Interviewing for a job can be nerve-wracking. You may feel uncomfortable “selling” yourself or fielding unexpected questions, or the prospect of having to meet and impress new people may be challenging. However, interviewing is a skill you can learn, with the right tips and techniques, you can become a master at sharing your value with potential employers and presenting yourself effectively at interviews, inreasing your chances of getting the job.
Job interview preparation tips:
- Do your research.
Gather information about the company and the position available. Try to specifically relate your experience to the duties the job opportunity requires.
- Record your practice sessions.
Pay attention to body language and verbal presentation. Practice using positive body language to signal confidence, even when you’re not feeling it. Instead of tentatively entering an interview with your head down and eyes averted, for example, try standing tall with your shoulders back, smiling and maintaining eye contact, and delivering a firm handshake. It will make you feel more self-confident and help to put the other person at ease.
- Handle logistics early.
Have your clothes, resume, and directions to the interview site ready ahead of time, to avoid any extra stress.