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How to Prepare for Job Interview
It is Stressful...
... but that's normal. This is the situation similar to the first date. You don't know what to expect and what impression you will made. And it doesn't matter how many times you've been on the first date, every time is different, and you will always be nervous.
The more important date it is, or the better job, it will be worse. But that's why you need to prepare yourself, and don't panic. You can only show yourself the best possible way when you are relaxed and calm.
If you are called to a job interview, that means they had a good reason to call you. Managers are a very busy people and they don't just call to chat with random candidates.
So, at this point, you have a good reason to be confident. And of course, not to disappoint the nice people who want to hire you.
Where to start?
There are few important questions that you should think about
- what do you know about this organization?
- what do you know about specific job position you are applying to?
- what do you want to tell them about yourself?
- how will you act in different possible situations during the interview?
So, what do you know about your potentional employer?
You may know a lot about them, but that's not the regular case. Sometimes candidates just apply for as much jobs they can and then forget about that. And when they call you, you have to be ready.
Thanks to the Internet, this is not that difficult task anymore. You should research organization that wants to hire you as much as possible, in order to find out what you can expect in your interview. If we talk about big and important company, you should know that there are more people that want to work there because of the simple reason of security that it provides to it's employees. That also means that interview will be more strict and that professionals like managers and psychologist will participate and observe you.
This is not necessary a bad thing, but you should be more careful. They have experience and can recognize if you are lying or pretending to be something you are not.
Also, they will probably ask you if you know something about them, and being prepared for this type of questions can present you in the better light. Everybody likes well informed associates.
And what you know about your desired position in that company?
If you have any friends that can tell you their experiences from that field of business, you absolutely have to talk with them. If someone you trust can share their honest opinion and knowledge with you, you will certainly be better prepared. A lot of different employers ask the similar questions and have similar tests for their candidates, so other people experiences are very important.
Even if you don't know anyone personally, there are always a lot of forums, blogs and other web pages that can inform you well. Many people share their experiences all around the Internet, and you should use this opportunity to find out more about your future job and it's requirements.
For example, if you find out what type of person is needed for that kind of work, you can show that side of your personality during the interview.
What to tell them about yourself?
Obviously, during the interview you don't want to say that you are lazy or irresponsible person or something stupid like that. But their goal is not just to see why are you the best person for them, but also to find out if you are not.
And they will ask you questions accordingly. Again, you can talk to your friends or look on the Internet to see what type of questions are usual for that type of job. And than you should think well about yourself. Again, don't try to lie them, they are more skilled than you are. But try to think what are your best sides and how to present them. You should also think about things you are not so good at and about your shortcomings, because this will be very interesting to your employer.
So, what will you say? What are your greatest strengths? And weaknesses? If someone ask you directly this two questions, how will you response in order to make best possible impression altogether?
Just Do It!
And than, the time will come, and you will have to go there. Try to be as relaxed as you can, because if you become too nervous, you will forget everything you did during preparation process. So, try to stay calm.
Think well about your dress code. If they didn't say anything about it when they called, try to think what will be your usual wardrobe for that job, and dress accordingly. You can go out only if you like what you see in the mirror. Don't let your looks disturbs you, just look as nice as you can while feeling comfortable.
When you are pleased with your outside, try to be as comfortable with your inside. Remember all the possible questions you were thinking about and you best answers. Think about how ready, and how confident you are after effort invested in preparations. If you don't feel like you are the best person for that job, they wouldn't feel that too.
When you go there, try to think about people from the interview as you are equal business partners. They are on one side of the table, and you are on the other. You have to sell something, and they need your product. If you present it well, your job is done.
Listen very carefully and watch every move on the other side. Think very carefully and then speak, even if you have prepared answer to that question. They should think that you just come up with that, and that is your natural reaction. Try to stay calm during the whole interview and to act with dignity and respect.
On the exit, shake their hands, make the eye contact and thank them for calling you.
Give your best, and of course, good luck!