Tips before the job interview
Time for an interview? Congratulations! The interview is the employer’s chance to see if you are suitable for the job. And your chance to see if the job suits you. Here are some tips on how you can refine your interview technique and what to think about before, during and after the interview.
If you are well prepared for your job interview, you have a better chance of making a good impression.
- Examples that show your skills. Think about some concrete situations that demonstrate your skills. If you have no work experience, it is just as useful to give an example from your studies or free time.
- Read about the employer. Then they will understand that you are interested in them. Prepare some questions about the employer and the job.
- Bring copies of your CV and personal letter. It is good to have them in front of you during the interview and to hand out if anyone does not have a copy. The same applies to work samples and references. Ensure you have them at hand so you can take them out during the interview.
- Practise questions and answers at home. Think about what questions you think might come up and what you should answer to give the best possible impression of yourself. Perhaps you could ask a friend to interview you? It could be good to prepare for questions about how you will present yourself, what role you have in a group and how you handle conflicts. Naturally, you should also have an answer to why the employer should choose to employ you.
Prepare yourself for the job interview
Advice on your next job interview.
Some practical tips before the interview
- Plan what you are going to wear. Wear clothing that you are comfortable in and that will make a good impression.
- Have a pen and notepad with you. Write down the questions you have and any things that you especially want to remember to say to the employer.
- Check the map and plan your journey so you know how to get there. Also, take the employer’s contact details in case you need to reach the person you are to meet.
- Arrive on time and turn off your mobile phone before the interview begins.
It is common for the employer to start by talking about the company or asking you what you know about them. Then you usually have a chance to talk about yourself and why you have applied for the job and then answer the employer’s questions. Here are some things to think about:
- Nervous? Then tell them that. This shows that you are honest. It’s a good idea to take a breath and think before answering questions. And remember that the more interviews you go to, the more secure and confident you will be.
- Everyone in the room is equally important. If several people are interviewing you, remember that everyone is equally important. Direct your answers to everyone, regardless of who asked the question.
- Think about your body language. Make sure you listen attentively and remember to make eye contact! And don’t forget to breathe.
- Did you cover everything? Look at your notepad where you have written what you want to bring up and check you have said what you planned to say. If there are any questions you think you have not covered, make sure you bring them up now. Also, ask about the next step in the process to know when you will have an answer.
It is important to follow up on the interview afterwards. Then you can make use of your experience and do even better at your next interview.
- Reflect on what you think went well on the interview. Write down your thoughts. Think about the questions you were asked and the questions you asked yourself. Were there any questions you were uncertain about? Think about how to answer the next time.
- Reflect on what you think went especially well. If you are completely satisfied with how things went, what is it that makes you feel this way? Could you recreate it next time?
- Don't hesitate to reach out to the employer. If you don’t hear back from the employer by the agreed time, you can phone and ask how the recruitment process is going. It is not unusual for things to take time, but it is good for you to be aware of this.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for feedback. If you didn't get the job, it's good to know what was required for the position. You will hopefully get a clue as to the reason, and can do something about it before the next interview.
Have you applied for a job and received an email from the employer with an invitation to a quick interview (snabbintervju)? Quick interview is a short video interview that you can participate in from home. It is Arbetsförmedlingen that has created the tool.
- Invitation. The employer sends you an email invitation to a quick interview. Register for the meeting by clicking the link and following the instructions.
- Link to interview. You will get another email with a link to the interview itself. If you haven’t received the email within 10 minutes, check if it has gone into the spam folder.
- Join the meeting. On the day of your quick interview, you join the meeting by clicking the link in the email you received. Five minutes before the interview starts, you can take a place in the queue. Don't forget to test your camera and microphone.
- Sit undisturbed. Sit undisturbed and use a headset for the best experience.
- Have your mobile phone close by. If there is a technical error during the interview, the employer can choose to phone you instead. Make sure you have your mobile phone close by.
Digital interview - how to fix the technology
How to think about sound, light and camera. So you are ready when an employer invites you to a digital interview. (in Swedish)
Frequently asked questions about quick interviews
What technology do I need for quick interviews?
You need a computer, phone or tablet with a webcam. It is important that you have a stable internet connection.
Quick interviews work with the following browsers: Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, Safari or Samsung Internet. Make sure your browser is updated to the latest version.
For Android phones, Android version 11 or later is recommended. For iPhone, IOS 12.2 or later is recommended.
What do I do if the camera or microphone don't work?
Make sure that you have authorized the browser to access your microphone and camera. In most browsers you can change the settings by clicking the symbol (often a padlock) in the address bar.
If you have approved access to the microphone and camera but it still doesn't work, you can try refreshing the page.
Still not working? Close the browser and log in via the link in the email again.
What do I do if I have technical problems?
Call our technical support at 0771-416 416 if you need help. Say “teknisk support” when prompted.