It’s difficult to get job interview practice as it’s hard to re-create the pressure of being questioned by a stranger when there’s a valuable new job position at stake. However there are a number of things you can do to help you gain that extra bit of experience to make you feel more comfortable in those vital job interviews.
Attend every interview you are invited to
During your job search it’s likely you may be invited to interviews for job positions that you might, after further deliberation, consider not quite right for you however it is great experience to attend these interviews, despite your plans afterwards. Even if you’ve already decided that the job is not for you an interview provides the perfect opportunity for you to practice answering those awkward questions and to give you experience of feeling comfortable meeting new people in business related scenarios. This extra experience will really help when you get offered that job interview you’ve been waiting for by boosting your confidence and thus enabling you to project a confident and successful self-image throughout the interview. A confident well prepared interviewee will certainly stand-out against other candidates and give you the best chance of securing that job.
Do your homework
It is generally an excellent idea to get into the habit of doing a little research on the companies you’re applying to work for. You don’t need to do anything in depth, but you should take a look at the company’s website and take the time to understand their business. Who are their customers? What is their mission statement? What are they trying to achieve? What are their ethics? This not only will impress your prospective employer at a job interview it will also help you understand what they are looking for in employees and thus allow you the opportunity to tailor your CV and job interview technique to suit.
Practice your answers to the standard job interview questions
There are several questions that crop up in most job interviews and it’s good practice to rehearse your answers to these types of questions to ensure you produce the most impressive and professional answer in the interview. You should also bear in mind the type of company you’re applying to and what they may be looking for in a successful candidate. Some typical job interview questions may be;
- Can you briefly talk me through your CV?
- How can your career or school experience enable you to excel in this job position?
- Cite an example where you have taken initiative?
- How do you get along with your co-workers?
- How would your colleagues describe you?
- What do you know about our company?
- Tell me more about yourself
- What would you describe as your greatest professional achievement?
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