Have you been looking for a job? How many times you heard the promising phrase “we will call you soon” and it didn’t happen? We know how this can affect us by lowering our self-esteem.
How many times have you wondered what went wrong? Why they didn’t select me?
Typically, there are 3 main reasons why you don’t do well at an interview.
You can’t articulate yourself and explain why you’re the perfect fit for the job.
You’re unprepared. So you can’t give the right answers to functional or behavioral interview questions.
You’re simply too nervous and you lose control during the interview.
Applying for a job today is a very stressful process, you have to search hundreds if not
thousands of job openings, then short list those you’re interested in and apply do so many. Prior to that let’s assume that you went through the whole process of writing a powerful resume that reflects you, your strengths and the value you could bring to the employer.
After applying for so many job openings, you finally got an invitation for a job interview. YESSS!! you are happy but then fear steps in & settle.
What if I don’t get this job?
What if I don’t understand their questions and what if I couldn’t answer their questions. PANIC.
Today I will share with you some useful tips that will help you prepare for your next job interview.
#1 Don’t Wait until it’s too Late
Having an existing job when having an interview puts you on a completely different
position when you are looking for a job. So be Proactive and don’t wait until you are jobless then start reacting to the situation.
Be in the employment market, keep a conversation with recruiters and be open to opportunities.
An interview in itself is a good practice and a way to test your market value. An interview could either mark an area for you to improve, or humbles you down and make you realize that there is a lot for you to work on.
At the end of the day you’re not at risk so your stress levels are managed and makes you in a good state to develop.
#2 Prepare "Well" for your Interview
Research, research & research. From your research be clear on how much do you know the company? Learn about the industry, the company’s vision and mission. Go on the website and search articles to know their recent updates.
Meet with industry experts or even people whom you know who works in the same field or the same company you are planning to join. Focus on what is meaningful to you and don’t get into conversations that will not add value to your interview. Remember that your goal is to get the job offer.
Get every detail that you can find. Prepare your resume and know it by heart. You should be able to answer questions about your previous experiences high-level questions, operational and functional. If you are a graduate then your job is easy, just make sure you are clear on your aspirations and focus on making things clear regarding your passion and ambition.
What are the Challenges you might face:
Of course, you are definitely going to face challenges when you are not well prepared. They say the best way to disqualify people is to ask them questions not related to the job. Now you start feeling like that’s the most difficult part of the interview. Here’s a tip on how to overcome this challenge
#3 Question Yourself
There are several questions to be asked even if it is not part of the job. Imagine an interviewer asking you to tell him about a time when something unplanned happened during your day and how you handled it. Calm down; put your mind at rest. He’s trying to see how organized you are. Don’t get nervous or scared. Take your time to think about the question(s) that has been asked. Giving one word answer will reduce your chances of winning the heart of the interviewer and please tell relevant stories. You can be asked how you handle stress, pressure and conflict. Remember that you must not give one word answer. Talk and don’t focus on finding the right answer, just be yourself and make sure you give the interviewer space to digest what you are saying by taking breaks and slowing down the speed at which you express yourself. Try to train yourself by asking yourself a lot of questions that could be asked.
How to be confident?
Now you have rehearsed by asking yourself questions and you feel you can answer those questions when you are asked. The next feeling you get is nervousness, you start thinking if you would be able to keep calm when you are being asked these questions even though you know it. What if the interviewer gets a wrong impression of me?
#4 Be Well Composed
You must be well composed physically even if you are not composed emotionally. Be sure about what you can bring to this role. Sit with confidence even though you are nervous. Give it a little smile to show you are confident but not arrogant. When you frown, sit with a negative body posture or exuding overly arrogant vibe, the interviewer sees you as the arrogant person even if you never meant to be arrogant. When you smile and manifest that right balance, the interviewer knows you are confident about who you are and what you know. Employers want to hire people who can positively influence others and create a good working environment even under high stress levels.
Make eye contact with the interviewer. Eye contact is a form of nonverbal communication. It will communicate whether you are strong or weak.
You can also try this tip that can help you increase your confidence level before an interview:
On the day of your interview and few hours before your interview (preferably early morning) grab a piece of paper and a pen
Sit in a calm environment where you can be 100% focused with no distractions
Start to list down all the good stuff that you have achieved in your school, college or work life. Think about good achievements, skills, high grades, etc..
Work this list up to 100
These are all reasons why you are the perfect fit for the job
Keep this piece of paper with you all day and have a look at it whenever you need a confidence boost
#5 Build Rapport
Before starting an interview, make rapport with as many people in the company as possible. Imagine you stepping into the company just at the same time the CEO steps in.
You don’t know who the CEO is; you don’t have to give a stern look towards him/her. Walk close to him and make general comments such as ‘how are you? You have a great dressing sense’. Make friends, you never can tell if that is just the factor that will get you a job. Let them see that you are friendly and ready to work with others. You can also help. You see someone walk in with two bags, stand up and ask if he/she needs help with one of the bags. The interviewer can catch a glimpse of that and you have shown to him that you are responsible and up to any task.
In the Interview, focus on your body language, Shake hands firmly and let your energy flow. Build rapport by having a good ice breaker. Remember not to go too much & stay alert to cultural differences. Ideally you want to start on a positive note so just look for signals like simple smiles or the interviewer getting comfortable by sharing a brief story or a personal experience. Find similar and common topics to relate. If you felt that there’s a resistance from the interviewers don’t let it shake your confidence it could always be a way to put you under pressure as part of the assessment.
Don’t get distracted. Stay confident and focus on your own goal.
#6 Interview your Interviewer
You can also ask your interviewers questions. It makes the interview feel more like a chat rather than a boring interview. You can ask about what they expect of you as to the post you are applying for.
When you ask questions, you want to make sure that the interviewer has no wrong feelings about you and you are also demonstrating your interest in the employer. You can ask what skills and experience would make an ideal candidate? What is the single largest problem facing your company and would I be in the position to help? What have you enjoyed the most as a result of working here? Who previously held this position? You can also ask what their future plan for the company is so as to make your interviewer know you also want the company to expand.
Asking these questions will show how mature and forward looking you are. It will also help you learn more about what you are getting into and set clear expectations.
#7 Relax and Let It Be
Finally, relax and have faith that if its meant to be it will be. In any case you will never want to be in job that is not the right fit for you. You want to be at the right job, where you can add to it and have the space to develop your skill-sets and knowledge.
So make sure that you do your part & let it be.
May God Bless You With Everything That is Good For You :)