Face Your Fears and Ace Your InterviewSimilar to the anxiety felt by public speakers before delivering a speech, many people feel nervous or even fearful before and during a job interview. Being able to speak well and confidently will greatly enhance your chances of being hired. So this week’s tip will help you shine in your interview. Regardless of your audience, whether that may be a single person or a group of interviewers, let’s face your fear and ace your interview.
So Why Are You Nervous or Fearful?It’s natural to feel a level of nervousness when approaching a job and when we face our fears, we will find ourselves more at ease. So let’s talk about the common reason many feel this way and how to overcome that reason.
Being UnpreparedOne of the most common reasons for nervousness is being unprepared for the interview. Some ways to overcome unpreparedness is learn about the company, learn about the position and know how you would benefit the company. Learn about the company. Research, research research. One of the immediate things you can do is visit the company’s website. Besides the basics (Company’s history, vision/mission, What does the company do, etc.), What is the company’s signature product or service? What project is the company working on? How does the company fare financially (Look at company’s annual report)? What challenges does the company currently face? Has the company been in the news? What is the company’s culture? How does the employees view the company? Who are their clients? Who is their competition? Some tools to use to research the company are Glassdoor, Internet search and social media, such as LinkedIn, Facebook Pages, Twitter and/or Quora. You can also search for news articles. Learn about the position. What does the position entail? What is the salary range for the position (Note: Usually, the first interview is not appropriate to discuss salary. Do not discuss salary unless the interviewer initiates the conversation (more about that in a subsequent tip)? What is the career track for the position? Does the position meet your needs? Benefits of hiring you. Why are you the best candidate for the position? What unique perspective can you offer the company? For example, maybe you lack experience as a senior executive; however, you started a home based business and hired a number of freelancers to keep your company running smoothly. Or maybe you used technology to automate processes. Highlight how you benefited past employers. Be specific. (I automated the production in my department, saving the company $40 million). Connecting your experiences and educational background to the position you’re seeking is an excellent way to demonstrate your cognitive skills. Find out the pressing problem that the company is seeking a solution. Think about how you can help the company solve the problem.
What the Interview is Really AboutWhen you really think about it, an interview is simply a conversation to see if you are a good fit for the company. But what we tend to overlook is that you should make sure that the company is a good fit for you as well. Take the time to have the conversation to decide whether working at this company is mutually beneficial. (Find out your non-negotiable here). Because the interview is a conversation, make sure you ask questions too. From your research, did you find anything interesting that you would like to comment on? You could mention it in your interview.
Practice InterviewingAs you know, the interviewer will definitely ask you questions. Overcome nervousness by practicing answering interview questions. Have a mock interview with a friend. Some questions to consider are:
- Tell me about yourself.
- Why should we hire you?
- What are you most proud of in your career?
- What is your management style?
- How many times would you fail on a project before you quit?
- What are your weaknesses? What are your strengths?
- What would your past employer say about you?
- What would you past subordinate say about you?
- How would you let go an employee?
- Tell me about a situation where you had to overcome a challenge.
- What value can you bring to our company?
- Where do you see yourself in five years?
- What skills do you lack in this job?
- What is your plan to make our organization better?