10 Interview Tips That Will Get You Your Dream Job
Most jobseekers spend ample time preparing their application letters. They also exert great effort in gathering all certificates and documents to help them qualify for work. These are all necessary requirements in job hunting. But keep in mind that while a good resume will land you an interview, it does not automatically equate to you getting the job.
Ultimately, it is the interview that will decide whether or not you will be selected. It is therefore vital to familiarize yourself with the frequently asked questions in job interviews. This way, you will be able to put your best foot forward when meeting with potential employers.
Here are tips to successful job interviews:
1. When asked to tell something about yourself, never repeat what is written in your resume. Think of something unique to tell your interviewer. Avoid canned answers. Prepare to answer the frequently asked questions, but make sure you give witty, natural responses. Always focus on your strengths. Do not dwell on your limitations. Emphasize your skills and highlight previous training workshops you’ve attended.
2. Learn as much about the company as you can. Know the products and services they offer. Do extensive research so you would be able to answer questions about their company.
3. Build a positive image with the interviewer. Smile and remain composed. If you have the tendency to fidget, be conscious enough to prevent yourself from doing so. Maintain eye contact, but do not stare. Let your personality shine by injecting humor during the interview. Don’t appear too serious. The company is already weighed down with so much work, and added humor and fun in the workplace will be an advantage.
4. Never badmouth a previous employer or colleague; or if you just graduated, never talk negatively about a former teacher or classmate. This might give the interviewer the impression that you are a whiner, and difficult to work with.
5. Emphasize skills related to the job. Read the job advertisement carefully and focus on the desired qualifications. Mention how you fit the requirements of the position. Besides the basic job qualifications, think of something extra that you can offer the company. Remember that every additional skill or credential you present will add to your advantage over the other job applicants.
6. Keep yourself from talking about sensitive topics. Stay away from talking about politics, religion, or in some cases, show business. Also, avoid arguing with the interviewer if you have different views.
7. Avoid beating around the bush. Be specific, concise and direct to the point. You have very limited time with the interviewer, so make sure you make the most of it. Point out the important details that may help you improve your chances.
8. Be honest, but refrain from revealing potentially harmful information about yourself – especially if isn’t relevant to your work performance. An example of this is if you have a health problem, like asthma. As long as it is under control and would not be hindrance to your work, then do not bring this up.
9. Sell yourself to the interviewer. Be sensitive to the facial expressions and body language of the interviewer. If boredom seems to be setting in, shorten your response. But if what you are saying seems to be of interest, then you may dwell more on it.
10. Never talk about salary, unless this is raised. In asked, answer politely by giving a salary range that is at par with your previous salary, or say at least within the standard industry state. You may say P12,000 to P15,000, for example, if you think you want to receive at least P12,000. This is because employers have a tendency to choose the lowest amount possible. When the subject of salary is raised, try to control your emotions as much as possible.
How to present yourself during a job interview is one of the most nerve-wracking experiences because your career depends on it. Try to maximize your chances during this event. If you come well-prepared, you will have a much better likelihood for success. Good luck!
*Originally published by the Manila Bulletin. Written by Ruben Anlacan, Jr. (President, BusinessCoach, Inc.) All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or copied without express written permission of the copyright holders.
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