Whether it’s your first interview or your 50th, sitting down to discuss your strengths and weaknesses with a stranger can be pretty nerve-wracking. However, there are simple things you can do when preparing for the interview. We have some simple tips that should help you improve confidence and give you the right words at the right time.
Simple Tips for Navigating the Interview Process
It doesn’t really matter what type of job you are applying for. Whether its retail marketing or developer jobs, certain qualities, and skills are universally desirable. The key to making a good impression is preparing for the interview.
1. Research the company.
Unfamiliar environments tend to trigger nerves in most people. Your job interview is one place you don’t want to feel clueless and unprepared. The best way to combat nerves is to educate yourself as much as possible about the company before the interview. Review their company services or products, read reviews and comments from consumers, and evaluate their marketing strategies. Go the extra mile and take a look at competitors’ websites. This knowledge will help you form answers to interview questions, as well as develop questions of your own.
We suggest that you look up the company on LinkedIn. Research the team members online. You might find a common interest, like skiing, that could help you make a personal connection when you meet. Just look for easy-to-find articles that show you did your research, but don’t go overboard. Creepy cyber-stalking probably won’t win you any points.
2. Practice answering questions.
If you have a tough time with interpersonal communication or answering under pressure, it might be a good idea to set up a mock interview. Let a friend ask you questions at random so you can practice answering them effectively. Additionally, you can look for online resources that include commonly asked interview questions. Sometimes, it helps to write out your answers before practicing them aloud.
An important thing to note here is that this tip is to help you with nerves, not to help you practice fake answers. Employers can often spot applicants who don’t really know what they are talking about, and it’s far better for both of you to establish upfront whether or not you are qualified for the job.
3. Prepare questions of your own.
Prospective employers often ask interviewees if they have any questions about the company. Asking questions does two things for you. First, it helps address any concerns you may possess about the company, as well as clear up potential confusion about job responsibilities and expectations. Second, it indicates to the employer that you are interested in their company and have done enough research to formulate questions.
4. Set yourself apart.
Of course, the primary strategy of any job interview or resume is to set yourself apart from other applicants. Again, you should never be dishonest about your skills, but you can still use your unique qualities to your advantage. If you have any interesting skills or experiences that qualify you for the job, make sure you share them with your prospective employer.
5. Stay confident, relaxed, and humble.
Treat the interview with seriousness and respect, but don’t get uptight. Speak clearly, respectfully, and confidently. Look your prospective employer in the eye, greet them with a firm handshake, and be honest about your skills and qualifications. The rest will work itself out.
How to Respond if You Don’t Get the Job
Remember, the purpose of a job interview is to determine whether the job is a good fit for you, not just whether you are a good fit for the job. Just because the employer may choose not to hire you does not mean you did something wrong. Rather, they may have sensed that you would suit another job or company better, or vice-versa.
Although it can be disappointing not to receive a job, your attitude speaks highly to employers. Remember to remain kind, courteous, and respectful. Always follow-up with a thank you note. You never know. They may have another opening that’s better suited for your skills.
Focus your attention on the next job opportunity until you really connect with a company. Much like romantic relationships, it is far better to wait for the right one than to end up with the wrong one.
How Can TechBridge Help?
We help developers find jobs and even help with preparing for the interview. Our goal is to bridge the gap between business and employee, matching qualified workers with the companies who need them. If you have any further questions or you’re ready to start the recruiting process, contact us today.