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Preparing Yourself For A Job Interview

Derek Cirino - Oct 13, 2017

Do you have a much-anticipated job interview on your schedule? Getting ready for a job interview could be a daunting task if you do not know what you are doing. And when anxiety kicks in, it could ruin the interview before it begins. Generally, job seekers find their interviewer intimidating—even when the interviewer is anything but intimidating. This could make you stutter a lot. You will look unprepared or unknowledgeable if that happens. It is never admirable to look like someone who has seen a ghost or is watching a horror movie late at night and shivering. Okay, maybe not shivering, but definitely nervous. And always remember to dress appropriately and professionally.

However, speaking too boldly and trying to make your interviewer feel inferior is also very bad. This usually happens when you are overqualified or too confident. It is pointless to be overconfident as this could make the interviewer to go really hard on you—especially when they are irritated. This could complicate things. Nobody likes an arrogant person or a know-it-all. It is smart to be nice and allow the interviewer take the lead without over-compromising. And you should show that you are really interested in the job. Some job seekers can imply that they have options. Even if you do, it would not help to show it.

Still, moderation is the key to success. Actually, many interviewers admire a sense of emotional stability. You should portray this. And if you are overqualified for the position, remember what made you to apply for the job in the first place. It would help if you focus on your objective more than anything else.

As a great rule of thumb, you should review most common interview questions in your field of discipline that you would likely be asked and some common questions also. Place yourself in the shoes of the interviewer and try to imagine what s/he wants, based on the research you did on the firm or corporation. You can efficiently eliminate the competition just by knowing what s/he wants, and the best way to be that person or act like that person. You should be seated appropriately.

And some common interview questions are: why did you leave your last job? What where are your starting and final levels of compensation? What is your salary requirement? Where do you see yourself in five years’ time? And on it goes. You have to prepare an appropriate response. If you do, you will never keep your interviewer waiting for an answer.

So, you have to practice interviewing. Take the time to practice on answering interview questions. And learn to pay attention to what your interviewer is saying.

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