Looking for a new job is no joke especially in these tough economic times. It takes a lot of patience and talking to a lot of people to get leads for job openings. You also need to invest a lot of time and effort when you undergo the job hiring process – sending your resume, filling out personnel forms and, of course, going through the grueling process of job interviews.
For most, the job interview is the one thing they dread the most because you are going to talk with someone who will decide if you will go through the process or get rejected. Another source of anxiety is finding the answers to questions that will be asked. But it shouldn’t be such a problem if you prepare yourself for the job interview and anticipate what the questions will be.
When going for a job interview, prepare yourself first. Wear your business attire and look smart. You need to make a good first impression.
When answering questions, always remember that honesty will make you answer questions faster and allow you to sound more natural and sincere. Being honest will also make you appear as a trustworthy individual, which any company prizes.
Be very positive. Nothing kills an interview more than a negative demeanor. Act morose or negative or pessimistic and you can say goodbye to that job. No one wants to hire a negative person because their energy only affects the office environment.
The job interview is there so that the company will find out more about you. Do this by highlighting your skills and experience every chance you get. Try to inject your skills and capabilities when answering questions. If the job you’re seeking is along the same field as your previous job then cite your achievements and successes in that field.
Do you have any kind of special training, or extra education that is related to the job? Then mention it during the interview. Any kind of job training or extra knowledge is always welcome and if they find out about this that’s an extra point for you.
It’s a great idea to always highlight your achievements during the job interview, but humility is also a welcome trait that will be appreciated. If you think some of your achievements could not have been made if not for the help of some people then acknowledge their help. For example, you can say that your boss was a great influence and helped guide you.
Finally, never badmouth your last job or the company you worked for even if you left the company on acrimonious terms. You’ll just create an image that you’re a backstabber and that you’ll probably do it in the company as well if you get hired. Try to skirt away from questions that will put you on the spot.
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