With the unemployment as it is, getting a job interview can be difficult. Once you finally do get a job interview, being ready and trying to make sure you get the job rather than your competitors can be hard and even intimidating sometimes. Here are some tips that might help you.
Frame Yourself as the Ideal Candidate for the Job
When you’re being interviewed, ask the interviewer to describe the best person for the job. While they are giving an outline, jot down notes of what they’re explaining. Once the interviewer is done with the description, take a look at what you wrote down and describe past experiences that relate to what the interviewer just described.
If the interviewer refers to any character traits, make sure to repeat them when you tell a personal story about yourself explaining how you are that person. Your goal is to sell yourself to the interviewers, and by asking them to describe the best candidate you will learn precisely what the company is looking for.
Sell Yourself to Everyone
Most likely, you will be interviewed by multiple people. If you are, you’ll need to demonstrate to everyone that you are the perfect person for the position. A lot of companies have a policy that all the people that interview you must approve of hiring you.
Never take anyone for granted, not a one-on-one with an HR or even a friendly chat with the secretary. You need to show everyone that you meet that you are the right person for the job.
This can be the toughest element about being interviewed due to the fact that the decision to hire is rather subjective. People don’t decide who to hire based on logic or common sense, they hire based on their emotions and if they like you.
Do Nothing the Day before Your Interview
Your interview is scheduled for tomorrow. So far you’ve done the necessary prep work, have already been interviewed for 3 other jobs that you don’t really want, and now you’re in interview mode. The worst thing you could do is stay up all night long cramming like it’s a big test you haven’t studied for.
You should be fresh and alert on the day of your interview, not running on fifteen cups of coffee. If you want to succeed with your interview, you’ll want tons of energy, which you wouldn’t have if you stayed up all night!
Considering that you’ve prepared for the interview in advance, the best thing you can do the day before your interview is nothing! Just relax, spend time with your family, and don’t think about the interview. Eat, exercise, and make sure you get plenty of sleep. The idea is for you to clear your mind and energize your body.
Get That Interview First!
Before worrying what to do on the interview, first you have to think how you could get the interview! One of the best ways to get a lot of interview calls from the right company is to submit an excellent resume, tailored to the position you are applying for. Sometimes, crafting a resume might be even harder than mastering the art of interview, so why not leave it in the hands of professionals?
A creative resume could also help you during the interview. When you submit a creative resume, you have stolen the interviewer’s attention from the beginning. Then, the interviewer will be much more enthusiastic about your prospects at the company when he/she is interviewing you.