Preparation for the job interview

  • If you have not received a written invitation, make sure to note your contact partner's data (name, telephone number, building, etc.).
  • Be punctual. Plan enough travel time.
  • Bring along all important original documents.
  • Make sure you are dressed properly.
  • Bring your appointment calendar and other writing materials.
  • Be informed about the company and the job position.
  • Prepare for any questions you might be asked. Strengths and weaknesses? Education, experience, desired salary?
  • Think ahead What information would I like to know?

The job interview

  • Greet your interviewer with a smile and shake her/his hand.
  • Introductory remarks Thank your interviewer for the invitation to be interviewed.
  • Relax but pay attention to your body language.
  • Keep eye contact, but don't stare at your conversation partner.
  • Do not interrupt. Show that you are capable of listening intently.
  • Make sure you know the name of your interviewer.
  • Winding down the discussion Summarize the next steps and thank your partner again for the interview.

After the interview

  • Write down any agreements and make sure you fulfill your part.
  • Reflect on the conversation
    • What were the positive and negative aspects?
    • What could you improve?
    • Did you achieve your objectives? If not, why?
    • Did you present your knowledge and skills in a favorable manner?
    • How would you evaluate yourself?

Don't forget

  • You don't have a second chance at a first impression. Carefully select the photograph on your application.
  • Read the job description carefully.
  • Be informed about the company and its products.
  • Be punctual and polite.
  • Be prepared for any possible questions.
  • Define three to five positive traits that differentiate you from other applicants, and think of examples that accentuate these traits.
  • Do not criticize other companies you have worked for.
  • Be honest, and don't add things that aren't true.
  • Avoid spelling and grammatical errors in your application.