Job Application Advice | Undutchables

Job application advice

When you are planning to pursue a career in the Netherlands, it might be handy to get some tips on how to get you started. Finding a job can be complicating, especially if you are not familiar with the country and the way they do business. To make this process easier for you, we accumulated a list of things you have to take into consideration when starting your application process.

Ways to find a job

There are three ways that you can find a job in the Netherlands. The first is to apply through employment and recruitment agencies like Undutchables. The advantages of applying through a recruitment agency such as Undutchables is that they have an extent knowledge of the Dutch labour market and a broad contact portfolio. They also can provide useful guidelines and offer advise along the way. Another option is to apply directly at a company through their website. This option can be more convenient for people without a work permit. Agencies are not always able to help candidates who need a work permit to work in the Netherlands. Last but not least, you can also apply to relevant jobsites such as:,,


Aside from the countries’ culture itself, corporate culture plays a big role in how different companies in a country work. How you fit in with the company’s culture can have a big impact on the job satisfaction. Finding an organization with the right beliefs and values fosters productivity in your career. On the other hand, if the corporate culture is not a right fit, the job can prove to be less appealing. When considering a job offer, always consider the organization’s culture. We will give you some tips on what to look for and ask about.

Current employee satisfaction – You can get a pretty good image of a company by assessing how happy the current employees are. Employee satisfaction can be achieved through mutual respect and positive moral in the workplace. You can always check reviews on the internet to evaluate if the company that you are applying for motivates and focuses on employee satisfaction.

Collaboration – An organization with good culture values collaboration and team work. In such an organization, there is a constant flow of clear and healthy communication at all levels

Encouraging environment – A positive work environment encourages creativity and innovation. Managers in these organizations thrust employees to make decisions and motivate employees to take on challenges.

How to prepare for a job interview

It is important to keep in mind that the first impression is made within the first 30 seconds of the meeting. This is the reason that you would have to show confidence in all aspects of your interview. From the verbal to the non-verbal communication.

  • Research the company
  • Refresh your memory
  • Prepare questions
  • Always be yourself

Be well-mannered with any staff you meet before the interview and give a firm handshake before and after your interview. Once seated, sit up straight, without slouching, and retain eye contact. Show enthusiasm and interest throughout the interview and ask stimulating questions.

Note that employers always check to see whether your skills and experiences on your CV match with what you are saying during your interview. Before your interview it would be advisable to read over your CV and make sure that you can answer any questions regarding the details on your CV confidently and without contradicting yourself.

Do’s and Don’ts


  • Arrive early
  • Dress accordingly
  • Turn off your mobile phone
  • Be aware of body language
  • Make eye contact
  • Relate skills to position
  • Be positive
  • Provide examples
  • Speak clearly
  • Answer question directly
  • Answer truthfully
  • Listen carefully
  • Be prepared


  • Be late or too early
  • Chew gum
  • Bring anyone with you
  • Interrupt
  • Do not take offense when asked personal questions
  • Be negative/criticise
  • Do not smoke right before the interview
  • Mumble or speak too softly
  • Answer yes /no
  • Inquire about salary on 1st interview

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