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9 Ways To Face A Job Interview Without Fear

9 Ways To Face A Job Interview Without Fear

Interviews are tough and can be life-changing. Perhaps, this is what makes them so hard. The stakes are really ratcheted up when interviewing with more than one person. They’re all looking at you, while you are trying to come up with the answers that will capture for you that all-important job. In addition to picking out your best outfit, getting a good night’s sleep, and studying up to be able to answer the toughest questions, here are some tips that will help you on your job interview:

1. Practice, Practice, Practice (And Then Practice Some More)

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    Call up a friend and set up a mock job interview. Have them ask the toughestinterview questions. Repeat. Repeat so many times that you can confidently answer even the most difficult question in your sleep. Thoroughly review the job description and research the company to be well prepared.

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    2. Be Confident

    Your resume stood out from the crowd enough that you got the call-back. Remember this as you prepare and meet the interviewer. As you enter, think of someone you admire, and consider their qualities. Recall how this person comports themselves, how they walk, talk, and greet others. Remember how that person exudes self-confidence and you will do the same.

    3. Understand that This Too Shall Pass

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      Getting nervous is normal, this is an important achievement and just like anyone else you want to do well. Remember that the interviewer would not have called you in if you were not considered to be a good fit for the company. You have a great deal to offer the company and it is their loss if they should decide otherwise. Think positively about your job interview.

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      4. Stay Calm, All is Well

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        You can fool your brain into believing that all is well. When you act like everything is fine, surprising your brain believes your action. Be confident,and your brain and body will respond. Stand up straight and look each interviewer in the eye. Remember to take deep breaths, and relax. The company was interested enough in you to call you back, after all.

        5. Treat Yourself to Your Favorite Breakfast

        Get plenty of rest the night before. You want to put your best step forward. Don’t allow yourself to go to the job interview on an empty stomach. Enter in bright-eyed, bushy-tailed, and full of energy, not dragging. Show the interview team you are prepared to tackle the toughest task. Enter and exit with a winning smile.

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        6. Just Take It Easy

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          Just take it easy it’ll all be over soon. Every terrifying moment you spend in the interview room is a glorious moment to release. Relax. You have studied. You are prepared. A trick to help you relax: keep your hands under the table, when appropriate, and rub the flesh between the first finger and the thumb in a circular motion. Keep smiling, you’re almost done.

          7. Let Your Personality Shine Through

          Up to this point, all the interviewer knows about you is what has been seen on a piece of paper. In the “Tell me about yourself” portion in the interview, it is the time to let your personality shine through. Talk about how your core values are a match for the company. Askthe interviewer about his or her career during the question part of the interview, or share a passion that you have outside of work.

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          8. Don’t Be In A Hurry

          Take your time. The interviewers usually allot about an hour. Take this time to highlight your career, give tips on how you would improve the company, and discuss what is so special about your career. Think about your answers, even if you have rehearsed ahead of time. Pause before you answer. This makes it appear as though you are thoughtful, but not struggling during the conversation.

          9. Offer Your Assets

          The company is seeking the best qualified candidate for the job. That person is you. An interview is basically the “kick the tires” stage. The interviewer wants to know if you are the person with the best solution. Your job is to “make it so” and convey the type of assistance you and only you can offer the company.

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          Last Updated on August 19, 2019

          20 Critical Skills to Include on Your Resume (For All Types of Jobs)

          20 Critical Skills to Include on Your Resume (For All Types of Jobs)

          A resume describes your critical skills in a way that compels a hiring manager to want to meet you. That is a resume’s sole purpose.

          And make no mistake: Writing a resume is an art.

          Today each corporate job opening attracts 250 resumes on average, and somehow yours will need to rise above the competition. It’s actually harder to snag an interview from an online posting than to get into Harvard. But don’t let that intimidate you. Instead, open your laptop, roll up your proverbial sleeves, and let’s get to work!


          Employers generally prefer candidates with skills that show leadership ability, problem-solving ability, and perseverance through challenges. So in the resume, you should demonstrate that you’re a dynamic candidate.

          Refine the skills on your resume so that you incorporate these resume “musts:”

          1. Leadership Ability

          Even an entry-level employee can show leadership. Point out how your skills helped your department ascend to a new level. Capture leadership attributes with compelling statements.

