Job interview preparation is essential long before you get the phone call requesting one, if you are in the market for a new job.
Despite what most people tend to think, job interviewers are not looking for ways to trip up job candidates up in an interview. In fact, they simply want to find the best person to fill the vacant position as quickly as possible.
Your main task is to provide them with the information they need and in doing so show them that you are the best person for the job. Doing that requires preparation.
Employers are looking for a variety of things in new employees. When answering interview questions, consider the qualities you possess and how they can benefit the prospective employer. Weaving your best features into your interview answers will give the employer a better understanding of who you are and of what you are capable of doing.
Look at the list below and see how many of the following traits and characteristics are well represented in your interview answers.
Confidence: Are you poised and well prepared or do you get flustered easily?
Cooperative: Do you get along well with others? Do you tend to be critical of others?
Innovative: Can you think "outside the box"? Are you a creative person? Do you look for new ways of doing things?
Self-Discipline: Are you organized? Do you prioritize your day? Are you reliable?
Integrity: Are you an honest individual?
Selling yourself in an interview is something each job candidate has to do in order to win the favor of the prospective employer. It isn't always easy and it takes a lot of preparation if it is to be done well. Not only must you include some or all of the personality traits listed above (which means practicing answering potential questions), but you also need to consider how to tailor your answers to the position requirements and the employer's expectations.
For example: Let's say you are interviewing for a position as a Brand Manager at a major lawn and garden corporation. You read a list of interview questions and come across this one: "Tell me about a recent job situation when you were expected to have the answers but you had no guidelines." Think about this question in terms of what the employer is after. How will your current skill set help you in the new position? Your answer should be geared toward the job you are seeking as much or more than the job in which you resolved the situation cited in the question.
Again, tailor every answer to the position you are seeking and the employer for which you hope to be working. This aspect of job interview preparation will give you better results than almost anything else you do.
You can make the most of this opportunity by being better prepared than the other job candidates. Sometimes you may wonder if the time spent is worth it, but when you are enjoying that nice new paycheck and happily working the days away, you'll know that you did the right thing.
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