Interviews are no different than dating.
Companies date around to see who is out there that can meet their expectations. They take you out on a first date to see if there’s some chemistry. They want you to be able to engage in an effortless conversation with them and give them a glimpse into who you are. Remember, they’re investing their time on you… so you have to make it count.
I’ve seen many of my friends handle interviews as if they were taking an exam. Before you take an exam, you’re usually nervous and uneasy. You memorize the information you need to know, hold your breath and hope that it goes well.
You see, interviews are not like exams, because we’re dealing with human beings instead of a scantron. We have the advantage to relate to the person that’s analyzing every single one of our moves to see if we’re the right candidate for the job. It’s important to remember that knowledge can only get you so far. After all, people hire someone they like.
Here my tips to a successful interview…
Read about the company and what it does. Get a general idea of who they are and what you want from them instead of memorizing facts. Spend some time looking at your entire work experience, but focus on experiences that are relevant to the position you’re applying for.
Stay true to yourself & relax
People can tell whenever you’re trying too hard, so relax. Be yourself. Obviously, be aware that you’re in an interview with powerful people that can make or break your career, but don’t change your charisma. If you’re authentic, employers are more likely to be drawn to you.
Sell them on your abilities
Don’t brag about how good you are. Show them that you know what you’re talking about by using your business jargon and giving them your ideas. A good brainstorming session during an interview is appealing.
Smile… a lot (but stay genuine)
That’s pretty self-explanatory.
Display an eagerness to learn and evolve professionally
If you’re excited to be there and get things done, employers will want you around. They want someone can fit into the company’s culture and achieves its goals.
Don’t be afraid to tell them personal stories that are appropriate and relevant to the subject at hand
Giving them a glimpse into who you are can go a long way. If they can relate to you, they can work with you.
Let them know if you have any concerns or questions. Remember, you’re interviewing them just as much as they are interviewing you.
If by any chance, you mess up, don’t panic! Smile, breathe and keep the conversation going.
In stressful situations, we’re bound to make mistakes. It’s normal. The important thing is how you come back from them. Don’t let a silly comment ruin your chances at getting the job of your dreams. Try to find a way to make up for it and keep the conversation going.
I hope you find these tips useful, because they’ve certainly worked for me so far.