“People makes the difference”

Tips for job interviews

How to give a good job interview:

If you are called for interview this means that you have already convinced the interviewer that you can do the job “on paper”. The interview is your chance to convince the interviewer that you are the right person to do the job in reality. The objective of the interview is to show whether you possess the necessary skills and sufficient knowledge to fill the position. At the same time the interview will give you the opportunity to find out whether the company is suitable for you and the job really is one you could see yourself doing.

Remember to prepare well. Read up on the company and focus on creating a good first impression. Your appearance and behaviour can greatly influence the interviewer’s opinion of you. You should therefore do all you can to make the first impression as positive as possible. Be attentive and polite and dress smartly.

You should include a copy of your CV, references and relevant certificates etc. Allow yourself enough time and make sure you know where you are going – and that you arrive at the agreed time. Shake hands with your interviewer when you meet. Be calm, polite, honest and sincere. Show your interest in the job and ask your interviewer to explain any questions you do not understand before answering. Speak clearly and use positive words. Maintain eye contact with the interviewer. This creates trust.

Finish the interview with a smile and a firm handshake.


Shakinghands

Finish the interview with a smile and a firm handshake.

Possible questions you may be asked:

  • What do you know about our company?
  • Why do you want to work with us?
  • What can you offer our company?
  • Are you a team player? Give a specific example.
  • How do you deal with stress/conflicts/unclear signals? Give a specific example.
  • Describe yourself in five words.
  • How would your colleagues/superiors describe you?
  • What do you think your references will say about you?
  • Would you describe yourself as a loyal employee? How exactly?
  • Could you give us a few examples of your service-orientated approach?
  • What do your former employers think of you?
  • Have you ever encountered any type of conflict at previous employers?
  • What are your interests/hobbies?
  • Are you a yes-man/woman who won’t stand up for what you believe?
  • What was your attendance record like at previous employers?
  • What is creativity? Are you creative?
  • If you work as part of a team or a group what role do you take on?
  • Would you say that people see you as domineering?
  • Describe a good colleague, what do you expect of a good work colleague?
  • Describe a good manager, what do you expect of good manager?
  • Why exactly did you apply for this position?
  • Why should we choose you rather than anyone else?
  • What do you think is the most exciting thing about the job, and the most boring thing?
  • What would you say was important for a good working environment?
  • What do you want to get out of your job?
  • What do you think the job you are applying for will involve?
  • How long do you think you will stay with us?
  • Have you applied for jobs other than this one?
  • What are your weaknesses?
  • What are your strengths?

Remember to be convincing, but don’t oversell yourself! It is important to be aware of both your good and bad points. “Honesty is always the best policy”!

Good luck!

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