How do you rate yourself

This is how hiring managers rate ... Gain an advantage in job interviews

Who hasn't asked himself the question when looking at his counterpart in an interview: What is he actually writing about me? Or in memory of past school days: he paints St. Nicholas houses! I know the movement!

The fact is: Personnel managers make do with assessment sheets, which they fill out on the basis of application documents, tests or an application interview in order to be able to better record the applicant.
In the following you will find criteria that are evaluated by HR professionals. The assessment is arranged hierarchically: from the first point bad to the best assessment. For each statement you will find information and exercises to train the skills and abilities and to present yourself better.

It is best to practice your performance in a group of lesser-known people, but family or friends also offer a possible audience.

1. Assessment of yourself
2. Assessment of general skills
3. Assessment of skills and level of knowledge

1. Assessment of yourself

Your personal impression plays a key role in determining whether you are a candidate for a position. Your interlocutor assesses whether you fit into the team and whether your individual presence and qualifications fit the profile. The following criteria are assessed:

Person and type

  • - not suitable
  • - not very suitable
  • - partially suitable
  • - well suited
  • - very suitable

Exercise: Personality and character traits can hardly be changed in a short period of time. In the first ten seconds (!) We decide whether we like a conversation partner or not. Discuss with friends which appearance suits the respective performance and play through the situation from the first handshake. That takes away the fear and behavior, since the moment has already been there.

Personal impression

  • - didn't get along with the applicant
  • - Applicant was reserved, no contact
  • - reserved, but not unsympathetic
  • - very personable, good contact

Exercise: You can practice dealing with strangers. Ask someone in town for a good restaurant, the way to the museum where she / he bought this lovely coat. Or take an appointment with your bank for retirement provision and practice “having a conversation”. Situations that are known to us are less fearful. You can also create a more personal reference by looking at your interview partner, the business premises, the building on the company's homepage. And of course you have obtained information about the company and the industry and mapped your own qualifications for the position. Preparation and knowledge are the best guarantee for a confident appearance.

Attitude to job

  • - would rather have a different position
  • - sees the position only as a temporary solution
  • - does not quite dare to work at this point
  • - very positive, has a lot of interest

Exercise: Make it clear to a group why you prefer the position or education you are seeking over others. Invite the group to ask critical questions and answer them as best they can. Your gaps will quickly become clear to you here.

2. Assessment of general skills

Your appearance in conversation says a lot about your personal and social skills. The assessment points include:


  • - very inhibited
  • - nervous
  • - at ease
  • - balanced
  • - very confident

Exercise: In a group, take the weaker position of a discussion and try to defend it. You can dissolve at the end if your point of view cannot be maintained.


  • - poor vocabulary
  • - very silent
  • - does not formulate well
  • - speaks slowly but clearly
  • - speaks very well and aptly

Exercise: Read texts in newspapers, books, specialist magazines that are not easy to understand and try to reproduce them deductively (from the general to the particular) in simple words, clear and structured in terms of content.


  • - needs more explanations than others
  • - seems unfocused
  • - not always fast enough
  • - quickly grasps the essentials

Exercise: The same as in the previous point on “eloquence”.

3. Assessment of skills and level of knowledge

The assessment also focuses on how familiar you are with the industry and the profession. Young professionals can fall back on private commitment or internships and practical experience.


  • - not suitable
  • - outside the industry
  • - familiar to the industry
  • - industry experience
  • - highly qualified

Exercise: To be a highly skilled beginner in an apprenticeship is impossible. But try to find out as much as you can about the industry, the company, the profession and your regular job. Companies often give out information material to interested parties free of charge. This shows that you are genuinely interested and are aware of internal circumstances.

work experience

  • - no experience
  • - few experience
  • - medium experience
  • - much experience
  • - a lot of experience

Exercise: HR managers value continuity and determination. As a beginner, show commitment by completing an internship, semester job or further training in the relevant industry.

(Source: FOCUS Online Job & Career)