By Engineers Sourcing Marketing
BY ALISON DOYLE
Keys to Effective Interviewing.
Practice and Prepare.
Research the Company, and Show What You Know.
Develop a Connection With the Interviewer.
Get Ready Ahead of Time.
Be on Time (That Means Early).
Try to Stay Calm.
Follow Up After the Interview.
Avoid These Common Interview Mistakes.
Successfully Handle Any Type of Interview.
With each job interview, you are meeting new people, selling yourself and your skills, and often getting the third degree about what you know or don’t know. And, you need to stay upbeat and enthusiastic through it all. This can be a challenge, especially when you’re interviewing for a job you would love to get hired for.
That said, there are ways to make a job interview feel much less stressful.
Just a little preparation time can go a long way. The more time you take in advance to get ready, the more comfortable you’ll feel during the actual interview. Remember, though, that a job interview is not an exam: you don’t need to study for hours on end. Instead, prioritize researching the company. That way, you’ll understand exactly what they are looking for in a new hire, and be ready to discuss your experience and what makes you a great fit for the job.
Ultimately, these are the keys to effective interviewing:
- Project confidence
- Stay positive
- Be able to share examples of your workplace skills and your qualifications for the job
Take the time to work on your interview skills so that you can develop effective strategies to use in all of your interviews. With some advance preparation, you’ll be able to nail the interview and showcase the experience that makes you the ideal candidate for the company’s next new employee.
- Where do you see yourself in five years? …
- What are your strengths/weaknesses? …
- Why should we hire you? …
- Tell me about yourself / your past work experience. …
- Why do you want to work for us? …
- What are your salary expectations? …
- What skills or experience will help you succeed in this role?
- Research the company to learn as much as possible about the employer, and be prepared to match your qualifications to the company’s job requirements.
- Practice answering the most commonly asked interview questions and have questions of your own ready to ask.
- Have an interview outfit ready, so you can interview on short notice without worrying about what to wear.
- Take the time to follow up after the interview with a thank-you note.