There is nothing like the lovely mix of emotions you experience when you get ‘the call’ requesting an interview – excitement, relief, pride, hope – AND, then you remember you haven’t scored the job yet. Ah ha, the nerves set in!
Here are 3 tips to help you prepare for your big day:
1. Be prepared to answer “The Why”…
– Why are you interested in the company? This is a great chance to show the person interviewing you that you’ve researched the company website and background. Let them know you love the mission statement or refer to something on the site, such as a charity event they took part in and how giving back aligns with your values.
– Why do you feel you would be a good fit for the position? It’s time to brag a little. Make sure you’ve researched the job description so that you can provide concrete examples as to why you are a fit for the job. If they’re looking for someone with conflict mediation skills, share a time when you’ve had to mediate a conflict. If they’re looking for someone who works well in a stressful environment, let them know how you keep organized and a time you’ve had to deal with a stressful situation. Get my drift?
2. Smile, Stay Connected and SHINE…
– Smile. No, you don’t have to sit there wide-eyed, showing all your teeth… that’s just awkward for you both! I’m currently laughing as I visualize that picture. But, it’s very important to let them know you want to be there! Be mindful of your facial expressions. Exude a pleasant and welcoming vibe and this will attract the interviewer to your conversation. Part of giving off a pleasant vibe is remembering to remain calm… breathe! Relax. You got this.
– Stay Connected. Remember to stay connected through eye contact and non-verbals. Let the interviewer know that they have your full attention and that your focus is on getting the job! Some non-verbals include: smiling; lightly nodding your head along as your interviewer speaks; and nice posture.
– SHINE. From the time you walk through the company doors, your interview begins. I will say it again, look pleasant… smile! Walk tall, but not arrogant. When you meet the receptionist or as you walk by others in the office on your way back to the interview room, present yourself in a professional and friendly manner. Say “hello” and if you have a chance to generate conversation with anyone while waiting for your interview, do so. This is a way to get comfortable and calm yourself before the interview. It also shows your personality and those coworkers could be “little birdies” who deliver a positive message about you to the interviewer.
3. Be YOUrself!
– Yes, I mentioned quite a few tips and pointers above, but the most important thing is to be yourself. Don’t lose who you are through all the pressure and preparation. When you get nervous or question if you’re right for the job, you have to remember… they CHOSE YOU for the interview based on your resume, skills and qualifications. You have what it takes! The interview is the best part because all you have to do is show up and speak to what’s on your resume. I know, easier said than done. Our silly nerves can get the best of us. But, you need to OWN your skills and qualifications. KNOW you have what it takes for the job, and CLAIM it. That job is yours.
– Before your real interview, run through mock interviews if you can. Visualization is a powerful tool.
– Always send a follow-up ‘thank you’ note or email after your interview.
– Following your interview, reflect on what you did well and what you could improve on. We are always learning and growing!
If you have any further questions regarding interview prep, feel free to reach out to me through the “Contact” page of my site or email JenniferLeeLifeCoaching@yahoo.com. MAKE IT HAPPEN!