(Closed) For those of you who have struggled with interviews in the past…

posted 5 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Part of my job is actually coaching people on how interview well.  The best piece of advice I can give is research and prepare.  Research the company, their mission, vision, values, strategic plan etc.  Pull details that really stick out to you and include them in your interview.

Another way to prepare is to take the job description or advertised posting.  Go point by point through the qualifications that they are looking for and physically write down how you’ve demonstrated that in your career.  Go in to depth with it.  Than review your answers. 

Have a friend or family member conduct a mock interview for you.  You can usually find a number of interview questions online geared towards the occupation you’ll be interviewing for.  As well, stand in front of a mirror and watch yourself as you respond to the questions.  I know it sounds funny but it will help you visualize what facial expressions you make durning the interview.  Body language is super important so you want to make sure you’re keeping a friendly open expression on your face and not a stressed look.

The more you practice and prepare the easier you’ll find the interview process to be.

Post # 4
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2534 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

This is silly, but I had an outline list of questions / comments on me just in case I panic and forget what I want to say.

I’ve used it before and I don’t know whether or not it helped, but I know it kept me from blanking out when someone said “so, do you have any questions for me/us?”
May not be the best advice, but just having them with me made me more confident — even if I never looked at them!

I’ve also learned that I probably should wear more comfortable shirts. I had this high-collar super strict blazer that I wore on most of my interviews and I think it made me look like I didn’t know how to dress myself (and it made me super uncomfortable, it was heavy and stiff)

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