Nailing That Job Interview


Over time I have learned some helpful interviewing techniques which I would like to share with those seeking employment. Interviewing for a job can be stressful, but much less if you are equipped with the tools and confidence you need to make a great impression. If you can walk away knowing you did your very best and would do it the same all over again, you did your job and were a success.

When interviewing for a job you are essentially selling yourself… are the product. Much like sales, the deal will either happen or it won’t. Your performance and approach are frequently the determining factors. Your resume certainly represents you, but a face-to-face interview speaks volumes and is much more telling of what you have to offer a potential employer.

As a former recruiter for an employment staffing service and a student in the human resources management field, I have learned several things about interviewing. Let us focus on some key points that will gain you a lead in the running for the position that you want.

Tips to Prepare Before the Interview

  • Prepare multiple copies of the documents you will be bringing to the interview (cover letter, resume, reference sheet, and any other information you will be sharing).
  • Read about the company on their internet website, learning as much as you can about the company and their products, as well as the specific position you are applying for.
  • Most companies list their mission and vision statements on their website. Review them thoroughly and memorize particularly important points. The company will be very impressed that you took the time to learn about them, demonstrating that you appreciate and share their values and goals.
  • When it comes to the difficult questions, don’t panic. Be prepared by researching online some of the typical questions that are asked during job interviews so that you know what to expect.

Tips to Use During the Interview

  • Be energetic, engaging and enthusiastic.
  • Maintain regular eye contact and relax, rather than appearing nervous.
  • Be sure to relay the fact that you have a passion for people and for providing outstanding products and services. This is an impressive statement and one which they will want to hear.
  • Focus on your strengths, the ones the position requires. Be prepared to support these strengths by providing examples of how you have utilized them in previous situations.

If you put these techniques into action, you are likely to succeed and nail that job interview.