Have you received an invitation for an interview? Congratulations! Your excitement will probably increase at this moment, as you are now very close to your dream. What can you do now to make it work? There is no guarantee that you will get the job, but you can increase your chances with good preparation for the interview. It is best to consider the following points:
Choosing the right clothes
Suitable clothing that fits the job is a must. A little help for what to wear can be found on the company’s homepage. Here are primarily pictures of employees that you can use for orientation. The basic rule of clothing is elegantly reserved. But you should feel comfortable in the outfit you choose so that you can appear confident. However, clean and wrinkle-free with polished shoes is a prerequisite for every choice. It is best to test your clothes in advance in front of the mirror or show them to a friend. Notice the smell of your clothes. The non-smoker quickly recognizes a smoker, even if he does not notice it himself. Make sure your clothes are freshly washed and aired.
Documents for the interview
In any case, you should bring a blank notepad and pen with you. You may be presented with writing materials, but you cannot assume this is the case. If you are presented with important information, such as numbers, during the conversation, you will be grateful for the little “reminder.” To be on the safe side, you should also take your professional resume and application documents with you to the interview. If these are not available to the personnel officer at the moment, you can score with them. If you indicate that you can submit additional documents, please bring them with you as well. This includes evidence of special training courses, interim reports, other job references, evidence of foreign language or IT skills. You should stow all documents in a neat folder or bag, as the external impression is always considered.
Information about the operation
The question is often asked: “What information do you already have about our company?” With good preparation, a thorough study of the company’s website on the Internet or obtaining relevant information about the company from other sources should not be missing. Of interest here, depending on the industry, are, among other things, the company headquarters or, if applicable, the number and locations of the individual branches, the year of foundation, the leading company concept, the number of employees, and sales. Of course, you don’t have to know all the data in detail or prepare a short presentation. But if possible, you should have an overview in mind.
Preparation of standard questions
- These questions are trendy, and you can prepare well for them:
- Why are you interested in the advertised position?
- Could you please briefly summarize your professional career in a few sentences?
- What are your particular strengths / where do you see the core of your profile?
- What salary expectations do you have?
Nothing is more harmful than an awkward silence in a conversation. It is best to practice your short texts with friends or family. In the discussion, it should appear as if you are spontaneously able to give successful answers. For your salary expectations, we recommend that you do some research on the Internet beforehand.
Planning the journey
Thorough preparation also includes planning the journey, including the time required for it. Various research options are available on the Internet for this purpose. To be on the safe side, you should plan a time reserve. Also, take into account the paths in the unknown building when planning your time. Testing the current situation, i.e., driving the route the day before, can turn out to be helpful. For an appointment in a foreign city, it is worthwhile if you arrive the day before.
Conclusion: With good preparation, you can appear more confident in the interview and thus increase your chances of getting the job.