A new year, a new beginning.
Will 2017 be the start of a new career for you?
If you are looking for more job satisfaction this year and are considering a change of career then you might want to start by brushing up on your interview skills.
Job interviews are a huge challenge for some people.
If you are to stand any chance of succeeding at your next job interview then you might want to start preparing in advance to give yourself enough time to ready to succeed.
One of the most common challenges that candidates have at a job interview is that they just can’t seem to get the right words out. Have you ever wondered why that happens? This is actually a common problem that many interviewees experience. One of the reasons this happens is due to the way we process information. What do I mean by this? Allow me to explain.
When I first started “preparing” for interviews I used to sit there and read all the potential questions that I thought were going to be asked. I then thought of the possible answers and wrote them down. I did this all mentally without verbalising them out. The problem with this method is that we think and communicate in different ways. At times we use visual communication methods and at other times we use auditory or verbal communication methods.
At an interview most of the communication we use is verbal or auditory. We are either listening or talking whereas when many people prepare for interview they use a visual communication method which is reading. Can you see the problem here? The problem is that we are using a visual communication method to prepare for an interview which is conducted mainly via auditory methods.
After I realised this important point I started practising my interviews by either reading out the possible questions and answers to myself audibly so that I could hear myself answering the questions. I also started practising interviews with people I know who worked in the field that I was applying for. These techniques greatly improved my interviewing skills.
Out of the two methods I mentioned I would say that practising interviews with someone in the field of work you are applying for is the best method as you will be able to get extremely valuable feedback on your interview technique from someone who works in the field. If you practise for an interview by yourself how would you know if you are doing well or not? There would be no one there to give you the valuable feedback that you need to succeed.
We often take certain things for granted at an interview like body language, tone of voice, enthusiasm, important details, repeating key points etc. When you practise for you interview with someone who works in the field you are applying for or better still a job interview coach expert then you are more likely to get a feel of what it is like to be in a real interview. You will feel the emotions and pressure of being in a real interview. It will be conducted in real time.
Another benefit of conducting a practice interview is that you can practise as many times as you feel you need to, to get it right. Believe me once you practice an interview with either a person who works in the field you are applying or a job interview coach you will think to yourself why didn’t I do this earlier.
It was only after I followed this advice myself did I start to do well at job interviews and actually started landing the jobs that I went for. Try putting this advice into practise yourself and see how much it can improve your job interview skills.
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One of the mistakes some interviewees make during an interview is to not ask any questions. Not asking any questions during a job interview gives the impression that you are not as interested in the job as you should be. That is not the type of impression that you want to make.
When it comes to asking questions during a job interview, you may be wondering what type of questions you should ask. Before examining the type of questions that you should ask, let’s talk about the type of questions that you shouldn’t ask. For one, you are advised against asking about the pay or raises. Salary is something that should be brought up by the interviewer. Your main goal at the interview should be to give the interviewer enough reasons to hire you. If and when salary is discussed, you may want to ask about raises, but it is advised that you refrain from doing so, at least right away.
Nowadays many employers provide information about their company, like a company brochure or a link to their online website. You are advised to thoroughly examine all of the information given to you, whether that information be online or in print. Using the information one question that you may want to ask during a job interview is about the company’s future? Are there any plans for expansion? How does the company rate against the competition? These are interesting questions that show that you want to work for a successful company, one that will be around for a long period of time. Asking about the stability of a company gives a good impression of yourself, as it often means that you are also looking for stability.
One of the possible questions that you could ask is about the average workday or workweek. For instance, if you were hired for the job, what would your workdays or workweeks be like? What type of tasks would you be required to complete?
You may also want to ask the interviewer some questions about their experience with working for the company, but do not get too personal. You could ask them about how they like working for their company. Ask about when they started working for the company and what level did they start at. If they advanced, ask if it was relatively easy to do? Does the company in question tend to promote from the inside up or do they hire new employees? This may get you on a personal level with the interviewer, which tends to make your interview more memorable.
The above mentioned questions are just a few of the many that you may want to ask an interviewer during a job interview. In all honesty, you are advised to use your best judgment when asking questions, but it is important that you do ask at least some.
When it comes to getting a job that you applied for, your interview will certainly play a crucial role in whether or not you are shortlisted. If you are able to secure a job interview for one of the roles that you applied for, you are advised to proceed with care. Here are 5 tips that will go a long way towards helping you land that job.
1. When going to a job interview, it is important that you turn up suitably dressed. You would be quite amazed to learn how many work candidates show up to a task interview in unappealing, unprofessional clothing. Even if you are applying a simple job as a cashier at one of your local supermarkets, it is still advised to dress appropriately for the interview. For some jobs a smart dress or business suit might be required. Sometimes a simple pair of black trousers and a white shirt is better than a pair of jeans.
2. You are likewise advised to bring a pair of duplicates of your CV to your interview. This is something that lots of work candidates do not think of doing, yet it is really a smart move. Of course, you might have previously submitted your CV to the company holding the interview, however it is vital to bear in mind that they possibly received hundreds, if not thousands, of CVs.
3. During the interview, you will certainly be asked a number of different questions by the interviewer. It is worth taking the time to research some of the questions you are likely to be asked. Find someone with experience in the field that you are applying for and do a few practice interviews with them. One of the typical questions asked is about your strong and your weak points. One the biggest mistakes that a job applicant makes is mentioning that they do not have any weaknesses. In reality every person has the very least one weak point or something that they want that they could improve on. It’s best practice to be truthful and admit this. Naturally, you don’t want to overdo it. What you could do is try and present your weakness a strong point and talk about how you are working on trying to improve your weaknesses.
4. At the end of most interviews, the majority of interviewers ask the interviewee if they have questions. At this point it is recommended to ask some questions. Even if you don’t have any questions to ask, think of some in advance. Lots of interviewers use the “do you have any questions?” question as a way of gauging the applicants level of interest in the job/company. Many are turned off by interviewees who do not have any questions. Some associate this with not being interested in the job or the business. Even if you ask about just how the company began or just what the chances are for going up the company ladder, you are recommended to ask questions. Naturally, beware with the inquiries that you do ask. You do not want to appear too pushy or overbearing.
5. At the end of your interview, it is important to thank the interviewer for their time. It is tough for some to visualize, but an easy thank you actually goes a long way nowadays. It is also suggested that you send out a thank you note to the interviewer you met with. This might not always raise your opportunities of landing the job, yet it will certainly make you look professional.
By keeping the above mentioned tips in mind, you should be able to have a successful interview.