Mentally Prepare To Ace an Interview – Preparing for a job interview in any circumstance requires a lot of foresight and forward thinking; many carefree applicants have taken the liberty of turning up to an arranged interview without a pre-set ‘game plan’ and failed miserably when questions or tasks arise that they did not expect.
Taking the time to plan some pre-emptive measures such as research and gathering qualification certificates can make a huge difference towards your performance in job interviews, and ensure you have a positive and lasting impact on the person conducting the interview and allows you to make a positive and lasting impact on the interviewers themselves. These tried and true tactics will help improve your confidence and make you stand out from the pool of applicants who are gunning for the job.
During your time in service, you probably encountered one or two meetings where you were well prepared and knew exactly the types of questions that might be asked of you. You walked in for the brief with confidence that you were going to perform well … and you did. Being well prepared for an interview is the same.
A great way of being psychologically prepared for a job interview is to feel confident in your ability to answer the questions that are likely ahead of you. This might seem way too obvious, but there are plenty of applicants who walk into an interview with answers so rehearsed it’s as if they’re reciting a creed. Civilian employers don’t want rote memorization of facts about the company; they want authenticity, personality, and are using the interview as a chance to get to know you. To avoid coming off as too militant, avoid rehearsing questions that you expect to come up. Instead, research the company, who they are and what they do because this is going to give you way more insight into what kinds of values they incorporate into their organization than anything else. It’s going to offer you a good indication of whether you will be a good fit in the company.
Remember, as much as it’s an interview for the job; you’re also evaluating the position to make sure it’s right for you. The last thing you want is to ace an interview and then discover that the job isn’t what you want or need. With that in mind, make sure you have some well thought out questions of your own to ask the hiring manager. Don’t leave this to the last minute because it will show. Instead, consider what knowledge you’ll need to be armed with to make the most lasting impact at the company and go from there. This is especially vital if you’ve found the job through an online vacancy or a recruiter. Researching before the interview is going to give you a clearer understanding of what your role within the company will be.
Of course, no matter your field, level of expertise, or how many times you’ve interviewed, there are certain things all prospective employers are looking for in a successful interview. A hiring manager is seeking out the most competent candidate possible who best fits the needs of the organization. Just because you don’t’ fit their criteria match exactly doesn’t mean you’re not well qualified. Enthusiasm to learn, or who is willing to exceed expectations is going to be equally as valued as someone who fits all their requirements. Coming across as an enthusiastic and eager candidate is easier than you may think; by asking the right questions and adopting the right attitude, it’s simple to come across as a bright and likable person.
Often interviewers like to ask what your future goals are and lots of job applicants think that it’s the ideal time to be overly confident and provide grandiose ideas of what they want to be doing. Instead of fluffing yourself up, answer modestly and competently. If it’s impossible to think you could rise to a VP position given the corporate structure of an organization, don’t tell the hiring manager that’s what you want to be doing. Instead, allow your answer to illustrate your industrious and hard-working nature. An answer about the development of your skills alongside opportunities is going to sound way more authentic than imagining yourself CEO in X amount of years. Make sure your personality shines with this answer to make it ring true for you, your goals, plans, and ambitions.
When it’s your turn to ask questions of the hiring manager, show that you’ve researched the company. Mention company specific products, services, or recent news to indicate your enthusiasm for the organization. There’s also no harm in asking if there are any steps you can take to better prepare for the job role just in case they decide to give you a call.
With preparation, confidence, and a forward-thinking approach, interviews become far more manageable. Make sure to do research ahead of time and allow your personality to shine.