How to ace an interview
This is the scenario
It’s been a while since you lost your job. After a long time of self-pitying and distress due to financial difficulties and pressure from your surroundings, you’ve finally decided to get into gear and set out to find a new job opportunity.
However, no matter what position you try to obtain, the pressure to perform well at the interview causes extreme anxiety that cripples your performance.
Before the interview begins
After a couple of failures, you’ve now learned to get yourself more prepared for upcoming interviews.
You’ve had your best friend and your family members pretend to be recruiters, and you’ve rehearsed all of the most frequently asked questions and answers. You’ve taken a practice run to the location where you are having the interview and know approximately how long it will take you to get there. You look presentable in impeccable attire. So, what next?
The following are some of the toughest questions you will face in a job interview. Some may seem rather simple on the surface and could have a variety of answers.
With your classmates, practice answering the questions and decide which ones you consider to be the toughest. After you’re done, point out the strongest/weakest parts of the answers your classmates have given.
Oftentimes, when interviewees are asked to tell the interviewers about themselves, they feel that they should talk about their personal lives and hobbies, instead of seeing this as an opportunity to sell themselves by pointing out their qualifications with conviction.
Be positive during the job interview when asked why you left your previous job. Indeed, your last boss may have been a jerk whose main concern was making your life miserable, but never bash an ex-employer in front of your prospective employer.
You may state that you decided to look for a company with room for growth and where you can better utilize your skills. Remember, although honesty is admirable, trash-talking is absolutely despicable. After all, who would want to hire someone who only seems good at badmouthing their former bosses?
If you were a recruiter, which of the following answers would be the worst things to hear from prospective candidates? Choose your top three and explain why.
When you’re asked to describe a weakness, try to aim for a weakness that works to your prospective boss’s advantage, such as “I am a workaholic, and I can’t stand leaving work undone.”
It’s also important to remember that employers don’t want employees that don’t contribute or give input. This can be reflected through the way you interact during the interview. Words such as “Um..”, “ I’m not sure”, “ I don’t know”, or even “ No, I don’t have any questions for you” are telling the interviewer that you don’t have a clue about that company, and at the same time you’re showing a lack of interest. Having a few questions in your pocket could make you more confident and prepared, especially in moments when the conversation is not flowing smoothly.