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Checklist job interview - After the interview

  1. If you do not hear anything from the organisation for a while, do not hesitate to contact them. Make sure not to sound desperate or impatient, but simply ask how things stand.
  2. Are you through to the second round? Well done! You are one step closer to getting the job.

Preparing for the second round

  1. Ask what the second round entails. This differs per organisation. It could be an interview with the department manager, an assessment (a case study to complete at home or on location), or an employment conditions interview.
  2. Second interview
    1. Ask about the goal of the interview.
    2. Find out who you will be talking to. Look them up.
    3. Prepare the questions. In this round, you can expect more open questions about your work experience and suitability for the job. Now that you have a better understanding of what the job entails, you are better able to explain why you are the best candidate. Make sure you prepare your answers (STARR).
  3. Assessment
    1. There are different kinds of assessment. The most important components of an assessment are the interview, IQ tests, personality tests, role plays, exercises, assignments, and of course the final report.
    2. You can find practice assessments online, for example at 123test.com.
  4. Employment conditions interview
    1. An appointment for an employment conditions interview in principle means that you want the job and the employer wants you. The goal of the interview is to agree on a number of things, such as contract type, salary, working hours, commuting allowance, and schooling opportunities.
    2. Find out who you will be talking to. In most cases, this will be the department manager and an HR officer. Look the interviewers up.
    3. Big companies or governmental offices have all jobs scaled at a specific level, but this is not always the case with smaller companies. Make sure you read the employment conditions listed in the vacancy before the interview. Read the collective labour agreement and check the company’s salary scales.
    4. Make an inventory beforehand of your current and desired employment conditions, including holiday allowance, leave hours, thirteenth month, profit distribution, fixed expense allowance, commuting allowance, study costs, mobile telephone, laptop and/or tablet, working from home, and relocation allowance. Think beforehand how you stand on these matters and what your lower and upper limits are.
    5. Think beforehand about possible solutions for points on which you expect disagreement: you can usually negotiate employment conditions such as study costs or working hours or exchange one condition for another.
    6. Make sure the atmosphere remains pleasant, but also show that you know what you want and are well-prepared.

More tips regarding the job interview


Have a look at the tips regarding the CVLinkedIn, the motivation letter, an online job interview, an assessment, the employment conditions interview or make an appointment with the Career Officer.