- Start of studies
- Study organisation
- Study financing
- Key competences
- Bachelor – and now?
- Career entry
Information about job
Prepare very well for a job interview: research the business (for example, department, products, concept, and sales). Useful information sources are, for example, the homepage of the business, brochures, press releases, and advertisements. Don’t ask any questions during that interview that you could have easily answered for yourself by doing this preliminary research. Instead, you can make a good impression if you ask questions that are relevant for you and cannot be answered on the business’s homepage or by other information sources (where appropriate – questions about on-the-job professional development, possibilities for working abroad, workplace, etc.).
My own goals
In order to be well-prepared for a job interview, it is important to know your own goals, interests, strengths, and to be aware of your own skills and experience.
It can be helpful to ask yourself the following questions:
- What do I like to do? What inspires me?
- What do I need to be motivated at work?
- What are my strengths and what are my weaknesses?
- What characterizes my personality (individual characteristics)?
- Which skills and experiences do I have under my belt?
In the following guide you will find some materials to help you complete your skills profile (in German).
The most common questions
In order to be well prepared for a job interview it can be helpful to know the most common questions and prepare for them. Answer the following questions for yourself and/or practice the job interview with a partner. Remember to bring concrete examples wherever possible.
The following list provides you with some typical questions that you can use to practice a job interview with a friend.
- Why would you like to work with our company?
- What in particular draws you to this position?
- Which relevant skills and experiences do you bring to this job? What are you still lacking?
- Where do you see yourself in five years? Do you have some ideas about your career development?
- How do you normally approach a large assignment?
- How do you make sure that you finish your assignments on time?
- For which assignments do you prefer to work in a team, and for which ones would you rather work alone?
- Why should we hire you?
Questions about the company
During a job interview you will likely have the opportunity to ask your own questions about the company, position, and more. Think about your questions beforehand and bring these with you to the job interview. It is not just the employer who has to pick you: you also have to decide whether you would like to work for the employer. Only ask those questions that you cannot easily answer on the homepage of the company, otherwise you might give the impression that you are unprepared.
Questions from your side could be:
- What kind of job training will I receive?
- What do you enjoy about working here, and what are your biggest challenges during your typical workday?
- What does a typical workday look like?
- Do you work as a team? What kind of teamwork atmosphere is there?
- How do you manage your team?
- What kind of expectations do you have from new co-workers?
During the application
Show your interest, listen attentively, and try to make eye contact with your interviewers. Don’t stare fixedly – your eye contact should also break at some points. When you listen, try to look mostly at the person who is speaking to you. When you speak, try not to look only at one interviewer but instead make eye contact with all of the persons present. The interviewer is not always the person who decides to pick or reject the applicants.
Post processing after the job interview is simultaneously the preparation for any further interviews with the same company, or in case of a rejection, the preparation for job interviews with other companies.
Think about what went well or not so well in the interview, which questions you had difficulties answering, where you could better prepare yourself, which of your questions were not satisfactorily answered, and what points are still unclear for you. If you are not hired, it can be worth a try to ask your interviewer what reasons led them to this decision.
- Anleitung zur Standortbestimmung.pdf
- Anleitung zum Erstellen eines eigenen Kompetenzprofils.pdf
- Übersicht Bewerbungen.pdf
- Vorstellungsgespräch: Checkliste zur Vorbereitung.pdf
- Kompetentes Auftreten im Vorstellungsgespräch.pdf
- Übung im Umgang mit Nervosität.pdf
- Entspannungsübung: die 4-6-Atemtechnik.pdf