1. Dresscode = Semi Formal
When going to a Dutch interview, the dutchies won't expect you to suit up. Compared to other countries we're more casual and practical. For most interviews, you can simply pick up a nice shirt and a pair of jeans or long pants, as long as it gives the interviewer a tidy impression and makes you feel at ease.
2. Be on time = Good first impression
The Netherlands is a country of efficiency. We consider time as one of our most important assets. People make appointments all the time. When you can't be at an interview on time, you have to reschedule or call the other person and explain the reason why you are late. It's always a good idea to arrive 5-10 minutes in advance, in case any situation comes up.
3. Practice your handshake skill
In the Netherlands, no matter the gentlemen or the ladies, everyone tends to give a good firm handshake. The teenagers are also taught to do so. A firm handshake is a sign of mutual respect from both parties and it's also an universal sign of strength and assuredness. With a firm handshake and eye contact you'll sure leave the recruiter a good impression!
4. Do your research
It's always a good idea to come prepared to a job interview. If you're applying to a company directly, it's very possible that the recruiter will ask you questions like 'why do you want to work at our company'. To get started, you can always check the company's website about their company history, company culture and their competitiveness. When applying for your dream job,with a full background research, you have a bigger chance leaving a better and sincere impression than other potential candidates.
5. Listen! Avoid too much self-confidence
The Dutch is a nation of modesty. Instead of spending time on flashy things, we prefer to focus on getting our work done. Vanity is not an appreciated quality in the lowlands. You can get most of the information about the job you're applying for during the interview. Listen carefully and interact. If you still have questions that haven't been covered yet, you can bring them up at the end of the interview.
6. Greetings after the conversation
We love people with manners. Clarence Thomas, second African-American lawyer at the Supreme Court, once said, ' Good manner will open doors that the best education cannot'. Next time after your interviews don't forget to send your thanks and greetings!
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