6 tips to take your job interview to the next level

Despite the fact that many hiring managers and recruiters assume that people who are very good at applying are the most suitable candidates, this is often not true. It is often the case that candidates who do a very strong interview turn out to be very mediocre afterwards and those who have less strong presentation skills often turn out to be the best people for the job.

So it often happens that the best candidate does not get the job and the best presenter does. Nevertheless, we have to admit that a good first impression and a strong job interview are extremely important. You can now ask yourself what the most important thing is to get the job you’ve been wanting for so long in the company that appeals to you enormously. To be suitable or to be able to present yourself well? Our answer is quite simple. Is it too much to ask to be both? That’s why we give you 6 concrete tips today to take your job interview to the next level.

#1 Be well prepared and do your research

If you are going to a job interview and you really want to cash in on the open position, you should be able to make this clear to your potential future employer. It is important that you can convince the person you are sitting with that you are the man or woman for the job. You know this is successful if your interviewer wonders after the interview where you have been all this time. For this we only give you tips.

  • Check the history of the company on the internet. How did the organization come about? How did it evolve and what is it doing today? Which projects have already been carried out and which are ongoing? Your future employer’s trust in you will be reaffirmed when he notices that you already know his company well.
  • The past and the present are very important. Equally important is the future. Where does the organization want to go? What is the vision of the company? Companies want employees who want to think about and work on the future of the organization.
  • Take a thorough look at the vacancy or vacancies for which you are applying. Also read between the lines and estimate how this position is part of the bigger picture. Make sure you don’t come across any surprises and know exactly what the vacancy entails.
  • It can be important to be aware of the company structure. Find out who runs the company. However, we have to admit that you will not always get this information. That is why it is certainly important to find out what corporate culture prevails in the organization. If you are able to assess this properly and make it clear that you fit in, this will certainly benefit your job interview.
  • The day of your job interview, prepare yourself well. Make sure you don’t run out of time by moving less important matters to another day. Also figure out how much time it will take you to get to your interview by looking at where the company is located and what route you will take. In addition, build in a margin in terms of time so that you do not arrive too late.

#2 Be self-confident and describe your added value

Business managers, hiring managers and recruiters are always looking for stable and self-confident candidates. They are looking for people who know very well what they want in life and are committed not only to their employer but also to their own personal life. People who want to be successful in life and want to build something both at work and at home. So always make it clear what mission you are following in this life. We will give you some more tips.

  • Talk about yourself. It is always interesting to say which path you have already taken and also where you are going. Make clear what your vision is and how it is aligned with that of the company you are applying for. It is also not unimportant to indicate which values and standards you are striving for. In this way you show that you are a person they can count on and who lives according to clear rules. If you stand for nothing, you can fall for anything.
  • Tell what drives you next to your work and with what activities you fill your days. In this way, the company and your future employer can better assess you and notice that you are also a committed person outside of work.
  • When it comes to the vacancy, it is interesting that you not only tell them what it means but also describe how you would fill it. In this way you can make clear that you have already thought about it and that you can really add value to the company.
  • Be ambitious and show that you want to grow if this is the case. Companies are always looking for people who want to take on a challenge and take some responsibility for the organization. Make sure that when you pass on growth terms, these are realistic and achievable. If you want to join the management after two years, this will have the opposite effect.
  • Be self-confident and name both the things in which you excel and the things in which you can still improve yourself. Nobody is perfect, but employees who can stand out for both their strengths and weaknesses know who they are today, making it easier for them to grow. They are self-aware. They know what they need to do to improve.
  • When you, together your interviewer, go over your resume, it is important to tell each time what position you held, what activities and tasks you took on, how and why you made certain decisions and with whom you worked. You also need to be honest about the reasons why previous employment ended. When you have learned from this, it is certainly an added value since you can no longer make these mistakes with your next employer.

