Let’s face it; nothing is more nerve-wracking than a job interview. You’ve filled out the job application form and submitted your resume with ease, but now that you’ve got a date and time for your interview, you’re scared out of your wits.
You run through the hundreds of possibilities that could go down during that interview and all the number of ways you could mess it up and you think “How could I possibly prepare for this?”
Well there is no need to worry, we’ve got you covered. We’ve listed down some helpful tips and tricks to get you through that job interview.
Plan Ahead and Do Research
This is the most obvious, yet most overlooked – come prepared for your job interview! However, coming prepared doesn’t just mean donning a perfectly ironed shirt and printing out extra copies of your awesome resume.
Coming prepared means brushing up on your resume and knowing the company and the job inside out, so you can anticipate the questions.
Enthusiasm is Key
The number one thing that turns off potential employers is a bad attitude. No matter how good you think you are, your ego isn’t going to get you anywhere.
Employers are looking for someone they can work with, not just someone who’s talented. If you show them that you’re eager, ready, and easy to talk to, you will seem a lot easier to work with as well.
Use positive words like “challenge” instead of “problem.” Don’t speak negatively about your peers or past employers, and lastly, be open to their suggestions and try not to seem defensive when given feedback.
Prepare for the two questions that stump most first-timers
Most employers like to pull out two questions during the job application that, while seemingly simple, often leave candidates scrambling for the right words. These two questions are:
- What are your weaknesses?
- Why are you the best person for the job?
During the application process, employers use these questions to figure out if, beyond your skills and talents, you’ve got the personality to boot too. So how exactly can you go about answering these questions?
When asked about your weaknesses, the best approach would be to humbly admit the things you must improve on. You can then follow this up with what steps you’re actually taking to improve on these skills.
Beyond trying to figure out what could potentially bring you down, employers also want to know if you are aware of your faults and if you’re open to improving yourself.
When asked why you’re the best person for the job, it’s important to note that this question isn’t meant for you to list down each and every one of your skills. To answer this question in the best way, you can tell your interview just what you can do to help their company specifically.
What your employer needs is to know how valuable you are to them. If you can provide them with just what they need then you’re more likely to be considered.
Don’t Be Late
Lastly, as obvious as it seems, many applicants still turn up late for their interview. This is a huge sign that you don’t take the job very seriously, and that you may be more of a liability than an asset to the company. Be punctual always.