An interview is an opportunity for the employer to learn about you and you to learn about the company. Their objective is to find out if you have the skills to do the job. Do you have the interest and motivation for the job? Do you fit in? Are you a team player? What can you do to convince them you are the right choice? Your goal is a job offer.
Preparing for an interview is the most important element. What can you find out about the company, job and interviewer? What skills and experience are they looking for in the candidate? Do you have them? Can you show them you are the best choice? Practice interview questions, particularly the hard ones. Why did you leave your last employer? Why do you think you are the right candidate for this job? The first thirty seconds are the most important part of the interview.
The first thirty seconds when you meet, shake hands and greet each other, and making small talk will determine success or failure. What people do not realize is the interview starts when you arrive. The interviewer will make a judgment as he/she is walking toward you. When the question and answer portion begins, the interviewer is observing and listening how you answer the questions. Do you make and keep eye contact? How well do you show that your skills and experience fit the job requirements of this job? How well you answer their questions? How well you will fit in the company? Does the interviewer like you? Are you positive? How do you handle uncomfortable questions? Many interviewers ask behavior based questions. In other words, they describe a scenario where you must come up with a solution. Interviewers learn how you will perform in a certain scenario by asking those kinds of questions.
Interviews are difficult because we do not do them all the time! Practice and preparation can overcome your inexperience. Bring your “A” game to the interview. Dress well, do your homework, and be prepared for those difficult questions. Don’t forget to send a thank you note. This is an opportunity to remind the interviewer of your skills. If you like this article, please subscribe.
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