Most of us hate interviews
Yet this is the final step you need to master if you are going to secure your dream job and boost your salary prospects as well probably
Here are 5 tips that you should use to ace your next job interview
1. BE PREPARED
Now I don't mean just researching the company or knowing what the job entails (although these are musts too)
By REALLY being prepared I mean having a number of specific examples that you are ready to call upon to provide evidence of your job suitability.
Yes, by carefully studying the job criteria, you can gain a good understanding of some of the likely questions that will arise.
Analyse the job advert and job description to identify the key criteria and then spend time thinking of a good example that shows you meet this requirement. Think in terms of:
- A problem or issue that arose
- What you specifically did
- What 3 or 4 important skills this showed off
- Who you collaborated with or engaged with to jointly tackle the situation
- What outcomes resulted from your work
2. SMILE AND SHOW ENTHUSIASM
Often we underestimate the importance of smiling. Sitting in an interview without a single smile will cost you the job.
Smiling shows the interviewers that you are confident, open and pleasant to be with.
Be enthusiastic so that the interview panel can see your energy, positive approach and motivation for the job.
3. BODY LANGUAGE
A relaxed posture is a no during an interview as it can show disrespect to those you are talking to.
Sit straight and rest one arm on your chair. Looking professional is key.
These are not your friends, they are your potential employers.
Make eye contact with an open posture. Align your shoulders to the shoulders of the individual you are speaking with. Do not look away from the person who is talking to you. Also, try not to use too many gestures.
4. TALK ABOUT THE COMPANY
It’s very important to talk about the company you are hoping to work for.
Explain how you spent time researching the company online.
Speak highly of what you learnt.
Use your knowledge of the company to show how sincere and prepared you are. T
Talking about the company is a good way to break the ice and will help you to feel less nervous.
5. BE PREPARED FOR SALARY QUESTIONS
In private sector jobs it is inevitable that you will get asked what salary you are looking for.
Most of us end up selling ourselves short
One way to deal with this question is to say that you would be looking for between xx amount and xx amount based on what you believe to be the going market rates for such a position.
This helps avoid you naming a figure and keeps your negotiating position more open for when they offer you the job.
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