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Top 8 Job Interview Tips for Job Seekers

Top 8 Job Interview Tips for Job Seekers

Congratulations! You aced all the written examinations, and now it’s time for the final battle – The Interview!

Worried how to nail it?

The interview, for many job seekers, is considered as the mountain peak to conquer for landing your dream job. Evaluating a new job offer can be more troublesome if you go without preparations. So, what do you need to overcome your fears and anxiety? Just follow the tips given to you in this article.

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An essential thing that we suggest to all the job seekers is to have a positive attitude, calmness, confidence, and a vision that yes you are the right one for this job.

1. Review Common Interview Questions and Prepare Your Responses

Every interview consists of some basic questions that are interviewer’s favorite and are always asked. These questions, somehow depict a significant part of your persona and have a great impact on your interview. So, make sure you prepare well for such questions. We are telling you some of those questions with tips for giving witty but decent replies to them.

  • Tell us about yourself? – Do not go deep into your personal life; interviewers aren’t interested. Tell them about the achievements at your workplace. Do not hesitate to share your failures but make sure to mention what you learned from each one of them. Share your stories in PAR format- The problem, Action, and Result. Further, you can tell them about your hobbies or interests.
  • What is your greatest strength? – Try to give a good offer to the employer for this particular quality that sets you apart from the entire crowd. But don’t fake, interviewers are much smarter than you are. Simply discover your strengths and go ahead.
  • What is your greatest weakness? – This one needs a witty response. Frame your weakness in such a manner that employer can see a positive impact of your weakness.
  • Why should we hire you? – This again is one of the difficult questions that you are surely going to face. Prepare the best response to this question and sell yourself to your dream job.

2. Always have a good first impression

The old saying “First impression is the last impression” is not wrong. Enter the room with a smile on your face. Dress decently. Wear confidence and enthusiasm as your accessories. The interviewer should get a stream of positive vibes as soon as you enter the room. A positive attitude is indeed the best asset they look for in any applicant.

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3. Gather the information regarding the hiring manager, the job, and the firm

This step will help you give better responses to their questions. Consult many people who have faced the same interview and collect winning tips from them. It will help you focus more on the part in which the interviewer is interested. Besides this, gather sufficient information about the firm hiring you, so that you do not make a fool of yourself when they ask you certain questions.

4. Dress for Success

You should know how to groom yourself for the interview. Wear formals and all the accessories that will give you a smart and professional look.

5. Know what’s written in your resume/CV

The maximum questions, whether relating to your field or not, are asked from here. So you must know what all you have in it. Besides, all the content should be hundred percent truth.

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6. Develop rapport

Try to build a harmonious relationship with the hiring managers. Always make eye contact with them. Listen carefully and respond sincerely. The interview should be a two-way communication.

7. Emphasize more on your good qualities

Throughout the interview, you should make sure that the interviewer sees your positive qualities. If they bombard you with tough questions, don’t hesitate, speak the answer if you know, else apologize for the same. Speak sweetly, smile when required and have a positive body language as well. The interviewer should see in you higher E.Q. that is emotional quotient, great stress handling capacity, your etiquettes. Be as enthusiastic as you can be. Let your personality be your sunshine. But the balance between professionalism and enthusiasm should be well maintained.

8. Ask questions

At the end of the interview, they will surely give you a chance to ask them something. Do not sit dumb at this point. Ask any intelligent questions that might help you end the interview on a positive note. Just as the whole interview process depends very much on the first impression, similarly, the result depends a lot on the last impression. So, end the interview on a positive note by asking a smart question at the end. Every wise word you utter will take you a step forward towards your dream job.

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We hope that you will implement these tips in your next interviews and if everything is practiced well, you will surely get the job you always just aspired for. With that, we wish you all the very best for your successful career.

Featured photo credit: The Balance via thebalance.com

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

How to Be Happy at Work and Find Fulfillment in Your Career

How to Be Happy at Work and Find Fulfillment in Your Career

If you’re going to spend 1/3 of our life at work, you should enjoy it, right?

Trust me, I know that’s easier said than done. Difficult coworkers, less-than-desirable tasks, or even just being in the wrong position can all lead to a lack of enjoyment and fulfillment in your work.

But what if I told you it doesn’t have to be this way? Or better yet, if you struggle with all of the above (and then some), what if I told you that enjoying your work and finding fulfillment regardless of those obstacles is possible?

Don’t believe me? I don’t blame you because I was there too. Before implementing the tips below, I struggled to get through each day, much less find real fulfillment, in the office. Now, even after the toughest days on the job, I still come away with feelings of pride, accomplishment, and fulfillment. The best news is, so can you.

If you’re ready to make those hours count and find happiness and fulfillment in the office, then read on to find out how to be happy at work and find fulfillment in your career:

1. Discover the root(s) of the problem

For this first step, we’ll need to think back to 8th-grade physics (humor me). We all know Newton’s 3rd law, “for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.” When you think about it, the same can be said outside of physics, and we see this law play out in our daily lives, day after day.

Simply put, all the issues we deal with in the office (and life in general) affect us in a noticeable way.

If you’re appreciated at work, like the work you do and receive frequent praise, promotions, or raises, then this will probably have an altogether positive effect on your life in the office.

But what if we reverse this? What if you feel under appreciated, get passed up for promotions, or get denied raises? This is sure to affect the way you feel at work on a negative level.

