What to expect from us in an interview

Doing job interviews is part of our core business. I personally talk with about 70 candidates each month and constantly remind myself that for many of you this is not routine business. So I would like to share with you what the elements are I focus on in a meeting.

Be informed

Being the intermediary that will represent you, I think you should know who we are and how we go about it. So that is the first, short part of the meeting.

Be prepared

Secondly, we shift our focus to you. You can expect me to come prepared and read your cv and your letter. Often I also checked out your LinkedIn profile and the information we already shared in the past. Better build upon what we have than rehash. My preference is to talk about choices you made in the past, why you are open for something new and what your ideal position looks like. These are your instructions for me and my colleagues. But do not forget: we are paid by our clients to find out if you can bring what they are looking for. Will you solve the problem our client has? Topics can be very factual but most likely will also be about you as a person. If we both prepare, both of us will create a situation where we can dig deep and discuss what is really interesting.


The third and final part will be about opportunities. This can be about a specific opportunity where we can provide further information and find out if there is a match. This can also be about the direction you want to take and your labour market strategy. Topics, in that case, can be around training, education, lateral movements, stay or go, etcetera.

95% is about facts. If I have observations or an opinion (most of the time), I will share them. This will give you the chance to help me understand and further inform me. You should know how you will be (re-)presented. Creating the best match is a team effort. Your career and our service proposition are long-term investments.

Pieter de Kiewit

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