Be well prepared

The interview process is a crucial step in getting a job. Good preparation can make the difference between a rejection and an invitation for an interview. On this page we share valuable tips and tricks to prepare you for every aspect of the application process.

An interview process can vary depending on the company and the specific position, but generally it involves several steps. Here’s a general overview of what an application might look like, along with some common questions.

1 Motivation letter and resume

The application usually starts with submitting a motivation letter and a curriculum vitae (CV) /resume. The motivation letter contains information about why you are interested in the position, what your qualifications are and why you are suitable for the role.

2 Screening

HR or a recruiter can review your resume and cover letter to determine if you match the basic requirements of the position. You will often receive a telephone appointment to find out more about your background and motivation.

3 Job interview

The first interview may take place with a recruiter or a company representative. Common questions include:

  1. Can you tell us something about yourself?
  2. Why are you interested in this position?
  3. What are your strengths and weaknesses?
  4. Can you describe a situation where you successfully tackled a challenge?
  5. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

4 Second job interview

This conversation can take place with members of the team or management. The questions can delve deeper into your technical skills, experience and how well you fit within the team.

Some employers may require you to take an assessment or complete an assignment to test your skills. This can be a written test, a presentation or a practical assignment.

5 Offer and negotiation

If all goes well, you will receive an offer. This includes details of salary and other employment benefits. It is smart to prepare yourself what salary is suitable for the position and what conditions apply. Always read the employment conditions carefully so that you are not faced with any surprises.

Negotiations can take place before you accept the final offer.

Remember that the specific questions may vary based on the position, company, and industry. It is important to prepare well by highlighting both your professional experience and your motivation for the position. Practicing the common questions can be very helpful.

Questions about the application process?

If, after reading, you have more questions about the application process, we will be happy to help you.


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