Having a professionally written resume, personalized cover letter, and updated LinkedIn profile may get you callbacks and interviews, but will these things actually get you the job? No! You must also excel at your interview to be considered for the job and to negotiate a salary. There is huge amount of interview prep material available online, in libraries or through the help of a professional interview coach so we are going to narrow this article down to a few key points for you to consider while you prepare for your interview.
Preparation is Key
You’ve probably heard this a million times over but there’s a reason why. Preparation makes a huge difference. While preparing for an interview seems like a fundamentally easy thing to do, it can be a huge challenge. Time and attention are 2 major factors that can derail your preparation ambitions. So here is a suggestion:
- Write out what specifically you need to prepare for or practice. This could mean a specific question like “what is a weakness of yours?”, or brushing up on metrics and achievements you haven’t given recent thought to. Make a checklist if it helps.
- Work backwards and schedule time each day to practice and prepare. If your interview is in a couple weeks, or even in a week, 15 minutes a day may be enough. But DO IT EVERY DAY.
- Mark off the consecutive days on a wall calendar that you prepare. You will start a chain, don’t break the chain!
Do your Research
Learn as much about the company and the position you are applying for so you can be prepared with the right questions. You need to make sure that the position is a good fit for you. You may be able to find some insider information or previous employee reviews on websites like glassdoor.com. Also, doing this type of research will prime you to think about how your current position and accomplishments relate to the job you are applying for. You may be able to anticipate some questions that could arise in the interview.
Invest in Yourself
You are worth investing in. You may be considering a job that requires a certification. Get that certification! You will impress yourself with your ability to learn, you will gain knowledge others within your future organization may rely on, and it could mean a higher salary. Engage in self-improvement, travel adventures, books, and hobbies. Doing interesting things outside of work gives you something interesting to talk about with coworkers or hiring managers and helps boost your image of being a dynamic and rounded individual.
Do things to help you feel more confident. For some this may include going to the gym, excersicing to gain strength or endurance, and for others this may mean freshening up your image with new clothes and hairstyle. Challenging yourself with obtaining a new certification or college course can give you a big boost. This confidence will roll over into your interview and greatly improve your odds. We aren’t talking about being a braggart, just a steady, smiling confidence. This also comes back to preparation. The more you prepare the more confident your will feel in your interview.
If you are unsure about how to prepare for an interview, ask for help. Even if this means you hire an interview coach, you are worth it. Competition is heating up in the job market and you owe it to yourself to help yourself anyway you can to land the job you want. We believe in you, you should believe in yourself too! Best of luck!
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