You’ve reached the final stage: your CV was selected among many other applicants, you conquered the telephone screen and now, here you are, sitting in front of the interviewer, talking confidently about your skills and major achievements when then, all of a sudden you’re asked: ”Do you have any questions?”.

A job interview should be a two-way conversation. After all, asking questions at the end of an interview not only allows you to gain a better understanding of the work environment, but also it shows you took the time to think about how the role would further your career, align with your core values and evaluate if there is a cultural fit. In other words: it shows your interest.

Motivation and commitment are key factors that your potential employer wants to assess and they are as important, if not more, than some of the specific technical skills listed among the selection criteria.

It’s true that you cannot build soft skills or work experience overnight, you need to WOW your interviewer presenting yourself at the best of your possibilities and this entails doing your homework.

Take the time to research the organization: understand its vision, its fundamental values, how it makes money, what are the day-to-day operations, what its core business is.

It’s crucial to make sure that you leave the interview with a clear idea about the position itself and how your typical working day would look (isn’t this the reason why you jump out of the bed in the morning after all?)



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Patricia Heemskerk

Patricia Heemskerk

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