For applicants Tips and tricks for a successful application
The Job hunt
- Consider current trends. Social media has become very important and its role is only increasing. This is why it is worth maintaining up to date XING and LinkedIn profiles. The more detailed and comprehensive your work history is, the easier it is for recruiters to match your qualifications to the role.
- When being active in social networks, consider what you are revealing about yourself, so as to always leave a positive impression with any potential employers. For example, we do not recommend making negative statements about any past or current employers on social media.
- Follow potential employers or headhunters on social media. Openings are usually posted there, as well as on their respective websites.
- After finding a suitable posting, make sure your qualifications match those required in the position’s description.
- Take the initiative and send out unsolicited applications. Many businesses collect profiles of potential candidates in applicant databases. When doing so, it is helpful to include your preferred position, location and expected salary.
Tips and Suggestions for a Successful Application: Curriculum Vitae
- Always keep your CV up to date: Start with your most recent professional experience and indicate the exact dates (month/year) of your employment.
- Make your CV simple and uniform: do not use too many different colors, fonts, or font sizes.
- Pay attention to spelling.
- Describe the most important tasks at each position you held and the objectives you achieved.
- Include only the most important points of your professional experience: Your CV should not be longer than one or two pages.
- Be sure to include a professional photo. Selfies or outdated photographs are not recommended. Use an appropriate background and wear formal attire.
- Be honest when stating your knowledge of languages and update this information periodically.
Tips and Suggestions for a Successful Application: The Interview
- Research the company in detail before the interview. A good overview of the company is given on its website.
- Arrive promptly, preferably 5-10 minutes before your appointment at the agreed upon location.
- Remember to bring identification. At many companies, you must sign in at the entrance.
- Bring a printed CV.
- Make sure you wear appropriate (business) attire
- Answer your interviewer’s questions honestly and specifically; never speak negatively about your previous jobs, your superiors, or your colleagues.
- Think of questions you can ask at the end of the conversation. This shows that you are interested in the company.
- Please let us know in advance if you are no longer interested in the job or if you have already accepted another offer.
- Remember to always be yourself and not to pretend otherwise.
Interviews via skype or video call
- Make sure you have a strong, reliable internet connection, preferably via Ethernet or LAN, since these provide stable and fast connections. Check your microphone and camera in advance and plan some time for solving potential technical problems.
- You profile should have a professional appearance, especially your profile picture and your username. Exchange usernames with your interviewer and make sure they add you in advance in order to avoid last minute problems such as being late.
- Make sure that where you point the camera during the interview looks orderly, professional and clean – it is part of the impression you are going to make on your interviewer.
- Choose a calm space without any distracting background noise. Make sure that your roommate, partner or pet don’t walk by in the background. Turn off any applications, messaging programs, cell phones or other devices that are not relevant for your interview.
- Treat this type of interview as if it were in person and dress accordingly.
- Look at the camera every once in a while and pay attention to your body language. Know that your interviewer can only see your upper body, which draws even more attention to your face. Try to look him “in the eye” when you speak.