Not everyone wants to start their own business. In fact without great employees most businesses would not be able to function. So I thought it would be nice to provide a balance and publish this post for those who are looking for work. One of the most daunting and nerve-racking experiences for job-hunters can be the interview process.
Trying to impress your potential new employer whilst maintaining your personality can be difficult but it doesn’t have to be. This article might also be useful for those who are going to meet new clients or pitch for work too.
Here are 5 things that you should remember before attending a job interview:
• Preparation: make sure you practice at least twice before your actual interview with a friend or relative. Try to make the practice as professional as possible. Practice makes perfect.
• Confidence: this is something that one needs to instill in oneself. If you have applied for your dream job and you have been invited to an interview you need to build your confidence up to the point of unbreakable self-belief. This will enable you to be clear and genuine in an interview. Treat the interview like a business meeting, after all the employer needs you just as much as you need them so make sure it shows. But also understand that even if you do not get the job you can use the feedback for your own empowerment.
• Body Language: quite often we overlook the way in which our body language is read by others particularly in an interview situation. Try to maintain relaxed yet professional posture at all times, with consistent eye contact and limited distractions.
• Articulation: be as articulate and precise in all your answers as possible. Limiting the amount of waffle will focus the interviewer’s attention on the positive aspects of your answers. If you don’t understand a question or know how to answer it be honest and say so.
• Presentation: it may seem obvious but it’s so important to make the right impression based on your presentation and appearance. Dress smartly and comfortably in a manner which reflects your professionalism.
These are just a few tips, whatever the outcome of your interview always take on board the experience, learn from it and stay positive – every interview you have brings you one step closer to your perfect job.
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