#1 Know the job
Read the job ad/job description again and call people in your network in similar positions/in the company.
- Get a complete handle on the tasks and areas of responsibility, which the job entails.
- Get a complete handle on the skills the job requires and brush up on the core competencies.
- If there are any terms you do not know, look them up.
- Find out whom the position refers to/what place you would get in the organisation
# 2 Know yourself
- Reread your letter of application and the version of the CV you sent to the organisation.
- Be crystal clear about your strengths in relation to this job and in relation to your successes in previous jobs.
- Consider your weaknesses/slip-ups and think about the reasons for them, and how you will avoid them in the future.
- Identify your personality traits (if necessary, take a test) and their suitability for the job.
- Articulate what value you can bring to the job.
- Consider what you really want (in this job) and what you do not want from a job.
#3 Know the company
Find out what is going on in the company.
- What are the company’s background, mission and vision?
- What are the company’s products/services, and who are its clients?
- What is the current state of the company and its market position?
- Who are the competitors?
- Who will be at the interview? Do not hesitate to look them up on LinkedIn.
# Questions you should be prepared for
You cannot know what they will ask you during the interview, but it may be a good idea to be prepared for some of the following:
- Tell us a little about yourself (also known as the elevator pitch)
- What are your strengths?
- What are your weaknesses?
- The personality test shows that you are not [...]. What makes you suitable for the job?
- Why did you apply for this position in this company?
- Give us an example of a mistake you’ve made
- Tell us about your three biggest successes
- What drains your energy?
- What sort of leadership do you require for your best performance?
- Why do you want to leave your current job?
- Why is there a gap in your CV?
- What salary are you expecting? Use Pharmadanmark’s salary calculator on ‘My Page’
- Do you have any questions for us?
When considering how to answer the questions, remember: to target your answers at the job you have applied for; that it is rarely worthwhile to speak negatively about previous jobs/bosses; and to be prepared to substantiate all your competencies with specific examples.
As well as a company choosing you as an employee, you also need to choose them as an employer. Ask about their working day and priorities so you have more to base your decision on than just the job advertisement and a list of tasks.