12 Aug Three Great Articles on How to Ace Your Job Interview
If you have a job interview coming up, you’re probably excited and nervous at the the same time, especially if you’re currently unemployed. Put that nervous energy to work by planning an interview strategy. Although interview questions can often surprise you, they don’t have to derail you.
When coaching clients on their next career move, helping them craft their resumes, or optimizing their LinkedIn profiles, we frequently get requests for the best articles to read to prepare for job interviews (especially if you’re a bit rusty). Following are the top three articles we recommend most often.
The first one (despite its headline) is not about employers trying to trick you, but rather the most likely questions are you are likely to be asked where you’re not sure if there’s a right or wrong answer. You can see benefits to answering either way. Instead of being stumped, delivering a hasty answer on the spot, use this article to prepare ahead of time.
The second article is designed to educate you on the concept of “behavioral-based” interviews. They’re simply questions that ask you to provide real-life examples of when you addressed a particular tricky situation. These questions usually start with, “Tell me about a time when….” It’s a good idea to rehearse telling several key stories, and select two or three for each category. For example, always have a story where you learned a valuable lesson. You screwed up, learned from it, and are now far wiser… This article has more ideas for you to consider.
One area of interview preparation that often overlooked is the questions you, the candidate, should ask the interviewer. Do not skip this part. In addition to the smart advice of reviewing the company’s website and social sites prior to your interview, you should also carefully review this article for guidance on the best questions to ask before you exit the interview.
If you’ve done your homework and reviewed these three articles, you can feel confident that you have prepared yourself well. You will never have all the questions in advance (although you can find detailed lists of questions asked by particular companies simply by asking Mr. Google). Prepare as long as it takes for you to feel calm and confident. That’s the single best way to perform well in an interview.
Recap: The Three Job Interview Articles
- 12 Interview Questions That Are Designed to Trick You
- Top Behavioral Interview Questions
- Questions to Ask an Interviewer
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If you need help preparing for your interview(s), Cary Communications can help. Whether you’d like to rehearse questions and answers over video or simply run your ideas past an educated observer, feel free to contact us at any time.