How to succeed in a job interview: Before the interview
Do you get nervous before job interviews? Many people do it and it’s not hard to see why: the more you worry about getting the job, the more likely you are to worry about how the interview will go. If you haven’t conducted many job interviews in the past, the uncertainty will only increase your concerns. But if you follow the best practices, you will increase your safety, you will feel more comfortable answering the questions and will greatly increase your chances of having a successful job interview. Below are suggestions on how to succeed in a job interview next time (and always).
1. Do your research
Always look for a company before starting an interview. Wouldn’t it be a shame to be hired just to find out that you don’t even want to work there? At a minimum, look for company and job information and search Google for updated company news.
Some important information to look for include what the employer’s latest projects are, the employer’s financial stability and how they treat employees.
As for work, look for information that can help you be more convincing about how it would fit perfectly. Find past and current employees on LinkedIn who have had that job and ask them. If this is not possible, review the job announcement and make a list of relevant results. These will serve as conversation points during the interview.
Plan to arrive at the interview 10-15 minutes before the scheduled time.
Getting too early can confuse the employer and create an embarrassing situation.
On the other hand, being late creates a negative first impression and can immediately ruin your chances.
2. Prepare stories to tell
Part of a successful job interview is your ability to market your experiences and skills in relation to the job described, and an excellent way to do it is to tell stories to illustrate your experiences and successes with those skills.
Stories make him attractive, allow him to show his personality and also to demonstrate good communication skills.
The job description, combined with your research, should tell you what particular skills the employer values most for the job. With that in mind, update your memory of the stories that show your votes best.
3. Gather your questions
One of the favorite reasons for recruiting pets is the part of the interview when they ask out loud if you have questions for them and simply answer “no”. This can be a blow to you.
Asking questions shows how interested you really are in paper and you can also show that you have done your homework and that you should take it seriously. Prepare a list of questions you would like to answer. It’s fine to check the list of questions during the interview.
4. Dress for success
5. Bring what you need
While you may have sent your resume via e-mail to the company, bring hard copies for you and your interviewer. It is also a good idea to have paper copies of your list of references, if required. These should always be on a separate sheet of paper, not on your resume.
Bring a portfolio of work with proof of your skills and results. Compiling it will increase your security and activate your memory, while having it in the interview will increase your credibility and make it easier for you to tell your stories.
6. Respect the schedule
How to succeed in a job interview 101: plan to arrive at your interview 10-15 minutes before the scheduled time. Getting too early can confuse the employer and create an embarrassing situation. On the other hand, being late creates a negative first impression and can immediately ruin your chances.
Ask for directions when arranging interviews. In case of problems, call the first sign of problems in advance. Show good manners and respect for the recruiter’s time and give them the opportunity to reprogram if necessary.
How to succeed in a job interview: During the interview
1. Stay positive throughout
A positive conversation is the key to successful job interviews. Employers don’t want to hear a litany of excuses or bad feelings about a negative experience, even when it’s legitimate.
If you are asked for a low grade, a sudden job change or a weakness in your background, don’t defend yourself. Instead focus on the facts (briefly) to emphasize what you have learned from the experience. And don’t speak ill of anyone at any time. This leaves only a bad taste.
2. Watch your body language
What you don’t say can be as important as what you say in job interviews. Understanding and maximizing your non-verbal: smile, eye contact, handshake, posture and so on will help you get through the interview.
3. Be real
Speak clearly and enthusiastically about your experiences and skills. You should be proud of your results. Be professional but let your personality shine. Employers tend to hire the people they prefer. Don’t be afraid of short breaks. Sometimes you may need a few seconds to formulate the answers, and that’s fine.
4. Seal the deal
When both parties have finished their questions and the interview is over, thank their interviewers for their time and ask them when you can expect to hear from them below and what is the best way to follow up (which you should immediately consider )