The job interview is your chance to tell an interviewer about your personality, qualifications and experience. In these moments of sharing, make it easy for an interviewer to see what makes you different from other candidates. Without personal preparation, you won't be able to maximize the chances to win over an interviewer and make her want to hire you.
Prepare for Powerful Storytelling
An interview is an opportunity to use storytelling to respond to behavior-based questions and other traditional interview questions, according to Katharine Hansen, author of "Tell Me About Yourself: Storytelling to Get Jobs and Propel Your Career." Hansen describes how using a story enables you to share personal information and build rapport with an interviewer. When you think about what details to share about your life, career, education and personality before the interview, it's easy to pick stories that show you're a strong candidate to use when responding to different questions.
Prepare Information to Use
Prepare personal and career information to use in an interview. If you took the time to write a list of accomplishments in previous jobs, practice saying them in a mock interview. You should be able to recall at least one of these in the interview, even if you're nervous. You might say that you acquired an average of 20 new accounts per month when your employer required only 15 from each account representative, if it's true. This kind of numeric information is easy to digest for an interviewer.
You don't want to walk into an interview portraying yourself as a loser. According to Rebecca Corfield, author of "Successful Interview Skills: How to Prepare, Answer Tough Questions and Get Your Ideal Job," your interviewers will notice negative attitudes. You won't make as positive of an impression as people who are confident and relaxed will. Preparing to be confident and positive -- and practicing to avoid negative body language -- counts when you're under pressure at the interview.
Ensure You're Right for the Job
If you interview well for the wrong job and are hired, you will feel miserable and end up leaving. Interview with confidence for a job you really want and get it. This is also best for an employer. Hiring employees that aren't a right fit for the organization costs the employer because their negative experiences affect others; the company will also have to invest in recruiting new workers when these employees separate from the organization. Do your research about a company's culture, not just its job posting, to ensure you're a fit.
- "Tell Me About Yourself: Interviewing to Get Jobs and Propel Your Career"; Katharine Hansen; 2009
- "Successful Interview Skills: How to Prepare, Answer Tough Questions and Get Your Ideal Job"; Rebecca Corfield; 2009