Do you quake at the mere thought of a job interview? It can be a daunting experience. Yet that needn’t be the case. Here’s your proven strategy to acing job interviews. How to face an interview HQ is all about preparing a job interview.
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A solid C.V. and great cover letter has got you in the door; now you just need to ace the interview and clinch that coveted job. How?
You just need to convince the interviewer that you’re the best candidate for the position. Your prospective employer hopes that’s the case, so you have to show him he’s right.
Your weapons are rigorous preparation and the right mindset.
Interview Preparation Tactics
In today’s competitive employment market you need to stand out from the other hopefuls being interviewed One key tactic is to thoroughly research the organization you’re applying to. Fortunately, the Internet makes it easy to discover their mission statement and latest ventures.
The next preparation tactic is to hone up your interview skills. You can do this in several ways:
- You can act out in front of the mirror. Even if yours will be a telephone interview, practicing a confident smile in the mirror will help.
- Visualization can work wonders. Try to imagine yourself striding into the room and greeting the interviewer with confidence.
- You can record your voice answering possible interview questions and do mock interviews with friends or family members.
- One really useful technique is to video your practice interviews. Reviewing the video will give you priceless insights into your posture, tone of voice and body language. Do you come across as confident, friendly and dependable? If not, practice until you do.
During your practice interviews, you need to get comfortable handling a variety of questions on your past, present and future together with those hypothetical questions interviews tend to favor.
- What are your future goals both personally and professionally?
- Why are your right candidate for this position?
- What can you bring to this organization that others can’t?
- What are your strengths and weaknesses?
- What challenges do you anticipate in this position
Be prepared to answer questions about everything you put on your C.V. If you cite golf as a hobby, plan to chat knowledgeably about birdies and bunkers.
Practicing this way can help develop the right mindset to ace the real face to face interview.
Here are some tips to make sure you’re in peak form on the big day:
Get a good night’s sleep. This may be difficult given the stress but try some relaxation techniques such as deep breathing.
Dress appropriately for the position be it DJ or V.P. of Marketing. Go easy on the after shave or cologne.
Eat a nourishing but light breakfast or lunch. Heavy meals can slow you down.
Allow plenty of time to arrive. Being late for a job interview doesn’t augur well for your punctuality in the workplace. Check public transport or parking facilities in advance.
Additionally, you need to allow in time for you to compose yourself before entering the interview room. Arriving 15 minutes early is ample.
When you arrive, be sure to interact politely with everyone you meet. You need to start making a great impression immediately.
Strategies for the Interview
Being well prepared is half the battle. Now you have to shine at the interview itself. Many hirers claim they make up their minds within the first 30 seconds as to whether the candidate is suitable. This means you need to make an immediate good impression.
Essentially you want to come across as professional, approachable and friendly exuding confident enthusiasm. You can do this in many ways:
- Give a firm handshake with good eye contact and a steady smile.
- Be aware of body language, the non-verbal signals you emit. These indicate such factors as how you perform under pressure and how honest and open you are. These are obviously of major importance in a job interview.
- Your posture is very important. Sit upright yet relaxed, leaning forward slightly. Slouching in your chair suggests lack of interest.
- Avoid unnecessary movements such as drumming fingers or tapping your feet. It suggests that you have trouble concentrating. Not a good quality for a potential employee.
- Keep your hands at your sides or on the arms of your chair. You can also use them to punctuate your words in an expressive way.
The good news is that proper preparation allows you to face an interview confidently. And self confidence influences your body language in a very positive way.
Your practice of the common interview questions and answers should hold you in good stead but here are some tips:
- Don’t drone on about your life and achievements, just select those specifics that make you look good.
- Answer any questions in a way that they’re relevant to the job.
- Don’t criticize your present employer.
- Never answer with monosyllables, try to add your own insights if possible.
- Finally, ask questions about the company that demonstrate you’ve done your homework. If you’re being interviewed by management you can spread your wings; if the interviewer is the personnel manager you should keep things more general.
- At the end, thank the interviewer(s), give a firm handshake maintaining strong eye contact
As you can see, there’s no big secret about how to face a job interview. Whether you’re seasoned in the job market or facing an interview for the first time, just use a strategy comprising solid preparation and the right mindset and that coveted job is yours. Do you have any interview success stories to share?