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:
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
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
Tell me a joke (for the executive assistant
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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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