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Prepare For Your Interview By Practicing

Prepare for your Interview by PracticingHave you ever walked out of an interview saying to yourself “I should have mentioned __?” “Oh, I could have explained to them that___.” Rest assured you are not alone. The art of completing a successful job interview lies in knowing yourself, your successes, and how you will work in a specific position and the value you can bring to the company. In order to pull off a valuable job interview, you will need to prepare for your interview by practicing beforehand.

Sell Yourself

During the interview you need to present yourself in the best possible way. The most effective approach is to imagine the employer is buying your skills and knowledge. You must advertise yourself. This is one time you can talk about all your great skills and accomplishments, bragging a little while maintaining accuracy that can be verified.

If your interview skills are weak, you won’t be successful, no matter how many interviews you secure. Remember, your resume and credentials gain you an interview, but it’s up to you to sell yourself during the interview in order to win the job position.

The more you prepare, the higher your confidence level will be. Failing to prepare is just like preparing to fail.

Some Commonly Asked Job Interview Questions:

  • Tell me about yourself.
  • Where do you want to be in five years?
  • What do your past supervisors think of you?
  • Why should I hire you?
  • What have you learned on your own?
  • What would you like to know about our company?
  • How do you work under pressure?
  • What do you expect to accomplish here?
  • What kind of decisions do you find most difficult to make?

You’d better know the answers—there’s no second chance.

Improve your job interview techniques by knowing your accomplishment-based resume front and back, as most questions will be based on this information. Once you have attained some practice questions and prepared your answers to them, it is time to practice your interview skills. It is best to practice with someone—a spouse, friend, colleague, job coach, etc. This person will be an invaluable resource to your interview preparation as they will be able to provide you with feedback. Ask them their opinion of your performance. Ask them key questions like: did you look “comfortable”? Was your voice clear and easy to understand? Did you make good eye contact and did you appear pleasant?

Videotape Yourself

Once they provide you with information regarding these key questions, you will be able to work on your weak areas—strengthening your overall interview skills. Another great way to find out for yourself what you are like in an interview situation is to videotape your practices. Watching yourself on tape is a great way to find out what you do well and what areas you can improve on. This may alert you to any odd habits you have, like fidgeting or a nervous giggle that you can work on avoiding.

Could you share some advice to other blog readers who are preparing for a job interview?  What was your biggest obstacle in the interview? What questions did you find difficult? Please comment and share this post.

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