#3 Outline your expectations

Be transparent about your expectations of the position, the company, career opportunities, the salary package, etc. If you do not do this, there is a chance that you will take the wrong job and have to add an extra short-term job on your resume. Then at the next job interview you will have to make extra effort to justify this and there is a chance that you will come across as someone who does not know what he or she wants. Moreover, the labor market has changed considerably in recent decades. Assertiveness, transparency and knowing what you want are today considered a strength in most positions at most companies. Which certainly does not mean that you have to make unrealistic demands or even be arrogant.

#4 Make a good first impression

First impressions are permanent. They come about faster than you would dare to think. At the greeting it has often already happened. They therefore have an influence on how a person sees you in the future and in this case also during your job interview. The trick is to come across as both relaxed and driven. That is why it is important to pay attention to the following things.

  • Make sure you give a good handshake at your first greeting. Despite the fact that in many work environments ‘fist bumps’, ‘high fives’ or other forms of greeting are used and are most likely more hygienic than shaking hands, a firm handshake for your job interview has the most advantages. It is a clear sign that you are self-confident and want to go for it. It also radiates confidence and the fact that you want to make a commitment to work together.
  • Make eye contact. Often it is not easy to look your interviewer in the eye. And certainly not during a long interview like when applying for a job. It is also true that one person has it easier with eye contact than another. Still, eye contact is a decisive factor to bring your job interview to a successful conclusion. It is a sign of self-confidence and trust. So try to make as much eye contact as possible during your interview. Attentive listening can make it easier for you.
  • Be on time. Latecomers usually have less chance to cash in on the job immediately than candidates who are on time. What’s more, your interview starts immediately with an apology. This ensures that you can be seen as unreliable and irresponsible. We are aware that traffic can throw a lot of soot in the works when you want to get somewhere on time. So always make sure that you take care of extra time. Build in a margin of time so you don’t have to worry about arriving too late.
  • Take care of yourself and be hygienic. Hygiene tells a lot about a person and therefore also about his attitude. A neat appearance always does it better. Also make sure you are dressed appropriately. For one function this is slightly different than for another. That is why we advise you to pay attention to the next two pieces of clothing. Go for a shirt and dress shoes. This way you will be dressed appropriately in most environments.
  • No chewing gum. We know, oral hygiene is important. So a mint or chewing gum is the best way to be sure to have a fresh breath when you have to start your job interview, but that doesn’t mean you have to use it during your interview. So always make sure your mouth is empty when you start your interview.

#5 Distinguish yourself with a strong resume and a good LinkedIn profile

It is important that you stand out positively from your peers both before and during the job interview. Your resume should not just be an enumeration of your work experience. The intention is that people already have a good idea of who you are and get to know you a little bit. By means of a motivation letter you can outline your goals even better. Moreover, you show that you have thought about it, really want the job and also put time into it. You also need to work on your LinkedIn profile. You can use it to sketch your vision, share contributions and tick off interests. You are a part of the job market and you indicate this. Your connections and endorsements also confirm your qualities. It is also possible that you have shared connections with your interlocutor. These people can give you a positive reference to your potential future employer. It is the intention that all these means make your ambitions, values and added value clear. In short, something to think about. If you really want to distinguish yourself from other applicants, you can use a video message. This is a tool that is used far too little in today’s labor market. In this way you can make a strong first impression and convince your future employer to get to know you better. Don’t forget that you can use other social media to undo all of the above. So also take into account what you throw on these channels. Count on many hiring managers to visit you on other social media as well.

#6 Be committed and follow up your job interview correctly.

When you’ve successfully completed your interview, it’s certainly not wrong to make clear agreements with the person who took your interview. Ask what the process should be and when you will contact each other again to see if you have been hired or not. Nothing is more difficult than a hiring manager who doesn’t let you know or an applicant who keeps calling. Moreover, it is also very damaging to your self-confidence. This way you can assess more quickly whether you have the job or leave the loss behind and continue applying for a job.

Are you ready to apply for a job?

We know that suitability is a very decisive factor when applying for a job. However, there are many other things that determine your chances of success. We hope that you are now ready to apply for a job and will be able to further shape your career after reading these tips.

Do you still have questions about applying for a job? Or do you need help and advice? Then you can always contact us without obligation. We are happy to help you!

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