Simple preparation can ease the interviewing process

12.19.2013


Knowing the right things to say in a job interview isn't the easiest thing in the world, but it's easy to succeed in them with just a nudge in the right direction. With some preparation, you may find your job searching is over before you know it.

According to PBS, one of the main reasons job interviews themselves can be difficult comes from interviewees' nerves. Much of that can be avoided if, before the interview itself, a candidate thinks of the experience in a different light. Instead of considering it an interview, for example, think of it as a conversation with a professional in your field who can discuss various topics with can cut down heavily on your overall nervousness.

Additionally, many going into the interview process may not know much about the person interviewing them. Instead of going in blind, it's a great idea to use Google and, potentially, your own personal network to learn more about the process and the person behind it. By going online and looking at company leaders and their areas of specialty, figuring out what topics will play well with that person will be made much easier. If you were able to find a connection who helped you land the interview itself, an additional point that can only help would be going to that person and asking how they themselves started with the company, and even how their interviews went. Any news will be good news in this light.

Recruiters great for advice
When an interviewee is trying to switch industries, for instance, they may not have complete knowledge of everything they may be asked. In a situation like this, receiving help from a staffing agency can be very beneficial. As their employees are in the business of finding work for others, consulting their services will make it easy to learn more about an industry and even gain tips about important pieces of information that would come up during potential interviews.

According to The Boston Globe, there are additionally some universal answers and phrases that interviewers will prefer to hear over others. For example, long and detailed answers will definitely go further than short ones. This means that instead of one-word replies, answering potential yes or no questions with detailed answers will be beneficial. They'll show how your efforts can help a company in the long run, can show more interest and confidence in both your skills and your preparedness for the position in question. Being able to elaborate upon different aspects of your work experience will have great benefits in the long run.

Definitive answers
Interviewers will also be looking for you to have strong answers to any question they pose, which means applicants should focus on full sentences and remove the in-between phrases like "kinda" from their temporary vocabularies. To prevent interviewers to become skeptical about your skills, being able to answer "yes" to important questions about your abilities, or "no" when you aim to be honest, will gain you more credit. Even if you haven't had experience in a certain discipline, describing how you'd like to take on a potential challenge in the future will display how much of an asset you can be in the right situation.

As many pauses in a conversation as there may be, the news source recommends trying as hard as possible to avoid words like "um" and "like" that fill the air but are of little value. Simple practice and measured timing before speaking can reduce this potential problem almost entirely, helping you hone your sights on being seen as the best candidate for the job. Whatever you can do to help you show experience will help dearly.

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