Guest Author - Gwendolyn Thompson
Everyone becomes uneasy when preparing for an interview. What you need to know is that interviewing is a skill that you can improve upon with preparation and practice. Enhancing your interviewing skills will allow you to make a connection with the interviewer.
Take the time to write your answers down to anticipated interview questions and then edit your answers to be more concise. Most questions will be directed to your ability to do the job and what type of employee you will be. Then practice mock interviews until you are comfortable with the process.
Research the company and the job to prepare a list of questions for the interviewer. Do not ask questions related to yourself but do ask questions that are related to the company accomplishments and job challenges. This will let the interviewer know that you are interested enough to research them.
Unexpected questions will also come up and you can prepare for them by knowing yourself. Rehearse talking about yourself and discussing your best features. Use every opportunity to prove that you are the best fit for the job. This will help you to build a rapport with the interviewer.
Making a connection with the interviewer can make the difference in getting the job or not getting the job. Knowing the company and yourself can give you a step above other applicants because it allows you to build a rapport with the interviewer through preparation and practice.
Be enthusiastic and confident at the interview and try not to rush your answers. Take the time to stay focused and avoid using unnecessary words. Impress the interviewer with your knowledge about the company and yourself. Express to the interviewer how you are the best fit for the job.
Learn as much as you can about the company and its needs. The more you know the better rapport you will develop with the interviewer. Prepare and practice so that you are familiar with the interviewing process. This will help you to build a sense of calmness when being interviewed.