When you’ve been scheduled for a job interview, how does it make you feel? Are you overly confident and assured that you’ll get the job? Or, are you nervous and intimidated by the thought of talking to professionals?
Everybody gets nervous when it comes to acing a job interview. No matter how many interviews you’ve been on, it’s still stressful each time.
But here’s a chance for you to knock your next interview out of the park.
Here are 5 tips to upping your game and boosting your chances of success.
1. Show your passion
Need a confidence boost right off the bat? Show the interviewer how passionate you are about the job and about the industry. If you’re passionate about something, your insecurities will melt away. Let your comfortable side show, and it will be easier for them to get to know you.
2. Be clear when you answer questions
You don’t need to dive deep into your background in order to answer a question about what makes you qualified for the job. Just be specific and concise, and that will be plenty for the interviewer to make an impression of you. Plus, it may look bad when you start to take a tangent from the topic. Just stay focused and your true talents will shine through.
3. Know that you’re interviewing them, too
You aren’t just there to be put on the spot. It’s your opportunity to get a good feel for the potential employer too. It’s just as much their interview as it is yours. This is the perfect time to get to know more about the company and the individuals who work there.
That’s why it’s important to come up with a list of questions you want to ask the interviewer. They will likely to ask you if there’s anything you want to know, so coming already prepared with answers to these questions is a great sign.
Most people think that going into a Wall Street interview is a one way thing. And that couldn’t be further from the truth. Interviews go both way, the interviewee and the interviewer, both are interviewing each other to see if they’d be a good fit for the company. You should always remember that.
4. Don’t be afraid to ask for clarification
If the questions a recruiter asks are unclear, don’t be afraid to ask for an explanation. You can’t answer something that you don’t know or understand, and you wouldn’t want to give out any false information anyway. It’s okay to ask for clarification. In some cases, a question may not even be relevant to the job position you’re seeking, so make sure to ask about it.
5. Know your strengths and talents
One of the questions interviewers love to ask is, “What are some of your biggest strengths and weaknesses?”. By knowing yourself and what you bring to the table, you can easily answer these questions. You sometimes may not realize what your greatest strengths are, but take a look at your resume and reflect on all you’ve accomplished. This is a great way to get your confidence flowing naturally. This is your chance to show the recruiters what sets you apart from all of the other applicants.