The job interview: the one component of the job search process we most love to hate.
While the interview serves as a sign from the employer that you are being strongly considered for a position, it also can be a huge source of angst for candidates who fear they’ll take themselves out of the running by making critical mistakes.
A great way to overcome job interview anxiety: begin feeling good about the process!
Need help getting there? Here are five killer tips to build your interviewing confidence:
1. Conduct Research
One great way to build your job interview confidence is to conduct plenty of research on the company you’re applying with, the recruiter and the position offered. A common question interviewers ask is, “Do you know anything about our company?” Most times, candidates are forced to answer “No.” If you’re able to share the company’s background information and showcase knowledge of its future goals for the position in question, you’ll undoubtedly catch the interviewer off-guard, in a great way!
2. Locate Sample Interview Questions
There are many sample interview questions floating around the Internet that can help you gauge the types of questions you could be asked. Take time to review those questions — and come up with great answers—to ensure the actual interview flows fluidly. Remember, keep all your answers focused on how you can help the employer!
3. Practice Often
A great way to build your confidence for the interview is to practice before the big day. You can do this by answering questions in front of the mirror to read your own facial expressions and body language. Or have a friend or mentor act as the interviewer to help you simulate the actual environment.
4. Make Sure You Have No “Skeletons”
An important step in preparing for your interview is being able to discuss your career history; articulating your goals with the company and in your professional life are right up there, also. As you look back over your career, research yourself online to make there are no digital skeletons on the Internet that could negatively affect your interview. Remember, companies conduct background checks often via search engines, so it’s up to you to ensure your social networking profiles are professional, or private.
5. Decide What the Job Is Worth
You may be asked about salary expectations, so it’s good to prepare an answer. Aside from salary, it’s important to think about working hours and work-life balance, benefits, networking opportunities, available mentorship, chance for advancement, social media policies… and much more. Give the total package some thought before arriving at the interview – and not just the salary.
In addition to taking the above steps, it’s great to find a professional outfit you feel comfortable wearing. Feeling good in your clothes – and knowing you’ve fully prepared to do very well – works wonders in boosting your confidence before the big day!
For this post, YouTern thanks our friends at Great Resumes Fast!
About the Author: A nationally recognized resume expert, Jessica Hernandez is President/CEO of Great Resumes Fast and a former human resources manager and recruiter. With more than ten years’ experience directing hiring practices for Fortune 500 companies, she has developed innovative and proven resume development, and personal branding strategies to generate powerful results for clients.
As a global resume authority and trusted media source, Jessica has been featured and quoted on CNN.com, Monster.com, Job Talk America radio, SmartBrief, International Business Times, and more. Jessica has her Bachelor of Science degree in Communications/Public Relations from the University of North Florida. Contact Jessica on Twitter!