Job Search Tip: 3 most important interview strategies

December 6th, 2011 | Interviewing | No Comments »

Interviews are the hardest part of the job search process. With these three important strategies, you will be well on your way to being more prosperous during job interviews.

1. Study! Study! Study!
It is important that you show that you want this job and understand what the company does. There is nothing worst than a person who does not know anything about the company they want to work for. Start by looking at their website and current events regarding the firm. Second, read and understand the job description. Read the FULL description and not the summary. You may have questions about it, and the interview is a good time to ask those questions.

2. Your image can go a long way!
Whether it is eye contact or body language, employers notice it all. Make sure that your back is not slouching and you’re giving positive eye contact. Eye contact is one of the most important strategies because it’s the strongest nonverbal communication. Other small things you should keep in mind are: don’t chew gum, wear business appropriate clothing and take it easy on strong perfumes or colognes. An employer can understand a lot about the type of person you are by your image.

3. Use examples!
It’s important that when you explain an answer you “show” not “tell”. This way the interviewer will have a better feel of who you are and how you will be a good fit for the position. This is mostly important when asked what your skills are. For example, when asked how well you work under pressure, use an example of a time you were at work and had many deadlines, or something along those lines.

Whether you are just doing a phone screen or a face to face interview, these 3 strategies will help you get the job you are looking for. Follow these simple strategies and most importantly be yourself. Good luck!

-By Layla Nourahmadi