The list of "how to succeed in a job interview" is endless. We’re guessing that you already know that you should smile, have a forward, but relaxed attitude and a solid handshake. That you are open and honest is a definite prerequisite. Self-awareness and the ability to reflect on your own strengths and weaknesses give you a clear advantage. But what other things impress us?
Do your research. Read up on what we do, where we are going, our values and our culture. We hope that by doing so you’ll get an even stronger desire to be part of the team! Link your experiences, qualifications and qualities to us. Tell us why you are a good match – we will do our part to tell the same! What are you good at that fits with the job you want? Think about questions you may get, but don’t read from a rehearsed script. Give yourself some key words and talk freely about them. It’s perfectly okay to bring a notebook with dots – it shows that you're prepared.
Don’t be a world champion. A humble attitude gives a good impression. You don’t need to know everything, but you need to be willing to learn. Feel free to brag about yourself, but be mature enough to know that you also have a potential for improvement. We know you're awesome, but you can always get even better. True story.
Be an active listener. Be curious and follow up. Ask questions. Be prepared for follow-up questions. By that we mean that if you tell us that you're creative, then we may follow up with questions like this: "In what way are you creative?". Concretize with actual things you have done or achieved. We want to get to know you better and learn about your experiences.
Reflect on your bad character traits rather than omitting them. This shows self-awareness and maturity. Tell us about something you have failed at, and most importantly - what did you learn from it? Talk openly about your weaknesses, and how they can also be strengths.
Don’t talk down a previous employer. Feel free to talk about a dispute, or differences in ambitions and values, but in a positive and reflective way. Talking about a previous employer in a negative tone is just a big NO.
Ask questions. We love questions - it's part of our DNA #askmore. Make a long enough list in advance, so that you're guaranteed to have a question that hasn’t already been discussed during the actual interview. Think about it – you might be about to change jobs! What do you want to know about your new leader, your colleagues, the office, the culture, growth ambitions, customers, projects, opportunities, etc.? Yup. Just as we thought.
Finally, we have an encouragement! Show commitment! Show that you want the job and explain why. If you put the P in passion, it’s a lot easier for us to put the YES in YES, YOU’RE HIRED!
For many more tips for the job hunt, see our sister company Toptemp!