A Job Interview Doesn’t Have to Be Nerve-Racking

A Job Interview doesn't have to be nerve-racking

View the job interview as a conversation to market yourself

How to Ace The Job Interview

Job Interviews 101:

You have sent your resume and cover letter, and you have been asked to come for a job interview – now what?

Preparation is the key to making a good impression quickly.  Arrive early, and dress appropriately for the position you are applying for.  It is a safe bet to dress conservatively and business-like.  Your appearance is one of the ways to market yourself to the employer.

Bring a copy of your resume to the interview, so you have the dates of your work experience at your fingertips.  Also, bring a copy of your references, in case the employer asks for them.

While an interview can be nerve-racking, it is only a conversation, albeit one that you must prepare for.  A tough question, such as: “what is your greatest weakness”? can be answered honestly, but try to turn it into a positive.  For example, you can say that you are a perfectionist, but you have learned that your best work is good enough.

Let the employer lead the discussion, and don’t talk too much. Tell the employer why you want to work for his or her company, and a little bit about your background and achievements and your future goals.  Research the company beforehand to establish some common ground, and prepare a few questions to ask the interviewer, if time permits.

By listening to the interviewer, and observing the work environment, you will gain clues about why you want to work for the company, or in some cases, why the company wouldn’t be a good fit for you. You are interviewing them in a way too.

At the end of the interview, thank the interviewer for his or her time.  You may either be contacted for a second interview, or you might not be contacted at all, or, you may be offered the job on the spot.  Decide ahead of time when you are available to start.  It is a courtesy to give your present employer two weeks notice, but you can negotiate employment start date depending on the circumstances.  You can send an email or thank you card after the interview expressing how you enjoyed meeting the person and that you look forward to hearing from them soon.

photo credit: <a href=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/ncngpao/9673058279/”>North Carolina National Guard</a> via <a href=”http://photopin.com”>photopin</a> <a href=”http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/”>cc</a>

 

31 thoughts on “A Job Interview Doesn’t Have to Be Nerve-Racking

  1. I just want to tell you that I am just very new to blogs and definitely enjoyed you’re web blog. Most likely I’m want to bookmark your website . You definitely come with superb stories. Kudos for revealing your web page.

  2. You’ll find it almost unthinkable to come across well-advised men or women on this issue, unfortunately you look like you understand those things you’re writing about! Bless You

  3. We just need to notify you the fact that I am beginner to blog posting and incredibly enjoyed your website. Likely I am most likely to save your blog post . You seriously have wonderful article writing. Like it for share-out with us your site report.

  4. It is actually almost unthinkable to see well-qualified users on this niche, still you come across as like you understand exactly what you’re covering! Many Thanks

  5. Might be near impossible to encounter well-educated men and women on this matter, regrettably you come across as like you comprehend what exactly you’re talking about! Excellent

  6. It’s near not possible to see well-educated individual on this area, nonetheless you look like you fully understand those things you’re talking about! Gratitude

  7. It’s practically close to impossible to come across well-aware visitors on this area, however , you look like you know exactly what you’re preaching about! Appreciate It

  8. My Partner And I just intend to share it with you which I am inexperienced to wordpress blogging and pretty much liked your page. More than likely I am likely to remember your post post . You seriously have lovely article writing. Delight In it for sharing with us your internet document.

  9. It really is almost close to impossible to find well-advised visitors on this area, but you seem like you fully understand those things you’re preaching about! Appreciate It

  10. It truly is mostly unthinkable to see well-educated users on this area, fortunately you look like you fully grasp those things you’re preaching about! Regards

  11. It is actually nearly close to impossible to come across well-advised individuals on this niche, yet somehow you seem like you comprehend those things you’re writing about! Bless You

  12. It certainly is almost impossible to see well-aware individual on this issue, fortunately you seem like you fully grasp which you’re writing on! Appreciation

  13. We just need to notify you that I am certain beginner to writing and certainly loved your page. Very likely I am likely to remember your web post . You certainly have memorable article posts. Get Pleasure From it for giving out with us your internet site article.

  14. It certainly is almost impossible to encounter well-informed viewers on this subject, but you come across as like you are familiar with those things you’re revealing! Appreciate It

  15. It certainly is almost impossible to find well-updated visitors on this issue, still you come across as like you fully understand which you’re revealing! Gratitude

  16. It certainly is almost unthinkable to encounter well-advised women and men on this matter, however, you look like you know the things that you’re preaching about! Bless You

  17. My Partner And I simply need to show you that I am certain inexperienced to online blogging and incredibly admired your page. Probably I am prone to remember your article post . You really have wonderful article reports. Value it for telling with us your site post.

  18. It’s actually mostly unattainable to find well-informed individuals on this niche, however you come across as like you understand the things you’re posting on! Appreciate It

  19. I just wish to reveal to you the fact that I’m just novice to having a blog and absolutely liked your information. Quite possibly I am going to store your article post . You undoubtedly have wonderful article posts. Like it for discussing with us your internet page.

  20. With every little thing which seems to be developing within this specific subject matter, your opinions are actually somewhat stimulating. On the other hand, I beg your pardon, but I can not give credence to your entire strategy, all be it radical none the less. It appears to everyone that your comments are generally not entirely justified and in simple fact you are yourself not really wholly certain of the argument. In any case I did take pleasure in looking at it.

  21. Hi there are using WordPress for your blog platform? I’m new to the blog world but I’m trying to get started and set up my own. Do you require any html coding expertise to make your own blog? Any help would be really appreciated!|

  22. It can be practically extremely difficult to find well-educated users on this theme, nonetheless you appear like you know what you’re revealing! Gratitude

  23. It truly is near unattainable to encounter well-informed people on this issue, in addition you look like you fully understand which you’re writing about! Thanks A Lot

  24. It really is almost unthinkable to come across well-advised parties on this issue, although you appear like you realize what exactly you’re indicating! Many Thanks

  25. I just have to notify you in which I’m just novice to blog posting and genuinely admired your report. Very possible I am prone to save your webpage post . You simply have memorable article subject. Like it for discussing with us your web information.

  26. It can be almost unattainable to come across well-educated visitors on this content, yet somehow you come across as like you fully understand the things that you’re talking about! With Thanks

Leave a Reply