Much of the success during and after a job interview lies in the preparation. Being well informed about the assignment and the company behind it, and having thought through for yourself the answers to any questions, gives you a great advantage and a good chance of success. Here we have summarized our top 5 tips on how to prepare for an interview.
Tip #1 – Read about the company and the assignment
To understand the company behind the assignment, it is a good idea to do some extra reading. This can include learning more about their products or services, the history of the company and their goals and visions for the future.
Reading the assignment again before the interview will help you understand both the employer and the type of person they are looking for.
If you are well-informed about the assignment and familiar with the company, you will be able to ask relevant questions that indicate that you are genuinely interested in your future employer. Be sure to prepare and write down any questions that come up as you read.
Tip #2 – Think through answers to common interview questions
Of course, you cannot know exactly which questions will be asked during an interview, but there are some that are asked more frequently than others. Think through your answers to the questions and try to memorize them as best you can.
Tell us about yourself.
How are you as a person?
What positive qualities do you have?
What qualities do you have that can be improved?
Why should we hire you?
Tip #3 – Be on time
It’s a simple but important tip! Take a bus or train earlier than usual, making sure to leave on time so you don’t get stressed out if there is no parking nearby. A rule of thumb is to be on site at about 10 minutes before the scheduled time.
If you are stuck in traffic or delayed for other reasons, it is a good idea to call and let the recruiter know.
Tip #4 – Think about the details
Many small streams become one big river, as the saying goes. Double-checking that all the “little things” are in place can be a good idea. Turn off the sound and vibration of your phone, get rid of the takeaway cup from the coffee you bought on your way to the interview, put your CV and portfolio in a folder so you can easily find what you need.
Before the interview, you may also want to review your LinkedIn profile to make sure it is up to date with your recent experiences.
Tip #5 – It’s OK to be nervous
Being nervous is perfectly natural and often the recruiter understands this. It’s a sign that you want to perform well and can give you an extra boost when it is time for the interview.
Remember – you have been invited to the interview because the company is interested in you and your skills.
3 extra tips for the digital interview
Tip #1 – Keep track of your wifi connection and technical equipment
Make sure your internet connection is good and stable. There’s nothing worse than a frozen image and stuttering sound. Test the webcam, microphone and speaker before the interview. If you can, you may want to make a test call to make sure everything is working properly.
Tip #2 – Be aware of your surroundings and stay focused.
Choose a location that has good light and minimal noise and other distractions. Make sure your background is neutral without too many things that can steal your attention.
If you are at home during the interview, it is good to inform the people you live with so that you are not disturbed and can conduct the interview in a quiet environment. Turn off the TV and any music, and turn off the sound and vibration on your phone.
Tip #3 – Dress for success
Try to find out if the company has a dress code. If so, choose clothes that match this. If you are unsure of the dress code, dress according to industry standards and remember that it is better to be overdressed than underdressed.
Most importantly, think of your digital interview as a “regular” interview!
Are you ready yet?
We hope that the tips above will be of great use and that at the next interview you can face the recruiter well prepared with a little less nervousness in your body. Good luck!
Connected Skills thanks Securitas Sweden for the trust and looks forward to a fruitful partnership!
Some time ago, Connected Skills had the pleasure of onboarding Securitas Sweden’s client in the platform. Securitas Sweden is an industry leader in security solutions and has played an active role in the development of the industry since its inception in 1934. Across Sweden, they protect homes, workplaces and our society, and employ nearly 10,000 people.
“Connected Skills makes it very easy to manage every step of the recruitment process, from posting an assignment to signing a consultant. In addition, you can manage both time reporting and invoicing in the platform – perfect!”
Ted Pettersson, Service Delivery Owner at Securitas Sweden
For you as a supplier, this means that the clients at Securitas Sweden can now search for available consultants for future IT assignments and projects on their own. Make sure to update your CV, availability and location to ensure that you and your consultants are matched with upcoming assignments and projects.
Vill du skriva en överlägsen säljpitch som verkligen fångar uppmärksamheten hos potentiella kunder? Connected Skills är här för att hjälpa dig.
In this guide, we give you valuable tips for creating short and concise pitches that really stand out. Read on to find out how to personalize your presentation, highlight your experience and soft skills, and convince people why you are the right person for the job.
Keep it short and concise. Your pitch should not be a short story.
Adapt the presentation to the mission. List for yourself the 10 most important experiences requested and describe how you as a consultant match them. Here you also have the opportunity to present your soft skills.
Explain why you want the job – what attracted you, apart from the title of the advert?
Be aware of the language and double-check any punctuation and misspellings.
Never send the same presentation to several similar jobs, as you may appear uninterested.
Upper-level course: Use ChatGPT to correct the language and customize the pitch. You can choose the way you want to be presented, change the words or simply translate your presentation from Swedish to English.
Almost a year ago, Fredrik Anker joined Connected Skills. Read about his entrepreneurial journey, the challenges faced by a visionary company in the industry and the grand visions.
Tell us a bit about you and your background. I am an entrepreneur since very early on and have done many different things. I started in the restaurant business by building up three restaurants in Österlen. That experience has really shaped me and I quickly realized that you don’t get anything for free.
The journey I made from the restaurant industry to consulting was really a coincidence. I came across a friend who worked in IT recruitment/consulting and was recruited to work in sales, which after a few years led to a position as a national KAM. It was a very fun and stimulating time!
