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but how?

Tips for your
cover letter

Your cover letter reflects you and your personality. No matter what type of person you are: give your application documents a personal touch. By using individual layouts, designs or formulations, you can differentiate yourself from the other applicants.

Make yourself interesting and demonstrate that you are the perfect candidate!

First of all, take a close look at the job advertisement: What is required from the applicant? Which requirements do you meet? Where have you gained relevant experience? Why are you enthusiastic about this position?

Show the recruiter how well your interests suit the company and the position in particular and how well you can identify with the corporate culture.

You want to show your skills? Always prove your qualifications with practical examples – no one is interested in empty talk. In addition, you should always pay attention to formalities, such as using the correct address, the current date and a subject line with the name of the position and putting your signature at the end.

curriculum vitae

Usually, a recruiter looks at your CV in the first step and then decides – based on your previous experience – whether to read your cover letter. Thus, your CV is the most important part of your application and should be created with great care and attention. This is most important for us:

What are your experiences and skills?

In this section, you list your previous work experience. The latest experience should be mentioned first. Moreover, it is very important to describe your tasks. Take another look at the job advertisement and try to point out parallels to your previous tasks. When you describe your skills, you should not only list the usual ones such as languages and IT but also any tools or knowledge which might be relevant for the job. Don’t forget to add your level of competence for each skill.

Tips for

The telephone interview has been established as a central instrument in the pre-selection of applicants. In our recruitment process, this is the first step as well.

A recruiter from the Internal Recruiting department will contact you for your telephone interview, which will take about 20-30 minutes.

Here are a few tips on how to get prepared for the telephone interview:

  • You should know the job description and your own CV in detail.

  • Get yourself informed about our business model: Who are we and what do we do?

  • Think about the framework conditions: Where would you like to work? When are you available? What is your desired salary?

  • It is best to choose a quiet, undisturbed environment to be able to fully concentrate on your phone call.

  • The reception on your mobile phone is sometimes poor? Provide us with your landline phone number, just in case.

  • Are there any things you would like to ask us?

  • Do you still remember where/how you became aware of Hays and the vacant position?

  • Last but not least: smile – you can be sure that your counterpart will notice, even on the phone.

Tips for 
Your personal interview

Tips for the personal interviewYou may wonder what makes an ideal candidate and what you can do to be the one for us. Our advice is simple: Just be yourself, as this is what we like most! An open communication on equal terms is important for us as we want you to feel comfortable during our conversation and to be able to talk about your skills and your objectives. We will not ask you about our sales figures or anything like that, but we do expect our applicants to have informed themselves about Hays.The personal interview will focus on your previous experience and your personal skills, and it will take approximately one hour. Usually, two colleagues from the relevant location take part in the interview.

Here are a few tips on how to get prepared for the personal interview:

  • You should know the job description and your own CV in detail.

  • What are your previous experiences? Which ones might be an asset for the vacant position?

  • How do you imagine the position to be like?

  • Have you understood our business model in detail?

  • Are there any more things you would like to ask us?

  • Dress yourself accordingly. If you are unsure about the dress code, please get in touch with your contact person from Internal Recruiting.

  • In a personal interview, the both the things we hear and the things we see are important: facial expression, gestures, posture and voice. Practice the interview situation with friends or family members to get a constructive and honest feedback.

  • Very important:
    Never forget: Just as you want to get to know us and convince us of yourself, we want to do the same with you. So stay calm and check whether your expectations of your future job and our job offer are compatible by asking relevant questions during the interview.