How To Prepare For A Job Interview And Land Your Dream Job
Via Forbes : Preparing for a job interview is tough and sometimes the pressure can get the best of us. The best way to walk into an interview is with confidence and that comes with being prepared. Know what you want moneywise, focus on how to present yourself as an asset to the company and leave a lasting impression.
Here are five ways to land your dream job:
Remember you will be judged on appearance
It’s an ugly reality, but it’s true. You should always dress to impress for a job interview – for both yourself as well as the interviewer. According to the Wall Street Journal “Knowing you look your best for an interview creates confidence. Be sure to get that suit pressed well in advance of the big day, break in your shoes and don’t go overboard with flashy accessories or designer touches.”
Prove you will go beyond what is asked
Actions speak louder than words when it comes to the workplace because a lot of people can make promises, but if you want the big bucks when it comes to negotiating your salary you’ll have to work for it.
Bring real life examples to your job interview about how you’ve made a difference in the past. Knowing you will take action instead of being reactive is likely a big plus for potential employers.
Showcase your skills outside your job
If there are several candidates hoping to land the same job, think about what sets you apart. Prove to the hiring manager that you’re a valuable asset to the company above and beyond the current job. Relate your skills to the current position, but make sure it’s clear that you’re a valuable asset to the overall company with additional skills.
Relate the money to your performance
Salary negotiations are part of any job interview process. The last thing you want to do is put time and effort into researching a company and preparing for a job interview only to receive a lowball salary offer. Make sure your money expectations are clear from the get go and tell them why you’re worth the cost.
It’s very rare that a hiring manager will lead with their final offer so it’s O.K. to negotiate your salary – just state what you bring to the table and why you feel your work is worth a higher pay rate.
If you and other potential candidates have the same skill set, education and experience ask yourself why the employer would choose you over the others. It’s probably because they liked you more. Be professional, but personable and build a relationship with the hiring manager.
You want to be friendly and let the interview flow like a conversation. You may be nervous, but don’t let nerves get the best of you. The hiring manager could be interviewing several candidates throughout the day and you want to leave a lasting impression. A smile and direct eye contact can go a very long way.
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