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10 Interview Questions to Gain Confidence

10 Interview Questions to Gain Confidence

A job interview is one of the most important and stressful moments in our lives. It can make anyone anxious. You may feel confused, rattled, or worried about being unable to answer unexpected questions. Or you might feel tense about facing new people. With these small tips and techniques, you can make a big difference in your confidence on the day of the interview. So here are few questions you should consider to ease your mind before you head off to your interview.

1. Can you send me a job description?

You need to be informed about the key skills and job responsibilities; whenever you receive a call or email for an interview, don’t forget to ask for a job description. Utilize this material to plan your questions and build a bridge to your accomplishments. This will ultimately make you a better prepared candidate.

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2. Who will I be meeting with?

Always try to ask in advance for the name of the person who will be interviewing you and their position in the company. Do a little research prior to the interview and see if you can find helpful information about them.

3. What role does the interviewer play in the organization?

Most companies do short screening interview to shortlist suitable candidates for the next round of meetings. The top job decision-makers, like your potential future boss, might not be present at the screening round.

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4. What format will the interview take?

Before the big day, you should find out if there is anything else you will be required to do during the interview. You should ask this in advance when you receive the interview invitation call or email. Are you supposed to give a presentation? If so, how long will it last?

5. Why do I want this job?

This is the MOST important question you will be asked during the interview. Your answer should be convincing, and you should describe how you can contribute to the company and how the position fits into your career plans. Researching the company beforehand will help you give a good, confident answer.

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6. What should I wear?

This is another important factor to ruminate. Even if you are not fond of formal clothes, don’t even think about dressing casually in an interview situation; although, for some careers, like graphic design, dress codes are more relaxed, but when it comes to business and academia, formal attire is usually expected.

7. How will I get there?

Always remember to plan your transport arrangements in advance. Arriving late will not only leave a bad impression, but it can also make you more stressed and anxious. Remember, your first impression is your last impression, so try to avoid fumbles like coming in late on the interview day.

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8. What time should I arrive?

Pick a time to arrive at the venue. Try to get there about 10 minutes before the interview because the extra time will allow you to get into the building and confirm the appointment. If the recruiter is expecting you at a certain time, showing up late and making excuses will give a bad impression—and that’s not a best way to start an interview.

9. What should I do the night before?

The night before the interview, do your paperwork and get your clothes ready. Don’t confuse yourself with over-preparation at the last minute.

10. How can I keep calm?

On the day of the interview, try doing some deep breathing exercises to keep you calm in front of the interviewer. Everyone gets nervous in job interviews, but asking these questions in advance will help you be more confident about the interview, which will calm your nerves and give you a better chance of success.

Keep in mind that a decent interview is an exchange of information, not an interrogation.

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Tayyab Babar

Tayyab is a PR/Marketing consultant. He writes about work, productivity and tech tips at Lifehack.

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Last Updated on November 19, 2019

Work Smarter, Not Harder: 12 Ways to Work Smart

Work Smarter, Not Harder: 12 Ways to Work Smart

I imagine that like me, you say that you never have enough time and that you just cannot cope with 60 dozen things all at once.

How on earth do you get out of that spiral?

Many people never sit down and look at how to work smarter, rather than harder and even longer hours. But not you, you’re smart enough to try to learn effective ways to work.

So how to work smarter not harder? Here are 12 smart ways you should be following:

1. Improve Your Time Management Skills

Easier said than done? Well, no actually, because there are a few simple rules that can really help you to manage time better.

For example, when setting up a top priority task, you need to switch off the phone and ignore your email first. Then you need to abandon any ideas of multitasking as that will slow you down and ruin your focus.

Finally, set a reasonable deadline and do everything in your power to meet it.

“When you’re born, you’re born with 30,000 days. That’s it. The best strategic planning I can give to you is to think about that.” — Sir Ray Avery

2. Speed up Your Typing and Use Shortcuts

These days we’re all keyboard slaves. So why not speed up your typing and try to get rid of the two finger syndrome. In fact, when you save 21 days per year just by typing fast!

This is exactly what I am doing now, so I cannot honestly say I am practicing what I preach!

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But help is at hand. Try some of these apps and games to help you type fast: 8 Most Effective Games and Apps to Learn to Type Fast

Using shortcuts on the keyboard is another time saver and can speed up your work.

