11 Apr Stress… and that new job interview.
Perhaps you’re a new entrant into the job market who is lacking experience in job interviewing. Or perhaps you’re a job market veteran whose resumes and cover letters yield loads of interviews but you never seem to get the offer job. And the leading mistake in interviewing is not being fully prepared. It behooves job seekers to use every conceivable means possible to prepare for the interview and to allow ample time to fully prepare. Understand that interviewing is a skill, preparation practice and enhance the quality of that skill. Preparation can make the difference between getting an offer and rejected.
There is no one’s best way to prepare for an interview. Rather, there are specific and important strategies to enhance one’s chances for interview success. Every interview is a learning experience, so learning that takes place during the preparation and actual interview is useful for future interviews.
Unless you spend your entire life being a housewife and mother, you will probably have to go on a job interview at one point or another. Even those who decide to be a stay-at-home mother will want to have some work experience either before they leave college, or perhaps after their children have grown. Even though interviews are very common, and you must have one before you can get a job, and they tend to be one of the most daunting things that you can do when it comes to your career or your finances. There is something about being put on display and tested that makes people weary.
I don’t know a single person who enjoys a job interview. I know some people who always seem to walk out of a job interview with a huge smile on their face knowing that they landed the position. I don’t enjoy having to answer questions while under pressure and knowing that someone is sitting in front of me judging me by my answers. Finding wans to relieve the stressseems to be the biggest problem. I mean what if I completely lose my train of thought but know that I am more than suited for a particular job? A simple job interview shouldn’t determine my entire employment future, but all too often, that is what those question and answer sessions actually do.
With a bit of research and a tiny amount of practice, you will be the one walking out of the job interview with a confident smile on your face. Almost anyone you find can give you some of job interview advice. Every tidbit of information is always helpful, especially if it’s coming from someone who already works for the company you are interviewing with. The absolute best job interview advice that you can get from anyone is to do some research on the company first. The last thing you want to do is interview with a company that you are not familiar with. Familiarizing yourself with the company allows you to be better prepared to answer questions and possible even do a little bit of the asking. Find out how large the company is, when it began, exactly what they do, and jot down a few questions to ask of them as well. Asking questions is a great way to let the interviewer know that you have done your homework and are interested in learning more. It’s the potential employee that sits there and simply nods that won’t get a second chance.
The most important thing you have to consider about a job interview is that everyone who wants the position you are applying for has to do one. How you fare during your job interview will depend on how nervous you are, and how prepared you are. You may walk into an interview thinking that it is going to be easy, but if you do that, you may find that no one will want to hire you. You have to know what is going on in what you want to say in order for a job interview to be successful
During a job interview, you’re going to have lots of questions thrown at you, some simple and others that are designed to make you think. My personal favorite is, “Tell me about yourself.” I guarantee they don’t want to hear about your love of superheroes or dogs, or enjoying sleeping until
noon on the weekends. Stick to the basics and try to talk more about your professional personality. The best job interview advice that I offered received is asking questions of your own. Appear interested in the company. Ask why the position you’re interviewing for is available, what the growth opportunity is.
Make sure you have the proper things with you when you go on a job interview. Always dressed in a professional manner, even if you think the dress code for that particular job is casual. You should always be wearing nice clothes, and never wear jeans to a job interview unless you are instructed to do so. Also make sure that you have an updated and error-free résumé with you, and also have some questions about the job in the company ready to ask the interviewer when given the chance.
Most important thing to remember about a job interview is that if you put too much stress on yourself you are going to fail miserably. Though the interview is an important part of getting the job, you have to look at it for what it is. Either you are qualified for the position or you are not. The more relaxed you can become about a job interview, the better your going to be when you are talking to a potential employer. Remember that a job interview is not only to decide if you are right for the job, it is also to decide if the job is right for you. You may go through an interview in realize that the job is not what you thought it was, and you may not want it no matter how good or bad the job interview may go.
Lastly, this is very important that is too open to be neglected. It’s the thank you note or follow-up letter. It is your chance to say again something you mentioned on the interview or bring up something you forgot to mention. It is also a nice gestures and a simple matter of politeness.