Are You Ready For Your Next Job Interview?
Quick! You’ve got 30 seconds to be able to provide the best first impression about yourself. What do you say are your strengths? What value would you provide as an employee? What is your reputation within the community? Is that a ketchup stain on your tie?
In the amount of time it took you to read that short paragraph above, an employer can reject you as a candidate for an open position. The first impression that you leave in a job interview will either encourage the interviewer to see how impressive you are… or declare you a dead person walking. Here’s how you can make sure that you have the best 30 seconds to start an interview possible:
1. Know what the company’s belief system is.
When you know what the mission of a company really is, then you’ll know whether or not you need to adjust your thinking to fit into the dynamic mold that an interviewer is trying to find. One of the easiest ways to do this is to go be a customer of that company. See how people interact with you. Ask questions about the company while you’re there. If that’s not possible, the internet is an incredibly potent archive that can give you the scoop you need.
2. Don’t go after a job you’re not passionate about.
Yeah… ok. We all have bills that need to be paid and that’s motivation enough for awhile. If you don’t like doing paperwork, however, and you’re interviewing for an administrative position, then how happy are you really going to be? How long will you actually stay in that position without being tempted to search for another job? If you’re not going to be happy, don’t apply.
3. Make sure that you can walk your talk.
If you say that you’re a patient person on your application, but you get upset because an interviewer makes you wait for 5 minutes, what have you just communicated to that company? You will be tested on your claims that you’ve made in your application. If you don’t pass those tests, you’re not going to be getting the job.
4. Come armed with plenty of ideas.
Employers are looking for people who can make an immediate impact and have the potential to create long term value. If you do some research, there’s a good chance you can find an idea that might have been overlooked by people within the agency. Bring your fresh perspective to the interview, offer feedback if it’s asked about, and you’ll set yourself apart from the other candidates being interviewed.
5. Let your experiences work for you.
The best writers have had a wide variety of experiences because they can then write about what has happened to the from a first-hand experience. This lends a level of authenticity to the books you read or the articles you find on the internet. The same is true for the job interview! Your unique experiences and perspectives are what employers are looking to find. Show them that you’ve got a full life that your job is a priority for you, and you’ll leave a great first impression.
It really only takes 30 seconds to change your life. Will your next interview leave a potential employer wanting to know more about you? Or will you be discarded because you left a bad taste in their mouth? These tips can help you make the best first impression possible that you can stand out. Use them on your next interview!