Prepare yourself carefully for an interview, as it will help you present a serious, professional impression. Decide what you want to say at an interview, so that you can make your most important points.
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Prepare a short presentation on yourself
Make sure you prepare a short presentation on yourself before your interview that you can present in a series of short, punchy statements – which you can of course build on if you need to. A lot of emphasis is placed on personal and professional skills in Denmark, so your presentation ought to demonstrate both.
What you might prepare:
- What are the three most important things the interview panel ought to know about you in relation to the job?
- What relevant experience have you got?
- Which professional and personal skills do you believe are the most relevant in relation to the job?
Your presentation ought to last 1-1½ minutes, and should neither be too self-confident nor too modest. Spend some time on preparing it, and practice beforehand. We recommend, for instance, practising out loud. Perhaps you could record yourself on your mobile to really sharpen up your formulation.
Remember that the presentation is only an introduction, you can expect follow-up questions. That's why it is a good idea if you have your main points ready to support your introduction. The thing to bear in mind here is what you can do for the company, and what drives you as a person.
Try and anticipate answers to typical questions
Try anticipating the questions you will probably be asked, such as:
- Why are you applying for this job in particular?
- Do you like living in Denmark?
- Do you like the management style practised in Denmark, and what do you think about the working culture here?
- What do you know about us as an employer?
- What are the things you like most and least to work with?
- Describe your biggest success and worst fiasco
- What are your plans for the future?
- Why do you think you are the right person for the job?
When practising your answers, it's important that you can quote examples – such as the kind of work you like best/least, quote specific situations quickly and precisely, and examples of how your skills come into play.
Find questions on the company you can ask
It's also a good idea to prepare questions you can put to the interviewer(s), as we think it important in Denmark that interviewees dare to engage the interviewer in conversation.
When choosing which questions to ask, focus first and foremost on the content of the job, and what results you think you might be expected to achieve. You can signal interest by asking about specific aspects, such as:
- How important is the job in the big picture?
- How is the work organised?
- What form of collaboration is practised in teams and within the organisation?
It may also be a good idea if you prepare questions on the corporate culture, social climate and management style. If you present yourself as genuinely curious, rather than critical, it can give a serious impression of you right from the start, and result in lively dialogue.
But try to avoid questions that concern the chances of leaving work early, time off for a sick child etc. Keep those until you've been offered the job. At that point, you can negotiate special terms and discuss the terms and conditions of the job. Consider contacting us for advice on special terms to put in your contract – call us on 3296 4600.