“If you lived in the wild, you'd need to know how to make fire to survive. But you live in an urban world, and you need to make money. That means you need a job, and the only way to get a job is by turning a job interview into a job offer.” - Martin Yate
At Four Pillars Executives, we understand that interviewing can be a difficult and stressful experience for many people. The knowledge that someone else is appraising your work ethic and your judgment in under an hour can be unnerving. In addition, there is the uncertainty and waiting after the interview to see if you got the position. However, despite all the potential stressors, our office has some key tips for advice when it comes to interviews.
1.Show off your best self. At an interview, you always want to present yourself in a way that shows your professional side while not hiding your personality. Dressing professionally, having a pad folio with questions, and giving hard copies of your resume to your interviewer are great ways to show that you are genuinely interested in the company and position. It can also be a great way to break the ice at the beginning of the interview.
2.Practice your answers before arriving. While it can be difficult to know what questions you will have to answer in any given interview, you can still practice potential answers. Many companies ask behavioral questions like, ‘tell me about a time when you worked in a team’. These questions are designed to see how you react in different situations and having prepared scenarios always looks better.
3.Do not be afraid to tell your interviewer about your real weaknesses or scenarios that put you in a bad light. We learn from every experience, and showing that you became better after a poor situation shows that you will learn from your mistakes. In addition, if asked about them, have unique weaknesses to present. Interviewers don’t like to hear a weakness that is actually something positive, such as being a perfectionist, because it is what everyone uses. Using these standard answers can often come off as insincere.
4.Finally, you should be confident in your interview with regards to your skills and qualifications. Being nervous is natural, but there are many ways to increase your confidence. We recommend watching the following TED Talk on body language.
Remember that each of these tips will help you towards the goal of turning your job interview into a job offer, and hopefully make it into a fun, positive experience. As you prepare for your next interview, keep these tips in mind.