By Phil Baker,
While you might not know exactly what interview questions you will be asked at your interview, there are some preparation tactics that can improve your odds of getting a second interview or job offer. One of the keys to success with job interview questions is being ready for them. Getting ready for an interview means different things to different people, but there are a number of proven methods to ensure you will be able to handle whatever is thrown your way. Here are seven ways to prepare for job interview questions:
1. Research the company. Knowledge is power and confidence. When you can converse intelligently and specifically about the core products or services of the employer you will be confident and impress interviewers. Understand how the company makes money, and what how the position you are seeking contributes to profit.
2. Research the industry. Learn what the key drivers are in the market. Then take the information a step further and find out what is unique about the employer’s business and their market strengths. Knowing who their main competitors and biggest clients are can also be helpful.
3. Brainstorm questions for the recruiter or hiring manager. Prepare five or six intelligent questions to ask the interviewer. Write them down legibly and take your list with you to the session so you will have a reference if your mind goes blank. Practice asking your questions out loud. Take your time asking questions in the interview and take notes when the interviewer answers you.
4. Establish your personal motivation. Why do you want this job from this company? Understanding what you want to get out of the experience is also key to finding a good employment match.
5. Practice your interview answers. Get to know and recognize the different types of interview questions. When you can quickly classify the type your answer will come easier.
Prepare your main stories for the behavioral based questions and rehearse your personal statements. Work with a friend or coach to get used to the flow and pace of a questioning session.
6. Rehearse with the mirror. Wearing your interview attire, rehearse on front of a mirror. Can you maintain good eye contact? What is your body language saying? Are there any distracting movements you need to control? Are you smiling when you answer interview questions?
7. Get a solid night of sleep. While this sounds elementary inadequate rest often negatively affects cognitive thinking, response time, and memory more than any other interview preparation factor. You need to look fresh and be alert enough to frame intelligent responses to your future employer’s job interview questions. A full night of sleep will help calm your nerves, keep your brain functioning at full speed, and reduce the chances of having bags under your eyes.
Allow for extra travel time and arrive at the employer fifteen minutes early for your interview. Spend ten minutes in your car reviewing your resume and relaxing. Keep in mind you are there to learn more about the company and position. Put the power in your corner by realizing you are the one who will make the decision of whether or not you want the job based on what you learn. Enter the business five minutes before your scheduled appointment.
Phil Baker is the creator of the OneClick Cover Letter Creator SoftwareÂ ProgramÂ (a ridiculous easy to use, yet effective software that creates cover letters tailored to your needs) which you can visit here, or you can read my review of it here, but he also has a tremendous website, www.ResumeDictionary.com.Â Resume DictionaryÂ might just be the best, free resume resource site out there – jammed with great information and tips on getting your resume water tight and rocking.Â
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