Greeting everyone, being friendly, and trying to smile at the beginning of an interview is never a mistake. This is your chance to have an interesting conversation and leave a lasting impression on them, even if it does not work out for the chosen position. Who knows where paths may cross again in the future. We will be more than happy to consider you for future positions if you are not a fit for the current position you applied for, and we still feel like you might be a great fit for the company. We are quite informal at Greentube and try to create a warm and friendly atmosphere during the recruitment process, but a job interview is still a job interview. Our new hire Stephany Garcia described it as follows
“Having an interview at Greentube is different from other companies. Of course they ask you the normal interview questions like: “Why would you like to work at Greentube?” and others from your professional background. However, during the interview process you feel very comfortable and motivated to join the company, because they are friendly and professional. Very soon you have an idea of the organizational culture. It is very important to be yourself, be motivated and show your enthusiasm and passion for getting things done.”
However, don’t mix it up with a coffee break among friends, even if the atmosphere is quite relaxed. Try to focus on the most important steps and achievements in your career instead of sharing too much personal information that is not relevant for the job.
We are all human beings; each one of us makes mistakes and tries to learn from these. Our recruiters and hiring managers also know this and may even find your mistakes and how you dealt with them more interesting than your successes. This is why hiding things in an interview is not a very good idea in most cases. Experience has helped us develop a feeling for when someone is hiding something from us, and your behaviour will indicate this. In return for your honesty, we will also be as honest as possible when it comes to the positions we offer – it’s of no use to anyone if you accept a job that you won’t enjoy in the long-term. One of our recent recruits, Armin Stocker, summarised this in a quite authentic way:
“Present your strengths well and don’t be afraid of being honest about your weaknesses. No one expects you to be 100% perfect. Just be yourself and enjoy the ride”.
Be concise and efficient when telling your story. Yes, your goal is to impress us, but stick to the most important points so that you don’t run out of time at the end of the interview. Reflect upon your previous positions before the interview. Think about how this experience could help you to be successful in the position you are applying for at our company. These are things we appreciate a lot. Try to underpin every point you want to make with a specific example. Besides your professional experiences, we would also love to get to know you as a person and find out more about your personality and your needs and expectations in a job. In addition to your skill set, we also pay attention to how your personality could fit into our team since we believe in a good team spirit and a harmonious working atmosphere.
Show us that you really did your homework and checked the company’s products and culture, as well as everything around the job you are applying for. Tailored answers let us know that you read the job ad carefully and already have some ideas as to why you could be the perfect fit for the position. Try to use multiple channels to find out more about the job and the company (e.g. our Homepage or our different social media channels like Greentube Careers).
Try to listen carefully when our hiring managers present the positions and tasks, try to catch information about the culture when the recruiters present the company and align these pieces of information with your expectations. We try to give you a realistic impression of the company, the team, and the tasks so that you can imagine what working at Greentube is like. Take the time to think about what you have learned and come back to the second interview with even more curiosity.
Prepare as many questions in advance, and don’t be afraid to ask if something interests you spontaneously during the interview. This is your chance to get to know the position and the interviewers better and find out how much this position actually fits your own expectations. One of our new recruits – Nina Gastinger has the following advice for you:
“Do not be shy to ask questions during your interview to get a better idea about your future position. It is also helpful to do your research about the company and the industry they are working in to come up with detailed questions you can ask.”
Inspire us, impress us with your positivity, show us that you could be a positive addition to our team. Coming into an interview with a positive mindset makes it easier for you to leave a lasting positive impression on the team. Convince us that you will be able to enhance the positive working atmosphere further and give the team an additional boost of energy. We love working with committed and motivated people who like to bring in their ideas and expertise and also have fun in their job!
Keep these tips in mind when preparing for every interview, and we’re positive that your chances of going from ‘into consideration’ to ‘the perfect candidate’ will increase! Unfortunately, there isn’t a position for everyone at our company. There will be times when we have to reject very promising applicants, but rest assured, the good impression you leave on us does not go unnoticed and may well be the deciding factor in the future!
We are looking forward to talking to you and getting to know you!