Your work experience and your expertise, all, do matter. But, the decisive factor in every job search comes down to the interview. In fact, even if you do not have all the qualifications to the dot, a great interview performance can seal you the deal.
It's easier said than done. You walk into the office, ten minutes ahead of schedule, and you're hit by a variety of ailments – from trembling knees, to sweaty palms. And your fingers just won't stop fidgeting. What most job seekers fail to recognize is the fact that, by virtue of being called for an interview, they are already halfway home. The employer had seen your resume, and find you to be well-suited for the job on offer. All they need is a confirmation – a small push from the back – of your skills; something they establish through the job interview.
An interview is a great chance to substantiate your qualifications and help your employers make the choice. However, your cranky nerves can quite cost you this great opportunity. Here are five steps to get over your interview jitter and be a true job hunting maestro.
Do Play with Fire
Scared of getting burnt during your job interview? Probably, you should make coal walking an evening ritual. Go for as many interviews as you possibly can. This will help you build on your confidence. You will soon be able to anticipate questions and be ready with your responses. And the more you talk, the more prepared you will be with your story.
Pulling on the Socks
You should not try walking into an interview without a basic amount of preparation. Before your interview, make sure you do some research on the company and its processes. Make sure you have a few extra copies of your resume. Pick a set of formal clothes which you feel comfortable in. Also try out a mock interview with a friend. All these will raise your level of preparedness, so that you can hit the ball running.
The Tales that you Tell
Many interviewees worry that they have nothing new to tell the employers. Wrong. No one has the same experience, education and qualifications that you have. No one can tell your story. Your task, here, would be to spot the skills and expertise that makes you unique. Plot out the major points, and meaningful experiences, that shaped your career. Now, spin them into a tale. Keep practising so you can deliver them without a hitch.
One Size doesn't fit All
Employers look for candidates who best match the position on offer. So rambling on with the same story for all your interviews will not help. Instead, research on the company, and find out what the position requires. Now fashion your resume, your interview narration, and your cover letter, to fit the job. Try to anticipate what questions they will ask, and be ready with your answers.
Answer with a Question
This is an oft-neglected strategy in mastering the job search. When asked whether you do have questions, do ask a few. Planning out your queries is as important a part as any in your interview preparation. Asking relevant questions related to the job and the organization will prove that you have invested some time into researching and getting to know the company.