Interviewing Skills


A job interview will make or break your job search. No matter how much experience and expertise you have, your success or failure will inevitably depend on how well you do during the interview. Although every interview is a unique event and is built up depending on the position, the company that's hiring and the candidate who is going to interview, a few simple guidelines ensure that you have the best chance to prove yourself.

Guidelines to get the skills required for a job interview


Preparing the interview can make a big difference. It's an opportunity to carefully review the positions and responsibilities to which you refer in your resume and motivation letter, and also to match your experience and expertise as closely as possible with the needs of the employer and the position.

Know your audience

After confirming the conversation, look for as much information as possible about the company you want to work for. Thorough and relevant research is the very best thing you can do to increase your chances of finding a job. It distinguishes good candidates from bad candidates, and it's almost certain that the best prepared candidate is much more likely to get the job than someone who hasn't taken the trouble.

There are many ways to do research work around an organization, but viewing their annual report, the website and their magazines or newsletters will provide you with enough ammunition to clearly demonstrate your commitment and willingness to work.

Know your industry

Gaining information about the company is a great way to impress during a conversation. However, if you want to clearly show that you understand the job and the working environment of your conversation partners, that you understand the challenges they are confronted with and what the most important drivers are in their industry, you must be able to demonstrate a thorough understanding of the industry / sector and also indicate where you can contribute something.

Trade publications offer you a wealth of information that's specific to the sector and emphasize the things that affect or can affect the company in question. Many trade publications also have their own website where you can register to receive the latest news through e-mail.
If you know about the activities of competitors, you also show that you're fascinated by the subject.

Know yourself

If you have been to an interview before, then you know that your CV determines the structure of the interview. That's why it's crucial for your chances of success that your resume is correct and that you know it thoroughly.

However, distinguishing oneself during the interview depends on more than your knowledge of your resume. Most recruiters view the conversation as an opportunity to find out how your experience and ability can contribute to overcoming the unique challenges they face. They will expect you to show insight into their sector and to show how you can meet their requirements, and this through a series of key questions specially formulated for the position in question.

To maximize your impact in that area, it's crucial that you prepare answers to the kind of questions you'll be asked, especially why you're interested in the position, what your strengths are, how you would perform the position and how you would make a difference. Providing clear and concise evidence to show what you have already achieved in the past and how those achievements added value is an undeniable advantage. Facts and figures are particularly important here.

Know how to impress

Preparing sharp and relevant questions to ask during the interview can ensure that you're ahead of other candidates. It's about impressing the recruiter and avoiding those classic topics that you should know or that come up during the application process.

Good questions usually concern the priorities and scope of the position, the structure and nature of the company and how you can make a difference or make improvements. The key is to focus on the needs of the company and not on your own needs. Find out which questions a successful candidate would ask ... and then make sure that you're that candidate!

During the conversation

Preparation is the key to a successful conversation. If you follow the tips given above, you'll be able to maximize your impact on the day itself and thus offer yourself the best chance of success. Now it's essential to make the best possible impression.

It's crucial that during the interview you adopt an enthusiastic, alert and positive mental attitude, regardless of your feelings with your current employer, the position you're interviewing or the person you're talking to. You don't benefit from negative statements about your current position or employer and you can put a negative attitude in a bad light. If an employer encounters someone who quickly criticizes, he may be negative about your attitude and your approach to challenges. So make sure you focus on the positive points.

With this positive mental attitude in mind, you must use the conversation to demonstrate that you have the necessary technical skills, that you're sufficiently motivated to get the job done and that you have the right personality to succeed. By focusing on a positive attitude towards work, excellent communication skills (spoken and written), strong interpersonal skills, flexibility, leadership and self-motivation, you'll demonstrate that you're willing to give anything and the employer will have a hard time refuse your application.

After the conversation

If you're really enthusiastic about a position and you want to increase your chances of getting an offer, you can send an email or letter after the interview to reinforce your commitment. If you decide to send one or both, take this opportunity to show your passion for the job and your determination to succeed. Treat all possible bottlenecks that were raised during the interview, while emphasizing how suitable you're for the position in question.

If you don't get the job, don't give up. After all, you'll not be offered every position for which you go for an interview, no matter how perfect you consider yourself to be. You should actually see a rejection as an opportunity to improve your performance in the future. When you're told that you're not eligible for the position, take the opportunity to politely ask for feedback and take into account all the comments you receive when applying for the next position.

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