Updated: Jan 17
The interview has been scheduled. You are excited! This is great news—it is what you have desired to come into fruition. But WAIT! It all begins to sink in. The nerves begin to form. Your stomach feels a little queasy. Now what? Thoughts of doubt and fear set in. Sounds familiar? It happens to the best of us. Whether you are applying for an entry level, management or executive position, a certain level of ambiguity and trepidation normally follows the call. You are not alone!
One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation." - Arthur Ashe
Before you begin to plan for your next JOB interview, it is important to identify and understand your value. Contemplate this upfront! Knowing what value you bring to the table is essential to your success e.g. expertise, experential knowledge, trainings. Once you have identified your value, then what? Well, its now time to demonstrate and convey your value.
Demonstrating your value begins with creating a highly effective cover letter and resume. Yes, a cover letter and resume. One that demonstrates your highest and best self. Keep in mind, you want to take full advantage of every opportunity to sell your brand (your strengths, attributes, expertise, experential knowledge, team efforts). A cover letter introduces your resume and your resume introduces you to the interviewer. You are your best asset-capitalize on it!
Preparing for your interview does take work. Like anything else, a successful interview is not a sprint to the finish line, but a thought-out, well –planned process. Conveying your value plays a major role in the success of any interview. Naturally, we are able to confidently articulate responses of the things are most assured of, however when it comes to interviewing we are not so sure what questions will be asked, nor how we should respond.
Clearly, there is no way to determine what specific questions may be asked at an interview, but with the proper preparation and practice of like similar questions and scenarios, will help you to be more confident in your ability to respond in a way that leaves a lasting impression. The interviewer is not a mind reader, so unless you tell them, they will never know. Only you know your worth, therefore what is not said is not heard, and what is not heard cannot be made known.
Typically, there are two types of questions: those that are geared toward getting to know you—your skills and experiences, while the other is catered more so toward assessing how you react (behaviors) under certain conditions. The intent of using both approaches is to assist interviewers in making the best hiring decisions.The anticipation of questions is not such a dreaded thought when you prepare and establish applicable responses. Create applicable situational questions, then practice to perfect like-responses. Partner with a friend or coach to build your confidence level!
"Give your life purpose and focus. Position yourself to succeed." - Karon Addell
Positioning yourself for a successful interview begins with creating your stage presence; an influential presence that commands and maintains the attention of a room. It is confident, not arrogant. It is authentic, not manufactured. It is your ability to (1) effectively communicate- how you say what you say, (2) your physical appearance and disposition-body language to include non-verbal communicators, (3) your ability to compellingly maximize a non-visual presence-phone etiquette pre-screening, (4) your visual presence-face-to-face/virtual, (5) follow up questions; how you exit the interview, and (6) your timely follow-up.
Positioning yourself as the best candidate requires you to plan efficiently and effectively for the interview. Of course, it is normal to feel a little inadequate when it comes to interviewing, but you too can master the skill of successful interviewing with the proper training, due diligence, discipline, practice and strategic execution.
Make the best of your efforts!