You are looking for a new challenge, but you are still not quite sure of the Dos and Don’ts when it comes to the application process? Applying for new jobs is always a challenge and the application stage consists of a few intricate steps – each of which you can master! In the following you will find some tips on how to master an interview and get the job you truly want!
You should always know which company you are applying for. What do they stand for? Do they have values you can connect to? Have they been in the news recently? Knowing additional facts about the company shows that you are interested not only in the job, but also in them as an enterprise. Ideally you can identify with their values, which in turn enables you to comment on certain things throughout the interview and use it in your favor.
Study the job description and your CV again before you go to the interview. Chances are your interview partner(s) will ask you about your CV. You should be able to comment on it, as well as to connect it to your possible future job. Based on this you will be able to easily reply to questions referring to you being fit for the job. It can be beneficial to create an image of your past work experience by making use of practical examples. Like this your possible future employer will easily be able to follow you and see how you work and if your work ethic will fit their team.
The first impression counts. Give everyone in the room a firm handshake, look them in the eye and introduce yourself. A nice, charismatic smile will always work in your favor.
Keep up the eye contact throughout the interview. You have nothing to hide. It shows self confidence and high self-esteem. Both sides will profit from you working there, hence, there is no reason for you to be scared or nervous. Keep a straight back, look them in the eyes and show them what you have to offer.
Be honest. Be yourself. Honesty always wins. This remains true in all areas of life, also in interviews. Honesty is the key to success. Do not pressure yourself to fit their position or expectations. If you are not the right person for their team and their company, you are better off in another one. Also you will feel much more confident and at ease when you are yourself and can thus make a much better impression.
Prepare questions and ask them. Think about what is important for you in a company, your job or maybe your team. Asking questions will show that you have done your research and that you are ready to face a new challenge. It will raise your value in their eyes. Don ́t forget that you are also an asset to them and the company needs to be suitable for you as well. So be ready to dig into the topics that are important to you and see if the company is the right company for you.