Interviewing is a common point of contention for most people. They are nerve wracking. You are literally being judged. It seems like there should be a better way to assess whether someone is a good fit for a job but for now at least, it’s where we are. It’s not something we look forward to, but it’s essential to get to your next role.
To help you with your next job interview, we have tried to ease the pain. Check out these tips to lower your anxiety levels and land that next gig.
There are a lot of people who worry that rehearsing their answers will make them sound over-polished or canned. This is something that you should not worry about. If you are well prepared, you are going sound articulate and smooth. This is not the same as canned. If you are not well prepared for the interview, your anxiety will take over and you may not answer in a natural way.
Forget trying to memorize exactly what you will say when asked questions. Prepare yourself by coming up with examples from your work experience that would fit several of these commonly asked questions. That way you are pulling from the memory of your actual experiences. I like to pretend I am explaining
Make The Most Of The Tell Me About Yourself Question
This is a standard opener for many interviewers, but a lot of people are unsure of how to respond. You could start with the story of where you were born and what your parents do as well as how many siblings you have and the pets you have owned. The problem with this is that you want the interviewer to know why the company should hire you and not the kind of dogs you like.
It is better to respond with first stating that you could tell them a lot of things and that they should let you know if you miss anything they want to know. You can then state that the most important things for them to know about you are your selling points. After stating what your selling points are, you should say that you can expand on them if they would like.
At this point, most interviewers will want you to expand. In response, you should state which point you are referring to and give an example. You can then state when you worked at a certain company and provide an example of another selling point. This strategy will help you focus the first 10 to 15 minutes of the interview on your selling points. Recruitment experts from Tradewind Recruitment Social Care say that this question is a golden opportunity and you need to ensure that you take it.
Have The Right Body Language
You need to dress appropriately for the interview and make eye contact with the interviewer. A firm handshake is important and you need to have good posture and speak clearly. You should also avoid wearing cologne or perfume because many interviews are done in small rooms and you want the interviewer to focus on your qualifications and not your perfume or cologne.
If the candidate before you doused themselves in their favorite scent and you add your own to the mix, it can create a situation that is less than ideal.
Be Prepared For Behaviour-Based Interviews
One of the most common interview styles now used is to ask people to describe experiences which have demonstrated behaviours that the company is looking for. You could be asked about a time when you needed to make an unpopular decision and how you handled this. You might be asked about a time when you needed to make a decision with limited information and under time pressure.
The first step to preparing for these questions is to anticipate the behaviours that the interviewer will be looking for. You should then have an example of this ready for when you are asked. It is important to prepare a story for each of these examples which demonstrates your behaviour. The last step will be to practice telling the story. You should also review your resume before the interview with this format of questioning in mind as it will help you remember the examples.
Send A Thank You Note
You should take the time to write a small thank you note after every interview. This note can be a piece of paper or an email and this will depend on the preferences of the interviewer. Each note needs to be customized to refer to what you and the interviewer talked about.
An example of this will be stating that you were excited about or interested by what they said about something. Handwritten notes could be better if you want to thank a personal contact for their help in your job search. This is also better if the company you interviewed with is based in Europe. Regardless of the method you use, you need to send this note within 48 hours of the interview.
In order to write a good thank you note, you will need to take time after the interview to note a few things that the interviewer said and talked about. You should also make a note of what you could have done better in the interview. This can help you make adjustments for the next interview.
Do Not Give Up
Everyone will have bad interviews for a job that they think they will be a great fit for and you should not give up after this. You need to send an email, write a note or call the interviewer to let them know that you think you did a poor job communicating why you are a good match for the position. You need to reiterate what you have to offer the company and say that you want the opportunity to contribute. Whether you get a job offer using this strategy will depend on you and the company you are applying to. There is one thing that is for sure, you will know that you tried.