Danish Job Interview Tips
Working abroad sounds like an adventure to many people. However, job search in Denmark requires more than just the obvious Danish CV writing and translation. You have to pass the Danish job interview. You will face issues that probably did not even cross your mind when you start planning to go for jobs in Denmark.
Do not misjudge the impact they can have on the end result of your adventure! For example, you will experience the different immigration rules and practices, job application procedures, the selection trends and the management culture.
Most visits to Denmark are trouble-free but you should be aware of the global risk of indiscriminate international terrorist attacks, which could be against civilian targets, including places frequented by foreigners.
Depending on the position, company and whether or not tests are involved you can expect two to three job interviews.
Prepare yourself for the Danish job interview - find out information about the company you want to work for. Before an interview, practice your few-sentence "speech" about who you are and what you do. Do not whine. Do not talk about being jobless. Do not dump on your former employer. Be positive.
Remember, the same keywords you used in your CV will be the foundation for your job interviews. Not only do you need to be able to write about your keywords, but also during an interview, you must be able to talk about them as well in strong and powerful statements that highlight your successes, contributions and achievements.
Copies of diplomas, letters of reference and testimonials are usually required for public sector positions only. An extra CV can be handy too because you will never get a second chance to make a first impression!
Remember, how you dress is the one of the most important factors in not being hired.
So, check the Danish dress code
Punctuality is essential in Denmark, so arrive at least 10 minutes before a job interview and turn off your cellphone. If no one is available to introduce you with a friendly face, shake each person's hand, introduce yourself and exchange business cards. Use last names and appropriate titles when addressing someone. Do not sit until invited.
Talk effectively demonstrating your knowledge of the industry and/or the company, do not interrupt the interviewer and criticize former employers. Avoid making any comments that could be viewed as personal. When talking to a Dane, stand further then arm lengths away to give him or her enough space.
Prepare for all kinds of job interview questions. Interviewers often ask about your past successes and mistakes on the job. It is a good idea to prepare a few career success stories and couple that had less than favorable outcomes but were learning experiences.
Danish job recruiters will try to find out about your professional competence, personality and most important – your motivation. They will want to hear about your previous responsibilities, the size of budgets managed if applicable and above all, the results obtained. Answer questions as fully as you can, avoiding yes and no answers.
You do not have to answer personal questions, but consider in advance how you are going to tackle them. If you feel uncomfortable with a question asked, simply smile and say, "In my country, that would be a strange question."
At the Danish job interview do not volunteer information that the interviewer does not ask for
Also, ask interviewers questions about the internal operations, responsibilities and even benefits, but avoid raising the issue of salary early in the process. Do not forget to ask, “When can I expect to hear from you?” (if that has not been discussed).
Sometimes a Polaroid photograph is taken during the first job interview.
Psychological tests are becoming increasingly popular in Denmark. Larger companies in particular use them. During such tests, which can last up to three days, the aptitude, intelligence, social and communication skills and management qualities are tested. The job simulation test is also frequently used. A medical examination is required for some occupations and some employers test all their prospective employees for drug abuse.
Thank everyone present for interview and shake they hands before leaving.
Do not forget to write a thank you letter, to thank the interviewers. Employers regard this as an indication of your final interest in the position. Subsequently follow-up by letter, email or phone call.
Other Danish Job Interview Info
We hope that your Danish job interview has been successful. Follow up the job interview with a thank you letter. Employers regard this as an indication of your strong interest in the position.
Good luck with your Danish job interview!