ManagementHow to expose Blender in the job interview

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Even self-confident job seekers can lose their eloquence in an interview. This is often the other way around with blenders. They thrive on stacking, after all, that’s their basic mode in life. On the other hand, almost everything that makes a good employee is missing in the workplace. Competent, committed, on the ball: No, the blender performed its best in the interview. With these questions you can see through applicants.

# 1 What do you expect from the position?

Simple but effective. If the answer is actually “The main thing is something with media / finance / xyz”, the applicant obviously doesn’t need to shine in the interview. Whose ambitions end with the motto “My house, my car, my boat” are also out of place here.

# 2 Why this company?

Some Blender applicants may be smart enough to have dealt intensively with the job profile of the advertisement. But this question checks: does he or she look over the edge of the desk? Does the applicant see himself as part of a team? Anyone who just recites the mission statement from the website is through below. This equivalent of a slack handshake gives little hope for future engagement.

# 3 Why do you want to change your career?

A job change should always go hand in hand with self-reflection. Why are you dissatisfied with the current situation in the workplace? Or also: Why was you dismissed and not your colleague? Anyone who does not know a reasonable answer to this uncomfortable but elementary question probably generally does not have much to offer in terms of analytical skills.

# 4 What did you learn from your old boss?

Some applicants feel that they have to badmouth their previous boss to the potential new boss. Blasphemy, lamentation or even a simple “little” suggest nothing good. This is especially true if the applicant has been with the previous employer for a longer period of time. What exactly did he do: turn his thumbs? Initiative looks different.

# 5 Are you qualified for this position?

The more demanding the position, the more likely the honest answer to be “not one hundred percent”. After all, an applicant should rather learn than be overqualified. The realization of what one does not yet know and the willingness to grow with the task are valuable properties that already represent qualifications in themselves – and which the blender is fundamentally lacking.


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