Your job interview isn’t an interrogation. It is simply an exchange of information! Relax and prepare so you’ll feel comfortably confident!
Don’t stress over your job interview. Instead, focus on what you can do to feel confident.
It starts with knowing that the interview is an exchange of information.
This is what I mean. The company wants to know about your background and qualifications and just as importantly, you want to know about the details of the job and the people you’ll be working with.
Preparing for an interview is so much more than just worrying about the answers you’ll give. You will want to research the people you will be interviewing with, learn about the company, who their clients are, and so much more.
Here’s the bottom line. The more information you have and the more prepared you are, the more confident you will appear! Don’t you want to be perceived as the strongest candidate? Well, that can happen if you follow the recommendations below.
Develop Your Answers
Developing your STAR stories for the interview is probably one of the most important things you can do! Review the job responsibilities and develop a story that addresses each point. You will also want to develop answers to common job interview questions. To learn more go to Pre Interview Prep
Develop Your Questions
Asking smart, relevant questions throughout the interview gives you the chance to show what you know about the company, which conveys your interest in them. Develop questions you would like answered about the company, the department, and the position. This should help get you started, but be sure to modify and create your own. Interview Questions YOU Can Ask
More questions for you to explore the culture of an organization are within this post: Interviewing is a Fact-Finding Mission, Not an Interrogation
Don’t Think, Do
Practicing your answers out loud is actually more effective than practicing them in your head, read why. Practice Your Interview Answers Out Loud
ALWAYS Send a Thank You
I realize that may sound obvious to some, but not everyone does it. Whether typed or handwritten, emailed or snail mailed, Thank You Goes a Long Way.
Evaluate What Went Well and What You Could Improve
Think about the interview objectively and preferably immediately after it is over.
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Hannah Morgan speaks and writes about job search and career strategies. She founded CareerSherpa.net to educate professionals on how to maneuver through today’s job search process. Hannah was nominated as a LinkedIn Top Voice in Job Search and Careers and is a regular contributor to US News & World Report. She has been quoted by media outlets, including Forbes, USA Today, Money Magazine, Huffington Post, as well as many other publications. She is also author of The Infographic Resume and co-author of Social Networking for Business Success.