How to nail a job interview

7/3/2018

How to nail a job interview

When applying for a job, workers often have to do a lot just to stand out from a crowd of dozens or more other candidates. However, even if they get their resumes or cover letters noticed, their work is far from done. They will still have to do a good job in the phone or in-person interviews to actually get the job, and knowing the best strategies - and what not to do - can go a long way toward ensuring a solid chance of being hired.

It's an oft-stated fact but it bears repeating that in any job interview, it's vital for candidates to feel free to ask questions, in the right way, and taking plenty of notes so they can circle back to important issues throughout, according to sales and business expert Ian Altman, contributing to Forbes. One of the best ways to do this may be a little counterintuitive in the interview process, and that's to approach the hiring manager as an equal, rather than someone that needs to be impressed.

When questions are a little more probing, the conversation could become a little more free-flowing, allowing the right candidate to come off as being a little more impressive and outgoing than others, the report said. 

What not to do
Of course, there are some things applicants may say in the course of a conversation that could be seen as particularly negative, according to Business Tech. For instance, expressing distaste for a previous employer is often a no-no because it will make hiring managers think about what disagreements and negativity could arise if things don't work out for a potential hire.

Likewise, relying too much on buzzwords and other cliches as part of the interview process could lead those conducting an interview to see a candidate as actually being unqualified or perhaps inauthentic, the report said. Instead, having anecdotes that show off a wealth of experience in the areas around which many buzzwords revolve - such as leadership - is often a much better idea.

What to know going in
It's always a good idea for those going into an interview to study the company, but also know what they would like to talk about in an interview that will put them in the best light, according to the Houston Chronicle. Using anecdotes and questions to carefully guide the conversation in beneficial directions can go a long way for candidates because it will allow them to highlight their strengths and rarely if ever be caught off guard by a line of questioning from a potential employer.

As with anything else, the more prep work that can be done ahead of a conversation either in person or over the phone, the better off hopeful hires will be when it comes to knocking the interview out of the park. That, in turn, may give them even more confidence in their ability to come across as a competent, impressive candidate.

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