Tips on applying

"The best way to predict your future is to create it yourself.”

Five tips for a successful application

Applying for a job is a skill you can learn. Here we give you a selection of practical tips. We cannot guarantee anything, of course, but we hope to get you off to a good start. Would you like more career advice and application tips? Feel free to contact a Flexibility entrepreneur in your area!

1) Define your passion

Who are you, what can you do, and what do you enjoy? Determine what motivates and energizes you. In short, what do you enjoy doing and where would you like to do it? Your education and work experience will be a guide here, but your hobbies and your expectations of an employer will also play a major role!

2) Make sure your resume is relevant and up to date

Make sure your resume is up to date. Adapt your resume as closely as possible to the specific vacancy you are applying for. Are particular types of work, training, and experience important for the job and organization concerned? Emphasize these points. Also make sure your resume contains a recent, presentable photo/passport photo.

3) Be careful with social media

Of course, it is very nice to share photos and snippets of information with your friends on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. But keep in mind that employers can use social media to find out more about the person behind the applicant. So make sure your accounts are properly secured or make sure that information you share cannot put you at a disadvantage.

4) Do your homework

Failing to prepare is preparing to fail. If you are invited for an introductory interview with the prospective employer, prepare as well as you can. Look at the organization’s website closely and make sure you also have a clear idea of the job profile. Write out your questions in advance and make sure you also ask them during the interview if necessary. Rehearse the job interview with your partner, a family member, or a friend.

5) Dress for the occasion

In any interview, your clothes are essential. Make sure you look neat and tidy during your first or subsequent interview and give some thought to the clothes that would fit in with the company and the job. After all, you never get a second chance to make a first impression!

“If you do something you enjoy, you never need to work again.”

Do's and don’ts

Absolute do's

  • Respect your interview partner
  • Demonstrate enthusiasm about the job and the company
  • Clearly state your vision of the job and the company
  • Be honest about yourself and your performance

Absolute don’ts

  • Start talking about salary and employment conditions in the first interview
  • Arrive too late for your first or subsequent interview
  • Answer every question with a simple “yes” or “no” (without giving any explanation)
  • Make negative comments about your previous employer(s)

Prepare for your job interview

What questions can you expect in a job interview?

  • What do you look for in a job and an employer?
  • What makes you extra suitable for this job?
  • What are your objectives in the short and long terms?
  • What are your strengths and weaknesses?
  • Why do you want to leave your current employer?
  • What do you expect from this interview?
  • How do you deal with stress/targets?
  • Are you a team player or do you prefer working alone?
  • What references can you offer us?