Earlier, I told you about 8 Things You Must Do While Job Hunting. If you haven’t had a chance to read it, take a moment and do so. Now, if you’ve already nailed that part and are prepping for an interview. You’ve come to the right place. Here are five tips to a successful job interview.
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I have been on both sides of the job interview process: interviewee and interviewer.
In my supervisory roles I’ve had to interview and hire a lot of people. As an avid nomad that can’t decide where to settle, I’ve had to interview for a lot of jobs. Today, I’m going to share some tips for a successful job interview.
1. Dress for the job
You do not have to wear a suit to your interview!
In my profession of recreation, you typically wear business casual or branded apparel. Meaning, wear what you’d wear to church, or whatever shirt they fork out the money for once you’re hired.
Over dressing has never worked in my favor because then you’re not seen in their realm. Now, if you’re applying for a bank, wear a suit.
Don’t ever wear jeans, even for a front line interview!
2. “Tell us about yourself”
When they ask this question, I tend to leap right into my degrees and background.
Recently, I’ve changed my approach and answer first that I am a mother and wife – those are more important anyway.
From there, I explain my credentials. If you can tell they’re looking for more, I usually explain how those credentials will fit their job description and why I’m interested in their company/organization.
You should try to throw in a random fact or something interesting about yourself, maybe a hobby, as it will humanize you. But, keep the weirdness reigned in until you get the job.
3. Weird questions
This might just be in the recreation realm, but I feel like there’s always a weird question…
- What superhero power would you have?
- If you could be any animal, what type of animal would you be?
- What type of shoe would you be?
Answer honestly, try to make it humorous, but make sure to make selections you can justify.
Don’t say you’d be an elephant just because they’re you’re favorite. Say you’ll be an elephant because they have great memories and know how to command a room.
Don’t say you’ll be a Sperry because that’s what you wear most often. Say you’ll be a Sperry because they are flexible enough to dress up or down, and they are comfortable, reliable, and convenient.
4. Always give examples
When asked a question, always give an example.
Remember, it doesn’t have to relate to work.
If you are explaining how great you are at task organization, talk about the time you made dinner, fed the baby, and folded laundry while making the next week’s meal plan.
Being a mom is an amazing way to build experience and you should use that expertise.
5. Ask questions
Most likely, at the end of the interview, the interviewer will ask if you have any questions.
Don’t say no.
Don’t. Say. No.
Always have a question!
Obviously, you can ask about the salary and work schedule, but try to throw in a question about the organization’s culture or the best communication style in the company.
One of my favorite questions – my ultimate question – to ask is this: “I assume that after a year or so I will be evaluated, correct?” They usually explain the evaluation process at that point. “So, let’s say I’ve been here for a year and you write my evaluation and I get a stellar review. What would I have done to get that review?
Talk about an ‘Aha’ moment! Every time I’ve asked that question I get grins, head nods, wide eyes, and thoughtful expressions. Sometimes even dumbfounded looks.
I’ve always been given an answer and afterward I try to pinpoint my skills that would help me achieve the things they mentioned. Works every time!
I’m not kidding. Try it.
Give it a try
Give these tips a try at your next job interview and let me know how it goes in the comments.
I’d really love to hear your results if you ask my ultimate question.
Do you have anymore tips to nailing the interview? If so, tell me below.
Good luck on your job hunt!
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