Interview: 8 tips for weaknesses and preparation


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The Casting was successful, you are invited to the job interview? Congratulation. But now the real challenge begins: How do I prepare myself for a job interview? Some basic tips to keep in mind: Job interview


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Success in the interview: The basics are important

One thing is clear: job interviews allow certain conclusions to be drawn about the type of future cooperation - e.g. B. How the applicant reacts to pressure, what motivates him and how he deals with others. An applicant who comes across as negative, who is not prepared for the interview, or who quickly becomes nervous is an alarm signal for the potential employer

Of course, every HR manager and every company is a little different, has different preferences, different focuses or pays attention to completely different points. And what the one can let go of is the absolute no-go for the other.

Nevertheless, there are some basic points that every candidate should consider. Because studies show: Instead of rummaging through the mountains of adviser literacy and, if possible, distributing it, one should rather concentrate on the basics, which are really necessary to leave a top impression during the entire application process.

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The do's in the job interview

A basic tip is, for example, to obtain sufficient information about the company - because nothing proves so much of disinterest as a poorly informed candidate.

Accordingly, preparation also includes preparing for the most common and tricky questions in the job interview. Many more tips can be found in my article Optimal preparation for the interview.

And the don'ts for applicants

You can do a lot of things in a job interview - and make many mistakes as well. My review of the worst mistakes in the job interview shows how many people think of themselves as being out in the open. For example, by talking poorly about the former boss, dressing himself in the wrong way, or drilling his nose.

If studies are too abstract and too impersonal, you should read the interview with company manager Jürgen Schwarz. The leads Test Applications through, ie he gives the candidates afterwards also an honest feedback - eg about their dress style, racist remarks or noticeable gaps in the CV.

8 tips for a successful job interview: Attention, faux pas!

It is therefore still surprising that some applicants commit real mega faux pas during the interview. Therefore some tips for a successful job interview:

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  1. Therefore, inform yourself well about the company, practice answers to possible questions beforehand and remain professional.
  2. Do your homework: Nothing shows less interest than a poorly informed applicant. Nowadays, finding information about a company and its business activities is easier than ever. Applicants who do not use this option are quickly labeled lazy, unmotivated or uninterested.
  3. Don't get too personal: No company wants an employee to bring his or her personal problems to work.
  4. Even if the conversation is so casual, always stay professional and avoid unnecessary personal information.
  5. Be honest: you are not required to have an answer to everything. Often employers only check your reaction to tricky questions to see how you deal with pressure. It is far worse to be caught lying than to admit that you don't know something. If you're not sure, feel free to admit that you don't know the answer. But explain briefly how you would tackle the matter - this shows that you can solve problems.
  6. Prepare yourself for the following open questions: “Tell me something about yourself!”, “Why do you want to work for us?”, “What motivates you?”.
  7. These questions seem easy to answer, but on the other hand, they are so vague that applicants can get out of the concept if they don't know where to start or where to end.
  8. Do not say anything negative: No matter how seductive it is to tell your story of suffering from previous jobs and no matter how much the interviewer urges, it is never a good idea to say something negative about a previous employer. Your counterpart will conclude that you will also talk badly about his company in the future.

Critical tones for the job interview

But there are also critical tones about the methods by which applicants are selected in the interview: the question whether personnel can not stand the truth, which has attracted a lot of interest in the industry.

Or the question of whether Assessment Center as a selection method at all Sense make because they are by no means uncontroversial. Especially since a study shows that above all highly qualified applicants do not even want to do the job when it goes to the Assessment Center.

More tips for job interview and assessment centers

To my heart I would like to give you a funny video that turns the tables once: All power Interview with the applicant, Watch my interview ZEIT ONLINE on the subject Confident to the new job.

In our corresponding Heading application tips You will find many more tips and hints on the subject. In this sense: Good luck in the job interview!

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