It doesn’t matter how many interviews you go to, it never gets any easier. You get anxious every time, but fortunately, here are some tips that will help you get hired.
It only takes a little preparation to make job interviews feel much less stressful. The more time you take to get ready, the more comfortable you’ll feel during the interview.
Why? Well, because the key to succeeding is to show confidence and to stay positive, and the way of doing that is by working on your communication skills that will help you develop effective strategies to use not only in one interview, but in all of them.
Here are some tips that will help you get ready to shine:
1. Practice And Prepare
There are certainly some surprise elements in each interview and there is no way of knowing how it will go. On the other hand, most interviews tend to have the same set of questions and this gives you the upper hand because you can prepare the answers in advance.
Keep in mind, though, that it doesn’t matter how prepared you are if you don’t answer the exact question they are asking you. Bright answers are concise, drawing on concrete examples and highlighting your skills.
2. Develop A Connection With Your Interviewer
Interviews are a two-way street, so you need to build rapport with the person that is interviewing you. If you know the person’s name, use it. Ask questions and show interest in the position, the company, and their values. People tend to hire candidates that seem familiarized with the company’s culture and that resonate with the core values.
3. Research The Company
This is key to succeeding during an interview. If you take the time to read about the company, what they do, how they do it and what their vision of the world is, you are definitely off to a good start. Actually, this is so important that they might actually ask you “what do you know about the company?”
If they don’t, you should try to demonstrate what you know about them any time you get the chance. You can bring up this information in a smart way by tying what you know to your answers.
4. Get Ready In Advance
There’s more to an interview than just being ready to answer questions. Ideally, you should have everything ready the night before: your outfit, extra copies of your resume, pen, notebook, and any additional document you might need.
INTERVIEW FOLLOW UP: HOW TO WRITE A THANK YOU LETTER?
Writing a thank you email after an interview is an important part of the hiring process. In fact, some employers think less of those candidates who fail to send a quick follow-up email. And it is a simple as sending a thank you letter (or email) to let them know you appreciate being considered for the job.
Why is it important?
First of all, sending a thank you email is common courtesy. This shows your potential employer that you are polite and professional.
But not only that. Sending an email is a perfect way to restate why you are ideal for the position and it is also an opportunity to clear up any moments in the interview that didn’t go perfect. You can clarify an answer to a question or add more details if you feel you there were important things that weren’t mentioned during the interview.
When should it be sent?
Ideally, the thank you email should be sent within 24 hours of the interview. As some things might slip your mind, a good way of preparing for the email is by taking notes immediately after the interview ends, so write down all the things you consider are worth reviewing.
What’s the format?
Most employers are fine with just a quick emailed thank-you note, although some of them still prefer a handwritten or typed old-fashioned letter sent through regular mail.
Consider the organizational culture to determine which one you should go for and, once it’s decided, write a note having tour audience in mind and address your interviewer’s concerns. If they mentioned something about your skills or qualifications, this a great opportunity to provide a detailed description of why you would be a perfect fit for the role.
The thank you note should be a kind of a “sales” follow-up letter. This means that you need to restate why you want the position, show your interest and mention again why you would be able to make significant contributions. Remember to proofread carefully before submitting!