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So, before you can implement the steps of feeling happy and fulfilled at work, we first have to discover the reasons why you don’t feel that way already.

Think about it, write a list, or make a mental note. Run through all the reasons you’re dissatisfied in the office, and don’t hold back. Knowing the exact obstacles you’re facing will make overcoming them that much easier.

In fact, as a side-challenge to this article, I recommend picking the top three reasons contributing to your dissatisfaction at work and using the following tips to tackle them.

2. Practice gratitude for an instant uplift

Did you know the simple act of feeling grateful can increase your happiness and make you more fulfilled at work?[1]

Well, it’s true, and it’s scientifically proven.

Dr. Lisa Firestone notes that practicing gratitude “reminds us of what we lacked in the past.” Meaning, it serves as both a boost to happiness and a bit of a wake-up call that things have been or could be, much worse.

Trying to conjure up feelings of gratitude can seem almost impossible when your work situation seems bleak, but hear me out: There are incredibly easy ways to get started and it doesn’t involve trying to “force” yourself to feel grateful about things that stress you out.

For an instant pick-me-up, try this:

Find a loose piece of paper, a blank sticky note, or anything you can write on, be it physical or digital. List just three things that you are absolutely without-a-doubt thankful for in your life.

Now here’s the trick: Don’t just list what you’re grateful for, you have to list why you’re grateful for them, too.

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For example, simply saying “I’m grateful for my kids” will probably make you feel good, sure, but what if we could amplify the warm, fuzzy feeling into real, lasting motivation?

Instead, write the reason you’re so thankful for your children. Is it because they make you laugh and forget about other stressors? Or maybe they help to remind you of why you go to work every day in the first place?

Whatever your reasons may be, jot them down and keep your list somewhere you can see it while you work. A quick glance at your gratitude list throughout the day can provide powerful, positive motivation to keep going.

Bonus:

If you can find just three things to be thankful for that specifically relate to your job, and list why those things make you grateful, your list can also help you find fulfillment in your work itself which can give you an even bigger boost of positivity throughout the day.

3. Take meaningful time for yourself

We all know creating a strong work-life balance can be crucial to feeling satisfied in our jobs, but rarely do we ever address how we’re spending our time outside of work.

Many of us survive a 9-hour work day and commute home only to find ourselves busy with our personal to-do lists, running a household, and taking care of a child (or 2 or 3, and so on).

If you spend all your time working, whether in the office or within your household, you’re going to feel drained at some point. This is why setting meaningful time for yourself every day is highly important.

Look, I get it: I don’t know anyone in the working world who can shun all responsibility for a 3-movie marathon or happy hour with friends whenever they feel like it. But finding time for yourself, be it just 30 minutes to an hour, can really make a difference in how you feel at work.

This works because you’ll have time to actually relax and let the day’s stress melt away while you enjoy something just for you. The to-do lists and stressors will still be there after you’re refreshed and ready to tackle them.

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No time for me-time? Try this:

If you have a busy household, you’ll need to capitalize on a block of time you know will be completely uninterrupted. The easiest way to do this: try waking up 30 minutes to an hour earlier than usual (or push bedtime back an hour if you’re a night owl, like me) and take time to do something you enjoy.

This could be reading with a cup of tea, catching up on Facebook, spending time on a passion project—anything! As long as it’s meaningful to you, it works!

Bonus:

Starting your day with meaningful time for yourself can set you up to have a positive mood that lasts well into office hours, and having your me-time in the evening can give you something positive to look forward to during the day.

4. Get productive and feel accomplished

Don’t you just love the feeling of checking the last item off of a hefty to-do list? That’s because self-motivation can be a huge driver of positivity and success.

When we accomplish something, no matter how small, it makes us feel good, plain and simple. Applying this tactic to your daily work can be the motivator you need to find fulfillment during the daily office grind.

While there are tons of steps to get more done at work, I’ll share my personal favorite: Prioritizing.

Now, many people handle prioritizing differently. Some like to tackle the little tasks first so they can spend focused time on the big to-dos. Others like to knock out the big items first and get to the smaller ones when they can.

No matter which camp you’re in, you may be missing one crucial step: Time management.

So how’s this work? When you factor in the amount of time your priorities will take, it can transform your productivity ten-fold.

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Say you have three top priorities for the day. You might jump into the smaller ones or the bigger ones depending on your preferred method, and then find yourself out of time and bringing work home with you at the end of the day.

This is prevented when you factor in time. Knowing how long each item will take, or deliberately setting specific blocks of time for your priorities can help you accomplish more in the same 8-9 (or 12) hours that you typically spend at work.

Try this:

Take a look at your priorities and consider how long they should take. Pop into your Google calendar (or Filofax, whatever works for you) and schedule time to work on your priority items around any important meetings or events of the day.

The most important thing to remember is to stick to your dedicated time.

Often, when we know exactly how long we have to work on something (and honor this time limit), we’re motivated to get more done on time to avoid taking work home at the end of the day.

The bottom line

There’s no need to waste 1/3 of our lives feeling unsatisfied at work. Luckily, you now have the tools to get started, take back your time, and become happy and fulfilled at work again.

The only question is — which tip will you try first?

Featured photo credit: Ellyot via unsplash.com

Reference

[1]Psychology Today: The Healing Power of Gratitude

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