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How to Pass a Job Interview

Going to a job interview can be a very stressful time for most of us. Many people feel as if they’re not “good” at job interviews and feel they don’t always make a good first impression. Someone who is normally upbeat and feels generally good about themselves most days could instantly feel as if they’re not good enough or not good at answering the typical job interview questions.

Have you ever been on a job interview and the interviewer asks you “Why do you want to work here?” I’m sure you’ve heard of the funny responses like “Well, eating is necessary to sustain life,” or “I need the money.” Of course you would never answer this way in an interview, but those responses are kind of funny to read and think about since it might be what some of you are thinking. Taking the pressure off yourself before a job interview can greatly improve your self-esteem and boost your confidence before heading in for the interview.

Research The Company You’re Interviewing With

Before going in for your interview, you should do some research on the company. Get to know what they provide for their clients/customers and know what their core values and mission statement are. When you go into the interview with knowledge on the company you will be able to show the interviewer that you already have familiarity with their company. You’d also be able to let them know what you can bring to the table and how you can be an asset for them. Knowing some information about the company will also show the interviewer that you’re genuinely interested in the job since you took the time to research and read about the company before you even secured the job.

Dress For The Job You Want

I’m sure you’ve heard this several times in your life from parents, family members and teachers. We’ve all been told through most of our adult lives to dress for the job we want. This essentially means that you should dress professionally when you go on a job interview. Even if the company you’re interviewing with is a casual dressing company, you should still put in the extra effort and dress professionally on the day of your interview. Also, make sure that you’re comfortable as well so that you not only look nice, but you’re confident as well.

Bring a Notepad and Pen

Bringing a notepad and pen with you to your interview shows the interviewer that you’re very engaged and interested in what they have to say. You can take notes to remember names and the various responsibilities you will have if you ultimately get the job. Just be sure that when you’re taking notes to maintain eye contact and nod while the interviewer is speaking to you. You wouldn’t want your head to be down and staring at your notepad the whole time. Taking notes and remembering names can also help you with your after interview thank you note. Some people chose to send their interviewer and post interview thank you note. This shows them that you appreciated their time and the opportunity to be considered for the role.

Being Prepared for Questions

This is usually the most difficult aspect of a job interview for most people since some of us simply don’t know how to answer these questions. I know it sounds silly, but being in a job interview with someone whom you’ve never met can be a bit intimidating.

Tell Me About Yourself

Most of the time the first question you’ll be asked is ‘Tell me about yourself.” Instinctively your brain might be thinking, “Oh my goodness, who am I?” This isn’t a question that should be taken that seriously. The interviewer is not looking for an autobiography on your life. You should be short, clear and concise when giving your answer. Try not to give too much or too little information on yourself. You can start with personal interests, hobbies and possibly a brief statement about your education. Try not to ramble on about yourself and this could bore your interviewer.

Why Do You Want This Job?

This is the time when you would want to highlight your skills and attributes stating why you would be a great fit for the job. Throw in some facts about the company and state why you enjoy the work or services they provide to customers.

Why Should We Hire You?

This question can be somewhat answered with the same facts as the previous question, however this is where you’d want to throw in some facts about yourself. You could let them know that you’re dependable, reliable and always willing to take on new tasks. You could tell them that you’re always on time and you’ve had outstanding attendance at previous jobs.

What Are Your Strengths/Weaknesses

This by far is one of the most popular interview questions that intimidates a lot of interviewees. It’s important to go over your answer to this question before your interview even starts so that you know exactly what you’re going to say. Show the interviewer what they’re looking for instead of telling them. Share an example story of when you put your strengths and weaknesses to work and how you continue to improve on them. As always, let them know how you’ve turned your weaknesses into your strengths.

Everyone dreads having to go on a job interview especially if they have been job hunting for quite sometime. It’s a very stressful time for most people since some struggle to prove themselves. Bottom line is to always be confident in yourself and be positive. If you know that you’re qualified for a job and know that you’d be a good fit, then walk in there with your head held high and stay strong. Show them what you’ve got and make a good first impression.

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