For example, press F2 to rename a selected file, while CTRL + I will put selected text in italics.

There are so many of these. If you make the effort to learn them, they really can be helpful.

3. Learn How to Use Productivity Tools

It is well worth downloading all the useful tools and apps that can highly boost your productivity. Take a look at these 18 Best Time Management Apps and Tools and install whatever fits your needs.

Now that is really a great way of working smarter, not harder.

4. Use Your Phone Wisely

Instead of writing emails, sometimes it’s better to pick up the phone and talk to the person responsible. It saves time, especially for important or urgent discussions.

If that colleague works in the same office, it is even better to go and talk to him or her. It gives you a break, you get some exercise and you actually make human contact which is becoming quite rare in this electronic world.

5. Keep a Tab on Your Tabs

If you are like me, you might well find that you have a ton of tabs open at the top of your browser.

In order to find the one you want, you have to search for them as they are off screen. Having all these tabs open slows down your browser too.

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One solution is to use OneTab which can keep a neat list on the screen of all these tabs when you want to quickly get to one of them or you want to remind yourself which ones you have open.

6. Use a “To Don’t” List

We all know about to do lists and I find that they are generally great. They give me a great sense of achievement as I cross off the tasks done.

But often, I find that we are doing non-essential tasks or ones that can easily be postponed. That is why many people recommend the to don’t list.[1]

Some people prefer to savagely prune the to do list while others prefer to have two separate lists, to do and to don’t. You just have to work out what works best for you when you are trying to save precious time to become more productive.

7. Expect Failure and Fight Paranoia

When failure rears its ugly head, some people get a bit paranoid and fear that this may become a trend.

Projects will go wrong and failure should be expected rather than feared. Learning lessons from failure and analyzing what went wrong is the best way forward.

“Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again.” — Richard Branson

And here you can find 10 Great Lessons Highly Successful People Have Learned From Failure.

8. Be Concise

Rambling on at meetings, in emails and even when introducing yourself to new clients can waste a lot of people’s time.

One way is to practice and sharpen your “elevator speech,”[2] which tells people in 30 seconds or less why they need your skills and how they can benefit from doing business with you.

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Just think of the many situations where this could be useful:

  • Making new contacts
  • Talking about yourself at a job interview
  • Meeting people at conferences or parties
  • Phone calls to new clients

9. Ask the Right Questions

“You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.” — Naguib Mahfouz

How do you get feedback? The secret is to ask the right questions at the right time.

When you do this, you are gathering the information you need to help in decision making. This will save you time and you will be able to cut meetings to a minimum.

Forbes magazine reports on research that they carried out on asking the right questions.[3] When that happens, the positive effects are increased by 400%. There are also other benefits in staff motivation and a positive impact on the company’s bottom line.

Lifehack’s CEO Leon has shared about how to ask for feedback to learn faster: How to Learn Quickly And Master Any Skill You Want

10. Learn as Much as You Can

You should always be on a steep learning curve. Look at your skills profile and determine where you need to fill a gap. Talk to important connections and network in your niche.

Keep up to date on trends and developments. It is a fact-changing world. When an opportunity arises, you will be the best equipped to seize it because you have never stopped learning. Just another way of working smarter.

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” — Mahatma Gandhi

11. Look After Your Greatest Resource

No, your greatest resource is not time. It is YOU.

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If you do not get enough sleep, exercise and relaxation, you find that you become less and less productive. You begin to work longer and longer hours, which is the exact opposite of what you want.

What you should be doing is making sure you are in the best shape. It is useful to remember that you need a break of 15 minutes after every one and a half hours of work.[4]

Taking breaks and getting fresh air and exercise is one of the best ways of working smarter, not harder.

12. Don’t Fall into the Trap of Working Smarter and Harder

As a society, we are obsessed with doing everything smarter so we are more efficient and we save time all around.[5]

But the most important thing to remember is to accept when we are ready to switch off that computer and not fill up the time with even more work!

The Bottom Line

The key to greater productivity is to work smarter, not harder. Working smarter saves precious time and energy for the things that really matter — your life goals, your personal growth, your health and your relationships.

Stop working for more hours and start working smarter!

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