Essential Tips To Improve Interview Performance
Getting a job is the ultimate goal of anyone looking for a job, but proactive job search is not so simple. It’s often a long process that involves creating resumes, networking, job search, and the awful interview. Job seekers can fall into any of the control points in their job search. One of the places where most of us suffer is the interview. Doing dozens of unsuccessful interviews can be frustrating and stressful. Here are 5 essential tips to improve interview performance:
Tips To Improve Interview Performance
Bring your resume.
Make sure your resume is updated and personalized for the job you are interviewing for. A well-developed curriculum should include the major achievements of your previous positions and use descriptive action words that clearly describe how you have contributed to the success of the company. Make sure you talk about the value you bring and why you are the best candidate for the position. Know the content of your resume well so that you can use it as a tool to address the questions they ask.
Prepare Your 30-Second Commercial.
You may have also heard of this as “elevator speech”. The interviewer is likely to open with a general question, “Tell me about yourself.” While the question seems simple to answer, the general issue under interview pressure can be complex for some. Practice describing yourself in 30 seconds or less. You want to quickly tell them who you are, what you do, and the value you bring. Make sure it’s a memorable message and makes the interviewer want to know more about you.
Do your research.
This is critical to the success of your interview. You don’t need to know the company inside and out, but you should have a very good idea of the company as a whole. Research the company’s website, find out what their products or services are, check out their industry and how they compare to other similar organizations. It’s also a good practice to know your mission statement, core values, and general company information. A good company investigation will give you the necessary knowledge to answer questions, as well as to ask your own questions.
Practical practice practice!
If you have a professional coach, use part of your time with them to practice your interviewing skills. They can suggest a practice or “simulation” interview. If you don’t have an accessible coach, you can practice using a camera. Record yourself answering the practice interview questions and then review the recording to see which questions may need to be given more attention or areas that need improvement. The more you practice, the more confident and ready you will be during a real interview.
Do not forget About the small details.
Do you know the address of the interview place and the best way to get there? Plan ahead to avoid being late. Being late could tarnish even the best interviews. Confirm the date, time and place ahead of time. Make sure you dress appropriately. In general, conservative business attire is the best option. Error on the side of over-dressed rather than under. Go to bed early the night before your interview so you are fresh and ready in the morning. Be punctual, shake their hand, say thank you and make good eye contact. These simple details can have a great impact on the interviewer and ultimately influence the outcome of the interview.
What do you think about preparing for an interview? What other tips have you found useful? Please share in the comments!