At the end of this period, I was then recruited to Sigma Connectivity Engeneering for a position as business developer and consulting manager. A very exciting company at the forefront of technology so I jumped on board!
After three very fun and intense years, my family grew and I went on parental leave. Even before this, a seed had begun to grow about how to streamline and digitize the consulting business. These thoughts turned into plans and I felt compelled to try to realize this, so I quit my job and started Reshaped. A platform very similar to Connected Skills.
I met Ola early on this trip. He got in touch and we realized that we shared very similar ideas about the future of the consulting industry. He told me that he was building something similar to Reshaped, but with the big difference that he had previously built Great IT as the mainstay.
Reshaped was more of a classic startup which was based on the fact that we needed to raise money from investors in order to roll on and move forward. It went really well and we got into the incubator at MINC. There we got great help, came into contact with many creative people and had a very stimulating environment to work in. sit in.
We came a long way with Reshaped, but when Corona came, many investors and opportunities disappeared, which meant that we could no longer keep up the pace we wanted. At the same time, I joined the Connected Skills team and an amazing journey.
What drives you forward? I get excited about making things happen and realized. I like to be where there is potential for development and the opportunity to create new paths, that’s where I thrive.
I’m not afraid of being on a new playing field where you initially don’t have all the conditions. It is the journey ahead that is so cool. I don’t like it when you are in a situation where it is always the same, the same. Things are going to happen and challenges are there to be solved!
What does your leadership look like? I’m the kind of person who likes to lead the way and not hang over my colleagues so much. I like it when you have a team where it really feels like you are doing things together and everyone wants to move forward. It may be a vague answer, but I trust the team to get things done, to be creative and to find new solutions where none exist yet.
What are the challenges facing Connected Skills? Right now we are in a transition to package and sell Connected Skills as a SaaS service. Getting this to the market so that people really understand the benefits of the service and what it brings. The consulting industry has looked the same and followed the same pattern for a very long time, so it requires that you as a consultant buyer are willing to bring in a new service, to try something new and challenge a little.
Some services have popped up that try to do something similar to what we do, but we have a unique solution and our challenge is to reach out with this so that more customers, buyers and suppliers of consulting services test Connected Skills.
Visions and objectives for Connected Skills? We have grand visions! In the near future, we want to become the market-leading platform and function for consultant matching. There are enormous opportunities to get out into the Nordic region and further out into the UK, Germany, the rest of Europe and then the US.
We want to be the natural choice for consultant matching in first of all Sweden and then the rest of the world.
Coolest feature of the platform? It must be the whole picture and the benefits the platform brings to both buyers and sellers of consultancy services. And if I were to mention something more specific, it would be that all sales pressure is removed, which is a huge advantage for all parties.
Learn smart tips and tricks on how to use the Connected Skills CV Builder. You save time and energy and can present relevant CVs in no time!
1. Online CV In Connected Skills you can create an online CV quickly and easily. Anyone, Connected Skills user or not, can open the link and it will always show the latest version of your CV. Say goodbye to 17 different PDF versions, this is the future!
2. Build a personalized CV template
The Connected Skills CV Builder allows you to easily create company-specific CV templates. Make your own mark by choosing your background, colors, fonts and layout. Upload your logo and you have top-notch CVs ready to present!
3. Highlighting specific missions
When you present a consultant for an assignment in Connected Skills, you can highlight previous assignments at the touch of a button. These then appear at the top of the presented CV and give the client a quick overview of how well the profile matches the job description.
4. Market your skills Your Connected Skills CV is partly made up of skills, which you rank according to seniority. These skills will not only go on your CV, but your skills will also be searchable by our clients. You get an attractive CV and your profile is matched to customer needs – what could be better?
So Connected Skills can easily help you create a clean and clear CV more easily than ever. With our CV Builder, you can spend your time preparing for your next interview. Good luck!
The founder of Connected Skills, Ola Ehrstedt, is interviewed in the podcast “Techskaparna” with Anna Leijon and talks about the background of the platform, how you as a consultant and buyer of consulting services can benefit from the platform, he gives his view of the consulting industry in the current economy and what the future of Connected Skills looks like.
Every year, we at Connected Skills highlight suggestions for charities that we can help. In 2023, we decided to donate money to Child Action Lanka (CAL), a charity working in Sri Lanka to ensure that vulnerable children have the opportunity for a safe and healthy upbringing with education and a nutritious diet, meeting their basic needs and contributing to positive changes for them and their families in society.
We are incredibly happy to be able to help and contribute to a better childhood and future for these children, and we look forward to following their and Child Action Lanka’s journey in the future.
Our new website is finally ready and we are celebrating! On April 12, we invite you to a mid-week afterwork where we promise you a great time, something good to eat and drink and of course a little bragging about our new website.
Take the opportunity to meet the Connected Skills team and learn more about our platform and how it can help you in your daily work.
Connected Skills thanks Landskrona Stad for the confidence and for a continued good cooperation!
Some time ago, Team Connected Skills had the pleasure of creating logins and onboarding Landskrona Stads clients in the platform.
This means for you as a supplier that the clients at Landskrona Stad, Landskrona Energi, Landskrona Tillväxt and Landskrona Hem can now search for available consultants for upcoming IT projects and IT assignments.
Therefore, make sure to update your CV, availability and location to ensure that you and your consultants can be matched.
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