10 Tips to Nail Your Job Interview
Job interviews can be stressful, and terrifying for someone that may not feel confident. You need to impress the interviewer with very limited time. It’s important to nail this interview because it’s your future is at stake here!
Here are a few things you need to know before going into any interview.
1.Learn About the Position You are Applying For
You have to know what you are getting yourself into, right? You have to read and understand the job description. Understand what the company really is looking for. During the interview, it is highly probable that you will be asked what you know about the job and if you possess the skills that fit the job. So, it is important you know that too!
2.Learn All About the Company that You Are Interviewed With
You should also research the company before going in for a job interview. Research the company’s history and what they are known for. Know who the directors are, the company vision, and other key information. Research their current activities in the community. This will show the interviewer that you made an effort to know all about the company. It will also show how interested you are in the position.
3.Master & Study Your Resume or CV
Own your own Resume. You should know it like the back of your hand. Your resume will likely be probed during an interview. Speak intelligently. Whenever an interviewer asks about previous job experiences and about how this experience may be related to the current position you are applying for, speak with confidence. Don’t hesitate to bring your own copy of the resume with you.
This is another way to be prepared. Bringing an “interview toolkit” is a great way to be prepared for an interview. You will want to have a few copies of your resume, copies of the job description, company overview, map to the office, pens and a notepad or notebook. Put them all in a folder and in a bag that you can easily bring with you.
Your punctuality is vital in any interview. Always consider the possibility of traffic, bad weather, whether or not you are familiar with the building, etc. If you think it will take you more than ten minutes to walk around the building to get to the interviewer, then give yourself that extra time. Maybe even give yourself an extra 15 minutes to gather your thoughts while sitting in the waiting area.
6.Tell Them About Your Skills through Examples
The interviewer will want to know if you really are as hardworking as you say. But how? You only have a few minutes to showcase everything. So, tell them your story. Give them examples of how you handled a problem at one time, then how you solved the issue. This part of any interview is crucial. Also, when you mention a great trait about yourself, follow up with an example. Something like, “I am very punctual and reliable, I did not use any sick days at my previos job.”
7.What are Your Key Strengths?
You need to know what you are really good at and make sure it coincides with the job position you are applying for. Think about what skill or trait you are really proud of that you would want the interviewer to know about you. Make sure that you are able to deliver these strengths consistently. Interviewers often ask for your strengths and weaknesses, so be ready for it.
The first impression counts during an interview. It may even be the only impression you’ll be ever to give the interviewer if you don’t make them remember you. For you to nail the interview, you need to know how to build rapport. Set up a good atmosphere. Start with greeting your interviewer with a firm handshake. Always make eye contact (but not too much!). Don’t forget that warm smile! Maybe then ask the interviewer how they are doing or other small talk questions. This will show that you know how to easily connect with people.
9. Be Yourself!
Don’t act like someone you aren’t! Show off your awesome personality and your positive energy, along with selling your skill set. If you are trying to be someone you are not, an interviewer will likely sense that. They’ll know you are not being authentic!
10.Ask Questions in the End
Always prepare a question, or maybe two for the time after the interviewer has finished asking you questions. Avoid questions about working hours and salary unless they bring it up first. Ask about their upcoming projects, or maybe about the company. Like, what really makes their company the best place to work? After you are done with your own set of questions, finish the interview by asking what the next step is. Declare that you are ready and show interest of the company and the job at hand. Show them that you want it.
There is no magic pill to getting a job. But these tips will certainly help.