And now we come to the probably most important aspect of the „home interviews“ – the technical requirements. Here the motto is to eliminate as many sources of problems as possible in advance. This includes, among other things, that a reliable and sufficiently strong Wifi connection is available. It is also helpful to inform roommates/family about the upcoming job interview and to ask them not to download large data packages during the interview. Furthermore, the laptop should be fully charged, the cell phone should be available as backup and other applications should be closed to avoid annoying pop-up windows. You should also make sure that #camera and #microphone are working. It also makes sense to use a LAN cable for security reasons.
Think about possible #questions and what #answers you would give in order to be able to answer them as concisely as possible during the #interview. It is not about learning answers by heart, but about having ideas ready and appearing well prepared. It is also very important to listen carefully to the interviewer, especially since you cannot perceive facial expressions and #gestures as well as in a personal conversation. Also pay attention to your #posture, because it is important to show that you are concentrated and enthusiastic in the conversation. An upright posture makes you look confident and you do not run the risk of getting tired.
TIP: Practice this behavior during a video conference with a friend.
Since the interview takes place at a place that is familiar to you, it is all the more important that you and your surroundings are optimally prepared for the interview. The right lighting is just as important – preferably sunshine or the light of a lamp reflecting off the wall – as an appropriate outfit and a well-groomed appearance. All these factors have a positive effect on you. The camera should also be installed at approximately eye level. Finally, less is sometimes more – avoid elaborate backgrounds and instead make sure the scene is clean and tidy.
Since general interview #principles still apply, familiarize yourself with the company, for example by studying the website and publishedemployee reviews. Also become aware of WHY you want to work there. Additionally, if possible, familiarize yourself with your interviewer. Platforms like LinkedIn offer a helpful way to do this. Maybe you can even find some similarities? Your own #profile should always be up-to-date and well maintained.
Finding a job in the current economic situation is not easy and job interviews often take place online, but we will show you in the next few weeks what you need to consider for a #digital job interview and how you can best prepare yourself with a few short tips.
… we will be able to hold the opening party for our new offices. But of course we have already thought about what we will do for the physical well-being of our guests. Here a view into the soup pot.
For all of you who want to recook now, here are the ingredients at a glance:
Preparation: First of all celery, carrots, onions, leek and parsley. Then add a red bell pepper, an eggplant, a small kohlrabi, fennel and tomatoes. Clean and chop everything and, except for the parsley, sweat well in rapeseed oil. Fill up with 2 liters of boiling water. Add two chops, then the spices. We took marjoram, oregano, basil, coriander, salt, pepper, paprika hot and noble sweet and two fiery chilies. Cook for 45 minutes on a low flame. Add the finely chopped parsley 15 minutes before the end of the cooking time. Serve with rice or noodles. And then a good appetite.
Cooking recipes and career guides probably have in common that you actually can only really do something with them if you already have some experience.
Goethe in Italy. In Europe a topos for generations, shaping the picture of traveling and finding one’s way in the world. A way of self discovery. Life-paths are diverse. For Goethe it was a very productive time. Still inspiring to read, especially today. The original German Text is found here.
As gutenberg.org is still not available with a German IP address, a quick research for a good, online available, English translation was not successful, but brought a link to a German classroom Edition with English introduction, published in 1909 in New York. It’s a scan of a copy form the University of California Libraries. You will find it here.
Until October 26, the Tiroler Landesmuseum was hosting an exhibition on Goethe’s journey and its impact. The title: „Goethe’s Italian Journey. A homage to a country that never existed“. Now the catalog is in the bookstores. It is on my table as a reading recommendation for the weekend. The Book is in German and Italian.
… I feel a bit like sitting in a train restaurant when I’m sitting at the small meeting table, which is now in my office on the side with the five windows. Today I brought a pasta dish for my lunch break, just like on the train, and even though the window next to me is a bit higher than the one on the train, you can imagine the landscape passing by while you eat.
I think I miss travelling and the direct exchange with colleagues at training courses and conferences and also simply changing places. When you help people to develop their perspective for the future, you need different perspectives yourself. In any case the new office is very inspiring for my work.
… the new English language seminars and trainings. Only two days we were able to free up for the preparation of the new seminars. And then: a construction site in front of our office window. Quiet working was no longer possible. Sometimes I wonder why improving structures for society always means a big racket. I hope that our touch-up work is not as loud as the road construction can be heard in our office. Tonight it should be finished, the work on the road surface at the bus stop, and hopefully the seminar concepts as well.