Talent hunt - looking for a job in Sweden - part 3 | Undutchables

Talent hunt - looking for a job in Sweden - part 3

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Undutchables Sweden got interviewed by Tana Storani →

Career/Linkedin Strategist & Personal Brander, on how the recruitment situation is on the Swedish market. This is the first part of a series of 3 interviews.

Undutchables Sweden is recruiting internationals and Swedish home comers for jobs on the Swedish market. We bring personal experience on how it is to move to a country, learning a new culture, a new language and adopting to the local market. Looking for a job in a new country brings challenges and that is where we are to help!

Interview – how to prepare for a job interview in Sweden

During an interview, what are the do's and don'ts?

Be polite, listen carefully to asked questions and keep it shot and simple. For a ‘bubbly’ person that might be difficult – but one should always ‘be you’ and not try to fake or hide something. DO NOT shew gum during a meeting. Not even in an online meeting!!

Which are the TOP 5 interview questions for candidates to prepare?

Why are you interested in / a good fit for this position? What experience do you have in….? What are 3 good things about you? Where do you see yourself in x years (personally I do not like this question), how do you work in a team? What are your weaknesses and strengths. Cliche questions, but they might come in some form, believe me.

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When you ask "what do you know about the company", what do you expect the candidate to have researched?

This is a very good question! Never attend an interview before having researched the company. You do not need to know all details a out the company, but you should know their core business and what markets they operate in. Should you go for a financial position for example, it is good if you have looked in the official data before a meeting. How to prepare yourself on the Swedish business etiquette, here are some tips.

What are good and bad answers to the questions "tell me about your strengths and weaknesses"?

Good: be open and honest, do not hide things, goes for strengths and weaknesses.

What if the candidate says one of the weaknesses is the level of English?

It all depends on the job. If it is a job where English is not necessary, and the candidate possesses the other qualities that the company is needing, it should not be a weakness. However, as the level of English among all the Swedish speaker is high, one should be aware of that a high level of English is a must here. The competition is high!

What is a good answer to how do you see yourself in 5 years?

One should always be open and honest, I think. If your dreams are beyond what the company can offer you, then it is perhaps not a company for you. However, I am aware of that one would like ‘a job’ to get on the market. But of course, you should always aim to stay if possible within one company, as there is a huge investment for a company to hire someone in Sweden. (this is as the labor law is not so flexible, so a company can not let go of people so easily).

Do you recommend the STAR technique to candidates? What do you like to hear in competency-based questions such as "tell me about a time when you had to deal with a difficult situation?"

This would be a question one could be prepared to get. Using the STAR technique is one way to give a short and simple answer, so if you master the technique, I would definitely use it. (Read about the STAR technique here.)

Why should I choose you? "Candidates sometimes feel they have to pretend to be overbearing". How can candidates better prepare for these questions?

Again, be open and transparent. You should answer / give information you feel is showing how you are and what you are comfortable saying. If you give false information just to get the feeling you give a good answer, you are not being honest – which is not beneficial for you.

"Tell me about a time you failed" - what do you really want to know behind this question?

Perhaps to check if people are comfortable to show their weaknesses? It is human to ‘fail’ and no one Is perfect. Answer the question honest. It is good to prepare a situation that you can talk about, then you do not have to be afraid you are saying something wrong.

What would be the best piece of advice in relation to how better prepare for an interview?

Make sure you wear clothes that feels good to who you are, even if you need to also make sure it fits the company profile. Even if you love sneakers, you would probably not wear sneakers to an interview for a CFO position. I guess! Business casual is always a good dress code. If unsecure, you can always ask the person who is inviting you what dress code the company has.

What is the best structure to answer the question "Tell me about yourself?" - do you like to hear the candidate career overview and specifics of the job or all experience from the past to present?

I would like to hear in short who you are as a person, what has made you do international moves for example and why you have taken certain jobs and why certain studies. But again, here you need to have a pitch ready where you feel comfortable speaking about yourself. This is your moment in ‘selling’ you to the job. KISS is always good- keep it short and simple!

Do you have any examples of answers given during an interview, which were rude and made you feel uncomfortable?

Yes, when people are too aware of their qualities and when people do not listen to the questions. Also, make sure you are 'present' in the meeting. Turn off your phone or email notifications so you are not disturbed. Unless you are waiting for an important call, but that is something you can tell the interviewer before the meeting starts.

Candidate Behavior during an interview when attending a job interview in Sweden

Is it OK to email candidates after the interview requesting process update? How many days would be acceptable to get an email from a candidate after the interview?

This is a very tricky question, especially in Sweden. I hear that a lot of candidates never get any feedback on their applications. Even no feedback after an attended interview. Then, of course, I would personally also wish to reach out to see what the status is. However, if it is via a recruiter, you could definitely reach out and ask what the situation is. If it is directly to the hiring manager, I would just await and see. On the other hand, it shows that you are pro active if you DO reach out. However, if you have had meetings with a company that does NOT give any feedback within a few weeks – you will have to ask yourself – do you wish to work there?

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Does body language influence in the interview? Strong handshakes? Smile?


The right body language gives you the opportunity to convince the interviewer, as 93% of human communication is conveyed via body language! Such as gestures, facial expressions, posture and even your tone of voice can play a role.

Make sure you maintain eye contact (however a bit wired during video meetings as the camera is elsewhere compare to where you see the face on the screen). Make sure you have a good posture, avoid fidgeting, try not to touch your face, and avoid crossing your arms.

I guess handshakes is a not so relevant anymore as we are moving, however, should you have a F2F meeting, it shows respect if you are aware of HOW to great someone now, now when the handshaking is not accepted anymore. View this link to prepare for a F2F interview.

Due to Covid-19 a lot of companies have moved more into digital meetings. Here are some tips for a succesful video meeting.

Should the candidate message the hiring manager?

Not necessarily, but if you have been given the number to call to say you have arrived, then it is OK.Also depends on the connection during the meeting.

Should a candidate ask about salary? What is the best practice in relation to a specific topic?

If a recruiter is involved, you can ask the question to the recruiter. I would not bring it up during the meeting with the hiring manager, unless the hiring manager brings it up.

Recruiters see the nervousness of the candidate. Any tip to make the candidate more relaxed?

It is human to be nervous. If you are very nervous – just tell them! Break the ice – if they turn you off because of that – you do not to work for them anyway!


In relation to COVID-19, unfortunately, many professionals lost their jobs. How can the candidate add on the CV this reality? How to best answer interview questions if in the future may have a career gap?

Be open and honest! Everyone in the world is aware of the Covid-19 situation and what it has done to the job market. Nothing to be ashamed of! But if it is not because of the Covid-19 situation, do not make the mistake to 'blame' it on the situation.

Do you see online courses as a plus?

Absolutely! All relevant education is a plus! Knowledge is gold and no one can take that away from you! It also shows you are pro active and interested in being up to date. Make sure you included passed courses on your resume!

Thank you to Tana Storani for interviewing us at Undutchables Sweden. If you are curious to know more on international career / LinkedIn coaching, and personal branding, feel free to reach out to Tana by phone/ whats app or view her web site:

Please feel free to follow us on LinkedIn: Undutchables Sweden LinkedIn.

You can see a recap of the video interview here!


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