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Here are eight solid tips for interviews from our experts:
When preparing for your interview, you need to make sure that you cover all of your bases. Here are some tips on what to say to a potential employer:
1. Stay away from superlatives.
Save it individually. Superlatives such as “weakest,” “worst,” or “greatest” indicate the greatest measure of all that he describes. “The greatest weakness” is the weakness of the highest degree, meaning that there are other weaknesses of varying degrees but weaknesses nonetheless. This begs the question: “What are some others?” Also, “need the most to improve” implies that there are other areas for improvement. Anyway, try this as an alternative, “If I had to invent one …” (no negatives, no duplicates).
(Original article: 4 tips to answer difficult interview questions correctly)
2. Be prepared with questions for the employer.
Each interview wears a different format, but somewhere along the way, an employer will likely ask if you have any questions. Even if the interview was laden with information, always be prepared to ask the employer questions that have not been touched or that you can enjoy with more information.
Asking questions expresses to the employer that you are serious and interested in the company and the job. Asking the “right” questions can also help create a positive impression. For example, if you did the appropriate research on the company before the interview, you may have knowledge of developments occurring in the company or industry that may affect the job for which you are applying. Asking questions that express that you are thinking ahead about the job and how certain developments may affect the business proves to the employer that you are a “smart” candidate. You already think like you belong in the role and look forward to how to deal with possible challenges. Such questions can also help the employer see how you fit.
(Original article: Information you must get before your interview)
3. Show them that you did your homework.
One great way to build your self-confidence in an interview is to do a lot of research on the company you are applying to and the job it offers. A common question interviewers ask is, “Do you know anything about our company?” Most often, candidates are forced to answer “no”. If you manage to share the company’s background information and showcase the knowledge of its future goals for the job in question, you will no doubt catch the interviewer unconcerned – in a great way!
(Original article: 3 ways to build confidence for a job interview)
Being willing to answer any question that comes out of the interviewer’s mouth is a big advantage in interviews. Here are some questions to consider before your next interview:
1. “How do you deal with stress?”
Interviewers are usually looking for an answer that indicates that you can deal with several priorities and projects at the same time. An answer that states that stress is a natural part of life and you feel equipped to face the challenges of work and balance them with the rest of your life may just be the answer that will win you the job.
(Original article: How to deal with difficult interview questions)
2. “Tell me about yourself.”
What does the recruiting manager really ask: “How do your education, work history, and professional aspirations relate to the open job?”
How to respond: Choose key job and education information that shows the hiring manager why you are suitable for the job and the company. For example, a fresh graduate might say something like, “I went to X University where I did an internship at Y and completed an internship at Z. During the internship I did so and so (name achievements that match the job description), which really strengthened my passion for this field of work.”
(Original article: How to answer the 7 most common interview questions)
3. “Tell me about a time you did ______.”
Just because you’ve never done something does not mean you can not do it. And that certainly does not mean you can not excel at it. If you are asked a question about previous experience regarding something you have never done, the best way to answer is not to say “no, I have never done it”, or “no, I have no experience in this area.” The best way to deal with the question is to say something along these lines: “Although I have not had direct experience with XYZ, I am learning fast, and I am confident that I can (do, manage, direct, handle, etc.) XYZ successfully and exceed your expectations.”
An effective way to improve your previous safe response would be to share with the recruiting manager about a time when you did something very similar – or something that could somehow relate to the experience they are asking you about. However, no matter how you approach the question, be sure to emphasize that you are confident that you can do whatever they ask you about it, and provide examples of why you feel that way.
(Original article: Question No. 1 interview that you must answer correctly)
Minutes after an interview
Even after the interview is over, you need to do the extra email to impress the employer. Here are some tips after the interview:
1. Continue with a thank you letter.
Send thank you letters to all the people you talk to. Do not send only one note to the recruitment manager. You will lose all other contacts you have created. Even a note to the receptionist / office manager is appropriate and helpful, but only if you had more conversation, not just “hello”. Create the unique comments for each person based on the conversation you had with them. Remind them of the conversation you had. Also, in each thank you letter, remind the contact person why you are bringing value to the company / team / role and demonstrate your enthusiasm.
As the recruitment process progresses or slows down, stay in touch with your contacts as needed. If the process has slowed down, start tracking about every two business weeks. Too early and it will be considered excessive. Much later than two weeks and forget.
(Original article: How to follow up on an interview)
2. Use all three paragraphs.
Your tracking email should be short, sweet and custom. As a rule, a good rule of thumb for length is three paragraphs, with no more than two to three sentences per paragraph.
First paragraph: Briefly thank them for their time and repeat your interest in the job.
Second paragraph: Discuss some of your strengths and how the company will benefit if you are hired. Consider using bullet points to split your text.
Third paragraph: Include any highlights you have. Include answers to questions you were unable to answer during the interview, or add new information about yourself that was left out of the interview.
But, remember, keep it short. Vicky Oliver, author of 301 Smart Answers to Tough Interview Questions, suggests marking your next point of contact by saying something along the lines of “Waiting to hear from you over the next two weeks.” If no date has been set for the interview, either ask for one or indicate that you will return to them in a loop for a decision in two weeks.
(Original article: 6 tips for following a job interview)
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