3. The preparation
- Factual preparation: Know the company
- Preparation for the conversation
- Practical preparation: What should I get to and where should I go?
3.1 Factual Preparation: Know the company
If you are applying for a business, you are expected to know about the company. Make sure you are aware of the information on their site. Also take note of the vision or business philosophy, perhaps you can find here points of view between the dynamics of the company and your own motives (this can be used in practicing your answers so immediately!). Remember the most important facts about the company.
Exercises: Actual Preparation
- Check out three websites of companies you have applied for or who will appeal to you, and make sure you know the facts about the company, by giving a brief summary of the company aloud from the head. Who are they, what do they do and what do they want.
- What else do you want to know about the company? Are there any ambiguities? Map a few questions and write them down. This is useful for so right away, when preparing for the conversation.
3.2 Preparation for the interview
- A job interview is a mutual acquaintance
- Practicing, practicing, practicing
- Positivity and activity
A job interview has been successful, if you were able to present yourself well and let you know a representative picture of yourself and if you also got a better picture of the company and the job you applied for. It's about that you fit into your new job and you don't just show to the employer, the employer also shows you. It is a mutual acquaintance. Being present in a company for the conversation often gives you a lot of information. Also always prepare some questions about an employer who is important to you. Now make sure that you know yourself well to present.
Preparing for a job interview is the most important element to get yourself out of the paint during a job interview and at the same time it is that which is most forgotten. One thinks then: But a conversation you can never practice, in a real conversation it always runs very differently, and then suddenly they ask strange bow questions and then I no longer come out of my words and I can never be myself... Etc. This is a completely erroneous thought. You can practice a conversation and you can come out of your words, but you should actually practice it. By being well prepared, you will also be able to respond fluently under suspense. After all, you know what it is about: you want to show yourself and demonstrate why you can and will. Also ' the difficult business ' you already know: you have a hole in your CV, only unfinished training: Prepare yourself: there, an employer will certainly go to questions.
The first thing that you need to prepare are STAR examples: focus on the function and your best features what you are and can from your P-cv.
The second you have to practise are the answers to the most common questions on applications. These answers must be formulated actively and positively (this can also be with STAR). Start with the most important and stay concise and clear. Positivity sometimes seems an impossibility; But think about what Johan Cruyff said: ' Every disadvantage has its advantage '. Sometimes it takes some inventiveness, but every disadvantage is to form in its positive counterpart. For example: ' Do you have a lot of experience in this function? ' (Actual answer is NO!) ' No, I do have experience in (* * * something similar), and I have the necessary training: during my training I discovered that (* * * work area) is really something for me and I look forward to getting started in the work I'm trained for. '
Preparing is a matter of doing it, start on time and do all the exercises. Extra profit: Most interviewers also use STAR in their questions, so there you are immediately prepared after the exercises.
Exercises: Preparation for the interview
- In the previous section you have practiced writing STAR examples. Now it's about telling STAR examples. Start from the examples from your letter and practice by pronouncing a certain STAR. Out loud! This is very important, DO NOT practice it in your head. Remember: If you have to express something for the first time, it is usually brokenly, then it is often ' rehearsed ' or ' denouncing ': Put on now! Only then comes the moment that you can tell something of course. Naturalness takes a lot of practice! Per aspera Ad Astra.
- In any case, practice STARs on questions that refer to the job requirements you need for the job you are applying for or want to apply for: VB: You are applying as a team leader: which shows that you can manage a good team?
- Ditto on questions from which you can tell something about one of your three best features from your P-cv. VB: You are flexible?
- Practice aloud answers to all common questions below: (if necessary, make a note of what you want to say)
- Tell you something about yourself.
- What do you know about our organisation? (See actual preparation)
- Why do you want to come work here? (Think of P-cv What do I want!)
- Do you have experience with this work?
- Why have you gone to your previous employer?
- What did your employer find?
- Why should we adopt it?
- What do you find most important in a job?
- What do you find most attractive in your job?
- Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
- What is the greatest risk you have ever taken?
- What do you want to reach us?
- Do you give an example of your decision-making skills?
- Are you washed up against your task?
- What do you think is the most important feature of the new employee to be set up?
- What are your strong sides?
- What are your weak sides?
- Don't you find yourself too old/too young for this job?
- Ask your partner or family member and a friend if your answers to the above questions have been actively and positively answered. It's not about what you've done in the past, but about what you're doing now and how you are now. (ask specifically for these points) Ask if they have any additional tips for you.
- Make an elevator pitch and wear it so that you can do it at any time. An elevator pitch is a short self-presentation that you should be able to do in a lift trip with a person who could offer you your dream job. Even though traffic you may not be in an industry where you have to ' sell ' yourself with ' pitches ', this is a very important exercise. It will make you learn to describe yourself as crisp aloud and practice you in dispelling shame when ' good ' speaking about yourself.
- Practice your Elevator pitch in front of the mirror, if possible take it on video and watch it back. Look at your attitude and your speaking speed. Are you standing upright and speaking quietly and clearly? Do you make good eye contact with your mirror image?
- Prepare the questions you have about the job or the company you are applying for. Put this out of your ' What I want ' from your P-cv. NB: A first call is not the time to start over money and secondary conditions! The conversation is entirely focused on mutual introduction.
- Tell your partner or friend two questions that have prepared a STAR answer and ask them to choose three questions from the common questions mentioned above. Play a role play with these questions. Ask what your fellow player liked and practice once more.
- Put on a paper with some keywords your verbal STARs down, along with the tips you want to remind yourself of.
3.3 Practical Preparation: What should I do and where should I go?
The practical preparation consists in everything you need to do on the day of the application to come to the interview. Make sure you know a day before how to get there. Plan This time well: you ruin it needlessly for yourself by coming late. Also make sure that you klaarlegt all garments (including your bag, your jacket, any gloves or umbrellas) that you are going to do or use that day.
The clothes you wear should be connected to the position you are going to hold. In the advertising world, for example, we offer more space for fashionable clothing, in the business world more is appreciated on conservative and ' business '. In General, you can say, dress conservatively and do not put the emphasis on your clothes. Whatever you attract, make sure it suits you. You may be a more neutral or slightly neater version of what you normally wear. Look at your best, not completely unrecognizable.
The day before the interview you use to prepare everything and plan your itinerary. You can still take a look at the information about the company and practice your own STARs and answers. Go to bed in time and go the evening before the conversation to do something you find relaxing. To the film, swimming, or to the sauna.
Exercises: Practical Preparation
- Practice the interview in the clothing you are going to do. See the next chapter for more exercises for the conversation.
TIP: Make sure you have the company's number with you, so that if you are in a traffic chaos you can pass it on.