If you are preparing for an interview, you will
soon discover the time leading up to the interview can be traumatizing.
You didn't think you had a chance, but you did it! The call came, a
meeting time has been made, and now what do I wear? Should I arrive early?
What street are they on, OH MY GOD, I don't know where they are located!?!
What did the secretary say is the name of the interviewer? Once in the
building, take the left hall or was it the right?
A thousand thoughts are racing through your mind simultaneously not to
mention being nauseous. Studies have found that individuals handle interviews
differently. No problem, I say. These are some facts and pointers to
help relieve nervousness.
interviewer is probably just as nervous
a deep breath before entering the room and try to relax
a small (clean) joke because laughing helps relieve tension
addition to interview strategies there are also some interview rules to follow.
Keep in mind, every employer interviews differently. Each hiring
individual either follows strict or informal hiring guidelines. You may
receive an interview with a "tough as nails" hiring manager or you may
be interviewed by a soothing, soft-spoken assistant who utilizes no structured
interview questions at all. No matter which one you receive, be prepared
for the worse. Below you will find a list of interview tips which will
help guide you through either both types of interviews.
1) Be confident, but not arrogant. A common mistake people make is
attempting make themselves sound like superwoman or superman. A company
wants to know you can help them but not by taking them to the "Arrogance
2) Answer positively. From time to time, an interviewer will touch
on a sensitive portion of your past, i.e., reasons for leaving, short term
employment, or lack of skills. These are the times when you should say to
yourself, "turn a frown, upside down." Try answers like these:
for leaving: "I feel I need to take my career
into a more positive direction, which is why I am here with you today."
term employment: "Shortly after I began, I
discovered that position was not going to challenge my abilities or allow the
room to grow I require."
of skills: "I am sure that at first
glance it appears I do not have the necessary skills to fill the position,
however, I am can assure you I have the drive to conquer any challenges you
set forth. I am completely qualified to handle this position."
mentioned above, laugh a little.
The interview will go more smoothly if you are relaxed and comfortable.
4) Don't be afraid to answer a question with a question if you do not
understand the question. Get it? For example, ask questions so
that you may better answer the interviewer, i.e., "What area of the
business are you referring?" or "Can you elaborate further?"
I am sure I speak for most interviewers when I say, "I would rather you ask
a question to get further details rather than answer the wrong question."
5) If you are relaxed, be cautious. A
relaxed person tends to "rattle" off more information than necessary.
Scenario: You are relaxed, drinking the coffee they offered you, and
you just completed the story about the funny thing your daughter did that
morning before you left. You feel this person is your friend and there
isn't anything you can't tell them, right? But, just as you think you have
landed the job, the interviewer asks why you intend to leave your current
position. At first you may laugh, with the hopes you can compose yourself
before you answer, but with no avail. The dirt starts pouring out like a
gossip session and BAM. You just committed a big interview NO NO.
Beware of the nice interviewer.
Unfortunately, there is no blueprint to
interviewing. There are tips, tactics, and strategies, but no true method
to handling each interview perfectly and flawlessly. Interviewers are
constantly coming up with ways to get candidates to stray from pre-thought
answers. Some interviewers have even resorted to role-play interviewing.
What this means is they give you a common problem and request you strategize how
to resolve it. These types of interviews can be a lot trickier and really
require the candidate to have extensive knowledge of the industry and position.
But, this is a topic for another article.
Provided by: InterviewStrategies.com