With these top 10 tips for your next job interview, you are comprehensively prepared and you will have nothing come in your way.

Every interview is different, but if you stick to some basic things, you can hardly go wrong in the actual interview. Our 10 tips will help you to master personal skills!

Tip 1: Good preparation is half the work
Of course, you will be excited before your talk. A good preparation helps you strengthen your self-confidence. If you consistently implement the following three points, you are definitely prepared for your interview:

a. Research about the company
In order to appear convincing in the discussion, you should inform yourself sufficiently in advance about the company. What are their products? In which industry is the company active and what are potential competitors? How many employees are there, how much turnover is achieved and what does the company doctrine say? In most cases, a look at the corporate website is enough. If you can bring this information into the conversation, you can prove to the staff that you have intensively engaged with the company as a potential employee.
b. Preparing for self-presentation
Usually, at the beginning of the interview, you will be asked to tell them something about yourself. Here, you should not just rush to pull your CV. Prepare a short self-presentation. This should not take more than two to three minutes and go to your most distinctive abilities. Make sure that the abilities are connected in some way to the job. It is also good to highlight the practical experience and professional qualifications that fit the intended position.
c. Conducting an Interview like a Rolling Game
Just when it is your first job interview, it does not hurt to practice the conversation beforehand. Sounds childish, but is effective. So, let your parents or friends ask you the typical questions. This will put you into the conversation situation and then give you feedback on your answers.

Tip 2: Organize your trip
Before your interview, you cannot have stress. So once you have confirmed the invitation to the interview, you should immediately start planning.

a. Travel/Trip
When planning your trip, you should always make a schedule that can deal with unexpected events, like a train delay can occur without any warning. Also, you should take a look at how you can get from the station by public transport to the company or where you can park when you arrive by car.
b. Possible overnight stay
If the interview requires a longer journey and therefore an overnight stay, you should take care of accommodation in advance. Here, a hotel is certainly the most expensive option, but a hostel harbors the risk of not having a quiet night. It is best to ask friends and relatives if someone knows someone to spend a night with.
c. Costs
You can ask the personnel department how much [and if] the company will pay for your journey.

Tip 3: Wear an appropriate outfit
Find out about the company’s dress code, preferably days before the interview. With banks and insurance companies, you are ok with a suit; in advertising agencies or in marketing, it is usually more casual. Put your clothes together before the presentation date. The clothes should be ironed and the shoes cleaned. Also pay attention to a proper hairstyle and neat fingernails. Keep things like perfume, make-up, and jewelry to the minimum and avoid wearing anything fancy; less in this case is more.

By the way, it’s not just the outfit, but the way you wear it. Pay attention to your body posture; back straight and chest out. The overall impression is also determined by the appearance and body language.

Tip 4: Handling forms; be polite and showing some humor won’t hurt
Before you go inside the office, you sit in the anteroom; sometimes, this is here your interview starts! Stay polite and above all friendly; smile is the keyword here. Behavior is an important factor in assessing personality and soft skills. Even if the interview was not so great, your behavior is critical; say good-bye and thank you before going.

Tip 5: Beverages
If you get something to drink, you should always accept it. The best is water without carbonic acid, so you do not have to worry about burping 🙂 Just when you are excited and talk a lot, you quickly get a dry mouth. A glass of water can be the salvation. And with difficult questions, while you’re thinking about it, you can grab the glass and drink, then you have some time to get a good answer in your head.

Another tip: Do not place the glass or drink directly between you and your conversation partner. This acts as a barrier.

Tip 6: Clearly speak
Speak slowly and clearly. This is more effective than when someone speaks very quickly. In addition, it interrupts the flow of word; if the HR manager does not understand the answers correctly, then that is not good. The best way to do this is to sit straight, keep your head straight, and look forward. So as you normally sit and talk. You can also practice this with your friends or family. If necessary, your cat will listen to you too.

Tip 7: Imitation
Mirroring means to mimic something opposite (but not to do this to make fun of the other person.) This also makes it attractive, even if it happens rather unconsciously. Examples:
a. When the other laughs, one laughs as well. But please do not overdo it…
b. When the other bends forward, you do as well.
c. When the other reaches for the glass, one also drinks a sip.

But you should not exaggerate the whole thing by participating in every movement. If you are more concerned with watching the movements of the staff than with the questions, it is suboptimal. But if you know the basic principle, you can apply it on a point-by-point basis.

Tip 8: Make Notes
Notes prevent you from forgetting important points, which you could later pick up on your own questions. It also shows an honest interest and conveys a structured way of working. The notes can also help to review the discussion talk in the following, in order to learn from it for later conversation talks. So take a notepad and a good pen. Despite digitization, however, it is funny when you sit with iPad or mobile phone.

Tip 9: Answering standard questions individually
Avoid giving standard answers to standard questions. If you have memorized the answers from the counselors, trained staff will recognize that immediately. The solution is to always make a reference to you, your career, the intended location or the company in the answers.

Even with your application documents, you can provide answers to questions in a better way. Write about your hobbies in a better way than just saying sports, reading, or cooking. If you like to cook, please also specify and affirm your affinity to the Thai, Spanish cuisine, or any other type. You can also apply social commitment not only in the CV, but also in your self-presentation. This results in an equally interesting intersection for the small talk for the staff.

Tip 10: Ask wise questions!
Especially highly qualified applicants are expected to ask their own questions in the interview. If you do not, it is a sign of disinterest or shyness and that is not a good thing. But beware, you should ask intelligent, i.e. relevant, questions. It makes a wrong impression when you directly address the salary. Here, too, it helps to be prepared; you can think ahead and ask questions in the run-up, other questions arise in conversation. So you can ask for concrete aspects of the job, for training, or further training opportunities.

Updated: 16/05/2017

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