The Top 3 Secrets to Nailing that First Interview
Did your amazing resume help you get a first interview for a job you would love to do? Excellent! Now all you need to do is nail that first interview.
Going into the unknown, like being interviewed for a new job, is nerve-racking and exciting all at the same time. But, there are secrets that will not only help you get over any nervousness you may be having but also assist you in doing your best.
Here are the top 3 secrets to nailing that first interview:
Secret #1: Practice Answering Interview Questions
While you may not know what questions will be asked of you, you can practice those that are most commonly asked in first interviews. When you do, you will not only be prepared if these questions come up, but you will feel more empowered to answer other more specific questions as well. Also, to prepare for specific questions, go over your resume and look for key points that stand out.
Here are the top 3 most common interview questions and how to answer them:
1. Tell me about yourself
This is the number one interview question asked in offices across the nation. It is generally asked first as it is used to help break the ice during the interview and to put the interviewee at ease. The interviewer is asking you who you are, professional speaking, in the broadest sense. You should talk about where you are in your career, giving examples from your recent job on your positive attributes.
2. Why are you interested in working here? Why do you want this job?
This question may sound like it is easy to answer, but you do need to think it through. You want the interviewer to know that you are interested in the job itself, not only what the job can do for you. Let them know what interests you about the day-to-day work, not the benefits the job has for your lifestyle. Also refer to what you wrote when working with your resume builder about your qualities and how they match this job.
3. Why did you leave your last job? Or why are you thinking of leaving your current position?
Be truthful with your answer to this question to a point. Do not offer any specifics concerning problems you may have had with management, co-workers, etc. Let them know if you were seeking to make more money or a different type of job. If you were let go because of layoffs, you can also share that information. If you are seeking new challenges, be specific with how the new job will help you with that goal.
Secret #2: Present Yourself Professionally
The first interview is all about the first impression. If you pass muster, you'll get a call back. If not, you may not ever receive another call from this company again. Therefore, it is imperative that you place your best foot forward with the first step into their office.
1. Be punctual. Being late for your first interview is a tell for the interviewer. They know immediately that you are not to be trusted with anything of importance. While you may see it as a little trouble with traffic, they see it as future you being late for a client appointment and that is not going to fly.
2. Wear appropriate clothing. A business suit, dress shirt and slacks for men, skirt and jacket or dress pants for women are appropriate attire for a professional interview. Even if the job involves yard work, dress up. It says good things about your self-esteem and self-confidence when you do.
Secret #3: Boost Your Confidence Before You Arrive
Do your research: Learn about the job and company before you make an appointment for the first interview.
Be sure you are interested in the job they are offering, or they will be able to tell by your lack of enthusiasm during the interview. It is true that the more you know about a subject, the more confident you can speak about the subject.
Use this old adage to help boost your self-confidence in the first interview. If while doing this research you find that this wasn't the type of job you were looking for, go back to your online resume builder and tweak the areas that you feel lead to this interview offer.
Tell them who you know. If you know someone who works at the company, and you know they are a good worker, by all means share that information. Getting a recommendation from the person could put you on the top of the stack of applicants.
Remember your body language. When you know you want the job, your body language will show it. You'll act and look more confident about getting the job. Make eye contact, sit up, keep your chin up and speak in a tone of voice that can be heard. When leaving the interview, shake hands, smile and thank the interviewer. Practicing these things in a mirror or with a friend can help.
Interviewing well, like getting it right using your resume builder, is critical to getting the job. By using the tips above you'll be on your way to making your first interview a grand success.
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