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This guide is a basic structure that can be adapted and supplemented as required.

After the interview, the applicant should be assessed jointly by the interviewees with regard to the requirements, if you lead the interview to several. Before the interview it should be determined who will ask which questions, who will take notes, etc.


1st phase: The start of the conversation

For the applicant, an interview initially means tension and stress. Take the tension out of the situation by making some small talk, for example about the weather or whether the candidate is happy.

Introduce all present interlocutors with their name and function and then lead over to the approximate course of the conversation. Point out that all information will be treated confidentially.

Before asking questions, you can ask the applicant to tell something about themselves, their résumé and their professional development so far.

2nd phase: the company

Here you have the opportunity to find out to what extent the applicant has dealt with the company and has prepared for the interview. The questions can concern the company's portfolio, services, competitors and the market in which the company is located.

Informing the applicant about the company, task and position

You can also bring this part of the conversation to another point, for example following your questions to the applicant. Inform the applicant about the company and the position to be filled. After the interview, the applicant should be able to assess whether the company and position meet his expectations. Your information should be extensive. Promises that only partially correspond to reality or those that are not kept can lead to the new employee taking up the new position under the wrong conditions.

  • For example, consider the following:
  • The company, the number of employees and the employee structure
  • Hierarchical levels and classification of the position
  • Portfolio
  • Development of the market
  • Position and duties
  • Contractual issues

3rd phase: the applicant's situation

  • Ask questions about training or your professional career:
  • Please describe your life and training / career path to date (focus: school career and professional training / studies)
  • What had the greatest influence on your career choice?
  • Have you completed internships and, if so, in which companies?
    • Have you completed internships and, if so, in which companies?
    • Tasks and main tasks
    • Competencies
    • Responsibilities
    • Special tasks
    • further education
    • Length of activity
  • What did you learn during the individual stations? What do you still benefit from today?
  • Would you do anything differently today?