We understand that interviewing for jobs can become overwhelming and stressful, which is why Vision Quest has compiled a quick list of tips that we believe are key factors in helping you advance in your job search and landing the job.
Practice, Practice, Practice
We have all heard the famous saying, “practice makes perfect,” and there is a reason it still rings true to this day. Not only should you practice interviewing in front of family or friends, but in real interviews, as well! Because interviews are often intimidating, many may try avoiding them, yet the more interviews you go on, the more familiar and easier the process becomes. Another benefit of interviewing is networking. You never know what connections you can make along the way.
Update your Resume
You can always brush up your resume by adding your most recent jobs, volunteer work, internships, and special skills that relate to the position you are applying for.
Discover your Story
Who are you? What makes you unique? You may not know it, but you are special. People have experiences that make them different than everyone else. Determine your strengths and skills that you have used in situations that can relate to your possible position and help you in the work environment. Communicating what makes you special will help you stand out from the other candidates.
Do your Research
Know about the position and the company you are interviewing for. Anticipate the questions they will ask and prepare the answers you would give. Thinking of your own questions for the interviewer will give you a great advantage, as well. Good, thought-provoking questions such as, “If I was hired, what could I do to exceed your expectations?” will catch the interviewer’s attention. Showing them that you are proactive and want to do your best to benefit the company will set you apart.
First Impressions Really Do Count
While on your interview, dressing appropriately is very important. While some interviews may be more business casual than others, dressing up on the more formal side is never a bad idea. Looking sharp and prepared, especially with the job in mind, will not go unnoticed. While you are waiting for the interview and during, be aware of your body language. Nonverbal communication is just as effective, if not more; therefore, you will want to avoid nervous habits such as tapping your foot, biting your nails, excessively touching your hair, etc. Here are a couple of ideas for making a good impression:
- Arrive early
- Be enthusiastic and have a good attitude
- Be honest – people appreciate genuineness and even vulnerability
- Be courteous – send a thank you note or email after the interview
Confidence Is Key
Even if you don’t feel confident, you can act like you are. No one will know the jitters you feel in your stomach if you use confident body language. A few ideas to help with your confidence are:
- Hold your head up and keep straight posture
- Have good eye contact – don’t look at the ground or constantly look around
- Firm handshake
- Smile! Everyone is attracted to a positive personality
Another benefit of acting confident is that eventually, you may become less nervous and actually increase your confidence!
Believe in your abilities and don’t give up on your job search! Vision Quest wants to help you land your dream job! For more information about our services, contact us today!