Be The Brave Woman In That Interview Room

We live in a highly competitive world, and everybody wants to be their best and have the best job that they deserve.  Make it evident that you are the most worthy of all others who are in the same room with you by acing the interview.

 

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…research has shown that unstructured job interviews have a validity of roughly 20%, meaning that flipping a coin would actually be more likely to predict who will succeed in the workplace. — Ben Dattner Ph.D.

Make yourself stand out by emphasizing how best you communicate and how relevant your skills are to kill the job you want.

 

Many who are called for a job interview do not realize it, but my professor once reminded us that a job interview actually starts the moment the HR called to inform you that you are going to have an interview and you said yes and agreed to the date and time.

 

You got to prepare yourself from that moment to the big day you have been waiting for.

 

Do Your Research

It is time for you to hit the books and know your potential employer and the company.  It will allow you to talk during the interview how best you can be an asset to the team.

 

Show Interest On Your Interviewer

Make eye contact with your interviewer, and try to have a connection.  That will give you a chance to create a relationship and a more relaxed environment.  If possible, know who the interviewer will be and check on them on their social media account.  But do not be too familiar as if you are close friends. Your values are still of utmost importance.  It is just to build a rapport with your interviewer and to allow them to remember your enthusiastic mood.

Preparing good answers for the questions you dread most may help you feel calmer and more composed going into the interview. Invest some time in thinking of tactful ways to handle difficult questions, but try not to obsess. — Amy Armstrong, MS, NCC, MCC, LPC

Tell Me About Yourself

It is often the first question in every interview.   Be sure to organize your story by making it concise and clear.  You can review your resume and just point out the highlights of what you’ve achieved so far.  Having a story that is short and sweet is the best way to illustrate relevant expertise.

 

Practice Makes Perfect

An interview can be nerve-racking.  Studying the job description well and having an understanding of what the company is about gives you an idea on how to answer possible questions by knowing your strengths and what you can possibly bring in to the job.

 

Find a friend who you can practice with and get feedback regarding your body language, how fast you talk, how relaxed you look.

 

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Talk To Yourself

Do not overthink.  Tell yourself that it is just an interview, a conversation.  You still can look for other job opportunities just in case.  Take this as an experience that might help you be comfortable the next time you’ll be summoned to do another interview.

Healthy self-esteem is a realistic assessment and acceptance of our strengths and limitations. It doesn’t mean we’re conceited, but that we respect and accept ourselves, warts and all. — Darlene Lancer, JD, MFT

It’s The Big Day

Time for you to break the ice and bring energy into the room.  You can ask your interviewer how things had been especially when your date of interview was just after a holiday or a weekend.  The interviewer may look grumpy, but do not let it distract you.  Show your interest by asking him questions related to the job.  It is an opportunity for you to sell your experiences and expertise.  Always remember, he is still the boss, so be watchful of his reactions and be polite.

 

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The Don’ts

Knowing what not to do’s during an interview is as important as knowing what to do.

  • Never take a chair that swivels if you have a choice because when you get nervous. You will have the tendency to spin back and forth, and worse you might jerk, fall, and get injured.
  • Avoid lighting a smoke before an interview; no perfume can cover up for that.
  • Do not overdress.  Wear clothes that fit the occasion, something that you feel comfortable with, not too loose or too clingy.
  • Avoid the VIP feeling.  Never forget your values by being polite and courteous to everyone in the office, not only your interviewer, to make a great first impression of you.
  • Never check messages while the interview is ongoing.  Turn off your phone if possible or put it in silent mode.
  • Avoid tapping your pen.  Nervous people tend to fidget.   Put your pens on the table or inside your bag so you are not holding anything you can fiddle.  It will be helpful if you keep your hands on your lap.

 

A job interview is not your ordinary final exam, so never cram and find out what the job is about.   It is not your opportunity to show off your classy dress but to show off your abilities in a polite manner.  Never forget to be honest with your interviewer and ace that interview.