20 Tips for Great Job Interviews!

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20 Tips for Great Job Interviews!

You have your job interview scheduled. Congratulations! Now is the time to prepare, and we will help you. Below we have some information on how to succeed in an interview, and get the job you want! Keep up.

1. Research the industry and the company.

An interviewer may ask how you see your company’s position in your industry, what your company’s competitors are, what its competitive advantages are, and how to move forward. For this reason, research the market well, and see where the company is in this market!

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2. Clarify the reasons why you want the job. 

Get ready to go into all job interviews with three to five key points in mind, as what makes you the best candidate for the job. (“I have good communication skills….). 

And be prepared to tell the interviewer why you want that job, including what interests you, the rewards you find valuable, and the skills you have. If an interviewer doesn’t think you’re really interested in the job, he won’t give you an offer no matter how good you are!

3. Anticipate the interviewer’s concerns.

There are always more candidates for positions than vacancies. So interviewers look for ways to filter people. Put yourself in their shoes and ask yourself why they might not want to hire you (“I don’t have that,” “I’m not that,” etc.). 

Then prepare your defense: “I know you may be thinking that I may not be the best fit for this position because [your concern]. But you should know that [reason the interviewer should not be overly concerned]. “

4. Prepare for common job interview questions.

Every “how to interview” book has a list of one hundred or more “common interview questions.” (You may wonder how long these interviews last if there are many common questions!) 

So how do you prepare? Choose from any list and think about what questions you are likely to encounter, considering your age and status (about to graduate, looking for an internship, etc.!). Then prepare your answers, so you don’t have to mess with them during the actual interview.

5. Align your questions to the interviewer.

Go to the interview with some smart interviewer questions that demonstrate your knowledge of the company as well as your serious intent. Interviewers always ask if you have any questions, and no matter what, you should have one or two ready. 

If you say no, not really, he may conclude that you are not as interested in the job or the company. A good question for all purposes is: 

“If you could project the ideal candidate for this position from scratch, what would he look like?”

If you are having a series of interviews with the same company, you can use some of your prepared questions with each person you know (for example, “What type of person would you most like to see filling this vacancy?”) So try to think on one or two other questions during each interview itself.

6. Practice, practice, practice.

It’s one thing to go prepared with a mental answer to a question like, “Why should we hire you?” It’s another challenge to say it out loud, confidently, and convincingly. The first time you try, you will look confused and confused, no matter how clear your thoughts are in your mind! Do this 10 more times, and you will sound much smoother and more articulate.

But you should not practice while on stage with a recruiter; rehearse before going to the interview. The best way to rehearse? Get two friends and practice interviews with each other on a round stage: one person acts as an observer, and the “interviewee” receives feedback from both the observer and the “interviewer.”

Go for four or five rounds, switching roles as you go. Another idea (but definitely the second-best) is to record your answer and then replay it to see where you need to improve. Whatever you do, make sure your practice is to speak out loud. 

7. Score a success within the first five minutes.

Some studies indicate that interviewers make decisions about candidates within the first five minutes of the interview, and then spend the rest of the interview looking for things to confirm that decision! 

So what can you do in those five minutes to get through the gate? Enter with energy and enthusiasm and express your appreciation for the interviewer’s time. (Remember, he may be seeing many other candidates that day and maybe tired. So bring that energy!)

Also, start with a positive comment about the company, something like, “I was really looking forward to this meeting [not” interview “]. I think [the company] is doing a great job in [a particular field or project], and I’m very excited about the prospect of being able to contribute.”

8. Stay on the same side as the interviewer.

Many interviewers see job interviews as adversaries: candidates try to take an offer from the interviewer, and the job of the interviewer is to hold it. Your job is to turn this “tug of war” into a relationship in which both are on the same side. 

You could say something as simple as, “I’m glad to have the chance to learn more about your company and let you learn more about me so we can see if this is going to be a good game or not. I always think the worst thing that can happen is to get hired in a job that is wrong for you, so no one is happy! “

9. Be assertive and take responsibility for the interview. 

Perhaps with the effort of being polite, some generally assertive candidates become excessively passive during job interviews. But politeness is not equal to passivity. An interview is just like any other conversation; it is a dance in which you and a partner move together, both responding to each other. 

Don’t make the mistake of simply sitting around waiting for the interviewer to ask you about the Nobel Prize you have won. It is your responsibility to ensure that he leaves knowing the main qualities.

10. Be prepared to deal with illegal and inappropriate issues.

Questions about age, gender, religion, marital status, and sexual orientation are inappropriate and in many illegal areas. However, you can get one or more of them. If you do that, you have a few options.

You can simply answer with a question (“I’m not sure how relevant this is to my work”) or try to answer “the question behind the question”: “I don’t know if I will decide to have children in the near future, but if you are asking if I am going to leave my job for a long time, I can say that I am very committed to my career right now.

11. Make your goals clear.

If a tree falls in the forest and no one is there to hear it, did it make a sound? More importantly, if you communicate your goals during a job interview and the interviewer doesn’t understand, did you score? On this question, the answer is clear: no! So don’t bury your goals in meaningless stories. Instead, tell the interviewer your points clearly.

