Often times, people go into interviews nervous, or unprepared for the kinds of questions that employers have for them. Well... I HAVE THE CURE FOR THAT!
This post will be for those of you who feel disempowered, nervous, or worried about going to job interviews. These are tips to make you feel at ease, in control, and leave you walking out of that interview like "AWWWW SHIT! I GOT THIS!!"
Lets get this show on the road!
Do not pull up to your interview being someone else. That takes too much effort, too much energy, and quite frankly, employers can see through your bullshit. Often times, I notice that people feel as though they have to put on a show for their employers. "Let me act like a pretentious, upty, yes-man to get this job". Interviewers can see right through that. They know the reals from the frauds. Don't be a fraudulent! I know I'm really corny, I don't need no body to tell me that, I also know I can be quite sassy at times. So when I go into an interview, don't expect some dried up "I'm just here for an interview" kinda gyal.
4. KNOW YOURSELF!
I feel like my blog advocates for the knowledge of oneself for just about everything, from fashion to music. 'Know yourself' isn't just great song, its a life long MUST, especially for job interviews. Career Management Coach Grace Dyson agrees that knowing yourself is just as important as being yourself. Employers always ask candidates "What are your strengths? What are your weaknesses?" Not because their trying to trick you or something, but because they're literally wanting to see you as you see yourself.
3. "THE ABILITY TO AR-TIC-ULATE"
I e-mailed Grace Dyson, the Career Management Coach, for her take on ways to slay an interview, and she mentioned, "be able to articulate clearly how what you have to offer is a match for their need. (Its all about their need!)." Someone mentioned to me that job interviews are like a competition, and I casually said "nah" because I just can't see it that way. Every business has its needs and wants clearly spelled out, at the job interview it's your opportunity to spell out everything you have to offer, including how you plan on taking care of their needs, and what distinct characteristic you posses that minimizes the need and maximizes the businesses' efficiency.
"Just a little bit".. could legit take you a LONG WAY. In contemporary culture, the lines of respect are getting blurred. Chivalry is dying, values and morals are decreasing steadily, but there's always hope! Your employer has taken time from their business position to interview you, the least you could do is reciprocate some respect. Thank them for giving you this opportunity, don't answer questions sarcastically, be thoughtful but don't be annoying. Respect could make a bad interview better, and a good interview great! Just by being attentive, asking questions on certain things that the interviewer mention, and asking the interviewer about certain aspects of the business and their role are examples of how you can show respect for the person and the business. Also, respect their time.. by being on time!
1. DO YOUR HOMEWORK!
One time I had a job interview, and something told me to look up the popular retail store. I learned so much about the stores' history, goals, ethics, and achievements just by taking that spare 30 minutes the day before the interview to learn about it. When I went in, the first question the manager asked in the group interview was "What do you know about us?" What's honestly the point in applying for a place you know nothing about? Yes for the dollar, dollar bills, but the managers are fishing out those money mongers. They want people who will go above and beyond for their business, not people who are just trying to pay bills. Employees reflect the brand, so if you want to be apart of the brand, know the brand you're working for.
Be confident, and walk into that interview like you mean business! Follow these tips and watch how poppin' you'll feel in that call back. I grin everytime.
What are some other ways you slaughter your interview?