The Best Interview Advice Ever

Is what you are about to read really the absolute best interview advice ever? No, but I had to get you to read this post though, right?

Now that we are being honest with each other there are three keys that I think can help you improve how you perform when interviewing:

  1. An interview is just a conversation – nothing more, nothing less. I know some people who get so worked up about interviews that they get to the point of having a nervous breakdown. It is vital that you remember that at the end of the day an interview is nothing more than you having a conversation with someone else about why they should be interested in hiring you and why you should be interested in working there.There are going to be some questions that you have good answers to and others that you don’t (just like a normal conversation). There are going to be lulls in the conversation (just like a normal conversation). There are some people you are going to connect with better than others (just like normal conversations).
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  2. At the end of the day you are either going to get the job or not get the job.I know that is much easier to say when you have a job than when you are unemployed but at the end of the day it is the truth and all you can do is what you can do. If you are the best candidate you will get an offer and if not there are other opportunities that you can go after.If you get the offer great – it was meant to be and if you don’t that interview was practice for the next one.
  3. Preparing beforehand and showing up are 50% of being succesful in an interview. Believe it or not there are still some people who don’t prepare for an interview and some who don’t show up when one has been scheduled.If you can have an understanding of the organization (what they do, their history, their mission and vision, and their products), the role and how you fit in it (what is expected and what they want), and who you are talking to (their title/role and background) you are going to be much more succesful in interviewing.

If you keep these three ideas in mind as you move forward in your search it will hopefully take the edge off and help you be succesful in your interviews job-search conversations.

Until next time – good hunting and good luck!

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3 responses to “The Best Interview Advice Ever

  1. You are right that “all you can do is all you can do” and to stay confident in your abilities when preparing for an interview. However,since first interviews are often phone interviews these days, our personal skills – which may be what sets us apart and the most important — are often not shown to advantage via just the voice. I find it much more intimidating, and I’m an old pro of inside/outside sales background!!

  2. These are great points. Respectfully I say, the only thing that bugged me about this article was how “successful” was spelled. Thank you for your advice.

  3. As a Mock Interview Menter volunteer, I ask students students:
    What makes you uniuqe? and “Why should I hire you? My trining and research suggests whether recruiters/emloyers ask “Why should I hire you, they want to konw.

    Donna
    Florida State University Career Center

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