Tips for the Job Seeker

How to Calm your Nerves before a Job Interview

Job interviews and nerves often go hand in hand, but those nerves are not insurmountable. One of the easiest ways to calm your nerves before an interview is to be as prepared as possible. Preparation helps you anticipate what will happen during an interview, which in turn helps alleviate some of that fear and anxiety. The more you practice, the more confident you’ll be going into the interview. There are almost endless ways to do this, so I’ve highlighted some of the most effective ways here.

Hold a mock interview.

Recruit a friend to give you a mock interview, so that you can practice giving your answers in real time. This will help you get comfortable with the format and allow you to try out various answers and techniques. Do as many mock interviews as you can until you feel less anxious. Mix things up by having different people play the role of interviewer so that you’re exposed to multiple communication styles. Ask for feedback to see where you can improve as well as what you’re doing well.

Make a list of talking points.

You don’t want to practice your answers so much that you become robotic when delivering them. To avoid this, create a list of talking points. Think about the most important information you want to mention in the interview and write it down. Make note of any statistics and examples you can use to highlight your points. Using this list of talking points will ensure that you remember what you need to say while your answers will still be natural and not overly rehearsed.

Know how to answer the most common interview questions.

There are a handful of questions that come up in every job interview, so prepare ahead of time to be able to answer them with ease. Some of the most common questions are:

Make a list of questions to ask the hiring manager.

At the end of every interview, you’re given the opportunity to ask questions. This should not be overlooked, as it’s a powerful tool for you to learn even more about the company and the job itself. Of course, if you’re nervous, it’s easy to draw a blank and not be able to come up with questions on the spot. Avoid this by thinking of questions you’d like to ask ahead of time. Write them down and bring them with you to the interview. This way when you’re asked, you can simply read through your list of questions and ask the ones that are most relevant.

Try out a relaxation technique.

Sometimes the best way to prepare is to take a break and relax. Relaxation can happen through meditation, exercise, reading, listening to music, being out in nature, or really anything that takes your mind off of your nerves. Experiment with different forms of relaxation to find what works best for you. Allow yourself to have some time away from focusing on the interview. Relieving as much stress as possible will do wonders for calming your nerves.

A bit of nerves going into an interview isn’t a bad thing. Allow yourself to be nervous, but don’t focus on it. Instead, focus on what you’ve prepared and know that you’re ready to deliver a top-notch interview.Source: https://www.forbes.com/sites/ashiraprossack1/2019/02/26/calm-nerves-before-interview/#4b0bce855ccc

Tips for the Job Seeker

Tip #2 – How to Succeed in a Job Interview

How to succeed in a job interview: Before the interview

1. Do your research

Always do your research on a company before  your head into an interview. Wouldn’t it be a shame to get hired only to discover you don’t even want to work there? At the very least, research information about the company and the job, and do a Google search for current news on the company.

Some important information to look for includes what are the latest projects being carried out by the employer, how financially stable the employer is, and how well they treat employees.

Regarding the job, look for information that can help you be more convincing about how you’d be a great fit. Find former and current employees on LinkedIn who’ve had that job and ask them about it. If this isn’t possible, review the job ad and make a list of your relevant achievements. These will serve as talking points during your interview.

Plan to arrive for your interview 10-15 minutes before the appointed time. Arriving too early can confuse the employer and create an awkward situation. On the other hand, arriving late creates a bad first impression and may doom your chances right off the bat.

2. Prepare stories to tell

Part of a successful job interview is your ability to market your experiences and skills as they relate to the job described, and a great way to do just that is by telling stories to illustrate your experiences and successes with those skills.

Stories make you engaging, allow you to show off your personality and demonstrate good communication skills too.

The job description, combined with your research, should tell you which particular skills the employer values most for the job. With that in mind, refresh your memory of stories that best show off your qualifications.

3. Gather your questions

A classic recruiter pet peeve is the part of the interview when they wonder out loud if you have any questions for them, and you simply reply “no.” That can be a big strike against you.

Having questions shows how interested you really are in the role and may also show that you did your homework and should be taken seriously. Prepare a list of questions you’d like answered, It’s ok to refer to your list of questions during the interview.

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4. Dress for success

While your skill and experience should stand on their own, to have a successful job interview, start with your clothing. Dress one level above the job you’re seeking. It’s not all about expensive suits and ensembles — it’s about looking the part and wearing clothes that are clean and fit you well.

If you are unsure of the dress code at the company where you are interviewing, reach out to the recruiter and ask. Once you have a general idea, be sure to choose something that will make you feel confident.

Decide what you’ll wear the night before so you won’t rush at the last minute. Lay out your clothes and make sure everything is clean and pressed.

