As a job seeker, it’s important to realize that different companies have their own styles when questioning candidates. Some may speak to you in a friendly and comfortable way so that you’ll let your guard down, while some recruiters may attack you aggressively to find out if you are able to handle all the responsibilities of the job.
Whatever the style of interview is, here are three key ways to ace your next job interview:
Figure out who you really are. You must have an understanding of what you really want in life. Do you have a realistic image of who you are as a professional? (Or what kind of professional you want to be?) How much do you understand and value your skills and achievements? How much have you improved as an employee over time?
Keep in mind that recruiters need to know who you are as a person beyond the skills and experiences you’ve had in the past. If you cannot convey who you are through compelling stories, then you are missing an opportunity to demonstrate your personality, intelligence, and even your potential.
Keep your anxiety in check. There’s no denying that an interview is nerve-racking. Anxiety is normal if there is a lot on the line or you’ve been dreaming of working for a certain company for a long time.
However, it is still important to keep yourself calm, cool and collected during the process. In order to avoid butterflies in your stomach, practice with a friend and/or family member.
It is important to prepare as much as you can, since you don’t want to miss out on the big opportunity in front of you.
Don’t forget to dress appropriately for the interview. Choose and prepare your clothes ahead of time and make sure you know the location of the interview to avoid running late that day. Arrive early to avoid giving a negative first impression.
Research about the company. Most job seekers often forget how important this step is. Knowing the company’s background is vital. It lets the recruiter know how serious you are about getting the job. If you can’t bother to find out something about the company, how can the employer trust you to do research on the job? As a candidate, it’s so important to learn all that you can about the organization. You can use different social media platforms and even the company’s website to keep up with events.
As much as you may have prepared for the interview, don’t forget to exude a positive attitude for a more sincere and genuine conversation with the recruiter.
Go ace that interview!