You have strategically identified your, “personal brand.” You have created your business card, and your resume reflects that brand. A few minutes later, your phone rings and you realize you have made an appointment for your first job interview. The last time you were interviewed was seven years ago. You should have started researching possible interview tips and tricks a long time ago. Now you find yourself short on time and in need of quality information. Where do you start?
First things first. Slow down. The information you need is right at your fingertips. With a few key words, you can easily find this information online. However, do you want quick, general information? Alternatively, would you like quality information? If it is the latter, I would suggest searching professional blog sites. Some examples I recommend are Forbes, Huffington Post, Entrepreneur, and Business Insider.
Quality blogs are an amazing social media tool that everyone can utilize. I found some astonishing interview tips and tricks in a blog post by Ken Sundheim. In his blog post, Ken recommends going into every interview with the mindset of receiving the job offer. Here is a list of Ken’s 10 Interview Tips and Tricks:
- Emit positive energy. Be optimistic and upbeat about the outlook of your career and what that looks like to you. Reassure the interviewer that you are the right candidate, are interested in the job position, and are ready to be part of their team.
- Set firm achievement goals for yourself. Prior to your interview, write down some goals of where you want to be in 1 year, 3 years, and 5 years. Hiring managers and interviewers love to hear about your goals and your strategy to get there.
- Think of what you can do to fill the needs of the organization. Refer to the job description. What organizational concerns can you help with? By speaking about how you can help the organization achieve their results, they are more likely to offer you the job.
- Remember to be approachable and likable. The manager is looking at you to see if you are going to fit in with the workplace culture. They are looking to see if you will get along with others and will enjoy working there. Try to connect on a personal basis. Relax, and smile.
- Stay focused and fully engaged during the interview. If you start to get nervous, just slow down and focus on what the interviewer is saying.
- We learn from our mistakes. Therefore, there is no such thing as a bad interview! Stay strong, and approach the interview with optimism and confidence.
- Remain positive during the interview process. If you find you are having a difficult time answering questions, positive energy will allow you to regain your focus and engage with your interviewer. Try not to take the tough questions personally.
- Be determined in your efforts. Make it a personal goal of yours to ace every interview you have. Your goal is to make positive connections throughout the entire organization.
- Prior to your interview, write down some questions you have regarding the organization, and/or the job position. Make sure you are comfortable with the questions you choose to ask.
- Remember, you will find positives and negatives with any job that is out there. Focus in on what you enjoy about the open position. Write down the benefits of working for a company such as this.
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