Jun 7, 2021 in Career Coaching
Job interview preparation advice.
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So, you've done an amazing job with your resume and now you've reached the next step, the job interview. This is probably the most difficult part of securing a job.
Like most, you've probably heard all of the most common interview tips. Here, we want to cover advice from professionals who know the best practices when it comes to preparing for a job interview.
Here are 9 steps to nail your job interview. Read this article by Cindy Makita, Online Career Coach.
Uncommon job interview advice by Experts
Louise Jenner shares her top interview tips about several factors including bringing up real-life examples during the interview and how to add a little humor at the end of it.
Prepare for online (zoom) interviews by considering your backdrop and lighting. Ensure that your interviewer can see your face clearly and that your camera is at eye level. Having the interviewer looking up your nose is not the way to create a great first impression!
When answering a question use specific, real-life, examples wherever possible. There is a world of difference between knowing the theory of what should be done in a situation and being able to do it. Your interviewer is looking for evidence that you can do it!
At the end of the interview, try to leave the interviewer in no doubt that you want the job. There are a number of ways to do this but a cheeky “When do I start?” with a twinkle in your eye can have the desired effect!
Alternatively, you could say: “Thank you for seeing me today. I’ve really enjoyed meeting you and I would love to become part of your team.”
Here are top 2 interview tips. Written by Louise Jenner, Online Career Coach.
Mary Whitaker explains how to craft examples and stories and even gives the formula for it. She also talks about how you should reread the job posting before your interview.
Congratulations, you have been invited to an interview. So how do you ace it to get the job offer? First, it is critical for you to be yourself and honest in your answers.
Second, and most importantly ask yourself, what are the 3 most important skills I need to do this job? Once you have identified the essential skills not just the hard skills be prepared to showcase how you have demonstrated these skills for the interviewer.
Third. You need to relate your experiences to the job. This is where storytelling is so critical in your answers. If you have no experience in a work environment, think in terms of how you would respond to the situation by incorporating what you learned from your recent courses.
Before you go to the interview, reread the job posting and for each point ask yourself to tell a time when you did what they are asking in the job posting.
Craft your stories and examples to be realistic and time-sensitive, meaning you must be concrete in your stories and a formula and the one I use is CARE – Challenge, Action, Result, Evaluation.
Above all practice, practice and practice your answers with a Career Coach who can give you constructive feedback on improving your answers.
Remember the purpose of an interview is to tell the interviewer how you do the job. The underlying reason why people will hire you is they want to work with you because they like you. So ask yourself, why would I (the interviewer) want to work with you?
Maniyadeth Narayanan discusses how to address questions that could potentially be asked along with some tips on how to do some research while preparing for the interview.
Mind the job description resume gaps
I advise my clients who are preparing for job interviews to glean the JD (Job Description) and their resume and list any skills or experience stated in the JD that they may not be having. Prepare for the interview on how to address any questions that might be asked about these JD-Resume gaps.
Know the needs of the company
Job seekers typically focus on the job requirements as specified in the JD. They are well-advised to do some research on the company they are interviewing with and identify how their experience and expertise can meet the needs of the company. Some examples are "increased productivity”, “reduced costs”, “increased customer satisfaction/retention”, “solutions to specific problems” etc.
All the best with your next job interview! Remember, you are one step closer to securing the job so put your best foot forward. It's understandable to be nervous before the interview. If you need help with preparing for it, you can read articles written by professionals on WikiExpert and even follow this topic to stay updated on the latest.
If you'd prefer to have an Expert to help you prepare and show you the best practices on how to ace an interview. You can book a session with one of our Online Career Coaches.
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Read this article by Cindy Makita, Online Career Coach to see how to research a company before an interview.