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5 Ways to Kill an Interview
In this article, I’m going to share with you some of the things I’ve learned over the years that I could use when I’m called for an interview. There are always things people forget or don’t think about when preparing for an interview and one of those is preparation. There are so many different ways to prepare for a job interview that it’s hard to know which one is really best for you. Read on to discover the ways to kill an interview and achieve the results you want.
The most important step in preparation is defining exactly what type of interview you’re going to have. This is something you must do before you even turn up for the interview because it’s a waste of time to arrive unprepared. You want to be sure of exactly what you want and how you want it. There are many different ways to go about this and I’ll talk about a few below.
Firstly, talk to someone who is qualified for the job you’re applying for. Ask them to explain to you their experience and what they’re looking for. For example, if you’re applying for a managerial position, talk to a manager. If you’re applying for a technical position, talk to someone who’s been in that line of work previously. This way you’ll gain a better insight into the role you’re applying for and you’ll sound more qualified and knowledgeable.
Explain what your strengths are and how they can help the company. Let’s assume you’re applying for a position as a director – talk about your experiences in finance and in sales and how they helped shape your career. Also talk about your previous achievements – how many sales do you think you made last year? If you have a range, employers will appreciate that you have a broad range of skills and that you are ambitious and determined.
Dress appropriately. If you’re interviewing in a suit or a tuxedo, you may not be seen as confident and you’ll come across as too stiff and formal. On the other hand, you don’t want to turn off any colleagues or bosses by wearing something too casual. Either wear a suit or carry some sort of professional attire – it should match the position you’re applying for and be appropriate for the type of organization you’re applying for.
When you finally have your interview, make sure you’re well prepared. Practice a few days beforehand by going through some interviews with a friend or colleague. You want to be fully aware of how to kill an interview and you want to be able to come across as relaxed, professional, and confident. Practice makes perfect so go out and try some!