Interviews can be really intimidating. After all, this small amount of time will determine whether or not you will be free from searching for a job or if you’ll have to keep looking. If you’re like me, the intimidation of interviews often causes you to freeze up and forget simple information like where you went to college, but there are ways to overcome this embarrassing situation. Preparing for an interview will ensure that you successfully complete an interview with confidence. The following ten tips are just some of the ways you can prepare for your next interview.
10 Tips to Help You Prepare for Your Next Interview #1: Research the Company
This is very important. More times than not, you will be asked what you think of the company. If you haven’t researched the company, you may be thinking that you have no idea about the company, you just know that they were hiring and the pay sounded good. Use this tip to prepare for your interview and impress your interviewer.
10 Tips to Help You Prepare for Your Next Interview #2: Think about the Questions They’ll Ask
What are the questions that this company will ask? More than likely, they will ask you what experience you have that makes you qualified for that position. To prepare for such questions, look offer the qualifications for the job and then think about your previous jobs and how they relate to this new position.
10 Tips to Help You Prepare for Your Next Interview #3: Think of Question to Ask
One way to prepare for your next interview is to think about questions to ask. You can do this while you research the company. This proves that you really are interested in working for that company.
10 Tips to Help You Prepare for Your Next Interview #4: Practice Answering Questions
Have someone ask you random questions that might be asked at your interview. You could have your partner ask you questions when you least suspect it. Catching you off guard will allow you to see if you’re going to freeze up or not.
10 Tips to Help You Prepare for Your Next Interview #5: Remember to Be Confident
This isn’t always easy, but it’s one of the best ways to prepare for an interview. Confidence goes a long way in life and companies want employees who are confident in what they do. Just remember, there is a huge difference in confidence and cockiness.
10 Tips to Help You Prepare for Your Next interview #6: Tell Yourself It Doesn’t Matter
I always use this tip when I prepare for an interview. I tell myself over and over that it doesn’t matter either way. If I get the job, great and if I don’t get the job there’s always other jobs to be had. This tip will allow you to be more relaxed during the interview.
10 Tips to Help You Prepare for Your Next Interview #7: Have Someone Interview You for Practice
Go all out and dress for your interview, sit down in front of a desk, and act out your interview. Have someone look at your resume and pull questions from it. They could ask you how your experience at your previous job is relevant to the job you are applying for. They could also ask you what you think of the company. This will help you to prepare by giving you the chance to see how ready you are.
10 Tips to Help You Prepare for Your Next Interview #8: Video Tape the Practice Interview
If at all possible, tape the interview. This will allow you to see what you’re doing wrong. This will also allow you to see where you’re freezing up, if your choice of apparel is appropriate, etc.
10 Tips to Help You Prepare for Your Next Interview #9: Analysis Your Taped Interview
Go back and look at the tape. Write down everything you’re not happy with and think about how you can change these things. Are you moving around too much during the interview? Are you stuttering? What needs to be fixed?
10 Tips to Help You Prepare for Your Next Interview #10: Fix Your Flaws
Last but not least, fix your flaws. Focus on one flaw at a time and then redo the interview. You’ll be amazed at the difference this tip makes.