In the job interview, the recruiter tries to find out whether you, your qualities and motivation, as well as your professional aspirations, life situation, self-image and values, are a good fit for the position in question. On the other hand, the interview is also your chance to acquire essential information on the position and the employer.

How does the job interview progress?

Often in the beginning of the interview you’ll hear about the organisation, the position and its requirements. After this, the recruiter wants to know about you.

The first question often is: Tell me briefly about yourself. Prepare for this, think about how to explain your background in a clear and concise manner. Be prepared to elaborate on the elements of your CV. Check our tips for a perfect elevator pitch.

Be prepared to be interviewed in different languages. Often you are also asked to perform a work-related assignment. In the end of the interview, the interviewer often explains you the recruitment process and its schedule.

Prepare for the interview

  • Put yourself in the recruiter’s shoes: why should he or she hire you?
  • Think about situations where your qualities and approach have been critical. Telling a good story is always a good idea!
  • Before the interview, acquire as much information on the applied positition and the employer as possible.
  • Prepare a few questions to the employer as well. By asking questions, you’ll give a competent and motivated impression. At the same time you’ll find out whether the position corresponds to your expectations.
  • Practice aloud to gain confidence.
  • In the job interview
  • Well prepared is half done. Focus on the dialogue and remember that it’s only natural to be nervous.
  • Introduce yourself with confidence: first impression is crucial!
  • Maintain eye contact and pay attention to all persons present.
  • Answer politely and truthfully, as concretely as possible and always with sound reasoning.
  • Don’t mind silence, it gives everybody time to think.
  • Being nervous is acceptable.
  • Acquire all the information needed to decide whether you want to accept the position if it’s offered to you. Also investigate the conditions of the potential employment contract.
  • Find out what the next step in the recruitment process is.

Typical questions in a job interview

  • Tell me briefly about yourself.
  • What is your current job, do you like it?
  • What are the tasks you have liked the most in your previous jobs?
  • Why do you apply for this post?
  • Are you applying for other jobs as well?
  • What will you loose if you leave your current job?
  • What do you expect from your new team leader, colleagues and team members?
  • What skills would you like to develop?
  • Describe your management style.
  • How do you follow the development of your professional field?
  • What are your long-term career plans?
  • What makes you stressed?

Questions you can ask

  • What should I achieve in this position within the first six months?
  • How is my contribution and performance measured in this position?
  • What are the long-term expectations in this position?
  • What is the job content in practice?
  • What are the key tasks in this job?
  • What are the biggest challenges in this job?
  • How does the company’s near future look like?
  • What are the expected major changes in the organisation in near future?
  • How is the manager’s management style, and your management style?
  • How is the working culture and atmosphere in the company? What influences them?
  • Who are the key customers of the company?
  • What are the perspectives for career development within the organisation?
  • What are the possibilities for training and self-development?
  • What is the schedule of the recruitment process?