How To Prepare For A Job Interview
3 KEY JOB INTERVIEW TIPS
When it comes to how to prepare for a job interview most of us dread interviews. We find them a bit daunting and nerve-wracking but a necessity nonetheless. We often can go into an interview petrified. Our preparation may have involved researching the top ten perfect words to nail this job and practicing the most brilliant way to assert your negative qualities without actually being negative at all. However, at the end of the day, depending on our performance, we still carry the responsibility of either getting (or losing) the job offer.
So to help you prepare better, we got some great tips from experienced interviewers on some of the best ways to prepare for a job interview.
HOW TO PREPARE FOR A JOB INTERVIEW – STARTING POINT
In sum, its all about your perspective.
#1 TIP – CHANGE YOUR PERSPECTIVE
Let’s start on how to prepare for a job interview with a key truth – your attitude counts.
However, let’s consider a totally opposite perspective on the ‘interview’, one which, with this mind-shift in place, makes an interview an exciting welcome learning experience and opposed to a dreadful 60 minutes.
First of all, let’s ditch a few misconceptions. We often ascertain that we are surely the most ‘perfect for the job’, assured that we have the skills requested in the job spec, knowing that we want the position bad enough that our ‘passion’ and ‘work ethic’ will be high – so what more could the company want?
#2 TIP – EXUDE YOUR PERSONALITY, BE YOURSELF
Well, we must realize that others being interviewed also likely have the required skills/education/experience, so the interview is an opportunity to exude your personality, let the people see and get a ‘taste’ of who you are.
However, the company will have a certain flavour (for lack of a better word) and the interview provides a chance for the company to see if you will fit into this flavour – maybe the other employees are quirky, maybe quiet and mundane, maybe hip, maybe old- fashioned, and maybe you, being who you are, will either fit in or not fit it. Do NOT take this personally if you do not fit. Dispel the negative: it’s just the way the company (any company) is.
Moreover, it is very likely that the company has expectations for the newcomer that are not listed in the job spec, and in fact, you would have no way of knowing what these are. Say for example, that you are interviewing at a relatively small company advertising for a finance manager. Perhaps, though, they are secretly hoping for a new finance employee with a few tech skills on the side to do a few small things to alleviate the burden of an overburdened IT manager. You may or may not have these little ‘extra skills’, so again, if you do not get the offer, do NOT take it personally.
#3 TIP – ENJOY IT. YES, WE SAID ENJOY IT!
And on the positive side, the interview is a whole new adventure, a learning and growing experience, a chance to practice sharing about yourself with aplomb and maturity, a chance to get to know the company better (be sure you are loaded with intelligent questions for the interviewer!), of explaining your knowledge and abilities with clarity. You will meet a few people you will otherwise never have had the chance to meet. You may be asked a question you’ve never before been asked, and answering it allows you to be more prepared should you be asked this again – in fact, you may even learn something about yourself as you formulate the answer.
Think of life as one big bucket list, with the more experiences, the more adventures, the more opportunities, the more possibilities (even ones that make you a tad nervous), the better. I mean, would you rather do nothing, or would you rather sharpen yourself up — mentally and physically — and give the interview a go! Enjoy it!
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