Out of all of life’s situations, there’s nothing as anxiety-inducing and uncomfortable as a job interview. What do you say to stand out from the pack when you’ve only got a short period of time to make an impression and show what you can do? How do you respond to some of the trickier questions that interviewers love to ask? Here’s a quick guide to help you rock your interview and land the job of your dreams.
Do Your Homework
There is no bigger turnoff to a potential employer than an interviewee who shows up with no knowledge about the company or the position they’re applying for. If you can’t spend the time to research the company and gain an understanding of the position and what the interviewer might be looking for, this does not bode well for you being a great employee.
Don’t Just Answer – Ask Questions
One of the best ways to show how much you want the job is to ask questions instead of simply answering them. Talk to the interviewer to find out what some of the company’s biggest challenges are and how you can use your skills to help them address those challenges. This is also a great way to be confident and really let your personality shine.
The Art of the Tricky Question
“What is your biggest weakness?” “Where do you see yourself in five years?”
Certain job interview questions can almost seem like well-laid traps, but you can turn them around by being honest…but not too honest. When asked about weaknesses, discuss an attribute that needs work (“I get nervous when speaking in public”), but highlight a way that you’re working to strengthen that weakness (“I’ve joined Toastmasters to hone my public-speaking skills”). When asked about applications to other companies or future goals, discuss your intense interest in working in that specific industry – as well as that specific company! – and how their mission and goals align with your own.
By demonstrating your skills, interest in the company’s goals, and desire to be with them long-term, you’ll rock your interview and soon be enjoying the next level in your career.