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Via Forbes : Five Tips To Ace A Job Interview

Looking for a job can be a daunting task and many times it takes sending more resumes than we care to admit before receiving the elusive phone call to come in for an interview. You may think that getting the interview was the hard part, but as many of us know, a job interview is nerve wrecking, to say the least. Whether applying for a summer job or your dream position, we all get hit with pre-interview nerves. Interviews are inevitable so being able to do it well is an important skill if you wish to have career progression in the future. Luckily, like any skill, it can be honed and shaped with practice and experience, each becoming easier than the last.

So how do you ace that next interview? Here are some tips on how to nail your next interview from the eyes of an interviewer.

Make a good first impression

It is often said that people make their initial judgements about someone in the first five minutes of meeting them. Keeping this in mind is essential for getting off on the right foot with an interviewer. Start before you even enter the building through your chosen wardrobe. Interview attire can speak volumes about your professionalism. This does not mean you have to go out and buy an expensive outfit but more make sure that clothes are ironed, hair is styled, and that all aspects of your appearance is well groomed. Once you arrive at the interview, make sure to know the name of the person you are meeting and whoever you encounter, provide them with a friendly smile. Small effort and genuine gestures can go a long way and sometimes that great first impression is what can set you apart from the rest of the competition.

Do your research

Familiarising yourself with the expectations and job requirements of the role you’re applying for is an expectation for any job interview. This also includes taking it a step further by researching the company itself and, perhaps, the interviewer. Understanding the company’s current and past projects or clients, as well as the industry as a whole, will give insight into the way the company is run and shows preparation and enthusiasm from your side. Taking the time to practice potential interview questions will also calm your nerves and ensure you are prepared. Thankfully there are hundreds of websites offering examples for you to use as a guide. Being prepared and taking the time to research is an overall great way to ensure conversation flow, avoiding any awkward situations and demonstrating initiative.

Ask questions

Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Show the potential employer that you are honestly interested in the role you are applying for and looking to learn more about the company. Find out how many people are in the team, who you would be reporting to, as well as the core expectations of the role. This will provide important information and also allow you to determine if the position and company would be a good fit for you. At the end of the day, employers want to hire people who they believe will suit the job and work environment. By asking questions, you will be able to make an informed decision if offered the job and the interviewer will be impressed by your enthusiasm.

Confidence is key

Interviewers tend to look for employees who are comfortable and confident, so whether you feel it or not, fake it till you make it. A firm initial handshake and maintaining eye contact is a great start to showing confidence. Remember, the interviewer has seen something in your CV and cover letter that they believe would make you a good fit for the role, otherwise they would not have bothered to meet with you. Be confident with your skills and remember, you know your experiences better than anyone. Make sure this shines through and the interviewer will see what a happy, confident employee you would make, demonstrating you as a strong asset and increasing your chances of gaining that position.

Build a rapport

Building a rapport with your interviewer will provide you with an upper hand to the rest of the applicants applying for the same position. People hire people and if you are able to build that connection from the start, you are more likely to be memorable when it comes to shortlisting candidates. You can easily do this during your interview by breaking the ice with a compliment about the workspace or simply asking the interviewer how they are. At the end of the day, just be the warm friendly version of yourself and treat the interview like a conversation to provide an open line of communication between you and the interviewer.

Via ValueWalk : How To Ace Your Next Job Interview

In October 2009, with 10% unemployment, and fierce competition, finding a job was a struggle for many. Now unemployment is at a low 3.9%, but job hunting is taking longer than ever. In the United States, it takes an average of 24 days to go from applicant to employee, with multiple interviews and interactions along the way.

Why is the job hunting so much harder? With new technologies to filter through resumes, recruitment through social media and internet job boards, candidates have a hard time standing out from the crowd. Cover letters are nearly obsolete, and often go unread after being filtered through screening software. More than half of job seekers, both young and old, don’t bother to write a cover letter anymore. Here’s what to do when you finally land an interview:

The Basics

The fundamental rules of interviewing remain unchanged. Arrive a few minutes early, but not too early, and never be late. Dress appropriate and show good hygiene. Talk about yourself in a positive manner, but don’t exaggerate your experience. Be polite and friendly to everyone you meet in the company, and avoid distractions.

Everyone should know better than to answer their phone in the middle of an interview, you might consider leaving it in your car or turned off to avoid the temptation to check any messages or notifications. Whatever you decide, keep your phone out-of-sight while your visiting the company. Checking Facebook while your waiting for the interviewer may seem harmless, but it can look unprofessional to recruiters.

Saying something dumb in a job interview is sure way to get yourself disqualified. Avoid asking about pay before the interviewer brings it up. Don’t complain about your old boss or coworkers. Ask thoughtful questions that show your interest in the company. And be careful about complimenting others, so your remarks won’t be misunderstood.

