How to prepare for a selection process

  • Get all the needed information about the company as well as the job position you’re applying for.
  • Look up the company’s competition and its market.
  • Try to prepare good arguments and examples of your strengths. Don’t be scared to describe concrete situations.
  • Prepare previous experiences relevant for the job position (print out the job advertisement!).
  • Try to imagine the selection process from the other side (the text from the advertisement will help you)
    • Which questions might be asked?
    • Which questions would I ask being the inquirer? (answer?)
    • Which criteria would be important for you as the employer? (how would I show, that I fulfil these criteria)
    • These criteria could be guessed from the job description
  • Use your contacts- friends and colleagues, who could provide some information about the company.
  • Prepare brief answers for the most common questions and an introduction of your career.
  • Prepare questions, demonstrate your interest and knowledge.
    • General questions about the employer.
    • Questions about the job position.
  • Formulate personal requirements beforehand (salary, benefits)
    • Exploration of wage options for a given position (google, HR consultant)
    • Formulating ideal and minimum wage
    • If your vision isn’t the same or at least somehow shared with the employer, often it means the end for you in the selection process
  • Always use the chance of drafting the interview (colleague, friends: role playing)