You’ve been waiting for your chance… and finally it’s here: a job interview!
The date and time are set. The location is all mapped out. And you know you are going to ace the interview.
Except it’s been awhile since you last interviewed… so you begin to second-guess yourself. Doubt creeps in. Anxiety soon follows. And before you know it, your confidence is gone.
You’re not alone: few people interview often enough to feel confident every time. And not every interviewer makes it easy on the candidate. Which basically means job interviews suck. Which really sucks, because companies are dragging out the interview process for what seems like forever; they call you back 3, 4, 5 times for even more interviews! This creates stress and discomfort for both parties involved.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. You can change your thinking and thoroughly prepare for interviews, and make the next one doesn’t suck, if you know how.
And here’s how…
Change Your Thinking
Instead of feeling like you are on the receiving end of an interrogation, consider the interview a two-way conversation. Allow the interview to ask a question and then you supply an answer and follow-up with your own related question.
That’s all an interview is…a conversation between two people trying to learn about each other.
Get Answers To How AND Why
The questions you ask should help you understand what you’ll be doing, but more importantly, why you will be doing it. Questions like: What keeps you up at night? How will you know you hired the right person for the job? What do you expect the new employee’s outcomes to be in a month, six months, and a year? And my all-time favorite, why is this position available? Imagine you are a consultant trying to uncover what the hiring manager really needs.
Armed with a list of solid questions you want answered isn’t enough. You’ll need to do thorough research on the company, the people you will be interviewing with and the competition.
Review the job posting in detail. What requirements do you meet or exceed? Do you have proof? And where do you fall short? What skills do you lack? You better believe the interviewer has noted your shortcomings too and will be assessing you in those areas. Be ready with proactive solutions for how you will overcome the missing skills.
Get Some New Tools
If you are feeling overwhelmed, good. This means you realize it isn’t enough to just show up at an interview and wing it.
Alan Carniol of Interview Success Formula has your back! He’s created a short video to explain some easy steps you can take right now! Alan’s free tips are here.
If it has been a while since you last interviewed, you owe it to yourself to polish your interviewing skills and knowledge. Or, if you’ve had dozens of interviews, but no offers, Alan’s presentation will help you diagnose and fix what you’re doing wrong! To learn what you can do to interview better now, watch this presentation.
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About the Author: Hannah Morgan is a career sherpa, guiding new job seekers through the treacherous terrain of job search. If you are looking for no-nonsense advice, check out her site Career Sherpa, and follow Hannah on Twitter for the latest job search news and trends!