5. Bring what you need

Although you may have emailed your resume to the company, bring paper copies for you and your interviewer to refer to. It’s also a good idea to have paper copies of your references list in the event that you are asked for them. These should always be on a separate sheet of paper, not on your resume.

Bring a work portfolio with proof of your skills and achievements. Compiling it will build your confidence and jog your memory, while having it in the interview will build your credibility and make it easier to tell your stories.

6. Respect the schedule

How to succeed in a job interview 101: Plan to arrive for your interview 10-15 minutes before the appointed time. Arriving too early can confuse the employer and create an awkward situation. On the other hand, arriving late creates a bad first impression and may doom your chances right off the bat.

Ask for directions when making arrangements for the interview. If you run into a snag, phone ahead at the first sign of trouble. It shows good manners and a respect for the recruiter’s time and will give them an opportunity to reschedule if need be.

How to succeed in a job interview: During the interview

1. Stay positive throughout

A positive conversation is key to s successful job interviews. Employers don’t want to hear a litany of excuses or bad feelings about a negative experience, even when legitimate.

If you are asked about a low grade, a sudden job change, or a weakness in your background, don’t be defensive. Focus instead on the facts (briefly) to emphasize what you learned from the experience. And don’t bad mouth anyone at any point. That just leaves a bad taste.

2. Watch your body language

What you don’t say can be as important as what you do say in job interviews. Understanding and maximizing your non-verbals — smiling, eye contact, handshake, posture, and the like — will help you succeed in the interview.

3. Be real

Speak clearly and enthusiastically about your experiences and skills. You should be proud of your accomplishments. Be professional but let your personality shine through. Employers tend to hire people they like. Don’t be afraid of short pauses. You may sometimes need a few seconds to formulate answers, and that’s fine.

4. Seal the deal

When both sides are done with their questions and the interview winds down, thank your interviewers for their time, and ask them when you can expect to hear from them next and what’s the best way to follow up with them (which you should note immediately).

How to succeed in a job interview: After the interview

1. Note important information

As soon as possible after the interview, take time to write down the names and titles of all your interviewers, your impressions, remaining questions and key information learned. If you promised the interviewers anything, such as forwarding additional information, note that too for a reminder later. Once you’re interviewing regularly, this process will help you keep employers and circumstances clearly defined.

2. Send a handwritten thank you

Follow up the interview with a handwritten thank you letter. This shows your strong interest in the company, your sincerity, and your attention to detail. Only 1 in 20 jobseekers bother to send a thank you letter, so doing so could be the only difference between you and other good candidates.

LiveCareer can help you get prepped for some of the most common — and not-so-common — interview questions to expect when the big day comes. Check out our Interview Questions guide and find direction on how to respond to common, behavioral, and situational interview questions (plus a lot more).

Tips for the Job Seeker

Tip #1 – The Importance of Appearance at the Job Interview

The way you dress for an interview gives potential employers their first impression of how you present yourself professionally. Even if you look great on paper, if you don’t dress appropriately for an interview, you give the impression that you lack respect for yourself and those you are meeting with.

Judgment

Your outward appearance in an interview is an employer’s first glimpse of your judgment skills. If you’re applying for a high-level professional job in an industry in which wearing tailored suits are the norm, showing up in anything else can indicate that you don’t know what’s expected or that you don’t care and you’re flouting the standards. Likewise, if you’re applying for a job as a kindergarten teacher and you show up to your interview in club wear, you’re demonstrating that you aren’t reading the situation correctly.

Professionalism

Dressing appropriately for work isn’t simply a matter of looking professional; it’s also an indication that you recognize that norms and standards exist because they are expectations that need to be followed. Even if you believe that you should be judged on your talent and ability and not on your appearance, dressing appropriately for the situation shows that you have respect for your employer and clients, and you are willing to follow the directives in the workplace.

Confidence

Dressing professionally can give you a boost of confidence, putting you in a work frame of mind. It’s even recommended that you dress in work attire for telephone interviews, simply because it puts you in a difference mindset than if you are interviewing in your bathrobe or a pair of shorts. When you look your best, it has the potential to bring out your best performance.

Respect

Dressing in the right attire for an interview shows that you’re serious about the job, respectful of the interviewer’s time, and are genuinely interested in the position. It also demonstrates an understanding of the corporate culture, and showcases you as someone who would fit easily into the workplace dynamic.

A large part of dressing to impress in an interview is in learning about the company in advance of the interview and getting a feel for how people outfit themselves. Based on your findings, step things up a notch to make a good impression. For example, if jeans and button-ups are the norm, wear slacks and a sports coat; if slacks and a sports coat are the norm, wear a suit and tie. Once you get the job you can alter your appearance to whatever the everyday business norm looks like.

Sources: https://work.chron.com/importance-appearance-job-interview-3677.html