Job Interview Tips & Techniques

intIt is a common fact that whether in your professional or social life, people will judge you within the first 90 seconds of meeting you. Harsh, isn’t it? Well, no one ever said you have to please everyone…but when in a job interview, that’s kind of the point. The whole idea of an interview, whether group or individual, is to sell yourself to the best of your ability and attempt to come out on top… so get ready to be a crowd pleaser! Going to an interview is single-handedly one of the most stressful experiences you will have to face throughout your life, but it is inevitable. In realistic terms…you are being judged, by someone who doesn’t know you, every aspect of you – the way you look, act, dress and your bank of knowledge and experience are all put on display for someone to critique. This doesn’t have to be ultra-stressful, so don’t make it be and look at it as a beneficial learning opportunity.

The important information I’d like you to take away from this article is how to act and organize yourself prior to your next job interview in order to ‘wow’ the interviewer. Like most important events in life, preparation is key. Knowing as much as you can about the company at hand is crucial. Do a lot of research before you go into the interview – in case you are asked about the core values of the company or what information you know about the company, this is crucial. Make sure you go in with a positive attitude, a smile on your face and get a good night’s rest beforehand, you want to be alert and ready for any questions thrown your way. With the abundance of “mock interview questions” on the Internet, you should take some time beforehand to study and prepare for any potential questions you might be asked. I suggest even asking a friend or family member to ask you some test questions and provide you with feedback.

Here are a few key points to remember next time you feel anxious, unprepared or if you are prepping before an interview:

-Arrive 15 minutes early

-Dress the part (business attire is usually the way to go)

-Be knowledgeable & don’t ramble (prove that you know a lot about the company by adding in some company-specific knowledge into a question they ask you)

-Be modest & don’t brag excessively (that doesn’t mean you can’t highlight your key achievements, just keep them unpretentious)

-Don’t bad-mouth or talk negatively about past employers (even if they were horrible…the company might think you’ll do the same to them!)

-Be eager & enthusiastic (smile, keep eye-contact, use body language that reflects your confidence and don’t cross your arms)

-Always ask a question at the end

-Don’t talk money unless you are asked

-Be you, don’t be fake (your aspiration is to eventually work for the company so you can’t play the part forever!)

Be ready to accept the answer, whether it’s a ‘yes’ or a ‘no.’ Who knows, you just may not have enough job experience, you may not be the right fit for this ‘specific’ job, you may be overqualified, etc. There are numerous reasons why you may not get the job, but you have to remember that getting to the interview and going through the process has just given you more experience than the average person. Now that you know what the company wants, don’t hesitate to reapply and be thankful that you got the chance to practice your interview skills. It’s true what they say, practice does make perfect! Remember sometimes the questions may seem overly complicated, but the answers are simpler than you think.

“Expect the best. Prepare for the worst. Capitalize on what comes.”

-Zig Ziglar




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