Culture Fit

Once you’ve got the basics down, it’s time to think about how to show the interviewer you’re a good fit for the company. Show you can be a good fit for the company culture by being personable and easy to talk to. Getting to know a bit about the company before your interview is a great way to show your interest and enthusiasm for the job. The more you know about the company, the easier time you’ll have showing the interviewer you’re a good fit.

Read this infographic for more interview tips.

Via Business.com : 3 Interview Strategies That Will Always Get You a Job Offer

Over the past 15 years, Rob Reid has mentored 80 graduates to get a job offer from their first interviews, with a 100 percent success rate. Here’s what they’re doing right.

When I applied to my first job out of college, I wasn’t as well prepared as I needed to be, and blew the interview. I didn’t get the job, which happened to be the dream agency I wanted to work for at that time. This wasn’t an easy pill to swallow. But, what I learned from personal challenge, I have used to help new graduates avoid repeating my experience – and nail interviews for their dream jobs.

Recent graduates are often told to focus on resume optimization and to highlight the most attractive accomplishments of their (mostly) limited professional and academic experiences. While emphasizing high GPAs, interesting studies and prestigious internships may get you in the door, it won’t get you an offer. In my own experience working with my mentees, I have found that the best advice for interviews is to reverse what most people do and demonstrate your potential, not your limited experience and resume.

Over the past 15 years, I have mentored 80 graduates, giving them the advice they need to be successful in their first interviews, in industries that range from software to pharmaceuticals, and positions in finance, sales, marketing, engineering, and more. I have a 100 percent success rate: Each of the 80 graduates have received a job offer from the first company they interviewed with.

Here are the secrets for a successful interview my mentees have used to obtain their dream jobs:

Do Your Research

Employers will look for the candidate who not only shows a passion and natural curiosity for their business, but also a candidate that’s willing to take the time to do dedicated research.

Do everything you can to learn about your prospective employer. Read all about the company – everything they publish. Understand what they do and how they do it. Be able to quote a thing or two a company leader (or your interviewer) has said. Before you go to the interview, ask yourself: How prepared am I to discuss the company’s business?

Ask (Many) Questions

Thoughtful questions demonstrate interest and give the company an idea of your analytical thought process. When preparing for the interview, ask yourself: How many questions do I have? What kinds of questions are they? In what order will I ask them? Asking a strategic mix of questions, not only about the company and its business, but also in response to the conversation during the interview, naturally shows off your research and ability to strategically string thoughts together on the fly.

Don’t be afraid to ask too many questions. In fact, ask questions about customers and competitors, too. This is your chance to get an idea for how the company thinks internally – beyond the external research you’ve already conducted.

Demonstrate Your Value

Show your prospective employer how you can leverage your knowledge – and curiosity – to contribute to the job at hand.

To show how you will bring the most value to the company, more than any other candidate, be careful to avoid simply selling yourself on past job experiences – that’s what other candidates will do. While discussing your knowledge and passion for the company’s business, demonstrate both how you fit into the business and how you will bring value to the company. Utilize your research and questions, mentioning select anecdotes from your own experience. Perhaps you can hone in on a particular challenge the company faces and ask if they’ve tried an approach that you’re familiar with. Share that experience.

While every interview and candidate is different, I have found that when mentees apply these principles to their interview techniques, no matter what the industry, they have received a job offer. However, the most important thing to remember is that even if you have limited experience, showing curiosity, understanding and a willing attitude demonstrates that you have what’s needed to thrive in business, setting you on a path for success.

Via US News : How to Build Authentic Confidence for Job Interviews

Nothing is more confidence-boosting than thoughtful, thorough preparation.

Most job hunters know that confidence is an essential part of making a good impression in an interview. Take a look online and you’ll find all kinds of articles offering tips to help boost your confidence: Recite a powerful mantra! Remember past successes! Visualize the outcome you want!

You’ll also find articles to help you fake confidence. After all, the real thing can be hard to come by. Why bother if you can make yourself look confident with a little eye contact, the right suit and some vocal modulation?

Of course, it’s far more effective to walk into the interview with true, authentic confidence rather than rely on tricks that create the illusion of confidence. But how do you get there? The answer is easier than you might think.

Preparation.

Nothing is more confidence-boosting than thoughtful, thorough preparation.

Anxiety, nervousness and self-doubt come from not knowing what to expect and feeling like you could somehow mess it up. But, with preparation, these fears can be laid to rest. Your true character can shine. You can demonstrate authentic confidence in yourself because you’ve done the groundwork. You’re not just winging it.

Once you understand this fundamental truth, the question then becomes: “So, how do I prepare?” Here are five specific things you should do.

