Do job interviews make you nervous?
Read the following tips to go into your next interview brimming with confidence.
1. Get There Early-
One easy way to ensure you won’t get hired: show up late to the interview. Companies expect punctuality from their employees, and arriving even a few minutes late to your interview shows you’re the type of person who doesn’t care about other people’s time.
Plan to arrive at least twenty minutes before your interview is scheduled to begin-they’ll likely have some paperwork for you to fill out, anyway.
2. Bring Copies of Your Resume-
Chances are you applied for the job online and submitted a resume as part of your application. But you shouldn’t assume the person you’re interviewing with will have a copy or have even seen your resume. The person actually interviewing candidates and the one reviewing resumes are often different people. Bringing a copy shows initiative, and gives you something to refer to when you’re questioned about your experience and qualifications.
3. Be Enthusiastic-
If you want the job, don’t be shy about it. Be up front with the person interviewing you about your interest in the position; acting aloof hard to get won’t improve your chances of getting the job, regardless of how qualified you are. This enthusiasm should come through in the way you greet the hiring manager. A smile and a firm handshake go along way in establishing trust.
4. Use Good Body Language-
Even after the handshake, you’ve got to be aware of how you’re using your body. Keep firm eye contact with the interviewer, avoid fidgeting, and sit up straight.
5. Be Honest About Your Experience-
People have a natural BS detector. Even if you’re just fudging a few facts, the hiring manager will pick up on it. It’s better to be honest if there are areas you’re not proficient in than to lie and risk getting called out (or worse, being fired when you’re revealed to be a fraud).
6. Ask Questions-
You should be prepared with questions about the company and the position you’re applying for, as it demonstrates curiosity, but you should also ask some questions ahead of time to help you prepare. Find out if your interview will be one on one or with a group, and what title the person interviewing you holds. This will help you anticipate the type of questions you’ll be asked.
7. Prepare Responses-
You don’t want to be caught completely off guard by easy questions, and while every job is different, there are some questions that pop up in nearly every interview. Have a list of your strengths and weaknesses ready to recite, and be prepared to discuss challenges you’ve overcome.
Job interviews can be nerve-wracking. You’re put on the spot, asked to demonstrate your value as an employee in an awkward interaction with someone you’ve probably never met, and giving a wrong answer can automatically disqualify you, even if you’ve got all the necessary credentials.
The tips above will help you be as prepared as possible to get the job you want.