Feeling nervous or uneasy should not scare and upset you. This can be a good thing; it will keep you alert and totally focused on the important job in hand. Most interviewers will regard it as a positive sign. This shows that you are human and emotional, and you really care about the job. Before you jump into the reality of interviewing, it is crucial to take a step backward and try to see the interview purely through the interviewer’s eyes. You should also know his or her basic requirements towards the candidates.
A simple question for your reflection
Why should we hire you?
This question goes to the core of the interview. Your interviewer wants a clear, straightforward response. Before your interview please spend a lot of time thinking about this question. Put yourself in the interviewer’s shoes. Why should the company hire you? Get yourself a large blank sheet of paper and answer it. At your actual interview, the first thing to do is to find out what the company is really looking for to solve the current problem it has. As you begin to answer the question, the first thing to do is to recap the interviewer’s description of the job and the type of person they are seeking and then meet these requirements point-by-point.
You might begin by: “Well, this is the key question! In your job description you clearly state that you are looking for someone who is and who can do. Is that an accurate description?” You can then conclude by saying: “I definitely believe I have the skills and qualities you are looking for to be a success in this job. I’m a team player. I listen and am more than willing to learn from my superiors and I have the desire to do very well. Is there anything that I have left out that you would like me to expand on?”
After you think about this powerful and almost sure question, take your time for follow and play some simple rules that should be very effective.
* Be nice! You never know how much pull even the receptionist may have in the company.
* Always bring a resume! You may think they already have a copy, but bringing an extra copy along will make you look prepared and professional.
* Make eye contact! Eye contact lets your employer known you are confident and in control of your answers.
* Take a risk! If you are unsure of what you like to do, a risky choice may turn out to be the perfect thing for you.