1. Educate yourself on interview practices at the company.

The internet has made it impossible for any organization to keep their interview practices totally private. Websites like Glassdoor.com allow users to share their experiences in detail, which gives you a significant edge. Dig around a little and you may find specific questions previous interviewees have been asked. You may learn about what to expect in terms of format and timing. There’s no guarantee that you’ll have the exact same experience, but it’s still worth a little investigation.

2. Educate yourself on the different types of interviews.

There are a wide variety of interview formats, each with their own set of pros and cons. While you don’t have a say in which type of interview you get, you can prepare yourself for all of them – whether it’s a panel interview, group interview, behavioral interview, one-on-one, video conference or something else.

Based on format, you might need to switch up your approach. Take some time to learn about the common mistakes people make in each. That way, you can be sure to avoid them if and when you find yourself in that particular situation.

3. Practice your introductory statement.

Almost every interview starts with a basic request: “Tell me about yourself.” Your response to this first question will set the tone for the entire conversation. Don’t leave it up to chance! Define exactly what you want to say, construct a well-thought-out response and then practice it until it’s second nature.

To be clear, practice it out loud, preferably with another human being. If you can only practice with your dog, that’s better than nothing. But a real person will be able to give you valuable feedback. Whatever you do, don’t practice solely in your own head. There’s something important that happens when you take thoughts and craft them into audible sentences. Things that might sound good in your inner monologue completely change when spoken. You shouldn’t be hearing something come out of your mouth for the first time during the actual interview.

4. Practice telling your accomplishment stories.

Interviewers love to hear specific examples of how you’ve used your skills to positively impact organizations in the past. These are accomplishment stories, and your interview should be full of them! Even if you’re not directly asked to share a story, doing so will help give you a tremendous edge over others who are only giving generic responses. Instead of speaking in hypotheticals, you’ll be sharing tangible evidence of your abilities.

Of course, you can only do this effectively when you have a few stories top of mind. You don’t want to be digging around trying to think of one on the spot. Without some prep work, you may forget important details or find yourself going off on uninformative tangents.

Instead, come up with a handful of awesome stories that can be used to demonstrate a number of different talents. Practice telling them in a way that is succinct and still descriptive. Then, during the interview, you can seamlessly weave in a story that aligns to the topic at hand.

5. Practice answers to tricky questions.

With a little internet digging, you’ll find a slew of common tricky interview questions – things like, “Tell me about a time when you failed,” and “What’s your biggest weakness?” These questions shouldn’t come as a surprise and they don’t have to throw you off your game. Practice answering them clearly and concisely, in a way that demonstrates self-awareness.

Without thinking these things through ahead of time, it’s easy to come off as inauthentic as you try to “spin” your response in a positive direction. On the other hand, it’s also easy to accidentally step into the danger zone by sharing too much.

The truth is, you should answer such questions honestly and explain how you’ve used negative experiences to help stimulate growth. This kind of answer shows you’re both mature and capable of personal reflection. However, to strike the right tone, you need to give it some thought ahead of time. People who struggle with these questions are simply not prepared for them.

Remember that confidence is not a mysterious character trait that some people have and others don’t. It is a natural byproduct of preparation. When you do your part ahead of time, it will show up.

Via Hivisasa : 5 crucial job interview tips no one tells you about

How you present yourself during an interview is what drives your interviewer to recruit you into the company.

The secret to passing an interview lies with how you present yourself.

Below are five interview tips no one tells you about.

1. The first few minutes and the last few minutes are the most important

First impressions are everything. Walk into the interview room looking smart, confident and smiling. Your first impression will determine what your interviewer will take you for. Being jovial and happy can also make them dump their morning moods. For the last few minutes, give them a handshake and maybe ask for their business cards and thank them before walking out of the room.

2. Do not give one-word answers

Interviewers don’t like one-word answers like yes or no. In most cases such answers are said to be offensive to an employer. They can take it to mean that you are not interested in the job. Back up your yes or no with substantial words to make them see deep meaning in your responses.

3. Believe in yourself, see yourself as the best

All it takes to pass an interview is confidence and determination. Obviously, there is competition but you don’t need to fear that anymore. Have a mindset of ‘I can make it’ and you will surely ace it. Being invited for an interview is a clear sign that you are just a step behind the finish line. Prove to the interviewer that you indeed qualify for the job and make your last step to the finish line.

4. Put your personality first

Your personality is far much important than your papers. Be positive, respond accordingly to the questions asked, show passion in the job you intend to be given. Having a good personality will make you floor your fellow interviewees who have great papers but dull personalities. Let your personality back up your CV.

5. Be honest

Honesty is a very important life virtue. Being honest does not only improve your chances of landing the job but also keeps you free and secure. You may not get the job if you don’t have the required experience but again you won’t get the job if you are caught providing false information.

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