Interview Skills to Land Your Dream Job

Job interviews can be some of the most important meetings you’ll ever have. If the job you’re applying for is your dream job, it can cause some added stress and pressure because you want to make sure you do exceptionally well.

Interview Skills

Being prepared and presenting yourself as confident and capable is the best way to ensure a successful interview.

Tips

Here are a few great tips for acing the meeting that could lead to your dream job.

Be Prepared

Study the company you’re applying to and the position you’re interviewing for. Research them through their website, blog, and social media posts. Be sure to read the “About Us” area of their website. Know a little something about their history, what they do and any new developments or plans that have been announced.

Practice

Prepare your answers in advance to some of the most common interview questions. Repeat your answers over and over again in front of a mirror so that you can also practice your body language and posture. This practice will help you appear more confident, even if you’re a nervous wreck inside.

Choose Your Outfit

Know at least the day before what you plan to wear to your interview. Last minute running around and changing clothes will not only make for a stressful morning, but you’ll feel less confident if you’re not wearing something you like. Plan your outfit in advance right down to your shoes and accessories. Lay it all out and make sure it’s wrinkle-free so on interview day you’re ready to go.

Ask Questions

When you have questions to ask of the interviewer, they know you are prepared and have thought about your potential new position and the company you want to work for.

Don’t Get Cozy

Sometimes, when we start to feel comfortable with someone, we relax and become familiar like we’re making friends. This is great if you’re making a new friend, but not so good for a professional interview. Remain positive and enthusiastic about the position while maintaining professionalism.

Listen

Practice your listening skills and pay attention. Your interviewer is providing you with a lot of information about the potential job and employer. This will help you to ask good questions later in the interview.

Practice Good Body Language

Smile, make eye contact and greet your interviewer with a firm handshake. This great first impression will get your interviewer interested in learning more about you.

By preparing yourself in advance and maintaining a professional appearance throughout your interview, you’ll find yourself at the top of the selection list for the new job!

Need some help?

Call your Career Coach, Rachel Schneider at Career Find and schedule a meeting to create a resume that will differentiate you from other job seekers and develop a non-traditional job search strategy to help you feel confident as you begin your job search.

By |2019-05-06T10:11:30-05:00May 18th, 2017|Interview Prep, Job Interview|Comments Off on Interview Skills to Land Your Dream Job

How to Land a Job Over Video Chat

Whether you are a student in college or a job candidate in the real world, the way you interview for a job is ever-changing. The latest way you need to be prepared to interview is via video. No matter if you use Skype, FaceTime or video conferencing, now is the time to prepare.

Companies from all industries now interview for jobs and internships over live streaming video. University career offices have now started to train students in the skill of conversing on video chat. It’s time all professionals get familiar with this skill as well.

While you would think the younger generation would truly excel at video chat interviews, it is something everyone at every age has to practice. So how do you come across as your most professional self in a video chat interview?

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Dress as you would in person.

People often make the mistake of taking video interviews more casually, which translates to the interviewer as not taking the interview seriously.

Handle a technology glitch the right way.

It’s easy to get frustrated when technology does not work like it should. Instead of your normal, possibly aggressive reaction to a problem, stay calm, be prepared and make sure you have a very strong wireless connection before getting on the video call.

 Be aware of your surroundings.

It is best to have an interview backdrop of a private office or clean room. If you are at your home, make sure you will not have any family or pet interruptions and be aware of what is hanging on the wall behind you.

Need help preparing for an interview of any kind? We can help! Contact Career Find to land the job you want.

By |2014-09-08T19:50:38-05:00September 8th, 2014|Interview Prep, Job Interview, Social Media and Job Searching, Technology|Comments Off on How to Land a Job Over Video Chat

How to Master a Phone Interview in 5 Easy Steps

It is common for employers to conduct interviews via telephone. With hundreds of candidates applying for a single job, this might sound intimidating.

 Don’t panic, We’ve got your back! These 5 tips will help you master your phone interview.

1. Prepare the same way you would for an in-person interview

It’s crucial to spend just as much time prepping for your phone interview as you would an in-person interview. Come up with a list of your strengths, skills you bring to the table and why you are interested in that specific job.

2. If the call comes out of the blue, ask to set a time to talk

If the call comes without warning, answer and say you’re thrilled to talk, but ask to speak later and suggest a time. Even if it is just for later that day, you need time to gather your thoughts, take a deep breath and find a quiet place to talk with a good connection where you won’t be interrupted.

3. Smile and make eye contact

Try standing and smiling while talking. Standing boosts your energy level and smiling while looking at yourself in the mirror, affects your tone of voice and will make a more favorable impression.

4. Don’t over-talk and listen closely

A phone call makes it difficult to read nonverbal cues that indicate the interviewer is about to speak. Talk slowly, pause and ask if more detail would be useful. Take notes on what the interviewer is asking. This will help you write a personalized thank you letter, which you MUST do post-interview.

5. Ask about the next step in the hiring process and then follow up

Before you hang up the phone, tell the interviewer how excited and appreciative you are for this opportunity and ask what the next step in the process will be. Use the notes you took during the interview to incorporate specific details in your thank you note. It is also important to include specific ways you would contribute to the company.

Mastering a phone interview can seem overwhelming, but by following these

5 simple steps, you can make the impression you want.

If you would like to practice or hone your phone interviewing skills, contact Career Coach Rachel Schneider for an appointment.

By |2014-07-21T18:00:30-05:00July 21st, 2014|Job Interview, Job Search, Uncategorized|Comments Off on How to Master a Phone Interview in 5 Easy Steps