Knowing How To Best Navigate A Job Interview Can Be A Key For Future Career Successes
By Tyng Kam, Stride Career Prep Success Coach
Attending a job interview can be an uncomfortable experience for most people. But, there are ways to help improve your comfort level. So, here are a few tips that could help you ace your next job interview...
Do your research before an upcoming job interview
Every article you read about preparing for a job interview starts with this advice. It’s the most important thing you need to do to land a job offer. You will want to find out everything you can about your potential employer. Be sure to review their website and social media channels thoroughly, to leverage this advantage.
LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and the company’s website all provide you with the information you’ll need to be prepared for a job interview. While the company website offers you information about their business and organizational culture, their social media postings give you insights into their recent activities, which you can use as a conversational starter. For example, let’s say that the company’s Facebook page recently posted a recent employee team-building event, at your favorite escape room in town. It’s a good piece of information to bring up during the interview, highlighting that you love team activities and the challenge presented at an escape room.
Turn your anxiety into excitement at the job interview
Most people feel nervous in the moments leading up to the job interview. An effective way to handle anxiety is to re-frame negative energy into excited energy. Because excitement and anxiety produce many of the same neurological responses, the difference is in how we interpret these emotions. Switching between the two can be a matter of thinking positively or negatively. Recent research from Harvard Business School professor, Allison Brooke, indicates that you can convince yourself that you’re feeling excited just by repeating, “I am excited,” to yourself. So, don’t try to calm yourself down at your next job interview. Instead, turn the energy into excitement, to help yourself perform better.
Let your personality shine during the job interview
By the time you’re invited to the actual job interview, you have proven that you already qualify for the job. It’s time to show your personality and to make yourself relatable. If the interviewer asks you about how you like to spend your free time, then it’s a great opportunity to share some personal information about your interests and hobbies.
You can strategically select hobbies that match your qualities for the open position. For example, if you enjoy competitive sports, then it’s a great hobby to bring up during a job interview for any sales-related positions.
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