Job Interviewing - Ten Tips for Success!
Whether this job interview is your first or your 51st, it never hurts to brush
up on your skills and do some advance prep work to ensure success. Learn how to
play up your key strengths, minimize your weaknesses, and make a great
impression overall. Here are ten tips from my arsenal of career advice.
1. Relax, you'll be more authentic and confident if you do.
The best suggestion I can give before an interview is to just relax. Easier said
than done, right? It helps to remember that you have education, training, and
experience working in your favor. Think of all the ways you provided value to
your past employer. Did you land a huge account? Go above and beyond on a
certain project? Take a deep breath, recall your accomplishments, and let go of
the tension. Know that you're worthy... and who knows. Maybe you're even
overqualified for the position!
2. Remember, you're interviewing them, too.
So many people view the job interview as a test - and they'd better pass with
flying colors or they're in trouble! On some level, yes, you're being tested -
but the "test" is simply to see if you're a good match for the company. It works
the other way, too. This is your chance to see if theirs is the kind of
corporate culture that fits your style. It's possible that you'll get there and
find out you don't even want the job! Or, you might figure out that it's only
worth it if they meet you at a certain salary amount. Ask lots of questions...
know what you're getting into, and then weigh your options carefully.
3. Be prepared, know the company.
You'll notice that many companies not only have a specific "personality," but
they're mighty proud of the little perks and quirks that make them unique. Do
they have their own brand of soda, like Microsoft? Do they offer Flex Time for
working parents? Find out if they're noteworthy in the news. Visit their company
website and do your online research. Were they part of a recent merger? There is
no better way to show your sincere interest than actually being interested. You
might learn something really cool about this company that tells you, "Go for
it!" Or, you could uncover some hidden dirt that makes you think twice before
4. Take the pressure off... you have options!
Think of the job interview as an opportunity to cast seeds and check things out.
This is a "get to know you" or feeling out phase, not a contest or do-or-die
situation. Try to avoid becoming too attached to any one job. That old saying,
"Don't put all your eggs in one basket" could not be more true than for the
career search. Sometimes things take an unexpected twist or turn. You could be
"90 percent sure" that you'll be on Company X's payroll next month... and suddenly the
phone rings with an even better offer.