Either you’re currently employed or just about to look for the first job you most probably already know how important a job interview is. There’s a great deal of factors you need to pay attention to: your look, the way you speak, arriving to the place on time, and, most importantly, the things you say to the interviewer. There are certain do’s and dont’s when it comes to the latter. We’ve got you covered about all that. Read on and prepare to get yourself the job of your dreams.
”Let Me Tell You about That Experience.”
An interviewer is going to ask you about your general and professional qualities that make you an appropriate candidate for the position. Don’t limit yourself to direct answers to the questions. Share an anecdote, that illustrates the answer and proves your point. You can prepare the stories beforehand. What proves your discipline, creativity or ability to meet strict deadlines? Make sure each story is well-evidenced, clearly connected to the question and concise. A recruiter will appreciate your sharing a relevant experience, not useless chatter.
”I’ll Do Anything to Work Here.”
This phrase should definitely be avoided. Most of employers want their people to be determined and purposeful. Saying you’re ready to do anything for the position you basically demonstrate low self-esteem and make your candidacy less desirable. What’s worse, you may come across as needy and desperate. Show you’re a serious player in the competition for the job. Concentrate on your strengths and previous experience and make them want to hire you.
”Can You Be More Specific?”
Don’t hesitate to ask for clarification, when you actually need it. Any interviewer will appreciate your ability to demonstrate not only self-presentation, but also listener’s skills. Quite often success on a certain position depends on effective communication with others and getting accurate and precise information when it’s necessary. Proving your ability to do this during the interview will surely increase your chances of getting the position.
”I know I’m Not an Experienced Employee, but…”
If you’re interested in making a good impression at the interview, don’t start it with excuses. Employers will look for the reasons not to hire you themselves. Spoon-feeding your weaknesses will do you no good. You may truly not have enough experience in the sphere. There’s no need to fixate on that. Talk about your background and motivation, that makes you a perfect fit for the opening. Be positive and enthusiastic. These traits will get you closer to the result you need.
”I’ve Read About this Project on Your Website…”
Do your homework. Analyze the information about the company before the actual encounter with its representative. Showing awareness of the main achievements and activities of the company will prove your genuine interest in getting the job. Plus, doing the research you’ll understand what kind of people the company is looking for much better and will be able to pose far more reasonable questions about your future in the company to your interviewer.
”Ugh, My Previous Job…”
Don’t ever say bad things about your last company. First, it demonstrates a serious lack of corporate ethics. Second, it rises a lot of questions about your professionalism. Third, it encourages your interviewer to ask for very detailed reference from the previous employer. People care about their reputation. If you can speak ill about the company you’ve worked for before, how can you guarantee maintaining the positive image of this one?
”I’m Ready to Work and I have a Plan”
You need to show that your applying for a position is a purposeful, mature decision. The interviewer may ask you about your career plans or the place you want to be in, say, 5 years. Clarify these issues in your head. Having perspective is helpful both for your professional and personal development. Ask about the next steps that may lead to your future cooperation and demonstrate your being ready to take action to become a part of the company you want to work for.
Job interviews may be quite tiring and frustrating. With these simple, yet effective, tips, they may turn into interesting, exciting experiences. Use our advice and prepare for the journey. Good luck and have fun!