Strengthen Your Job Interview Skills

Aug 28, 09 Strengthen Your Job Interview Skills
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You have an awesome resume that highlights all of your relevant skills and experience.  You know that you are a perfect match for the job.  There is just one hurdle left: the interview.  For some, the interview is the easiest part of obtaining a job.

Many possess natural or learned social skills that always help them ace the interview.  However, for most of us, negotiating the intricacies of the interviewing process is neither easy, nor pleasurable.  Yet, if you learn to strengthen your job interviewing skills, you will enter the interview prepared and confident, and exit with the job you want.

Preparation

One of the most singularly important aspects of the process, preparation entails many things.  Learning about the company, understanding the job requirements, and knowing what you have to offer, will go a long way in easing interview anxiety and giving you the poise to perform at your best.

Practice Interviewing

It is always good to obtain a list of interview questions and practice answering them at home.  By practicing beforehand, you will give your answers a measured, authoritative tone.  This lessens the likelihood that you will stumble and search for answers in the real interview.

In addition, employers are implementing a style of interview called behavior based interviewing.  You should definitely be aware of this type of interview as it foregoes many aspects of the traditional interviewing process.

Dress Appropriately and Arrive Early

While both of these tips appear self-explanatory, far too many people dress wrong and arrive late.  No matter how good you are on paper, or how well you perform in the interview, being sloppy, disheveled, or late is usually unforgivable.  While many industries have a more relaxed dress code, it is always good to be slightly overdressed for the interview.

As far as promptness goes, you should plan to arrive 15-30 minutes before your scheduled interview time.  This gives you enough time to manage any unforeseen contingencies and/or relax before the interview.

Know Your Worth

…and not in the Dr. Phil kind of way.  You have spent at least some portion of your life honing your natural talents, learning new skills, and gaining invaluable insights.  Somebody wants to pay you in exchange for that accumulated experience.

It pays, literally and figuratively, to know how much you are worth.  Always negotiate from a position of knowledge and authority.  By following these tips you will definitely strengthen your job interview skills.

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5 Comments

  1. Lakia /

    I agree, but you didn’t mention that “eye contact” is imperative for a successful interview….as well as posture, poise, and confidence. The interviewer considers the candidate overall, and these are just some of the many essentials to land you a career…..not a “job”………a career

  2. Aside from dressing appropriately, one should also act appropriately. Pratice good manners like being polite and no chewing gums.

  3. Thanks for all of the extra advice. When one is getting ready to undertake important tasks such as this, you can never have too much advice or be too prepared.

  4. I totally agree, you can never be too prepared. It’s better to have thought of everything than forgot of something that might be important! I agree eye contact is extremley important and shows you are confident and able to communicate.

  5. magnificent put up, very informative. I’m wondering why the opposite specialists of this sector do not notice this. You should continue your writing. I am sure, you have a great readers’ base already!

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