Interviewing for a job can be nerve-wracking. You may feel uncomfortable “selling” yourself or fielding unexpected questions. Or the prospect of having to meet and impress new people may be enough to trigger anxiety. However, interviewing is a skill you can learn!With the right tips and techniques, you can become a master at sharing your value with potential employers, presenting yourself effectively at interviews, and getting the job that you want.
Interviewing Techniques Tip 1: Interview for as many jobs as you can
- Interviewing will refine your job search. By getting out there and interviewing, you’ll learn about new trends, positions, and opportunities, your perspective will shift, and you’ll see new paths that you where previously unaware.
- Interviewing may lead to unexpected opportunities. If you have the skills and impress in the interview, that carries weight in the organization. Employers want to place good people and may even refer you to opportunities outside of the firm.
Interviewing Techniques Tip 2: Develop a compelling story
- Reflect on your career path. How have you arrived where you are today? Why did you make certain choices? Who helped you along the way? What motivated you then and now? Have your career goals remained the same or have they changed? Are you someone who likes new projects? Or executes the details of someone else’s vision
Interviewing Techniques Tip 3: Be prepared
- Do your research. Gather information about the company and the position available. Try to specifically relate your experience to the duties the job opportunities entails.
- Practice Interviewing. Enlist a friend (better yet, a group of friends and colleagues) to ask you sample questions. Practice making eye contact.
- Handle Logistics Early. Have your clothes, resume, and directions to the interview site ready, ahead of time, to avoid any extra stress.
Interviewing Techniques Tip 4: Anticipate likely interview questions
- Review your research about the company and the position
- Practice answering the interview questions and follow-up questions so that you are very familiar with several detailed examples/stories. Rehearse key points
Interviewing Techniques Tip 5: Ask questions during the interview.
- The people who do well at your company: What skills and attributes do they usually have?
- What do you like best about working at____________?
- What results are expected?
- What specific problems are you hoping to solve during the first six months?
- Who are the key internal customers? Any special issues with them?
- What happened to the person who had this job before?
- What communication style to you prefer?
- What is your philosophy regarding on-the –job growth and development?
- What are the goals for the department?