8 Important Things to Know about a Job Interview
It's important to know what to expect when you're preparing for a job interview. If you don't know what questions are going to be asked and prepared accordingly, then it could cost you the job.
Here are 8 important things that everyone should know before they go into an interview:
You have the right to be there
The interview is about you, not the interviewer. You have an opportunity to talk about what you are good at and how your skills will benefit the company. You have a right to be there because you deserve to be there, not because someone thinks that they need to fill a spot in their hiring process.
The interviewer is there because their boss wants them to find someone who can do a job. They want to hire someone that can contribute more value than they cost. If they don't think you will add enough value then they won't hire you, but if they do think that then they might give you an offer!
You can hold your own no matter who is interviewing you
It's not about being better than everyone else, but knowing you can be the best version of yourself. You don't have to be the best, but you can be confident that you know what's right and wrong, and stick to it. You are in control of your own destiny, so let go of any fear or doubt and just be yourself!
You may not get the job if they already have someone who fits perfectly with their team or company culture. But if they offer it to you and actually want to hire you after your interview (which should happen!), then think about how great it would feel when people say "I knew he/she was going places."
You're an expert in your field
No matter how much you may have prepared, it’s important to stay calm and confident during an interview. You may be nervous for a variety of reasons, but don't let that show in your body language or speech. Be honest about your strengths and weaknesses—it will help you appear more genuine and approachable if the interviewer asks you about something difficult at some point during the interview.
Be ready to explain why you’re qualified for this specific job (even if it doesn't seem like a natural fit). Demonstrate genuine interest in working at this company and doing great work for them by asking questions about their goals and challenges that they face every day. This shows that you're committed to making sure both sides get what they want from each other!
You've done your research on their company and have a clear plan for how you'll succeed if hired
When you've done your research on the company and have a clear plan for how you'll succeed if hired, it's important to communicate this to the interviewer. This is one of the most important things you can do during an interview, regardless of whether or not it's part of your job description.
First off, don't let yourself be blinded by fear that they won't like what you're saying—you'll never know until you try! If they don't like what they hear, then there wasn't much hope for them liking anything else about you anyway. Instead, focus on making sure that what comes out of your mouth sounds smart and confident (even if those aren't always easy things to fake). One way I've found helpful here is by rehearsing my answers beforehand so that I'm prepared for any questions that might come up about my plans or background knowledge about their business model/products/etc.
Your reply will be thoughtful and coherent
Interviewers are looking for candidates who can think on their feet, so it's important to be prepared with examples that demonstrate your skills and experience. And while you may not have time to come up with relevant answers to all questions, having a few talking points ready will give you something to fall back on if things start getting awkward in the middle of an interview.
As potential future colleagues, it's OK for you to ask questions too
If you're interviewing for a job, it's highly likely that the interviewer will ask you questions. They might even ask questions like: Do you have any questions for me? or What would your top three priorities be if you were hired?
Asking questions is a great way to show an employer that you're serious about wanting this position and really want to learn more about the culture of their company—and also that you're interested in what life could look like working together. Here are some things to keep in mind when considering what kinds of questions to ask (hint: there are no dumb ones):
The company culture is different for every organization and it's important to find out as much as possible about how things operate there before making a commitment. Even if they don't explicitly state their policies on these things during the interview process, feel free to ask them directly after accepting an offer—or even before accepting one! This will give both sides time enough so they can make any necessary adjustments based on mutual agreement.* A good rule of thumb when thinking about what kind of information might be helpful: always think back through previous experiences where relevant questions were asked during previous interviews; this should help guide which topics may seem relevant here too.* If there are any specific projects listed under "job responsibilities" but aren't mentioned during normal conversation yet then now is probably not too early either since these might be important factors contributing toward determining whether someone would want working there at all (for example: if someone has worked elsewhere where teamwork was valued highly but hasn't mentioned anything about teamwork yet).
Interviewing is a two-way street -- they want to know what you can contribute, but also that this is a good fit for you too
As much as an interviewer wants to know what you can contribute to their company, they also want to make sure that this is the right fit for you. It's a two-way street -- and it's a good idea to ask questions about things that are important to you. For example, if there's no maternity leave policy in place or if they don't have flexible working hours, then it might not be a good fit.
When I was interviewing for my current job, I asked them how often they held internal trainings and whether there were any opportunities in the future where I could attend them. This helped me understand what kind of training would be available and when I could expect more training in the future (which turned out be something they did regularly).
You are fantastic and anyone would be lucky to hire you
When you walk into an interview, the first thing you want to do is be confident. The people who are interviewing you have seen hundreds of other candidates and they know that there are other people out there who can do your job. The only way for them to know that you’re better than those other candidates is if you show them!
Remember to be confident. You will be great at this job, because you're the best person for it—and you should let that shine! And when you get nervous? Take a deep breath and remember how awesome you are.
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