Strategies To Survive a Job Interview

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In
today’s competitive market, you need to work every single day in
order to stand out of the crowd and climb the career ladder. To work
in cooperation and make a success of it if, you should be able to
present yourself in the best light, negotiate, work under pressure,
and somehow get the job done.

A
job interview is just the first step that one needs to take in order
to get into the business world game. Some people are getting very
stressed during an interview, which usually leads to poor
performance. That’s why you should prepare before the meeting starts.

If
you don’t want to get another job rejection email, apply these
strategies:

Discuss
your educational background

After
exchanging pleasantries, an interviewer will ask you to tell a bit
about yourself. That’s your chance to highlight your skills, tell
your HR manager about your diploma
of business

management
and work experience.

Your
main challenge is to connect your education to the job role. If you
have a degree in something that is not relevant to a job the company
offers, tell an interviewer what skills your degree helped you to
develop. For instance, you can say that in university, you developed
your ability to work under pressure and other skills such as
leadership, time management, and critical thinking.

Speak
positively about your education. Avoid saying that years spent in
college were just a waste of time (even if it the truth) or that you
still can’t get out of student loan.

It
is essential to mention about extracurriculars in case they are
relevant to the job. For example, you can say you held a position in
student government or that you had an internship or did volunteer
work. It can benefit you, especially if you are a fresh graduate who
doesn’t have years of work experience.

Go
through the questions

Every
interviewer has a list of standard questions – there is nothing new
under the sun, you can find all the questions online. If you apply
for a job at Google or any other top company, do your research. The
world’s largest companies are looking for people who can think
broadly and offer creative solutions. Check out these tricky Google’s
questions:

Tell
me a joke (for the executive assistant position)

What
service would allow people to travel to the future? (for interaction
designer position)

How
would you build a system to communicate with a colony on Mars? (for
associate product manager position)

As
you can understand, the job interviews with other companies are not
as difficult as at Google.

Quite
probably, an interviewer will ask you what you know about their
company, why you want to work for them, and why you are the right
person for this role.

Some
answers are obvious – people apply for a job because they need
salaries. However, it is not what the interviewer wants to hear from
you. Your potential boss wants to see that you are sincerely
interested in the job.

Whenever
you are asked why you want to work here, tell them that you are
qualified for this job, that you can make an excellent contribution
and that you are fascinated with the company.

Be
positive

No
matter how frustrated you are with the job search right now, you
should stay positive during the job interview. It helps to show your
confidence and make a good first impression. Let’s not forget that
employers want to hire mentally strong people who can get along with
other co-workers, managers, partners and clients.

That’s
why you should smile, have open gestures, and use positive language
during the interview. For instance:

If
your interviewer asks ‘We have X thing to do. Can you do it?’, avoid
saying ‘I don’t know how to do it’, ‘it’s not what I want to do’.
Instead, you can say that you will be happy to learn it or that you
are very excited to have a new challenge. That’s how you can show
your can-do attitude. Being flexible is a very important professional
characteristic in the job market these days.

Also,
don’t speak about your previous employers in a negative way since it
might paint you in a bad light.

Obviously,
something didn’t work for you at your previous job if you are looking
for a new job. Usually, HR managers don’t ask why candidates change
their jobs.

However,
if they ask this question during your interview, you can say that you
decided to look for better career prospects and professional growth.

In
case your interviewer asks inappropriate questions (e.g. Are you
planning to start a family soon?), be tactful and keep your answer
short. Losing your temper will not get you a job. However, you can
always stand up and leave in case your HR manager asks illegal
questions (e.g. about religion, sexual orientation, pregnancy status,
marital status), but avoid making a scene.

Ask
questions

Last
but not least, – prepare some questions. At the end of your
interview, the HR manager will give you an opportunity to ask them.
Even if it feels like you have covered everything already, it’s
better to ask a question since it can show that you are interested in
this position and engaged in the conversation. Also, keep in mind
that the final word belongs to your interviewer.

So,
you can ask about the company culture or how the typical workday
looks like. Negotiate your salary only once an interviewer brings
this topic up.

Conclusion

Try
to make an excellent first impression but also remember that a job
interview is a game for two. If you have a lot of work experience and
knowledge, the HR manager should also care about getting you on
board.

It
is not the last interview in your life; you will have plenty of them,
so remain professional and keep it easy. Let your adventure in the
business world begin!

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