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Whether you are invited to a first interview or are in for your last interview, it is important to feel comfortable in the interview situation. We therefore want to give you some valuable information and the best possible conditions for performing as well as possible!
An interview with us or with one of our customers usually lasts for about an hour. It is short of time, but calm down! We want to give you some tip on how you can prepare to make the best out of the interview!
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Before the interview, think of how to best describe your ideal job and employer in as many parameters as possible. Reflect upon areas such as work assignments, industry, what kind of business you are interested in, company size, business culture, development opportunities, salary, employees etc.
This will make it easier for you to understand what you are passionate about and what kind of workplace you are interested in.
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Some questions to consider are:
An employer almost always assumes that you as a candidate have some prior knowledge of the company. It is important that you have done your homework and have an understanding of the company's business. This shows that you are interested and want to learn more. This is especially important if you are interested in a specific technology or department. Show that you are in control!
Also, try to gather some facts about the person you are going to meet. Read articles, what do they look like, do you have any common contacts or other common ground? Use Linkedin.
During the interview, the company wants to sell itself as a workplace but also know why you are the right person for them. Earlier we explained how you should prepare with questions to ask the company/person that interviews you, but you´ll also have to prepare to sell yourself as their future employee.
So, what are they looking for?
During the interview, they will of course look into your technical skills. Think about various projects that show your knowledge, and what you will bring in terms of competence and know-how. Do not hesitate to use “technical language” when describing your different projects. It is also good to have prepared answers to questions about situations where you have solved problems or succeeded very well. The interviewer will get a sense of you in action.
The classic questions about your strengths and how you can develop will certainly be asked. Feel free to ask people in your area to describe what you are good at and what you might have on your list of improvements. Thinking about your development potential shows a humble attitude to areas you do not yet master - it indicates maturity and self-awareness!
They will also assess your personality based on what is important to them as an organization. Just be yourself and make sure to ask some questions to learn more about the company’s culture and vision. Do they align with your own values?
As a newly graduate you usually have similar experiences with other applicants in terms of studies and work. Many companies are aware of this and will be looking for the right talents rather than the perfect resume. Show what your passion is all about, who you are and why you should get the job.
The last, and actually the most crucial thing the companies are looking at, is your interest in their business. Take the opportunity to show your interest by asking a lot about the workplace (for example, development opportunities, corporate culture, typical projects, what techniques they work with, etc.).
Now it's finally time for the interview, and be aware that the first impression is very important. These are given things that you probably already know, but it is still important to keep in mind. Try to be in a positive and alert state of mind before the interview, dress well and appropriate for the type of company you´re meeting, be onsite 10 minutes early to catch your breath and clear your mind. Often you are asked to sign up by the reception, have the name of the person you are meeting easily accessible.
Once you are in the interview it is important to think about having a dialogue and not just letting the interviewer ask you questions. Listen to questions and respond specifically to what is being asked. In cases where you are asked to speak about yourself or talk openly about any area, it is important that you are relevant and stick to the subject. Remember, body language is 80% of the message. HOW you say things is as important as WHAT you say. A tip is to keep your arms open, sit straight or lean slightly forward and have eye contact - it shows that you are interested.
Finally, it is important that you contribute to the conversation and create a dialogue. It is especially important if you are in a one2one interview, input from both parties is essential to create a conversation.
Don't worry about getting a job, it is out there waiting for you. Be prepared for a nice conversation about areas that interest you. Be yourself, it´s a meeting between people, you may be working together in a while. Are you nervous? Don't forget the person interviewing you might be at least as nervous as you are.
Trust yourself – you have come to the interview because you are interesting.
A last impression is almost as important as a first. Remember to properly thank the person who interviewed you, and feel free to say something concluding, for example, that you look forward to hearing from him/her soon and that it was very interesting to meet.
If all went well, we have an exciting time ahead of us!
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