“Secure your job offer, is this really possible?This was what went through my clients’ mind. It would save me time and work faster towards my goal: A new job. This blog is a report of my clients’ quest to find an answer to her question.

This story shows exactly why I set up the training Improve your interview skills. Since I believe you deserve to be prepared for all aspects of the job interview, especially the cultural differences. To hear about the employer’s expectations of you during the job interview. To have some phrases at hand that suit you which will help you to answer the difficult questions, like salary question, the “Why should we hire you question” and the “Where do you see yourself in 5 years from now” question. So you can secure your job offer during the interview.

How did my client get this idea?

“if I knew how to secure a job offer during a job interview, one interview option is enough to land a job”. Exactly your thoughts? Since job searching isn’t the most fun thing to do, most of my clients want to end it as soon as possible. This, together with being in multiple interviews without any success, is why my clients go this idea. It took my client several interviews, loads of research on the internet, job interview preparation with a coach to find out what was necessary to secure a job offer.

Where did my client start?

My client reflected on the interview sessions she had, watched all kinds of movies and read articles and blogs about job interviewing. The reflection on the interviews she had herself taught her there is a cultural difference in the interview approach. There is a different approach between a US, French or Dutch hiring manager. End up in front of an international hiring committee of a complete Dutch hiring committee takes a different approach. My client learned the common practises of her home country didn’t apply in the Netherlands and the Western part of Europe.

To share a story of one of my other clients: When we were doing interview preparation she was dead serious, not smiling at all, it seemed almost an angry face to me. When I asked her about this, she told me in her home country this seriousness was expected of you during the interview. Otherwise, the hiring committee got the impression you were not taking this seriously. What a big difference towards the Netherlands, where smiling is perceived as showing that you would like to land the opportunity offered. Hey, and we all look so much better smiling right? 

Why was it so difficult to find the right answer?

The first things she noticed is the variety of answers given by different coaches, hiring managers and trainers. GAP between her experiences and the information available on the internet. To be honest, my client got lost in all information available. She found out the cultural differences I mentioned in the former paragraph were not highlighted anywhere.

Some of the things advised in the courses she watched, and in all the talks she had, were techniques or phrases too far off from my clients perspective. My client felt she could not apply what people told her. She was advised to do things not aligned with her personality. The variety of answers also contradicted each other.

This happens because we all bring ourselves to the interview and we have the tendencies to hire someone who looks a bit like us. This is just a psychological thing you cannot compete with unless the hiring committee is aware of this fact.

Who did my client speak with?

During her interviews, my client spoke with a variety of recruiters and hiring managers. She attended a few free session about interview preparation. Before her the interview sessions, she spoke with different recruiters all having different opinions and perspectives. She spoke with other job seekers to share experiences and career coaches like me.

Did my client save time by doing all this?

In the end, she didn’t and she learned a lot. My client would take a different approach and reach out to a career coach sooner. Since she didn’t know what to expect from Career Coaching and how to use this for interview preparation purposes. She told me the part of the cultural differences is something she would have liked to know earlier. This would have helped her to prepare herself differently when approaching her first interview. It would have helped her to secure a job offer during her first job interview.

The Training Improve Your Interview Skills is a one-stop-shop if you would like to know everything about job interview preparation, techniques, the cultural differences in applying and practise your job interview skills. It is not too late to register, you can do it here.




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