While there are some candidates who invest a lot of their energy in getting as many interviews as possible to increase their chances, my advice is to concentrate all of your energy on one dream job. If you don’t get it, you will gain a worthwhile experience that will make other interviews look like a piece of cake.
What happens when you are rushing all over to get different interviews?
Consider this scenario below:
You followed all the previous advices and got your interview. You have a time and a place. You try to find tips on the internet and there are so many so you are just getting more nervous and confused and your self-confidence is going down. And then maybe two or three more companies want to schedule their own interviews with you. That means you now have a lot of interviews to prepare for and so you start to worry. The more you worry the lesser chances you have to get any job.
On the other hand, if you only have one interview scheduled for a single week, you will have all the time and energy to concentrate on that one. In fact this is very simple. All you need to remember is that you need to be at your best and do your best. You can pool your resources to prepare for interview day and as a result, your confidence grows and your apprehension will be gone because you are ready.
You can also imagine yourself working already in this company. You know where it is, where to park your car or how to get there by riding on a bus. You know the specific times there is heavy traffic at the time you should arrive and how much time it takes you to get there. You arrive 30 minutes earlier to drink your coffee, read the newspaper and go through your emails. You know all the people and they know you. You know what to expect.
So how to prepare for a job interview?
Aside from owning that dream job even before the interview, here are practical advice to actually nail it.
- After setting an interview go there, walk around and know the area and the building
- Check out LinkedIn to see who is going to interview you (usually you know in advance)
- Learn everything you can about the company and about your part in the specific project
- Prepare a story to answer everything in the job description from your previous experiences
- Save the entire day, don’t plan anything else
- Eat and drink right, you have to be at your best. If you don’t feel well, call and reschedule
- Arrive 30 minutes earlier to the area and 15 minutes before the interview
- During the interview, show that you are confident, easy going and professional
- Answer straight to the point until you feel the interviewer is satisfied with your answer
- When you’re asked about the salary, give a range and be ready to negotiate
- If it comes to salary negotiation ask what is the budget and requirements for your position
- Prepare questions to ask the interviewer in the end and your references
You see, passing any interview need not be complicated. Concentrate on one interview at a time. Give it all your energy and time and in the process, gain more self-confidence. That’s how to nail a job interview successfully.
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