you:

1. Take the time to write a list of all possible questions the interviewer might ask. Think about a good answer to each question. Memorizing answers doesn't help in this case. To be really well prepared, you should also research the company. You should know the company very well before you go to the interview.

2. Carefully reread your job application documents. Questions could arise based on these documents. This also holds for the job description. Make sure you are aware of the job requirements.

3. It is of course also OK for you to ask questions during the interview, but you should avoid asking certain questions such as:

  • What exactly does your company do?
  • What will I earn?

4. Present yourself well. A job interview boils down to presenting yourself and your competencies. But be careful not to simply repeat what is in your CV. Think about what you want to say before you get to the interview. During the interview, you should talk about yourself in a relaxed manner, as if you were making small talk.

5. Don't be too serious. You don’t want to come across as being tense. Be sure to smile now and then—it makes you more likeable and creates a good impression. A smile makes people feel good and lightens the atmosphere. The same applies to humor, but don't overdo it. A humorous person makes a better, more memorable impression.

To restate, there is no universal guideline for a job interview. Make sure that the tips you use fit in with how you approach an interview. The tips have been kept very general to give you an idea of what makes a good impression in (almost) any interview situation. We wish you all the best and hope these tips will help.