Good news! You have been invited to an interview. Now you need to start preparing. It is common to underestimate the preparation part for an interview but most often it is time well spent to show up prepared. An interview often follows the structure illustrated below, so it is a good indication of what to prepare for.
- Introduction - The company welcomes and shortly presents the job and the company.
- Presentation - Tell about yourself. Why have you applied for the job.
- Interview - Elaboration of your education, experience, personality, interests etc. E.g. case solving.
- Questions - Your opportunity to ask questions about the job.
- Practicalities - When can you start? What are your salary expectation (brutto)?
- Next step - What happens from here? When can you expect to hear back from the company?
Preparing for your job interview
- Be on time
- Bring your CV, and cover letter - perhaps a pen and notepad
- Look everyone in the eye
- Answer every question properly
- If you do not understand the question, ask them to rephrase it
- Make sure that you say everything you have prepared, if relevant
- Do not criticize former employers
- Think about the impression you wish to make
Personality and ability tests
Psychometric testing is a structured collection of knowledge about a person’s capabilities, behavior, and preferences. Most large companies use psychometric tests as part of their recruitment process and the most common are personality and ability tests. You will typically be introduced to tests in the second interview round. Before you take a personality or ability test it is good to have some basic knowledge about the different types of tests, what you can expect, and if and how you can prepare.
How to prepare
Studies show that you can improve your test score if you practice for ability tests. Do not expect a tiger leap, as your performance is related to your IQ. However with proper practice you should be able to improve from average to above average, which is the acceptable minimum for most employers.