Approaching the job interview with the right mindset

01.08.2014


Approaching the job interview with the right mindset
Approaching the job interview with the right mindset

Job interviews are sometimes a complicated prospect, but they don't need to be. With some guidance, it can be simple to improve your conduct, and thus your chances, with few problems possibly arising in your job searching process.

For instance, according to the Philadelphia Business Journal, it's a good plan to work out the exact benefits you could potentially offer any business that hires you. Hyperbole isn't necessary - instead, workers should simply determine what aspects of the company are strong or weak, then look at their skills and find an angle in which their being hired would provide a direct benefit to the company itself. You want the interviewer to believe that you're the right person for the job, and there's no better way to express your interest in the position itself than being able to describe exactly how you would help improve it.

In addition, it's smart to wait and see the overall tone of the interview you're preparing to enter, as you can better arrange any answers that you have to better meet a hiring manager's expectations. Any questions they ask should be fairly considered with an even hand and emphasis on helping the company in as positive way as possible. At the same time, don't overstep your boundaries in the process, as there's always potential that you may overplay your hand or turn off the hiring manager from adding your services to the company. 

Confidence is key
Forbes says that confidence can be one of the most important factors in the average person's job interviewing process, likely because it will show not only your faith in yourself and your abilities but your strength in getting things done in time. Citing a report from the Human Resource Management Review, the source found that hiring managers reportedly make decisions about whether or not they will hire an applicant in the first four minutes of the interview itself, it's additionally important in the context of making a good first impression. As well, the review found that interviewers more heavily consider negativity than positivity in the application process, so the additional benefit of starting off on the right food will provide even more help.

To prepare for such an interview, the news source says it's a good idea to imagine positive experiences from elsewhere in your life. By doing so, you'll be more likely to start off the interview experience with the right mindset, from which it's also important to keep skills at the forefront of your benefits to the company in question. Previous experiences, awards and problems overcome can be applied directly to future efforts. For those who have not had too much career experience, the news source advises studying the industry in question and taking any relevant training classes possible. This will likely result in better results during any tough questions.

Professionalism worth the effort
In some situations, a potential employer may ask about a recent job you've held that may not have gone well or anything about that experience you would change. This question isn't meant to show your prowess in the field, the Business Journal reports - instead, it's a test of your ability to relate to the company's needs and your skills regarding answering difficult questions. Negativity can be a purely detrimental effect in the application process, so it's important to keep these answers as level as possible.

When approaching a negative memory from your past, keeping such answers professional will require an even-handed consideration of the situation in question and how potential answers would be construed by others. As such, it's likely a good idea to emphasize any positive aspects first before digging into potential problems.

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