Set up & connect
If you want to get an idea about the interview, use our list of questions as a guide. You can find them at the bottom of this page.
Best practices for you
Technique & settings
- Choose a room with as little reverberation as possible.
- Get relatively close to the microphone (maximum distance: forearm length or 10-20 cm).
- Turn the wheel on the side towards the + sign and then back at least 2 or 3 times.
- The LED must be green during the recording (stop at red light!).
- Switch all cell phones in the room to flight mode.
- Make sure to record remotely via videocall with headphones.
- The recording app should be visible during recording. If the iPhone switches to standby mode, something is going wrong (e.g. happens if the iOS software is too old).
- Please do not read off written text: it is better to use a list of bullet points as a reference.
- Offer personal insights on the job.
- Assume that the listener has previous knowledge.
- Avoid phrases and clichés.
- Be specific about what people can expect from this job.
- Put yourself in the user’s or listener’s perspective.
- Share anecdotes from everyday work life.
- Describe specific project and work examples.
- Mention difficulties and problems you encounter on a daily basis.
- Make sure the candidates get curious about working at your company.
Language and motivation
- „Forget“ the microphone.
- Do not care about misspeaking, just start the sentence again.
- Lower your voice (it works better if you lower your shoulders and imagine to take an elevator downstairs)
- Speak a little slower than usual.
- Make use of your intonation and voice modulation, take little breaks inbetween sentences.
- Smiling helps to sound personable.
- Finish a sentence before starting the next one.
- Be yourself!
- Avoid nervous behaviour, e.g. tapping on the table or rustling with paper
- Your headset cable should not drag the table, microphone or laptop.
- Avoid consuming dairy products before the recording. Get your coffee (and cigarettes) after the recording! 😉
👉 Have fun and enjoy the interview! You are doing something special – be proud of it!
👉 Don’t worry about „um…“, „er…“ or “ „ahh..“ – we will take care of it and make you audible!
What excites you about your job?
Which situation from your everyday working life is worth to remember?
Goals a person in this position should set for the coming years?
Which tasks are particularly challenging?
Briefly present a ‚typical‘ day or week in this role.
Tell about a specific problem in a project and how you solved it.
What uncomfortable truth from the day-to-day work would other companies not dare to tell?
What can a person in this job learn from you?
Explain a situation where your department failed. How did you deal with it?
Work Life Balance
How do you ensure that your employees can give their health, family and free time enough space?
A selection of phrases you should better avoid – or at least use examples from the job.
- Enthusiastic with a positive attitude
- Stuck in the wrong job
- Team synergy / A great team player
- Good leadership skills desired
- Opportunity of a lifetime
- Resurrect your aspirations
- Relaxed environment
- Good communication skills
- Lots of perks and benefits
- Pro-active and dynamic
- Ability to multitask
- Join a vibrant team
- A good sense of humor