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Hello and welcome to the final part of our interview series regarding how to succeed in a job interview. We interviewed 24 career experts that shared with us their experience. They taught us what are the things that a human resource specialist search, everything from how you dress, how you speak, what do you say, to how confident you look. We come a long way because we know how important is for you to nail the interview and get the job that you need. That’s why we give a special attention to this topic. Now that we come to an end, I invite you to read the last part, in which three experts share:
What is your best advice to succeed in a job interview?
Let’s see what they had to say.
Simon Gray – Career Codex
Simon Gray FCA is a chartered accountant, former professional recruiter, and founder of Career Codex. He works with executive clients from across the world to help them take proactive control of their job search to define, find and secure the position they really want, not just the one they’ve seen advertised or had presented to them by executive recruiters. Simon is the author of Super Secrets of Successful Executive Job Search, which continues to receive ‘five-star’ reviews and is available on Amazon worldwide.
Job interviews are something most people fear or at the very least have a certain level of apprehension about.
Uncertainty over what will be asked and whether you’ll be able to come up with an answer can dominate thinking and contribute to an increasing level of nervousness as the interview day approaches. This, however, is a low-probability strategy for success because as a candidate for the job on offer adopting this approach means you’re not in control.
While most job seekers approach the interview stage of any recruitment process worrying about what they’ll be asked, the successful job seeker enters the interview environment knowing exactly what they need to communicate to be the one who gets hired. The successful job seeker is less concerned with how they feel and instead is focused solely on making the interview process as easy and painless as possible for the interviewer(s).
If you’ve been on an interview recently or are about to go on one it pays to know that in my experience the majority of interviewers are not prepared and often interview on a fairly infrequent basis (this is especially true at the senior executive level). If the interviewer is not prepared there is a tendency for them to talk and talk, which gives you very little opportunity to pitch your skills, abilities, and experience.
Taking control of the interview as a candidate starts with extensive preparation (I advocate five levels) and then at the start of the interview communicating to the employer what you’ve done to prepare, which is very different to tell them all you know. This starts the interview in a very different way to how the majority begin and is something I call establishing a ‘higher baseline’.
Having researched the organization, individual(s) you’ll be meeting and the role in question you’ll know what skills, abilities, and experience you need to get across. Do this by communicating your achievements through the power of storytelling, which makes your message interesting and memorable.
In summary, success at interview is about preparing properly to take control of the process from start to finish. What’s more, it’s not about communicating all of your skills, abilities, and experience, only the most relevant, which increases the probability of you being the one who gets hired ahead of the competition!
Jane Tabachnick is a digital strategist, book publisher, and publicity mentor. Her firm Simply Good Press helps experts go from idea to visible, recognized expert as published authors. Named one of the top 100 people online by Fast Company, Jane is writing her next book Irresistible Influence.
Success in a job interview starts with researching the company, so you come prepared. This shows that you have a curiosity, initiative and a genuine interest in the company. The intel you gather will allow you to share more confidently with the interviewer, how you can contribute to the company’s success. It helps you ask better, more intelligent questions during the interview.
Another key to how to be more successful is to carefully select the stories you tell about your previous work experience. Stories are very compelling and memorable. Use a story that shows how you solved a problem at a prior job, rather than telling the interviewer that you are good at problem-solving.
In interviews it’s important to be your best version of yourself; make sure to be professional, enthusiastic and energetic. If your natural style is a bit laid back, you may need to amp up your energy just a bit during the interview so the interviewer doesn’t mistake your chills for lack of interest.
Make sure to follow up with a thoughtful thank you note.
Matthew Snider – Self Development Secrets
Matthew Snider is a regular blogger at Self Development Secrets. He has written for many other blogs about self-help, productivity, job satisfaction and many others. He loves reading, sports and watching movies when he’s not working on his own blog.
I’ve been on a few job interviews when I was younger and I’ve conducted a few myself. Looking back, there are a few things I would’ve done better, and I see it in interviewees quite a bit.
I have to start with this, it’s vital to do some research on the one conducting the interview. Most good participants know that research on the company is good but you’re talking to this person and it’s good to be on the interviewer’s good books.
Another thing I see quite often is that some interviewees tend to be a little bit tensed. I know some of the tension can’t be controlled but most of it comes from them rushing to the interview, making it 5 minutes early but that’s not enough. Try to be at least 30 minutes early, take the time to calm yourself down and either relax or rehearse.
I remember my last interview and what the manager told me was gold. I was well prepared, I had my lines all planned out, did my research on everything I had to. When I stepped in the room, he asked me questions that had nothing to do with the company or job and I was caught off guard.
That’s when he told me that he was not here to listen to the script I wrote for them but he wanted to know about the real me. He taught me the most important lesson not just for interviews, but for life in general. To be authentic and be me. My advice here is for you to be as prepared as you can be but don’t read from a script. Get your facts right and go with the flow.
Thank you to all the experts that replied to this interview! This is the final part of our interview series.
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