The job interview is a highly pressurized situation. You have to stand out from the competition, break down your strengths and weaknesses without sounding lame, and answer questions about life plans and why you want the job.It’s all very intimidating, but it helps if you know how to practice for an interview. Here are some great tips that can help you prepare.
Buff Up on Common Questions and be Positive
Be prepared to answer common interview questions such as:
- Why did you leave (Why are you leaving) your job?
- Why would we hire you?
- What are your strengths? Weaknesses?
- Where do you see yourself in five years?
- What makes you stand out from other candidates?
- What are three great things coworkers would say about you?
Never say anything negative, even if you hate your current job, despise the people you work with, or have an insufferable boss. Complaints, gripes, and pet peeves have no business at an interview and including them can make hiring managers see you as counterproductive to their work culture.
Maintain Your Comfort Zone
It is not unusual for unwanted questions to pop up in an interview. This can be problematic. Dodging or refusing to answer could hurt the interview. Yet you might feel the answer could be damaging. A good tactic is to answer the question with a question, such as “Why do you ask?” This will require the hiring manager to clarify the reason for the question. This gives you the chance to offer a defined response that keeps the conversation flowing. This also demonstrates your quick thinking and problem solving skills.
Look the Part
Look your best, but be comfortable. If your shirt collar’s too tight, you can’t relax. Tugging at your skirt will be distracting. Before you step into the building, turn off your phone, take off the headphones, and put away all your devices. Go ahead and glance at the magazines on the table, but put away the Danielle Steel novel. Look like you’re there for an interview, not that you were passing through and decided to stop by.
How to Practice for an Interview Using LiveCareer
There is no better way to practice for an interview than with the many resources at LiveCareer. Besides Resume Builder, we have FAQs and tutorials on how to ace the interview. We’ll help you build confidence with proven techniques and tactics that impress hiring managers.
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