You want to get hired today. Right now.
For some reason you need a new job urgently. Perhaps you are currently unemployed or don't like your existing work. Whatever the reason you really must get hired today. You're desperate. What can you do?
In this video you will see how to make a good impression in your job interview
Realistically you are unlikely to get hired immediately unless you sign on for fruit picking or some similar job where people can actually get hired today. You might not want that so what can you do to make sure the next job you apply for is offered to you?
Getting prepared for a successful job interview
Do you remember your first job interview? Or will this be your first? Most of us find our first job application is both exciting and important. It is a major event in your life. Just thinking of the interview can give you a whole range of emotions. You might feel anxious. You get that strange sensation of being nervous as the date of your interview approaches.
If it is to be your first interview how will you demonstrate job experience? You are stuck with the Permission Paradox; you can't get the job without experience but you can't get experience without the job. There is a way to get a job without experience as demonstrated in the guide "Learn How To Get Hired When You Apply For Jobs Without Experience".
Many interview applicants never perform to their true abilities. They wonder if they will not meet the expectations of the interviewer. The outcome is generally an unsuccessful interview. They fail to get hired.
There are certain keys to having a good interview experience. Your success in your interview is for you to be calm and remain confident. Whether you are planning your first job interview or have already experienced a few there are things to be aware of. These tips will guide you to success in your interview and help you get a job quickly.
First you must do your preparation
Learn all you can about the job you want. Check out the company, their products or services. Doing your research on the internet is a good place to start. It is easy and convenient.
Take a look at a few business newspapers and relevant journals about the business sector and the individual company. Find out who their major clients are.
Get to know what the company does within its own business sector. For example, if it is a chemical company then what does it make. What are its raw ingredients? What type of processes does it use?
Who are the mangers? Find their names and what they are responsible for.
Secondly practice those difficult questions you should expect to be asked
Prepare some answers you might be able to use. Imagine a practice interview in the quiet of your own home where you can concentrate clearly. Make yourself confident to answer any question you might get. Get yourself a guide to job interview answers. Don't leave it to the last minute.
During your interview you should aim to demonstrate that you are the right person for the job. You are more suitable than any other applicant. Make sure they see your qualities and past experiences.
Avoid anything negative. If you had a gap in your career be sure you can turn it into a positive feature. Perhaps you did some charity work overseas that makes you a better fit for the employer. Just be prepared to counter any negatives.
Thirdly be dressed in smart attire for your interview
Show the interviewer you are serious about the job. Never let them think it is just another job to you and that it does not matter whether you get it or not.
Your dress code will be noticed. If in doubt simply make a call to the company's receptionist and ask. Even when she tells you it is a casual dress code you should ensure your attire is smart and your hair is well groomed.
And don't forget your shoes. Make certain they are properly cleaned. You might be surprised at the number of applicants who failed to get hired because they forgot to clean their shoes.
Switch your mobile phone off. Keep your voice calm and soft especially if the interviewer has a low sounding voice. Don't wave your arms and hands about during conversation. Don't let your eyes wander around the room when you should be concentrating on the interview.
Wait for them to offer a handshake. Never initiate it. Be attentive and listen carefully. If something is not clear ask for clarification.
Lastly be aware of your performance during the interview
You must leave the interviewer with a clear impression you are the right person for the job. They must see that you have prepared well, that you are confident without being over confident and that you look the part.
Of course you were punctual, weren't you? That is essential. If you cannot arrive on time for your interview what will your time keeping be like if they employ you?
Finally you are at the end of your job interview
It is now time for you to ask any questions you have. Make sure you have already planned some questions and add those that occurred during the interview.
As your interview comes to an end make another good impression. Thank the interviewer for giving you the opportunity. Thank him or her for their time and end with a handshake.
Get your interview right and you might get hired today. Or at least be on the short list.