Let’s start off on a positive note: your resumé was convincing enough to make the employer want to learn more about you and invite you for a job interview!
This means that he has seen a match between your skills, experience and the job.
Now follows the next step: the job interview. Quite exciting and maybe somewhat stressful, because you want to do well and make sure that you do all you can to show that you are the right person for the job.
On the other had the interview offers you the possibility to ask all the questions you have about the company, the job, the conditions, …
So here are some tips to get the very most out of the interview!
1. Preparation is key!
Start off by making a good analysis of the job description and find out what the company is seeking in a candidate (skills, knowledge, professional and personal qualities).
Then ask yourself whether you meet the required criteria and how you can convince the employer of this. Don’t be afraid to look critically at yourself or to ask advice to friends or colleagues.
Take a good look at the company’s website and learn more about the company, its services, projects, challenges but also about its culture and values. Every information can be useful and during the interview, you can ask questions about what you’ve read, what you find interesting,...
Showing a genuine and honest interest in the company will definitely increase your chances of getting hired.
2. Know yourself
This is crucial. Know what your strengths are and why you are the right person for the job. What exactly in the job offer sounds appealing and why is hiring you a good choice for the employer?
Every employer wants to know about your skills and experiences but they will also want to have an idea about you, your characteristics, your stronger and weaker points, how you fit in a team, if you are in for a long time engagement, if you’re honest and willing to work and learn, …
Don’t make it all about facts and figures but tell your story.
That will make it your interview more personal and interesting. Watch this .
There will always be the question to briefly present yourself: keep your presentation short and to the point: only talk about relevant and professional matters.
And if you think about your competences and strengths, you’ll have to be able to give concrete examples. Saying that you’re a problem-solver won’t be enough. Think about a problem you had to deal with in the past and how you've managed to solve it.
These sort of behavioral questions will pop up , it’s the so called STAR-methodology. Are you familiar with this technique and do you know what STAR stands for:
S: situation : describe the context
T: task : what was your task/role and the task from others
A: action : what did you do ( be precise)
R: result : what wasthe result of your action ( let it be a positive result!)
We can even add another R in the end: R from reflect: if you look bad at how you managed a situation in the past, what did you learn in the process ? what would you do differently now?
(just a short video that gives you some more explanation
Keep in mind that applying this method will always be more convincing then just summing up your qualities.
3. Practical matters
A videocall will be your first contact with Elan Recruiting and also with the company. Keep these tips in mind for a smooth screen interview:
be on time! time is precious to everyone so don't be late and in case of an unforeseen delay, notify the interviewers and let them know when you will be available or ask if it's possible to schedule a new appointment
test your internet connection and the program that you are going to use (teams, skype, zoom, ...)
dress professionally (sober and classic will do just fine)
talk spontaneously you can keep your resume and your questions next to your computer but don’t look at them too often (better to put them behind your screen),
pick a quiet and neat place and make sure not to be disturbed during the whole interview
close other programs on your computer and make sure not to receive notifications on your screen during the interview
make sure you can both hear and be heard without difficulty so check the sound.
pay attention to a good light, the interviewer wants to see your face
speak clearly and intelligibly in understandable English/ French/ Dutch You never get a second chance to make a first impression, so the very first moments of the interview are very important.
4. the job interview
And then finally the supreme moment is there! Try not to stress too much and keep in mind that the company is the requesting party and you may be the right answer for them.
show your energy and enthusiasm (be positive and know that smiling is OK)
look at the camera, not the screen It is very tempting to watch yourself or your interviewer during a Skype session, but looking directly at the video camera is the only way to maintain direct eye contact with your interviewer.
start with a positive message (happy that you are given the chance for the interview, saying thanks for that)
remember that a job interview is a dialogue so participate in an active way (ask your own questions, don’t just respond to questions)
keep your focus on the interview, don’t get distracted
if you haven’t heard or understood something: say so and ask for further explanations
answer to the point, don’t be too wordy ( make sure that you don’t loose the attention of the interviewers)
stay calm… breathe!
it’s OK to pause and think about a question before answering
don’t play a role, be yourself and be honest: it’s you who will have to be the right match with the job
Elan Recruiting can help you and give you all the advice you need. Because every job asks for a specific preparation! We know from experience which questions you can expect and which answers will express your qualities in the best possible way.
Learning is all about practising and that’s why we’ll do some rehearsing together. We give feedback and advice that you can use to do even better in the real interview. Contact us for a your tailor-made training!