Interviewing Effectively

After creating the pressing resume and knocking about the doors and Twitter accounts of some of targeted employers, it is time to capitalize on an opportunity that many others may have missed out on–entering the interviewing stage. Reaching this point may bring forth a wide array of satisfaction, but ever-staggering anxiety. A common problem for most job seekers is not getting an employer’s attention, but reaching a job offer.

Take a moment to process this picture.

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You got the callback and now the day has finally arrived for the interview. You arrive in the lobby ten minutes before and request that the secretary notify the interviewer of your presence. Soon enough, the interviewer calls you into the office, and as you fight back feelings of anticipation and nervousness, you fight your best to make a remarkable impression.

The question is, where do you start? As suggested by several career advisors, some of the most appreciated gestures during an interview is a smile. Setting a relaxing environment is always ideal for both interviewer and interviewee, and smiling is one such icebreaker. It is helpful to get a conversation going, with small talk about the weather, news and other such things.

So moments after, small talk transitions to the actual interview. This is where heavy hitting questions arise like the common,

“Why do you want to work for this company?”

There are many ways to address such a question, but the best answers will be those that are encouraging/inspirational. An appropriate response for such a question is

“I am seeking a environment that motivates me and is intellectually stimulating.”

 

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For the interviewer, there is a constant gage for confidence and calmness from the interviewee. A lot of times this leads to inquiries about past job experience and the types of skills that can be brought to the table. As such issues of over-qualification for a position and oppositely “not having enough experience” arises, career consultants suggest answers that are reassuring.

Downplaying experience and hinting at a lower level role without overwhelming authority is ideal for candidates that are told they are overqualified.

Heightening relevant experience, even a summer internship or volunteer experience for seemingly under-qualified candidates increases the odds of being hired on.

There is an array of interviewing tips stretching across the job spectrum, with strategies for everything from how to dress to how to prepare. In an interview, as with everything else in life, it is imperative to always research, inquire and be true to oneself.

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