Interview to Get the Job! Don’t continue interviews for practice or for more interview experience. Going into an interview with that frame of mind will probably not get you the job, since you are not taking it seriously.
There are some guidelines to follow, and working with an interviewing coach can be helpful and alleviate a lot anxiety that you may have with the interview process. Keep reading for one of the first interview tips to keep in mind. 1. It is a conversation, not an interrogation.
One of the biggest mistakes people make when they are interviewing is that they give all of their power away. If they are desperate for a job, they think of the interviewer as the Great and Powerful Wizard of Oz and of themselves as the scarecrow, or scared crow.
The number one skill employers look for is communication skills, so be easy to communicate with. If you can’t talk to the interviewer, how are you going to talk to the clients, customers or patients? The truth is, they need you as much as you need them.
It is important to ask the interviewer questions and try to find some common ground. If you know someone in common, bring it up right away. People like to work with someone who is recommended or has a similar interest. People want to work with people they like, as well as people who have the skills.
There is no shame in dropping a name. The great jobs I’ve had have been a reference from someone I know. If you have used their product or had some experience with their company, bring it up right away. Just like when you go to a party, the first thing most people do is find common ground to build rapport.
Don’t just sit and wait for the interviewer to ask questions. You have some control of the interview process. Don’t be too aggressive but show some initiative. After all, someday hopefully, you will be working with the person who interviews you and may be a colleague.
It’s important to rehearse your answers out loud. Find an interview coach to help if it will make you feel more confident. And remember, it is a conversation, not an interrogation.