Now that a new school year has ended, many are aspiring to get their first job ever. But little did they know that applying for a position isn’t as simple as it seems. But, it’s not as difficult as you think it would be too unless you have equipped yourself with knowledge and preparation.
Here are some points you need to bear in mind to get your dream job:
1. Study your resume and know it well.
You should know all of the information you have written in your resume from top to bottom. Speaking intelligently about your experience is one of the best ways to ace your job interview every single time. It is your responsibility to convince the interviewer that you can come in and do the job.
2. Know the job description of the position you are applying for.
It would be ridiculous if you were asked by the interviewer about your knowledge in the position you are applying for and you seemed unsure. You simply need to study the job description to truly understand what the interviewer is looking for. If the description calls for attentiveness to detail, you will want to tailor the discussion accordingly. Knowing the job description, you can navigate the interview and discuss examples from previous jobs/experience that will exemplify this trait.
Gaining knowledge about the company you are being interviewed by gives you a key to being able to ask pertinent questions. Doing so will also show the interviewer that you have a genuine interest in the company.
4. Display your skills with concrete examples.
Every company wants to make sure that the person they hire is hard working but it will be hard for him or her to believe you unless you prove it. Tell a story of how you were hard working and instead of just saying it. Don’t leave it up to the imagination of the interviewer to figure out how. Rather, explain in detail and site example to illustrate it.
“There’s never a second chance to make a first impression” – this holds very true in the case of job interviews. Know how to build rapport with the interviewer. Create a great setting for your interview by greeting the interviewer with a firm handshake and a pleasant smile. You can also start off by asking how he or she is doing and or make a comment about the weather.
6. Make eye contact.
Eye contact is one of the strongest forms of nonverbal communication and it is a must, if you want to ace your job interview. Eye contact can show whether a person is strong or weak. Direct eye contacts shows two key qualities employers look for in candidates — confidence and high self-esteem. Throughout the interview, make it a point to have direct eye contact in order to create connection and exude confidence.
7. Be yourself.
No matter how badly you want the job, it you aren’t a good match, you aren’t a good match. Never try to be what you “think” the job requires. Let your true self shine through and you’ll send off the positive energy. If you aren’t being true to yourself, the interviewer will sense your lack of authenticity right away.
8. Rehearse Your Responses (But Don’t Make Them Sound Rehearsed)
Prepare some answers to the most frequently asked questions during interviews like “What is your greatest weakness?” or “Why should we hire you?” You’ll never know how the interviewer will come at you, so be prepared for questions that are a little out of the field or even totally unrelated to the job, such as “What is your philosophy of life?” or “How do you handle stress?” Practice your responses so your words sound clear and concise but not programmed. Remember to take thoughtful pauses to allow your interviewer to digest and respond to your thoughts.
Confidence is the ultimate companion of success, and congeniality is a surefire way to leave a lasting impression. Becoming equipped with the tips stated above, never forget that employers want to hire people who can positively influence others, who are confident in their skills and abilities, and who are just generally pleasant to be around. Before you step into that interview room, make sure you have enough warmth and personality to complement that professional, polished demeanor. Ease any anxiety by reminding yourself that your interviewers are most likely as positive and hopeful about finding a new member of their team as you are about to land the perfect job.