Ace Your Interview With Confidence – 5 Steps to a Great Interview
Going for a job interview? It is important that you give the impression of a qualified and a confident person who is not only capable of doing the job at hand but also taking initiatives and crisis management. Here are some tips to ace the interview.
Yes, you read the headline correctly. Confidence is your first step and most important aspect of pulling off a great interview and getting that dream job. Clearly, the employer already thinks you are qualified and is interested in your past work and accomplishments-otherwise, you wouldn’t have landed the interview in the first place! So take a deep breath and focus on that fact: they already like you! Now let that idea replace any self-doubt you might have and walk in with total confidence. After all, if it looks like you are doubting yourself, chances are, the employer will too.
Keep in mind that the interviewer or the person hiring often isn’t the first person you meet when walking into a business. Be friendly and courteous to everyone-your interview begins the second you walk through the door.
You’ve probably heard this before, but I can’t stress enough how important it is to make eye contact and smile genuinely when greeted by your interviewer (or anyone, for that matter). Eye contact shows confidence and smiling shows that you are happy to be there-two small, easy things that can make a big impact on whether or not you get hired.
Be conversational! The interviewer has already reviewed your resume and qualifications-they aren’t looking for a bullet point list of your accomplishments. Relate your experience to tasks that coincide with the current position you are trying to get. Do your research on the company! Go in with an idea of how to answer standard interview questions (and a few “zingers”) such as:
– What was your biggest work-related accomplishment?
– How do you handle conflict in the work place?
– Give an example of a situation where everything seemed to be going wrong; how did you handle it?
– What is your biggest weakness?
– If you know that your boss is wrong about something, what would you do?
– Why should we hire you?
– What are your future career goals?
Follow up. Yes, I know, they said that they would call you. However, go ahead and send an e-mail (or even better: a handwritten note) thanking the interviewer for their time and reiterating how excited you are about the chance to work at their company. This will let them know that you are serious about working there, and that they weren’t just a stop along your job hunting route.