Having a job interview scheduled is exciting and, to be honest, often frightening at times. But you may need not to worry as there are certain simple tips that I believe can help all of you transform your fear into nerves of steel. After all, what it takes to score a favourable interview is simply the fact that it should feel like a conversation, not an exam. Here you are with some essential tips that can help you appear awesome in person just like the way you had set an impression on paper.
Are You Sure You Know Yourself?
It’s not a surprise to not have a blank mind when asked “tell me about yourself”. As many of us dread the moment when an interviewer voices the words, but being honest, it’s seriously the easiest question to navigate once you are able to root what’s being asked. Having said that, interviewer examines your reaction and marks you on the criteria to form his opinion.
However, you can avoid being neglected by asking yourself the same question! But, with a different translation that can actually help you with a correct answer. “Tell me about yourself” can simply come as: “How do you think your personality, interests, background and work habits can help you rock this job?”
Before beginning to speech about that, it’s advised you pause for a moment, rewind back to the moment when you were actually applying for the job, and what made you decide that its only you who is going to be the perfect match for this job. Most of the time the reason that struck your mind before you thought of applying for the job is actually what an interviewer is looking for.
Now as you are the most knowledgeable person on the subject of you, its time you start painting the picture of what you can bring to the table. If you are able to answer this, you have a win-win situation in that interview: what really makes you the only capable person on the planet?
Try Eliminating Any Distances between the Two Elements –“Confidence and Enthusiasm”
You probably might have occurred to experience situations where you have felt the confidence for performing the job but not necessarily were enthused about doing it? Confidence rings the way you perceive yourself, while enthusiasm is how you feel about something it can be a person or may be, like in this scenario, your performance.
To make sure you are able to maintain a healthy balance between the two, drafting a list of reasons you are confident about doing the job and then pairing them with what makes you excite for doing them can serve great benefits. And what’s even more important; you should be able to communicate these reasons during an interview as well!
Do You Really Know When and How to Wrap It Up?
Large groups of audiences don’t like Chatty-Blabby, and neither do busy interviewers! In order to avoid coming across situations where you will have to deal with the bad listeners its better you work on certain precautionary measures such as working on ways of being particular about the length of your answers.
Even if the interviewer doesn’t bother giving you a smile, nod or a laugh on your conversation, don’t hesitate in taking a pause once you have answered his/her question.
If you can really work on apportioning the volume of words flooding your mind, you can definitely work out the best in you at an interview. If you can effectively answer in ten words, don’t use 20. If they will want to know more, they can and most definitely will inquire!
What really can help you with this is a lot of practice. Try and Google some frequently asked questions in an interview and start practice answering them. Jot down the ones you feel you aren’t comfortable speaking about; try using a different way of having an answer coming for them, identify the flaws that have been creating obstacles in letting you be a bit open about yourself. “Look for them, find them and kill them!”
If You Have Been a Key Player, Behave Like One!
There’s this letter “I” that stands alone! Unless you are looking forward to serve a role that demands an input in form of a team kindly avoid crediting others for your work! In circumstances your job requires you to contribute for the run of a team as a whole, be sure to incorporate “WE” language to show your abilities for working well with others.
But this doesn’t limits you from stating what your individual role and responsibilities have had been and how have you been working to help stand your previous company where it is today.
In case you are confused about the situation, try sticking with the following tactic to help you manage better; “What “we” as a team do + How “I” ensure we achieve set targets”
Be positive and confident. You’re not there to lie about yourself. All you need is patience and some clever thinking. Manipulate your weaknesses and explain them as possible challenges you find this job offering to you as a professional. Get yourself noticed, and make sure to leave the room with all the panel members staring at you till the very last moment. Good luck!