After trailing your way through job ad after job ad and honing your resume to perfection, you finally got a call for a job interview. Congratulations!

Now, one last obstacle remains on the way through the job jungle before you can finally accept a position. This part of the process is often the one you find most nerve-wracking and challenging. Many feel uncomfortable boasting themselves, while others struggle to put into words why exactly they should get the job. Don't worry, the final approach to the job will becoming easier by keeping these tips in mind:

Be prepared: Attending a job interview without knowing anything about the company or who is going to interview you is a bad starting point. This is quickly revealed and can, in worst case, make you appear passive and indifferent. Therefore, read up on the company and the position in advance. What is the company doing? Which core values ​​do they value highest? What qualities do they look for in an employee? Knowledge of the company and the position can help you better understand what the company wants in an employee and thus what they look for in a job interview.

Use examples: Listing up personal characteristics without specifying them makes it difficult for the interviewer to know what you actually know. If during the interview you describe yourself as a forward-looking person with a twinkle in your eye, you only appear as one in the crowd who also claims to possess these diffuse characteristics. Instead, explain how your skills are practiced. Feel free to use examples from your past work experience: “You are positive because you have learned to keep your spirits up even during stressful work periods. You are organized because you are used to balancing several demanding projects at the a time »Through exemplification, the employer will get a much clearer picture of what qualities you actually possess and thus who you are.

Ask a question: A job interview is not just about getting the interviewer to know you, but also about getting to know the company. Job ads are often very short and do not always say enough about what the job is all about. Therefore, be engaged and ask questions about the duties that the job announcement does not reveal. Not only will you appear eager and interested, but you will also gain a greater understanding of whether the position is actually right for you.

Save the salary discussion for later: Occasionally, the question of salary expectations may arise during the interview. Although it is not necessarily negative to discuss pay at this point, the negotiations should be postponed until you actually get a job offer. The interview is for both you and the employer to become better acquainted, not to agree on a specific annual salary. If your focus during the interview is the salary, this could be interpreted that the position is probably not exciting enough for you.

Keep your references in order: The interviewer has guaranteed a desire to know what your former employers think of you. Therefore, make sure the references on your resume are up to date and inform the contacts that they can expect a phone call in the next few days. This can give your references better time to reflect on what to say rather than having to tell them about how you are to have as an employee completely unprepared, which probably does not provide the most enlightening feedback.

Be honest!  This is perhaps the most important thing to think about during a job interview. Namely, it can be tempting to lay it on a little thick about what you can do. Saying you are a master at Photoshop if you barely manage to draw a rectangle in Paint will soon become apparent after hiring. Do yourself a favor; save yourself for this embarrassment and be honest about your level of expertise.

Good luck with the job interview!