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Tips for a job interview

If you are interested in a job offer and you want to apply for it, probably you want to make the best possible first impression. How do you do this? Here are some tips that might help you.

Prepare, prepare, prepare

  • Try go gather as much information as possible about the company. Use the internet, social media and of course your contact person at Start People.
  • Read the job description again. Make sure that you know what you have written in your own CV.
  • Try to imagine what an employer would like to know about you, what would they expect and how you could match this expectation.
  • Already think about what questions you might get, and especially those you find hard to answer!
  • Think about questions that you would ask yourself.

Things you always should do

  • Wear clean and ironed clothes.
  • Make sure you shoes are clean and polished.
  • Make sure your hands and fingernails are clean and your hair is looking good.
  • Turn your mobile phone off.

Things you never should do

  • Use too much perfume or aftershave.
  • Put on a frayed pair of jeans.
  • Wear too much jewellery.
  • Keeping your hat or cap on.
  • Keeping your mobile phone on.
  • Chew gum.

The interview

It is a cliché but it is the truth, the first impression weights heavily on the final decision. So it is important that the first impression is good. Be on time, preferably 10 to 15 minutes early. It is actually pleasant that you can have a breather before the interview and you can use the time to get a first feeling of the company.

If you are running late due to unexpected circumstances (traffic etc), make sure to inform your contact person by calling them, or send a SMS/WhatsApp.

What is the build-up of most job interviews?

The interview usually starts with some informal questions or remarks. If you were able to find it easily or find a parking space or something like that. You can open the conversation by saying something positive about the building or the location. Next up is a quick introduction and you will get more information about the company and the job. After that you will probably get questions about why you applied for this job and why you think that you are qualified for it. If you have any questions make sure to ask them. It will make you seem interested and makes the conversation more enjoyable for everyone involved. At the end of the interview you will often hear how the procedure will continue.

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