Interviewing for a job is hard right? It usually brings anxiety, nerves, sweaty palms. No fun.
Here are a few basis tips for conveying YOUR best qualities during an interview.
- Don’t be nervous. Easier said than done right? I have interviewed a lot of people over the last several years, and I have to say it is so hard to get a true understanding of someone when they are sitting across from you shaking. I have even seen people cry. Its awful. So here are a few tips to help calm your nerves.
- Prepare. Look up the company you are interviewing with, do some research about them. Spend some time on their website. If you are interviewing for the job, you probably already know a lot about the industry but if not research it. Read the job description and think through why you would be a good fit, what qualities do you have that match up with the qualities you need for the job.
- Dress professionally. But make sure you are comfortable.
- Look up interview questions online. They may be totally different but its helpful to have someone ask you some of the questions to help get you thinking.
- Be sincere and yourself. And look the person asking you the questions in the eye.
- When you are asked a question you don’t need to answer it right away. Its okay to take half a minute or so to think about your response before you respond.
- Its good to ask your own questions. Bring a notepad with you. You may think of questions during the interview, jot them down so you don’t forget. Don’t interrupt.
- Answer questions directly, try to stay on track on not go in a different direction from the questions. Just be straightforward. Usually the interviewer does not want to know more history than what they have acquired in your application, resume, and the interview questions they are asking.
- Bring a copy of your resume with you and the job description if it is possible to print it out.