The Best Way to Handle Job Interviews

When you’re interviewing for a job, the little things can make a big difference. Even a small mistake can cost you a job offer. Take the time to prepare so you can make the best possible impression at every job interview you go on.

Learn from these tips and ace that job interview.

1. Research about your employer, hiring manager, and job opportunity
Do your due diligence on the company you are applying to. Find out basic information about them, the hiring manager and the job you are applying for. This includes carefully reading the job description so that you can customize your answers to the needs of the job opportunity.

2. Prepare your answers to common questions
Prepare and practice in front of someone for common job interview questions that might be asked during the interview. For a list of common interview questions, click here.

3. First impressions last
As the saying goes, first impressions last, so be sure to make a good impression on the interviewer. You can do this by dressing for success and being early. Dressing for success means using comfortable yet appropriate clothes that communicate your personal style but at the same time communicate your professionalism as well.

Making a good impression also involves being early. Be at least 15-30 minutes early for your interview.

This will allow you to prepare yourself, be familiar with the surroundings, and most of all communicate your professionalism and enthusiasm for the opportunity.

4. Be authentic and enthusiastic
During the interview, be truthful and enthusiastic. Answer questions to the best of your knowledge and give examples based on your experiences. Be enthusiastic about providing information about yourself and think of the interview as a professional conversation between you and the interviewer. Be mindful not to go overboard and talk too much though.

5. Be mindful of body language
Your body language is just as important, if not even more so, than your verbal messages. Be mindful of your rate of speech, tone of voice, hand gestures, posture, and nervous habits that may communicate your lack of confidence or interest in the interview.

6. Ask questions
At the end of each interview, the interviewer will ask you if you have any questions. Make sure to grab that opportunity to ask questions you would like to know about the company, its’ policies, the team you will be working with, and the job you are applying for.

7. Sell yourself
Sell yourself by giving real life examples of your skills and experience that is relevant to the job you are applying for. Always tie your answers back to your skills and accomplishments. Keep your answers concise and focused by using the STAR method.

The STAR method stands for:

  • Situation,
  • Task,
  • Action,
  • Result.

When answering a situational question, always identify the Situation or Task that you want to talk about. Then talk about the Action that you did, and then the Result of the action. This will allow you to clearly communicate your skills and accomplishments in an organized, specific and effective manner.

8. Don’t badmouth past employers
One of the most common questions that interviewers ask is your reason for leaving your past company. Whatever the reason is, don’t badmouth your past employers. Frame your reasons for leaving in a positive way by saying that you moved to a different company due to opportunities that helped you achieve your career and/or personal goals.

Be physically, mentally, emotionally prepared to ace that next job interview with these tips!

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