People often get nervous as soon as they hear about a job interview. Most of them worry more about the questions they will have to answer in the interview without taking into account that it is not only a test of knowledge, but also of behavior and honesty. It doesn’t matter where you studied, how many degrees you may have, how much experience you have, or who you know. The really important thing is how to face it successfully to be the chosen candidate, and it is essential to approach them correctly and with a correct attitude, since, that, is the key to success.
The tips that we are going to give you below, as well as the free workshop that you will find below, will be of great help and will serve to keep you calm and focused instead of being a bundle of nerves.
The first thing you should do is go prepared
Research the company
Spend some time doing your homework, such as informing yourself on the company’s website, researching the vision, objective, strategy, products, finances, departments, competitive advantages, competition, work culture and management of it. If the company does not have a website, try to search Google, LinkedIn or other professional or social networks for any information that is of interest and help you learn more about it. The more you know about the company, the more likely you are to impress your interviewers and show them how much you care about getting the job.
You can find ways to demonstrate security during the interview by talking and referring to aspects, objectives or details that you found on their website.
It shows that you also know what the position entails. If you know the qualities that interviewers are looking for, you will find it easier to sell yourself and show that you possess them.
Be thorough with your CV
You should be fully familiar with all the information on your CV. Read it carefully to make sure there are no mistakes, so you don’t get perplexed by questions the recruiter may ask you about inconsistencies or inaccuracies found on your resume, whether it’s about previous jobs or training.
Take care of the spelling. A CV without spelling or grammatical errors will show that you are thorough and detailed. (How to make a good resume)
Think about answers to common questions about the resume.
Be prepared to answer common questions
Although each interview is different, there are some questions that are common, more common and, preparing in advance and knowing how to answer, will give you a good chance of success. Having the answers prepared will give you security and help you to be more comfortable and therefore more relaxed. It is good to have prepared the answers to the most common questions so as not to seem unprepared or surprised. Below we leave you the 50 most frequently asked questions that are usually asked in job interviews.
Also, you should be prepared to talk about your strengths, as well as your weaknesses and how you are trying to overcome them.
Prepare to ask at least two questions
At the end of most interviews, recruiters or HR managers will give you the option to ask them a question. The ideal thing is that you have prepared some questions and choose the ones that are most relevant to ask; this will show that you have researched and that you are motivated by the position.
Ask if you could contribute more to the company
Ask if in addition to performing the tasks inherent in the position you can participate or collaborate in another way with the company. For example, if you are applying for a teaching job at a school, you can ask if you can also participate in extracurricular activities.
Prepare to explain why you would be a good fit for the company
You have to be prepared to say why you would be the ideal candidate for the company. See what the company’s employees are like and what the company values most when it comes to the position you’re looking for. Use words or expressions that are well valued to convey, effectively, why you possess the required qualities and why you would be perfect for the job you are being interviewed for.
Some examples of what you can say:
“I am fully aware that communication skills and communication itself are of vital importance for any company, as they help to promote projects, facilitate agreements and make possible the exchange of information between people. That is why for many years I have prepared myself thoroughly, which has helped me to close agreements and strengthen relationships with other companies thanks to the social and communication skills I acquired, as a result of my training and experience“
“I’m excited about all the teamwork this position requires. I have extensive experience working actively and successfully in teams and would be eager to bring that experience to this company.”
“Direct contact with the client makes me more motivated and helps me strive more and more every day to achieve my goals, as well as allows me to demonstrate my gift of people and ease of treatment”.
“Knowing that I am contributing to the well-being of people gives me great satisfaction and helps me feel fully fulfilled and, therefore, motivated with my work.”
Try how to answer questions in different ways
Ask a friend to read your list of questions or do it yourself in front of a mirror. Try to answer them without reading, keeping your gaze firm and always looking into your eyes, although looking down or hesitating at first is normal. Do this several times, trying to focus your answers in different ways each time. The more you practice, the more natural your answers will be when the interviewer asks you the same or similar question.
Prepare to talk about any changes you’ve had in your career
Be prepared to summarize your previous work experiences and explain how they contributed to developing or enhancing the skills and knowledge required for the job you are aspiring to.
The day of the interview
Controlling times is vital
The road to the interview can be the most stressful, especially if you leave in a hurry. That is why we recommend that you arrive at least ten minutes before, since arriving a little earlier will denote punctuality and concern for work. Being late is unforgivable and the excuses will be worthless. In addition, if you arrive with just the right time you will not have time to calm down to enter mentally relaxed.
The way you dress will say a lot about you. Avoid bright colors and eye-catching or ostentatious jewelry. Regardless of the job you aspire to, it’s a good idea to wear a clean, well-ironed suit, even in a casual business environment. You should start by dressing professionally to make a good impression in front of the interviewers who, normally, will be dressed formally.
Here are some tips:
- Make sure you get well and pay attention to your hygiene. If you don’t devote time and effort to your appearance, it will show.
- Try on your clothes for the job interview at least a few days before to make sure it favors you and that there are no problems with anything.