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German Job Interview Phrases

Prepare for your job interview in German, by familiarising yourself with typical interview questions to expect, and helpful example answers. 👨🏽‍💻

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21.05.2022
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When preparing for a job interview in German, it’s important to feel as confident and prepared as possible, so as to make a good impression, showing the best side of yourself in the limited amount of time you have .

It’s also important to be prepared, so as to make sure that you walk away knowing that you’ve asked everything you wanted to, and understood everything 💪 you needed to in order to get a thorough idea of what it would be like to work in the job position in question.

This is perhaps even more important, when you are currently learning German, and may need to do a little extra preparation to make sure that you can clearly and professionally articulate yourself .

To help you with this, we have put together a list of common job interview questions you can expect to receive, along with some examples for answers 💥. We have also included some questions that you may wish to ask the interviewer, too.

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Note

As a little side note, before we begin: let’s consider whether or not you’ll be addressing the interviewer in familiar (du) or polite (Sie) form. Up until recently, the workplace in Germany has been regarded as a formal space, where it’s been expected to use the polite form. However, nowadays, it really depends on the company culture and field you work in. For example, if you work at a law firm 👩🏿‍💼 or medical clinic 👨🏻‍⚕️, it’s far more common to use the polite form, than when working at a tech start up 👨🏽‍💻 or ad agency 👩🏽‍🎤. With this in mind, it may be worth it to consider how you’ll be addressing the interviewer, as you prepare for your interview!

Interview Q&A Examples

How Did You Hear About This Position 🤔?

🇬🇧 Question: How did you hear about this position?

🇬🇧 Answer: I heard about this position through a friend.

👩🏽Tanja

Wie haben Sie diese job positionStelle gefunden?

👱🏼Ben

Ich bin durch einen Freund auf diese Stelle aufmerksam geworden.

🇬🇧 Question: How were you introduced to the company?

🇬🇧 Answer: I came across this role by finding the job listing on LinkedIn.

👩🏽Tanja

Wie sind Sie auf uns aufmerksam geworden?

👱🏼Ben

Ich bin durch eine job listingStellenanzeige auf LinkedIn auf diese Position aufmerksam geworden.

Tell Us About Yourself 👨🏽‍💻

🇬🇧 Question: Why don't you start by telling us a little bit about yourself?

🇬🇧 Answer: Currently I work as a project manager and coordinate the software team of our company. I have been doing this for about 2 years now. This role has helped me to learn how to be more organized and understand what my colleagues expect of me.

👩🏽Tanja

Erzählen Sie uns doch erstmal ein wenig von sich.

👱🏼Ben

Momentan arbeite ich als project managerProjektleiter und koordiniere das Softwareteam unseres companyUnternehmens. Das mache ich jetzt seit ca. 2 Jahren. Diese roleRolle hat mir sehr dabei geholfen, zu lernen, mich besser zu organisieren und zu verstehen was die Kollegen von mir expecterwarten.

🇬🇧 Question: Could you tell us a little bit about yourself?

🇬🇧 Answer: I started as a software developer at a small agency in Hamburg. Then I was in Bremen for two years. Most recently, I have worked as a project manager at Facebook.

👩🏽Tanja

Könnten Sie uns ein wenig von sich erzählen?

👱🏼Ben

Begonnen habe ich als software developerSoftwareentwickler bei einer kleiner agencyAgentur in Hamburg. Dann war ich zwei Jahre lang in Bremen. Zuletzt war ich dann als Projektleiter bei Facebook tätig.

Why Should We Hire You ☝️?

🇬🇧 Question: Why should we hire you?

🇬🇧 Answer: I think that my many years of experience abroad show that I can work very well in an international team.

👩🏽Tanja

Warum sollen wir Sie hireeinstellen?

👱🏼Ben

Ich denke, dass meine many yearslangjährige experienceErfahrung im abroadAusland zeigt, dass ich sehr gut in einem internationalen Team arbeiten kann.

🇬🇧 Question: Why do you think you are suited for this role?

🇬🇧 Answer: I would say that I am suitable for this role as I am very good at working under pressure in my current position and have to be extremely organized.

👩🏽Tanja

Wieso glauben Sie, dass Sie für diese Rolle geeignet sind?

👱🏼Ben

Ich würde sagen, dass ich für diese Rolle suitedgeeignet bin, da ich in meiner currentjetzigen Position sehr gut under pressure unter Druck arbeiten kann und extrem gut organisiert sein muss.

Dealing with Stressful Situations 💣

🇬🇧 Question: How do you deal with difficult and stressful situations 💣? Can you give us an example of how you have successfully handled a difficult situation?

🇬🇧 Answer: In general, I try to reduce stress by taking regular breaks. One example of a difficult situation was when we once had a freelancer on a project who didn't work well with the other employees 👨🏽‍💻. I then had one-on-one meetings with the staff and the freelancer, and ended up assigning the freelancer to another project.

👩🏽Tanja

Wie gehen Sie mit schwierigen ung stressigen Situationen um? Können Sie uns ein Beispiel geben, wie Sie schon einmal eine schwierige Situation erfolgreich bewältigt haben?

👱🏼Ben

Ganz generell versuche ich Stress zu reduzieren, indem ich regularlyregelmäßig Pausen mache. Ein Beispiel für eine difficultschwierige Situation war, als wir einmal einen Freelancer in einem Projekt hatten, der nicht gut mit den anderen Mitarbeitern zusammengearbeitet hat. Ich habe dann mit den staffMitarbeitern und dem Freelancer one-on-one conversationsEinzelgespräche geführt und am Ende dem Freelancer ein anderes Projekt assignedzugewiesen.

Salary Expectations 💰

🇬🇧 Question: What are your salary expectations 💰?

🇬🇧 Answer: My salary expectation is 50,000 euros per year 💸. I think that would be a reasonable salary in this industry given my experience 💪.

👩🏽Tanja

Was sind Ihre Gehaltsvorstellungen?

👱🏼Ben

Meine Gehaltsvorstellung liegt bei 50.000 Euro im Jahr. Ich denke, dass das in dieser Industrie bei meiner experienceErfahrung ein durchaus reasonableangemessenes Gehalt wäre.

Questions for the Interviewer

Was sind die Hauptaufgaben dieser Stelle?


What are the key responsibilities of this job position?

Wie würden Sie den idealen Kandidaten für diese Position beschreiben?


How would you describe the ideal candidate for this position?

Könnten Sie mir noch ein wenig über die Unternehmensphilosophie und die Firmenkultur erzählen? Wie würden Sie Ihre Unternehmenskultur beschreiben?


Could you tell me a little more about the company philosophy and culture? How would you describe the company culture?

Last words

That was our list of typical questions and answers, in German, for you to get an idea of what to expect during a job interview 🤓. We encourage you to pick apart the answers we have provided; update them to suit your personal experiences and values 👨🏼‍🚒. They are there to simply give you an idea of how you could form your sentences, but of course the idea is to adapt them to your needs.

For more helpful work-related words to familiarise yourself with, we’d also like to suggest checking out our vocabulary page for all German words associated with job hunting and work!