Tips for Nailing your Job Interview

Nailing Your Job InterviewAs a recruitment specialist, we understand the need for great interview skills when it comes to your attempts to land a new job in the field of your choice.

Some of our recruits neglect to take the necessary steps and conduct the background research necessary to become familiar with the company they are interviewing with and prepare for success in their job interview.

Others find great success because they take the time to adequately prepare and they go into the interview ready to impress their interviewer.

Steps to Success

If you have an upcoming interview that is causing an unnecessary amount of stress and anxiety, there are a few simple steps that you can take to alleviate that anxiety and walk into your interview ready to knock the socks off of your interviewer.

  • Don’t Shy Away From Tough Questions

Some of the toughest interview questions are also usually the most vague questions. Questions such as, “Tell me about yourself,” can throw you off if you are not ready for them. This is where a little preparation will go a long way.

By thinking about the various types of tough questions that you might encounter in an interview, you will be helping yourself form more complete, exemplary answers to those questions once you are in the interview setting.

  • Ask Questions of Your Own

Ideally, you conduct a good amount of background information about the company that you are applying for a position with. Doing so will help you formulate well-constructed questions for your interviewers. After all, a job interview is a two-way street.

Asking questions will help you and your employer learn more about each other. Ultimately, how well you know each other will lead to a better decision on whether or not that job is the right fit for you.

  • Focus on Your Good Qualities

In some interview settings, the tendency can be for the interviewee to lean towards humility rather than taking the opportunity to promote their good qualities and be up front with the interviewer in terms of what the interviewee believes he or she can bring to the company.

Contrary to popular belief, potential, rather than experience, is actually the more desirable quality in an interviewee. Showing your interviewer why you are a promising hire will significantly increase your chances of getting hired.

  • Avoid Common Mistakes

In any interview, there is a certain set of unattractive actions or tendencies that can compromise your value in the eyes of the interviewer. Some interviewees make the mistake of over sharing, revealing undesirable qualities through stories that are a bit too personal.

Negative body language can also severely hurt your chances of being hired. Paying attention to the little things will go a long way. Stay away from any red flags and you’ll have nothing to worry about.

  • Follow-Up

If you really want the job that you are interviewing for, you can’t just sit back on your laurels after the interview is over. Of course, you want to give the company a reasonable amount of time to make a final decision. In some cases, it might be acceptable to follow up the very next day. In others, it may be more appropriate to wait a week before following up.

By Bruce Proctor 

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