Recommendations from our recruiting expert
Daniela, what makes a good application?
A CV is the basis of an application. It should cover the applicant's (m/f/d) career in chronological order, their qualifications and their experience, ideally providing a structured and complete picture. The cover letter is an opportunity for candidates (m/f/d) to explain why they are interested in the position they're applying for and give specific information, such as their earliest possible starting date and salary expectations. Work references and exam certificates complete the application.
Consistent formatting and correct spelling and grammar will make an even better impression. It's important that you read through your documents carefully or ask someone to proofread for you.
What do you look out for first?
The CV is the most important thing, as it gives me a good first impression of your work experience and qualifications. It should be well-structured and, most importantly, chronological, starting with your most recent work experience. For each role, it is helpful to include short bullet points giving details of your tasks. You can gain bonus points by maintaining consistent formatting and using an appropriate layout.
Many applicants find it especially hard to write a cover letter. Do you have any tips?
As an applicant (m/f/d), you should use the cover letter as an opportunity to explain why you are applying for the position and what makes you suited to the role. It shows me that you are well prepared and have familiarised yourself with the company and the role.
Before writing a cover letter, it might help if you ask yourself a few questions: What is the company looking for? Why am I particularly suitable for the available position? What qualifications make me stand out and what strengths do I have? Why would I like to join the company?
How do I prepare properly for the interview?
You should be prepared to talk about yourself and your career, so it's worth looking over both the job advertisement and your CV again. During the interview, you can refer to any highlights that are particularly relevant to the position. This shows that you as an applicant (m/f/d) are structured and have prepared well for the interview. It is also a good opportunity to talk about any training or professional development that may be beneficial to the position.
It is equally important to familiarise yourself with the company. Take a look at the website and note down any questions that you might like to ask during the interview. It will make a good impression and show your interest.
Is there a dress code?
The most important thing is that you feel good and stay true to yourself. However, you should still choose a smart outfit that is appropriate for the role. First impressions count, so leave your tracksuit bottoms at home.