Getting Ready for your Job Interview
The stark reality of looking for work or transitioning to a new career can often be frustrating, stressful and emotionally draining. The truth is, the longer you are unemployed, the more damaging it is to your self-esteem, and you may become less motivated. So after sending countless resumes to countless employers, you finally get a callback, because you have put in the work. You have polished your Résumé, took some classes to further your education, stayed up to date on current events, volunteer, and you’ve got your suits ready to dress for the job you want. But after all of that work, you are still missing one last ingredient. Answering the question: what do I do when I walk into the employer’s office? Well, having been on the other side of the interview, I have compiled a list of easy to remember tips that actual employers are looking for when they sit down with a candidate:
• Be yourself
Remember you made it this far for a reason. Go for having a real conversation, not some one-dimensional conversation. It helps to think about your answer ahead of time. Practice answering the question: so, tell me about yourself? But when the time comes try to be natural.
• Be confident in who you are and what you have to offer
Don’t waste time worrying if you are right for the job, you are, because you would not be there if you were not. Talk about your strengths, know what you are good at. Remember the employer wants to know what makes you unique. Prepare yourself ahead of time to be able to talk about who you are and what you have to offer.
• Look him or her in the eyes
when answerring questions, try to connect with the interviewer. When you tell them about something you’ve accomplished, show real enthusiasm. Don’t let your eyes wondered, because it shows you’re not being real.
• Tell them an interesting story
When you are ask about some things you’ve done that you are proud of or obstacles you’ve overcome, or took on a tough situation and turn it around? Or come up with a new process that saved the company money? Or encounter something you knew nothing about. Tell them a story and make it believable.
• Sit up straight
Slouching comes off as lazy. Remember words are not the only way we convey messages, so, pay attention to your body language. You want to use your body language to show that you are fully engaged, and you can handle any situation – even one that makes you nervous. Having good posture, looking alive, relax and alert is sign of confidence. Try practicing in front of a mirror to see how it feels when you sit up straight, while also letting yourself relax a little.
• Practice practice practice
Spend time before the job interview doing mock interviews with friends or family. You can also record yourself to hear your voice (good for phone interviews too) and if your voice sounds kind of weak, practice speaking with strength and commitment. Talk about something you really care about to see how you sound when you are relaxed and fully engaged. Even better, video tape yourself practicing.
• Know about the job and the company
Take time to do research before your interview. Get extra points by mentioning something you recently learned about the company. But don’t get too personal. For more career tips on assesing companies, check out:4-Ways-to-Assess-a-Company-thats-offered-you-a-job.
• Make sure you know your own resume!
Make sure you know your resume, you don’t want to cast doubts on the validity of what you say by glancing through your resume to answer questions. Make sure what you say is exactly the same information your resume contains. So study it carefully well before you go in, and remember to bring clean extra copies with you.
• Show that you understand the job you’re interviewing for and have the skills
It is without saying that you should be familiar with the terms in the job description. If there is anything you don’t know, look it up! And if there’s a skill you don’t have, research it a little so you can show how quickly you could pick it up.
Listening is a skill that can make or break you. Really listen to the questions and whatever the interviewer is saying to you. Don’t try to think ahead while the interviewer is talking. Remember, It shows.
• Answer the questions
Try not to jump to something unrelated. You don’t want to look like you are hiding something, and leave the impression that you might be messy to work with. And keep answers short, don’t go on for too long with any one answer.
• Come prepared with a couple or a few good questions of your own to ask the interviewer
This is interviewing 101, a great question shows you’re thinking about the work process, like what a typical day might be. You could ask something about the business or industry that shows you are really thinking about more than just surface details. asks a question that shows that you were listening to, it helps to show the interviewer you can think on your feet. Whatever you do, don’t ask about salary. It’s best to save questions like salary talk for the last interview (unless you only get one of course.) And even then, it requires the perfect opportunity.
• Don’t forget to smile
Remember the interview is a chance to sell youself, to let the interviewer know you would be a pleasant person to work with, a good fit, and people will enjoy working with. When the job interview is over, stand up, smile, thank them, and shake hands if it feels appropriate. For additional information on how to nail your interview, check out this article on how-to-knock-your-next-interview-out-of-the-park?
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