“They can be extremely stressful, time-consuming to prepare for, and are full of opportunities to put your foot in your mouth,” says Ryan Robinson, an entrepreneur and content marketer who teaches people how to launch meaningful self-employed careers. ” And then afterwards, there’s always the uncertainty of when you’ll hear back and if you actually got the job.”
The dreamed job interview. It can feel like the most stressful part of a job search, but it’s also the most important. Whether you’re seeking your first job out of school or looking to switch to a new employer or even a whole new career – the interview process will be a major part of landing the new position you want.
Job interviews are the best way for a potential employer to understand who you are and what you bring to the table. And interviews are an essential time for you as a candidate as well – it’s the time for you to get to know the company on a deeper level, meet potential coworkers, and discover if the position is a good fit for you.
Relax, you’ll be more authentic and confident if you do.
The best suggestion I can give before an interview is to just relax. Easier said than done, right? It helps to remember that you have education, training, and experience working in your favor. Think of all the ways you provided value to your past employer. Did you land a huge account? Go above and beyond on a certain project? Take a deep breath, recall your accomplishments, and let go of the tension. Know that you’re worthy… and who knows. Maybe you’re even overqualified for the position!
Job Interview Preparation:
Do your research. Every employer wants your interview to be the last one. Your future boss just wants to make sure that you know how to do your job and to make sure you are a great person to work with. It’s really that basic. So it’s your job to figure out what will be expected of you when you get the job. To do that, you need to be like Sherlock Holmes and do that research.
Get the feeling of the company you’re interviewing with:
There are many sources for this. Scour the company’s website and the web for information about leaders and company direction. Search for speeches and articles written by leaders of the company and the person interviewing you to get a sense for what their values are. If it’s a publicly traded company there will be analyst reports and a lot of information. A fantastic way to get a sense for a company is by listening to earnings calls that are usually posted in investor relations sections of their websites, or you can find these online.
Appearing confident has a few key aspects involved with it, everyone you see on the way to your interview should be impressed with how you look, just like the interviewer. Your potential boss may see you before the interviewer does and based on how you look may make some suggestions to the interviewer. The moment you start walking into (and in the direction of) the building, it’s game time.
Just because you’re not face to face with a potential employer doesn’t mean it’s time to throw all our hard learned interview rules out the window. A good old telephone interview might sound like the perfect opportunity to slack and kick back, but in actuality, you have to work even HARDER to make yourself stand out to a potential employer.
Know How You Can Contribute:
You have hunted down this interview for your dream job, and have prepared for it by researching the company. But why? Why should the company hire you over the other applicants who may want the job just as much, or be similarly qualified? It is important to go into your dream job interview with a proper idea and assessment of how you plan to contribute to the company. Whether it is by aligning your skills with new projects and developments, or by providing a skill in an area where they currently do not reach, or by having a skill that you do better than anyone else they have or will hire, show the interviewer that you have already thought about how you will contribute and improve the company.
Appropriate Dressing Sense:
In interview, the first stage of judgment is based on your dressing sense which leaves a good / bad impression on the interviewer. If you leave a good impression on the interviewer by wearing neat, tidy and appropriate dress for the interview; your entire interview will go smoothly, but if you leave a bad impression by your casual attire; the interviewer may not reckon you as the ideal candidate and try to leave you as soon as possible.
Take the pressure off… you have options!:
Think of the job interview as an opportunity to cast seeds and check things out. This is a “get to know you” or feeling out phase, not a contest or do-or-die situation. Try to avoid becoming too attached to any one job. That old saying, “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket” could not be more true than for the career search. Sometimes things take an unexpected twist or turn. You could be “90% sure” that you’ll be on Company X’s payroll next month… and suddenly the phone rings with an even better offer.
Write a List Of the questions, things you need to know:
Sometimes when the pressure’s on, it’s hard to know what to ask. But do take some time to consider what’s most important to you in your career and the company where you’ll be spending the majority of your time. A good way to remember “what you want to know,” is to flash back to the last job you had. Let’s say you didn’t care for the way you had four different managers to report to. On interview day, you can ask: “Who will I be reporting to and what’s the general workflow for the department?” Asking good questions is a great way to find out if this new company offers similar perks as you had before – and if they’ll fill the gaps where your old company fell short.
Do a Quick mini- visualization Beforehand:
Professional athletes do it – you can, too. Picture how you want the interview to go and the ideal outcome. Set your intentions. “I am going to show these people exactly why I’m more qualified than any of the other candidates who apply. I will do this by pointing out my accomplishments and core strengths, which are: X, Y, Z.” Imagine that at the close of the interview, you’re smiling, shaking hands with the hiring manager, and feeling on top of the world – like you really nailed it! Envision getting a callback from them that clearly indicates how impressed they were with your professionalism and capabilities.