12. Think positive.

No one likes a complainant, so don’t dwell on negative experiences during an interview. Even if the interviewer asks, “What courses did you dislike most?” Or “What did you dislike most about your previous job?” Do not answer the question. Or, more specifically, do not answer as asked. Instead, say something like, “Well, I actually found something about all the classes that I enjoyed. 

For example, although I found [class] very difficult, I liked the fact that [plus point about class] “or” I liked [a previous job] a little, although now I know that I really want [new job]. “

13. Close on a positive note.

If a salesperson came to you and demonstrated your product, thanked you for your time and walked out the door, what did he do wrong? He didn’t ask you to buy it! If you get to the end of an interview and think you really would like the job, ask! Tell the interviewer that you really want the job, that you were excited about it before the interview and are even more excited now, and that you are convinced that you would like to work there. 

If there are two equally good candidates at the end of the survey, you and someone else, the interviewer will think you are more likely to accept the offer and may be more inclined to make an offer to you.

Better yet, take what you learned about yourself from your assessment and use it to explain why you think this is the job for you: “I did a careful career self-assessment, and I know I’m more interested in [one or two your most important topics of professional interest] and, correct me if I’m wrong, it seems that this position would allow me to express those interests. 

Finally, I know that my strongest skills are [two or three of the strongest skills that you made of yourself, and I see these as the skills you need most for this position. “If you follow this tip, you’ll be (a) asking for a job, (b) explaining why you think it’s a good game, (c) showing your consideration and maturity, and (d) further disarming cable dynamics that the interviewers anticipate as strong as possible “close”, and that is worth a lot!

14. Bring a copy of your resume for all interviews.

Have a copy of your resume with you when you go to every interview. If the interviewer misplaced your copy, you save a lot of time (and embarrassment on the part of the interviewer) if you can simply remove your extra copy and hand it over.

15. Don’t worry about sounding ‘canned.’

Some people are concerned that if they rehearse their answers, they will sound “canned” (or overly polished or simplified) during the interview. Do not worry. If you are well prepared, you will sound soft and articulate, not canned. And if you are not so well prepared, the anxiety of the situation will eliminate any “canned” quality.

16. Make the most of the “Tell me about yourself” question.

Many interviewers start interviews with this question. So how should you respond? You can get a story about where you were born, what your parents do, how many brothers and sisters and dogs and cats you have, and that’s fine. But would you rather the interviewer write what kind of dog you have, or why should the company hire you?

Consider answering this question with something like, “Well, obviously I could talk about a lot of things, and if I’m missing what you want, please let me know. But the three things that I think are most important for you to know about me are [your quality points]. I can expand a little if you want. Interviewers always say, “Sure, go ahead.” So you say, “Well, regarding the first point, [give your example]. And when I was working for [company], I [example of another quality point]”. Etc. This strategy allows you to focus the first 10 to 15 minutes of the interview on all your key points. The “Tell Me About Yourself” question is a golden opportunity. Do not miss it!

17. Speak the correct body language.

Dress appropriately, make eye contact, give a firm handshake, good posture, speak clearly, and don’t use strong perfumes! Sometimes interview sites are small rooms that may not have good air circulation. 

You want the interviewer to pay attention to your professional qualifications, not faint because you entered using Chanel # 5 and the candidate before you used an onion, and the two will mix to form a poison gas that results in you not getting an offer! (Moment of relaxation)

18. Be prepared for “behavioral” job interviews.

One of the most common interview styles today is to ask people to describe experiences they have had and to demonstrate behaviors that the company considers important for a particular position. 

Talk about a time when you made an unpopular decision, had a high level of persistence, or made a decision under time pressure and with limited information, for example.

The first step is to anticipate the behaviors this hiring manager is probably looking for. Step 2 is to identify at least one example of when you demonstrated each behavior. Step 3 is to prepare a story for each example. Many people recommend using SAR (Situation-Action-Result) as a model for the story. Step 4 is to practice telling the story. Also, be sure to review your resume before the interview with this type of format in mind; This can help you remember examples of behaviors you may not have anticipated in advance.

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19. Send thank-you notes.

Write an email after each interview. Enter each note and email it, depending on the interviewer’s preferences. Customize your notes by referring specifically to what you and the interviewer discussed; for example, “I was particularly excited about [or interested in, or happy to hear] what you said about…” Handwritten notes may be better if you are thanking a personal contact for helping you with your job search, or if the company you are interviewing is based in Europe. Whichever method you choose, notes should be sent within 48 hours of the interview.

To write a good thank-you note, you will need to take time after each interview to write down a few things about what the interviewer said. Also, write down what you could have done best in the interview and make adjustments before leaving for the next interview.

20. Don’t give up!

If you had a bad interview for a job that you really think would be a great option for you (not just something you want so much), don’t give up! 

Whether this strategy will give you a job offer depends on the company and you. But one thing is certain: If you don’t try, your chances are exactly zero. We have seen this approach work on several occasions, and we encourage you to do so.

If you follow the 20 strategies above in the job interview, you are as prepared as any candidate an interviewer has ever seen. 

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