6 TIPS TO HELP YOU SHINE IN YOUR NEXT JOB INTERVIEW

6 TIPS TO HELP YOU SHINE IN YOUR NEXT JOB INTERVIEW

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TIPS TO HELP YOU SHINE IN YOUR NEXT JOB INTERVIEW

Preparing for a job interview can be a nerve-racking experience. You want to be your best self when you make that critical first impression on your potential employer. How can you give a naturally confident, winning interview that truly allows you to shine?

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1. Do your homework

Gain as much knowledge as you can about your prospective school or company, as well as your interviewers. Start with the organization’s website—specifically, the “About Us” page. Don’t stop there—expand your research to include Google and other sources.

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1. Do your homework

– Find relevant press releases. – Visit the organization’s social media pages. – Talk with current or former employees. – Get the specifics on company or school goals, initiatives, developments, and services.

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1. Do your homework

This practice can help you get a feel for the culture of the organization and its leaders, and to see if there are any details that you can use in your interview to show how well you know the company or school. Doing this shows that you are proactive, with an eye for detail. It also demonstrates that you are not only excited about the position but also organized and well prepared.

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2. Clarify your "selling points" and the reasons you want the job

Prepare to go into every interview with three to five key selling points in mind, such as what makes you the best candidate for the position. Have an example of each selling point prepared ("I have good communication skills. For example, I persuaded an entire group to ..."). 

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2. Clarify your "selling points" and the reasons you want the job

And be prepared to tell the interviewer why you want that job – including what interests you about it, what rewards it offers that you find valuable, and what abilities it requires that you possess. If an interviewer doesn't think you're really, really interested in the job, he or she won't give you an offer – no matter how good you are!

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3. Practice ahead of time

Anticipate the questions you may be asked, and practice. Your responses should not sound rehearsed—be enthusiastic, natural, and concise. Here are a few common sample questions: – “What is your greatest weakness? What have you done in past situations to overcome it and be successful?”

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3. Practice ahead of time

– “Why are you leaving (or why did you leave) your current/former position?” – “Why should we hire you?” – “Where do you see yourself in 5 years?” Many employers are also using behavioral interview questions, and using the STAR method can help you tackle these questions with ease.

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3. Practice ahead of time

Find a trusted friend, and practice your answers in advance of your interview. This will help you put your pre-interview jitters to rest.

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4. Maximize your online image

A professional online image is more important today than ever before. Prospective employers will search for you online and take a hard look at what they see. Clean up your social media presence. Delete—or ask others to delete—anything that may be questionable or inappropriate. Focus on posting interesting, relevant, helpful content instead.

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4. Maximize your online image

Be consistent with your content. Whether it’s on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, or your blog, be sure you provide information and images that align with your desired message or professional brand.

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5. Have compelling story to tell

When selling yourself to interviewers, tell a story that holds their interest and demonstrates your unique qualifications for the position. Describe specific examples of your successes and achievements. These stories enable you to stand out. Use numbers, percentages, and other quantifiable facts to strengthen your case.

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6. Present a professional image

A job interview is not only about how you answer questions. It also gives an employer a chance to see how you present yourself and get a sense of how you would fit into their organization. Be punctual. If an emergency comes up, tell your interviewer immediately. This will help show that you are a responsive, strong communicator.

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6. Present a professional image

Dress for success. Choose an appropriate outfit that is a notch above what you would wear on the job. Take stock of your appearance and the message it sends. Does your outfit exude confidence, experience, and professionalism—or comfort and casualness? Make sure that you look and sound the part. You want to show that you realize, and fully appreciate, the importance of the interview.

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