Tips for an intake interview

Tips for an Intake Interview

An intake interview is often a nerve-wracking moment, whether it’s your first time or if you’ve had intake interviews before. Proper preparation can help take away much of this tension. To assist you, we provide several useful tips for an intake interview in the video below.

What is an intake interview?

During an intake interview, the candidate and the employer or client get the opportunity to get to know each other better. The interview usually starts with a brief introduction of the organization and a description of the open position. Then, you get a chance to introduce yourself, highlighting your skills and competencies that make you suitable for the role.

The employer or client wants to find out during the interview if you are the right candidate and if you fit within the organization. Additionally, it’s also an opportunity for you to discover if the role and the organization align with your preferences.

Our tips for good preparation

A well-prepared intake interview forms the foundation for a successful meeting. It reduces a significant part of the tension and boosts your confidence. Preparation begins with gathering information about the organization, your interviewer, and the vacant position. Visit the company’s website and their social media channels. If there are any specific points you want to know more about, write them down and ask about them during the interview.

Prepare yourself for the most commonly asked questions, which often include:

  • Tell us about yourself.
  • What are your strengths and weaknesses?
  • What makes you suitable for this role?
  • Where do you see yourself in five years?

Thinking about these questions beforehand prevents surprises during the interview, enabling you to provide concise and clear answers.

An extensively used interview technique is the STARR method. In this approach, the interviewer asks you to describe a Situation, the specific Task you had in that situation, the Action you took, the Result it led to, and finally, what you learned from the experience (Reflection). Take some time to think about what you want to share using this method.

If you want more tips, check out the video below (video is in Dutch).

We wish you good luck in advance

Hopefully, with our tips, you can now prepare yourself effectively. If you have any questions after watching this video, feel free to contact one of our business managers.