Nailing The Interview – What Are The Do’s And Don’ts To Make The Perfect Impression



Granted. An MBA, an international background and relevant experience as an intern are most certainly going to help. But what will make you stand out really when you are interviewing for your dream job?

This is the main question during a workshop called ‘Nailing the Interview’, scheduled on the International Business Day at the International University of Monaco on March 12th. Caroline Frisenberg, Managing Partner of Frisenberg J. & Associates / Kennedy Executive Monaco and Markus Unterberger of Managing Partner of Unterberger & Partner, Kennedy Executive’s partner in Frankfurt, Munich, Salzburg and Zurich are the hosts. With their impressive experience in high-end Executive Search, they’ve designed an insightful 90-minute workshop to help students to be prepared and confident when they go for interviews.

To nail the interview, it takes more than the usual musts like being on time, dressing the part and researching the company and the position. Body language, style of communicating and general appearance are just as important to win over the hiring managers. Whether you grew up in a cosmopolitan and international city or hail from a small rural village in a remote area of the world; there is a story to be told. But how to tell this, and how do you make your background and experience stand out in just one interview?

In the workshop Caroline and Markus provide valuable insights in what recruiters and hiring managers are looking for during the mere 45 minutes an average interview lasts. They prepare students for the most frequently asked questions like ‘Why do you want this job?’  ’Are you a team player?’ ‘Do you have other job opportunities?’ or ‘Where do you see yourself in five years from today?’. And these are just the questions about the actual job. Other questions those at the recruiting end love to ask are more personal. How about ‘What have you learned from your mistakes?’ ‘What do people most often criticize about you?’  ‘Have you ever had difficulty working with your manager?’ or philosophical favourites like  ‘If you were to live your life again, what would you change?.

Dealing with these and other challenging questions is probably the hardest part of any interview. But the answers can be crucial in the decision-making process. The way you respond, in what words and how you deliver them can drastically impact the perception. Imagine the difference in impression after ‘I want to have your job in 5 years from now’ or ‘I want to grow as a person and as a team player and be able to help others achieve their goals’. It is vital to have an understanding of a company to predict which answer will help get the job.

To avoid a vocal shut down or panic overtaking because you don’t have the perfect answer, the workshop looks at ‘how’ to answer those questions. In some cases it is important to distinguish private life from business life, where sometimes understanding how the private life can be of valuable to the professional one. The interactive workshop will explain the reasons why these questions are asked and will give examples of possible answers. Participants will be made aware of body language, the power of the first impression (you only have one chance for this!) and how to research the company, the position, the markets they operate in and the type of people that work there.

But hiring managers do their research too. To be prepared for this, the workshop also examines the positive and negative impact social media can have on the candidate’s image. Furthermore, participants will learn how to broach the ever-awkward salary question and, last but not least, how one can follow up after an interview to leave a permanent mark.

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Simon Roads

Vice President of Sales

Born and raised in England, Simon Roads has had a distinguished career in various forms of aviation spanning over 45 years. His journey began as an A&P mechanic in the Royal Air Force and has encompassed a range of roles, ultimately leading to his position as the VP of Global Sales for Honda Aircraft. Throughout this extensive career, he has had the privilege of closely collaborating with Royalty, Dignitaries, and high net worth individuals, providing them with unparalleled expertise and a steadfast commitment to excellence in aviation services.

Having been immersed in the aviation industry for nearly half a century, his wealth of insights and knowledge has established him as a trusted figure within the field. His extensive experience has provided him with the opportunity to engage with diverse cultures, interacting with individuals from various walks of life, and ensuring that their distinctive requirements and preferences are met with the utmost precision.

One of his notable strengths lies in his adeptness at effectively managing global teams. Over the course of his career, he has demonstrated successful leadership and mentorship of professionals from different backgrounds and nationalities, fostering an environment characterized by collaboration, growth, and mutual respect.

Understanding different cultures has played a pivotal role in his professional journey. By taking part in the customs, traditions, and practices of his clients he not only fosters strong relationships but has also gained a profound appreciation for the unique needs and expectations of each of his clients.

Away from work, his priority is his family. His role as grandad to three wonderful boys, brings him immense joy. He has a penchant for outdoor activities such as cycling, kayaking, and golf. Additionally, he has developed a passion for cooking and continually seeks to learn new culinary techniques. The art of balancing life and work is an ongoing journey for him, and he considers himself fortunate to be able to savor the best of both worlds.

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Meredith Stanley

Executive Recruiter

Meredith joined IPS in 2023 as an Executive Recruiter with over 5 years of recruiting experience at Amazon and Lyft. Prior to making the shift to recruiting, Meredith was an Executive Assistant for over 3 years at a Seattle-based insurance company. With a passion for finding top talent, Meredith has hired for a wide range of roles across North America in the hardware, micromobility, operations, transportation, and tech spaces.

After an unsuccessful attempt at a Chemical Engineering degree, Meredith graduated from Oregon State University with a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies.

Meredith has a passion for live music, playing both piano and trombone. She also enjoys traveling and spending time outdoors either skiing, hiking or scuba diving.

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