Sitting down for an important job interview can be one of the most nerve-wracking experiences out there. Being scrutinized by a stranger with your future career on the line can intimidate even the most secure professional. While a job interview can be daunting, there are strategies you can use to ease the experience and help you to stand out from the other candidates.
• Preparation Is Key: Before heading out for the interview, do your homework and research both the company and position you’re applying for. As you research, consider what it is about this particular job that attracts you and why you would be a great fit. Put some thought into how you might answer common interview questions, such as, “What do you consider your greatest strength/weakness?” or “Where do you see yourself in ten years?” Don’t try to craft the answer that you think they want to hear—put some honest thought into the questions and create responses that reflect your unique skills and values. Your responses should exemplify why you would be an asset to the company.
• Smile!: Remember, you’re not only applying to do a specific job—you’re applying to be somebody’s colleague. Coming across as approachable and friendly can go a long way towards being a desirable candidate. While you certainly want to remain professional, try to relax and smile during your interview, and let your personality come through in your responses to the interview questions.
• Answer Like a Pro: When responding to interview questions, keep two things in mind: length and content. When many people get nervous, they begin to ramble. A long, meandering answer to a question will lose the interviewer’s interest, as well as the point of your response. Make sure you provide all the necessary information, but keep your responses concise. In terms of content, make sure your answers are meaningful and contain actual concrete examples of why you’re an excellent candidate. Avoid fluffy responses filled with vague adjectives—provide facts and anecdotes that clearly demonstrate your professional skill and experience.
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