Nailing the Interview

We all know that once you actually get an interview set up, you are 50% there. They have noticed your resume in a growing stack of them and that is a very good thing! You can say that the ball is in your court at this point. All you have to do is walk in there and sell yourself. That, of course, is easier said than done. In this economy, they are going to put you through the marathon interview process. You might walk in there and have 8 consecutive interviews to grind through – this is now the norm. They want to grill you from every direction – why were you laid off from your last job or how did you do in college? You have to try harder every step of the way through this grueling process. You might lose sleep over it the night before but once you are in the thick of the interviews, sleep loss will not be a factor because the adrenaline rush will take over.Here are some tips on getting through your interview successfully:

  • Always dress up – better to be over-dressed than under-dressed
  • Look each interviewer in the eye and tell them the plain truth – honesty goes a long way
  • Be prepared by learning a bit about what each interviewer does at the company
  • Be confident in yourself, but not in an obnoxious way – keep it real
  • Know that you can do the job and convince them of that fact
  • Be honest about experience gaps – you are a quick study

Of course, these are just tips to consider before you walk in the door, with most of them being fairly obvious. This isn’t rocket science, but your approach should be carefully crafted and well thought out ahead of time. It is like a test – you want to be fully prepared, but you don’t want to overload your brain so that your general message appears confusing to others. The bottom line is that you need to go in there and treat that job like it is the last job opportunity in the world. This is it and you need to give it your all! When you leave, they should be asking themselves – “Was that the person we need?” You need to leave an impression that has them talking about you the next day. Even if you are not a salesperson by trade, you know yourself better than anything else. So if you know it, you can sell it! This whole process is about talking about yourself, which should come naturally. At the end of the day, the most important part of the process is to take a breath before you go in there and be yourself!

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