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Self Analysis

Self Analysis

You wrote your résumé. It looks tight, the content is fine; experience in an association, foreign experience and also a good grading average, but have you thought about why it looks like it does? Not the lay out, but the content: why did you make certain decisions? Why did you follow through on things you didn’t even like? Or why did you quit? What did you learn? How did this experience influenced other choices?

When you liked your experience in a foreign country so much, why was that? Was it the language, the culture, the independency, the excitement of the unknown? And why exactly? Why? Why? Why?

Take your time, sit down and relax. Walk through your résumé and ask yourself that question, till you get to the core. Afterwards you can discuss your answers with everybody. But they have to be your answers. Your opinion.

This way, you can find out what you really like in life. When you have this clear for yourself, you can be a lot more self conscious. And finding the right job will be a lot easier. On the other side, when you do not know yourself, it will be very difficult to determine what company will suit you.
Your interview will be a lot easier when you know exactly what you want and why. Everything is about the arguments. Suddenly you are not answering questions, but you are telling your interview partner what you think and why. You are not easily fooled because you really thought about your arguments and now exactly what you think. Then you are convincing!

Reflection plan

In preparation of your interview, you have to be able to fill out the reflection plan below. An example from your résumé can show clearly why you are very creative or a good listener. You can give your example with a STAR structure: Situation, Task, Action & Result. In the plan below, you can write the way you developed you skills. Use the categories: strongly developed, normally developed, point of improvement.

Fill in:

Personal Skills

Strongly developed

Normally developed

Point of Improvement





Structure / analysing








Eagerness to Learn




Inter-personal skills:
















Non-verbal communication
















Taking action:












Planning & control




Decision taking









By thinking about your skills, you can argue which skills are strongly developed and which not. This can help you during an assessment, interview or business-course, because you can use your skills in your advantage. However it is very important to also know your weak points or points for improvement. This will show that you are self conscious.