An interview can be a very intimidating experience if you have never had oneor have not been hired after the last one or two you endured. Fear of failure can be overcome, though, with some practical strategies for success.
Do some research – read up on interviewing skills and make notes on what you learn. Google “interview skills” and see if there is more to add. Write down where you think you missed the mark, or what worries you. Ask the person who interviewed you where you could improve and if you could be considered for future positions. Be honest with yourself; now is the time to look in the mirror and be accurate, not idealistic.
Everyone should practice answering interview questions before the interview. It doesn't have to be hard--you can practice great interview answers with an app! This is especially important if you are getting interviews but not job offers, or if you haven't interviewed in a while, like Shawne:
Last month I downloaded your app on my iPad because I was going on my first interview [in over a year]...I was feeling nervous about what to say in my interview. I know things change in the professional world when you're not in it and I didn't know what to expect. So thanks to your practice questions I nailed my interview!! And I got a job at the Walt Disney World Resort!! Keep up the great work Peggy, you are amazing at what you do and you gave me the knowledge and confidence to receive an offer from a place I've always wanted to work!
There is a growing trend in job interviews: Using a video conference format that allows an employer to interview candidates from many areas without the time or expense of travel. While you do save on travel time and expense, it still will take some time, and possibly some investment, to be prepared for an online interview.
Prepare your equipment.
Is your microphone adequate or would a quality headset be better? The sound is going to be very important, both to hear your interviewer and for you to clearly be heard.
How is your camera placed? Generally, cameras above the monitor allow you to see your interviewer’s face while you are looking toward them, but a camera off to the side or below you will give the impression you aren’t paying attention, or worse, give them a look up your nostrils.
Are you interviewing for a management role? To win it, you need to show Strategic Thinking, and Leadership. You need to communicate at a more significant level than ever before to show who you are and what you're capable of.
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When you sit down for that job interview, the last thing you want to be worried about is what you are wearing. That choice should have been made a few days beforehand, if possible, to give you time to put together an “interview outfit” that gives confidence.
The idea that you must “dress for success” never goes out of style because people see your clothing as part of your initial impression. Here are a few tips to work on now, so you will be ready to go the morning of your all-important interview:
If you've never brought a 30-60-90-Day Plan to your interview, you have got to read this story!
Chuck came to a webinar and learned about 30-60-90-Day Plans the day before a big interview. He only spent 2-3 hours (thanks to the instructions and template in my plan) and created a plan that got a spectacular reaction--an amazing job offer later the SAME DAY, with a 50% higher salary!
Please notice something in Chuck's story...his plan wasn't "perfect," because it didn't match exactly with what the hiring manager had planned--but it didn't matter. See how this all worked out for him:
Thank you very much for the help I received from Career Confidential! ...I knew that I had to do SOMETHING to separate myself from the many other very qualified candidates I would undoubtedly be competing against...
[I got the plan and] over the next 2-3 hours, I delved into the templates and examples of previous sales plans, deciding on all the pertinent information I would need to include in my own 30/60/90 day sales plan.
Next, I began formulating my plan based on some great ideas I saw in the examples, utilizing knowledge of the industry and my own personal background information.
I was amazed at how easy this process became, due to the instructions and detail provided in the package I purchased (30-60-90-Day Sales Plan). A short time later, I had a finished product ready to use, reference, and present during my interview.
...Let me preface the rest of my comments by saying that I have interviewed for quite a few positions in my lifetime...I had never ONCE walked out of the interview knowing that I had "nailed it."
...I wasn't certain I'd be given the "ideal" time to present my 30/60/90 day sales plan. But, the opportunity just kind of opened itself up during the course of the conversation with the hiring manager! She was very impressed that I had taken the time to know the business, know the firm, know the job for which I was applying--and to put it all down on paper.
I walked out of this interview (which was scheduled for an hour, but ended up lasting 90 minutes), and I knew that I had just "nailed it!" And I know that the 30/60/90 day sales plan that I presented during my interview really set me apart from other candidates!
...They promised they were going to call, regardless of the outcome, sometime during the next week [but they called that] afternoon at 4:30pm with GREAT NEWS!!
I was offered the job, with a base salary 50% higher than my previous job, plus a very lucrative bonus/commission schedule!
I am absolutely certain that the 30/60/90 day sales plan helped me acquire this awesome job! And, although some of the thoughts that I had prepared in my plan may not mesh with what my new sales manager expects from me, we now have a roadmap to begin our "actual" plan for the next 30, 60, and 90 days...and years to come!
Thank you very much for the assistance. I plan on using this tool every time I am competing for a new position throughout the rest of my working years!...Thanks again,
If you've ever felt uncomfortable or uncertain when asked about salary in an interview, or discussing a compensation package with benefits in a job offer, or felt that you didn't get everything you could have, then you NEED this new report on Salary Negotiations (available on Amazon).
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Read this report so you can discover:
• How To Find Out What You’re Worth In Terms Of Salary
• How To Deflect Salary Questions In the Interview
• Why Employers Would Rescind An Offer—So You Can Avoid Mistakes
• How To “Set The Bias” For A Higher Salary / Benefits Offer
• Put The Employer On Your Side (Instead Of Setting Them Up As An Adversary)
• Words, Phrases, And Responses That Guarantee You The Best Offer Possible
If you do even a LITTLE of what I tell you to do in this report, it will be a whole lot more than you’ve done before. You’ll get such great results from it that you’ll feel empowered and you’ll be stronger next time. So then, next time you’ll be better, and the time after that you’ll be even better. Each time, you’ll get better offers.
PS - You will see a couple of cranky reviews about this book--don't pay attention, because these were pre-revision. I listened to what they said and responded with this version. I just uploaded the new, improved and EXPANDED version of this book yesterday (May 20, 2015). Enjoy!