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

Top 5 Errors To Avoid While on the Job Hunt

It is easy to make an error when preparing for your job hunt.  However even little mistakes can be very costly, especially in a very competitive environment. Common misspellings aside, here are 5 common job search errors to avoid:

  • It’s not all about you – While finding a job may seem all about you, it isn’t for the employer. Your potential employers are looking to grow their business with the right team that needs the least amount of training and can help improve the bottom line. Instead of focusing on the “why I need this job”, focus on how you can provide value to the company.
  • You have on blinders – When you are looking for a job, don’t be afraid to interview with several companies at once. This way, you can be ready for any opportunity and are able to brush off disappointments that come along in the job search process.
  • You forget the Thank You note – If you are rejected for a job, you should still send a thank you note. What? Yes! By thanking the employer for the opportunity and wishing them well, you open yourself up for future opportunities within that company.
  • You forgot to double check your ‘real’ reputation – Only give out references that you’ve prescreened. Don’t forget to Google yourself occasionally because the person interviewing you will. Lastly, use your personal email on your resume, not your current employer’s email account. It sends the wrong message.
  • You don’t have a clear strategy – When submitting resumes for several companies or industries, you need to tailor every submission like it is the most important. Have a plan of attack to help keep yourself organized and on schedule in order not to miss a step in the follow-up job search process.
By |2014-04-15T13:27:02-05:00April 15th, 2014|career consultation services, career search, Interview Prep, Job Search, Resume|Comments Off on Top 5 Errors To Avoid While on the Job Hunt

Non-Verbal Communication, The Interviewer and You

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So you survived your most recent job interview. Do you know what the hiring manager thought about you? Often people are so nervous and consumed with their own thoughts and feelings that they forget to pay attention to the non-verbal cues the hiring manager is putting off. Here are a few non-verbal cues to look for in an interview…

 Posture – 

When the interviewer is interested in what you have to say their posture is relaxed and leaning forward to show engagement in the conversation. If the interviewer’s posture is stiff or is leaning back with crossed arms or legs, beware. These cues can signify anxiety or discomfort and could indicate that the interviewer has already made up their mind about you.

Eye Contact –

If the interviewer is engaged in conversation with you and truly listening they will be making eye contact. If the interviewer starts to look around the room or glance at their phone that may be a sign that you are rambling and interviewer is ready to move on to the next question or they already have their mind made up about you.

Gestures – 

Positive gestures include taking notes, nodding “yes” and genuinely laughing at your funny stories. Cues to watch out for are a cocked head to one side with a raised eyebrow and a shaking head “no” while verbally responding “yes.”
Being aware of nonverbal cues will allow you to modify your behavior during the interview and increase your chances of success. If you would like to learn more or perfect your interview skills, give us a call. We’d love to help you get to the next level of your career.
By |2013-11-25T11:11:52-05:00November 25th, 2013|Interview Prep|Comments Off on Non-Verbal Communication, The Interviewer and You

Have a Job Interview Obstacle? Be Strategic

What to do when you realize you’re overqualified for a job

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You’ve applied for a few jobs and receive a call back for an interview. While you’re in the interview you quickly realize you are overqualified for the position being offered. What do you do? Most people cut the interview short, but before you thank the interviewer for their time, try these tips to make the interview worthwhile.

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Why Were You Asked to Interview? – If you realized you were overqualified, most likely the hiring manager knew it as well. Don’t be afraid to bring it up. Ask if there is potential to move up from the position to better utilize your skills and experience? They may have a bigger plan

for you in their company.

Opportunity to Learn– If you are interviewing for a different industry than you came from, a position you are overqualified for may be the best level for you to come into in the industry. You will be able to shine in your position and learn the ins and outs of this new industry.

Is their potential? – If you see an opportunity, offer a commitment. Companies spend thousands of dollars going through the hiring and training processes. With employee turnover at an all time high, companies are looking for loyal employees. Don’t be afraid to offer a commitment of at least two years. With a commitment, you show dedication and loyalty to your potential future employer.

By |2013-10-22T10:40:14-05:00October 22nd, 2013|Interview Prep, Job Search, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Have a Job Interview Obstacle? Be Strategic

Worried About Your Employment Gap? It’s Time to Get Back to Work!

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After a few years at home, you’ve decided to head back to work.  What is the best way to get back into the game?  Sadly, you may apply for a job and hear from the interviewer,

“Well, you’ve been out of the workforce for a while…”

How do you handle this type of obstacle?

A recent Today Show report interviewed moms who want to go back to work, click here to see their challenges. First, step back and start by asking yourself what you want to get from your new career.

  • What are you willing to give and give up?
  • What are your career priorities or goals you want to accomplish?
  • What type of role best suits your career goals?
  • What type of company culture are you looking for?

Once you know the answers to these questions, you are ready to do extensive research on companies that would meet your needs. Then, develop a resume that highlights your skills, accomplishments and most importantly, how the company can benefit from hiring you.

When it’s time for the interview, think of the employment gap question as, “Why should we hire you?” Tell the interviewer what you are looking for.

For example, “I’m looking for a long-term position where I can contribute to the efficiency of your accounting department.” Reiterate why you are qualified for this role with examples from previous positions or projects you tackled while at home. If the interviewer still has reservations, don’t get discouraged. Cross that company off your list and move on to the next.

By |2013-08-20T13:22:08-05:00August 20th, 2013|career search, How to Be Happy at Work, Interview Prep, Resume, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Worried About Your Employment Gap? It’s Time to Get Back to Work!
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