Job Interview Techniques
Feeling nervous about an upcoming job interview? Don’t worry you’re definitely not alone!
Giving a good job interview doesn’t come naturally to all of us. In fact, the classic interview is a source of anxiety for a majority of job-seekers. However, if you weren’t born with the ability to give a good interview, don’t fret! We’ve compiled a list of a simple ways to help improve your interviewing techniques.
Anticipate questions and practice your answers.
Job interviews are typically made up of employers asking candidates a series of questions and basing their hiring decisions off of the answers they receive. Most of the time employers are not making these questions up off the top of their heads. Realistically, they are choosing questions from a pre-determined list. (Get the list of the 25 Most Commonly Asked Interview Questions here!) So instead of walking into an interview blind, we suggest asking yourself these questions and getting an idea of how you would answer. Maybe ask a friend or family member to conduct a mock interview. By the time you get to the real interview, you’ll be answering questions like a pro!
You only get one first impression.
Remember that you only get one first impression; your first impression will be long-lasting. It’s best to show up early, dressed for success, and give a good smile when you’re introducing yourself. This helps to ensure that the employer will remember you in a positive light when the interview ends.
Professionalism is key.
We cannot control our surroundings, but we can control our responses to our surroundings. Professional impressions are not easily forgotten and are the standard by which you are remembered. Make sure to dress accordingly and leave slang at the door.
Interviews can be stressful. However, that doesn’t mean that you need to let it affect you! Keep the positive thoughts flowing. You will be surprised how a positive attitude can get you through the toughest of situations!
Process your thoughts before speaking.
A well thought out response is better than a quick one. Make sure your responses are direct and fully answer the question being asked.
When you take notes during an interview, it indicates to the employer that you are serious. Writing down the names of the people interviewing you is a great way of avoiding awkward follow-up calls later.
Follow-up notes are key.
Follow-up letters, notes, and emails can make the difference between a hire and no-hire. They are a great opportunity to show your interest in the company and the job position. Also, be sure to note how your addition to the company would benefit the employer.
At the end of the day, practice makes perfect. Consider applying for multiple positions so that you can get yourself in front of more employers. Who knows, maybe you’ll end up scoring a job you never dreamed of getting!