Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Things To Remember on a Job Interview

You can do all the preparation in the world for a job interview, but everything can change in an instant once you walk into that office.  It can be easy to forget everything you practiced once you are faced with the real deal.  Don't worry, this happens to everyone no matter how experienced.  So if anxiety starts to creep in when you get to your interview, here are some things you should remember:

  • Ronnie Ann, a career coach and author of the Work Coach Cafe Blog, says the most important thing a job candidate can do is act naturally.  She has conducted many interviews before, and she says the individuals who impressed her the most were those who didn't try too hard.  I couldn't agree with this more.  In almost every aspect of life, trying too hard gets you nowhere.  Think of it this way: If you were good enough to be chosen for a job interview, you don't have to be anything more than what was listed on your resume.
  • Take a deep breath and practice some of the anti-anxiety techniques I mentioned in the past.  Remember, you can't control the decision the organization makes.  All you can do is make the best impression possible.
  • Another great tip from Ronnie Ann is to know your own resume.  You shouldn't have to consult it when asked a question by the interviewer.  This not only makes you look unprepared, but it also can make the interviewer doubt the accuracy of your resume.
  • If it's a hot day out, make sure you are well hydrated.  It doesn't look too good to bring food or drink into the interview, so make sure to have some water well in advance. 
  • Finally, be proud of your accomplishments!  Some interviewees get afraid of sounding like they are bragging (I was certainly guilty of this).  In reality, that's the last thing you should be worrying about.  Interviewers want to know what you have accomplished in your career, so don't be hold anything back that you think might be relevant.
Do you have any other tips to share?  Feel free to list them below!

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