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?
- 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.