from Career Online Blog! by Adil Syed
Tip 1: Role Play
Prepare in advance for the questions you may be asked by the interviewer. Practice sounding natural while having your responses ready.
Tip 2: Be Specific
Know the job you want and communicate it. Don’t be tempted to interview for any open position. To be a good candidate for a job, you need to focus on that job.
Tip 3: Make Subtle Connections
If you’ve participated in community events or have taken extra courses that are relevant to a position, make the connection in your responses. There’s no need to blatantly point everything out. Be subtle. A simple, “When I used to help university student prepare for their statistics tests…” should suffice.
Tip 4: Keep Strengths Relevant To The Job
An invitation to describe your strengths should be met with an explanation of relevant skills. If you’re interviewing to become a shoe salesperson, mention your ability to read peoples’ faces to know where they are in the buying process.
Tip 5: Your Weakness Is Your Strength
Most weaknesses can be described as strengths. But, it requires finesse and practice. You can handle it in 2 ways. First, describe a weakness and explain how it was a learning experience for you. Second, describe a strength as a weakness.
Tip 6: If You Were Terminated, Say It
Don’t be afraid to divulge whether you were fired from another position. It’s likely going to be discovered anyway. Plus, many recruiters understand that terminations often happen to good employees.
Tip 7: Plan Your Objective
Communicate clearly about where you want to be in a few years. But, allow for the possibility of new opportunities becoming available in the company. You can mention wanting to firmly grasp all areas of the business to become a valuable senior project manager.
Tip 8: Make Eye Contact
Don’t avoid your interviewer’s eyes. Look at them directly.
Tip 9: Keep Your Opinions To Yourself
You may have the opportunity to share something in which you feel strongly. Keep it to yourself. If pressed for an opinion by the interviewer, fashion it to your pursuit of the position.
Tip 10: Listen
You’d be surprised by how many people can’t seem to stop talking during their interview. Stop and listen to the interviewer. They may be giving you signals of how to approach a question.
Getting the job you want requires interviewing well. Without preparation, it’s easy to feel anxious and overwhelmed. Take some time and practice. Keep the tips above in mind throughout the interview. If you do, you’ll stand a better chance of securing the job than most of your competition.