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5 Interview Tips to Help you get the Job

Okay, okay. You’ve probably heard them all before. There are lots of interview tips out there. What makes us different?

Well, we’ve looked through those tips. Here are the little things that we haven’t seen before.

1. Act like an interviewer

We don’t mean you should act like an interviewer in your actual interview (though you should definitely have questions prepared for when it’s appropriate to ask). What we want you to do is look into techniques for being an interviewer. Just like there are tips for you, there are tips for them. An interviewer might be giving away what they are looking for based on the questions they ask. This will help you answer to the best of your ability.

2. Find your weakness

What question are you afraid to answer? Why? Get to the bottom of it and make sure you practice the answer to that question. Don’t just hope it won’t come up. It will. So be ready.

3. Pick your time slot

What is your best time of day? When do you feel most alert? Some job interviews have a little leeway as to when you can schedule your interview. Try to make it work to your best advantage. And don’t forget to allow yourself plenty of time to get there.

4. Ask who will be interviewing you

Is it a guy, a girl, a panel, the CEO? This might just be a good thing to know before you walk into the room. It will keep you from being surprised. Also, if it’s someone high up in the company, you may want to do a little research on what their role is.

5. Have references ready, but not with you

You should definitely line up recommendations from you work history, however, it isn’t necessary to bring those recommendations with you. The interviewer or company will follow up on that if they deem it necessary, you don’t have to worry about it.

What tips have helped you get through interviews? What hasn’t worked? Share in the comments!

The 20 Most Common Job Interview Questions

o-JOB-INTERVIEW-facebookLet’s face it. At some point in your life, you’re going to have to go to a job interview. And, whether that job is for pizza delivery or the CEO position in a Fortune 500, some of those questions are going to be the same.

Here’s a list of the 20 most common job interview questions you need to be ready to answer.

1. Can you tell me a little about yourself?

This is time for a pitch, not a narrative on your complete job history.

2. How did you hear about this position?

Make sure you mention any connections you have with the company.

3. What do you know about the company?

Make sure you do a little research before your interview so you have some things to say here.

4. Why do you want this job?

Show your enthusiasm and passion. Talk about why this position is perfect for you in particular.

5. Why should we hire you?

Again, focus on your passion and experience. If you don’t have any experience, find something else in your background that will make you stand out.

6. What are your strengths?

Focus on the positives; don’t use negative terms (like “I don’t” or “I can’t”), even if they turn into positives. Be honest. It’s not a game. Don’t try to figure out what the interviewer wants.

7. What do you consider to be your weakness?

Again, be honest. “I don’t have any weaknesses” isn’t true. If you have anecdotes, tell them how you plan on working on your weakness.

8. What is your greatest professional achievement?

Make sure you give them the situation and the assignment, so the interviewer has context for what you accomplished.

9. Tell me about a challenge or conflict you’ve faced at work, and how you dealt with it.

Like question 8, make sure you give the interviewer context.

10. Where do you see yourself in five years?

Essentially, do you have realistic goals for your career, are you ambitious, and does the position you’re interviewing for fit into your long term career goals.

11. What’s your dream job?

Another question to discuss your goals and ambitions.

12. What other companies are you interviewing with?

This time, you should be more vague. Saw you are exploring other similar opportunities that utilize the same skills and talents.

13. Why are you leaving your current job?

Keep it positive.

14. What are you looking for in a new position?

What you’re looking for should line up with what the position offers.

15. What type of work environment do you prefer?

It should be the kind of environment the position offers.

16. What’s your management style?

This gives you the chance to show you know what kind of techniques are out there and the ability to modify to a situation.

17. How would your boss or coworkers describe you?

Try to find strengths you haven’t talked about already.

18. How do you deal with stress?

Specific examples of stressful situations help here.

19. What are your salary requirements?

There are places online where you can research what someone in the position would typically get. Try Glassdoor. Or, you can even Google what they typical salary is.

20. Do you have any questions for me?

Have a few things prepared that you want to ask.

What questions do you hear most often in interviews? How do you answer any of the questions above? Share in the comments!

Get Ahead in Your Job Search

Searching and applying for jobs can be a full time job in and of itself. If you’re entering the job market, you know it isn’t the easiest place to be.

So many things can go wrong, so why not stay ahead with a few of our tips and tricks.Get Ahead in Your Job Search

1. Sleep it off

Remember to get a lot of sleep. Like I said above, searching and applying for jobs is like a full time job itself. And, let’s face it, if you’re like most Americans, you don’t get enough sleep on a good day. So, if you land that interview, make sure you rest up.

2. Prepare your questions

You should always have a list of questions ready to go and definitely have some for the end of the interview. Have more than you need, given that there’s a chance some of the questions will be answered during the interview process. It might seem sneaky, but having questions shows you how much you care about getting the position. Once you land that interview, you have time to do your research. Take some notes. Prepare.

3. Stay up to date

It might seem obvious, but some people show up to their interviews with out-of-date resumes. Or, they sent out-of-date resumes to get the job and show up with up-to-date ones. If you get an interview within a month of applying, you shouldn’t have any changes on the resume. The copy you bring should match the copy you applied with.

Also, if you plan on using your LinkedIn profile to help you land the job (which you certainly should), don’t forget to keep that up-to-date as well. Now that your colleagues have the opportunity to endorse you, it can be a great way to show off recommendations without having to ask someone for a letter.

4. Don’t lie

A lot of people misrepresent themselves in a job interview and often pass it off as ‘everybody lies.’ Except, nowadays, you can get a whole lot easier. Besides, it’s just a bad idea.

5. Prepare

Depending on the type of job you’re applying for, you should have some understanding of what they want to hear. What was your customer service experience? Think about some specific incidents where you helped a customer, or calmed a customer, or got a customer to yes. For a social media coordinator, how have you built a social platform for someone? If you are just starting out, how have you built your own social network? Be ready with specifics, because chances are, they will ask.

Do you have any tips for the job search? How have you nailed the interview? Share in the comments below.

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