If you have managed to get yourself a job interview, make sure that you are well prepared!
This exercise should not be taken lightly: make sure that you highlight your skills, give a detailed account of your experience and showcase your personal qualities. Use our checklist to help you prepare!
Research the company
Why? The aim is to get as much information as possible to familiarise yourself with the company and its industry. You should definitely not give the impression that you are learning about the company during the interview. Using this groundwork, you will be able to ask precise and pertinent questions, which will also show that you are motivated and interested in the company.
How? Your first port of call should be their website and the HR site where you will be able to find information on the company’s history, values, clients and products. You can also look at their social media pages if they have them. Finally, speak to anyone you know in the company or even previous employees to find out as much information as possible.
Research the people you are going to meet
How? Professional social networks such as Linkedin Viadeo and Xing are goldmines for information on a company’s employees. We advise you to start by finding out about people that you are going to meet during the interview (HR, Manager, Director etc). The more you know about your interviewer’s career, the more you will understand their role in the company.
You are able to resume your professional experience and highlight your achievements.
How? Practice in front of a mirror and use your CV as a basis. Your pitch should be structured and clear so that your career path can be understood. Remember that the other person knows nothing about you outside of your CV, so it will be used as a basis for the interview. Your presentation should include extra information about you such as key figures (results, targets etc) or examples.
You are able to use figures and examples to present your career path
But which ones? Where possible, support your presentation with figures such as targets you reached, generated revenue and the number of people managed. You should also be able to cite tangible examples to describe situations.
You understand the job offer
Why? You should never go to an interview without having read the offer at least once. You will be asked to present the position on offer and explain why you decided to apply. Take the missions one by one and research the keywords or the products that are mentioned beforehand. We advise you have some questions prepared, which can be answered during the interview.
You know how to answer the ‘Standard interview questions’
You are able to communicate in another language
If the position requires several languages, you will more than likely be tested during the interview. If you are unsure about the language level to write on your CV, you can go to the ‘Tips’ section on our website and take a look at ‘My level in foreign languages’.
You are able to detail your salary package
Why? Talking about salary often puts candidates on edge during an interview. Before the interview, take time to analyse your current package so that you do not hesitate on the day. You should take your gross annual salary, variable elements and advantages into account. Take time to also think about the minimum salary that would be required for you to accept a job offer.
You have thought about the small details!
- Look up the location and the time it takes to get to the interview well beforehand
- Write down the interviewer’s telephone number in case you are running late
- Bring a notepad and a pen
- Turn off your mobile phone
- Wear appropriate business attire