          Example:

          “Led change that drove efficiency and an ability to cut 800 error-free payroll checks.”

          2. Problem-Solving Ability

          Most employees are hired to solve problems. Showcase that ability on your resume.

          Example:

          “Led staff in campaign to outrival top competitor’s market share during a down cycle.”

          3. Perseverance

          Have you been promoted several times? Or have you maintained margins in a down cycle? Both achievements demonstrate persistence. You look like someone who can navigate roadblocks.

          4. Technical Skills

          Consider including a Key Skills or Technology Skills section in which you list computer and software skills.

          Example:

          “Expert-level knowledge in Java.”

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          5. Quantified Results

          Nothing is quite as attractive as objective results. Did you increase sales by 25 percent? Win three new clients? Surpass the internal goal by 15 percent?

          Use hard-hitting numbers to express your point. State the result first, and then provide a sentence or phrase describing the critical skills you applied to achieve the milestone.

          Example:

          “Boosted sales by 200 percent by developing new online platform that made it easier for customers to compare and contrast sizes, textures, and fit.”

          6. People Skills

          Employers prefer congenial staff members to prima donnas or mavericks. Relate your strongest soft skills.

          Example:

          “Organized, hard-working staffer who listens well and communicates effectively.”

          7. Passion in the Field

          Recruiters and hiring managers can intuit whether candidates care about their career performance by the dynamism behind the descriptions of their skills on their resumes. Are your efforts “transformational” or merely “useful?” Were your results “game-changing” or boringly “appropriate?”

          The tenor of your words reveals whether you’re passionate or passive. (But don’t overdo it. See the “Hyperbole” section below.)

          8. Being the Entrepreneur within the Corporation

          Whether you took the initiative to create a new synergy or worked independently to land an opportunity, share how you furthered organizational goals through your self-directed efforts.

          9. Your Adaptability

          Have you switched career paths? Weathered a corporate takeover?

          Make it clear that your resilience helped get you and your organization through the turbulence.

          10. Confirming Your Expertise

          Every job posting states experience requirements. Ideally, you want to meet these requirements or best them. But don’t exaggerate.


          While proving that you possess the credentials described in the job posting, you can still stand out if you are able to offer additional special skills to showcase your personality.

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          Consider adding any of these special accomplishments, if true:

          11. Referencing Award-Winning Talents

          If you played center on your college basketball team that made it into the Top 10 finals, then working collaboratively and cooperatively are among your natural callings. Be sure to say so.

          12. Unveiling Your Work Persona

          If you were repeatedly singled out for your stellar performance in work settings, becoming employee-of-the-month, top revenue generator, and so on — it’s worth mentioning.

          13. Capitalizing on Commonalities

          From Googling the hiring manager, you discover that she was formerly a Peace Corps volunteer in Belize. Listing your Spanish immersion course in Central America may draw her attention to the other outstanding skills on your resume.

          14. Highlighting Creative Tactics

          If, for example, in your HR role, you piloted an employee incentive program that became an industry model, include it. Such innovative thinking will command an employer’s attention.

          15. Specifying All Accolades

          Listing any honors received instills confidence that you will bring that level of perfectionism forward in a corporate environment.

          16. Transferable Skills

          You spend your spare time conducting your community orchestra. Highlight this after-hours pursuit to show that you have the critical skills needed to keep a team on task.


          Take note: Hyperbole can hurt you. So, show your credibility.

          Although it may be tempting to use embellishments to boost your experience, improve your job title, or enhance your education, resist. These days, a five-minute search will reveal the truth. And taking self-inflation too far could easily come back to destroy your career.

          Hiring managers have their antenna up for resume hyperbole. A survey shows that 53 percent are suspicious that candidates are often dishonest.

          Follow these guiding principles when writing your own resume:

          17. Accurately Describing Your Degree

          Make sure to differentiate between certificates attained and degrees earned, along with the name of the institution awarding them.

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          18. Stating Job Duration with Honest Dates

          Honesty is the only policy when reporting the length of a particular job. If you’ve been out of work for an extended period of time, state the reason you have gaps.

          Whether you traveled, had to cope with a family emergency, or went back to school to change your professional track, communicate the positive outcome that came from the hiatus.

          19. Claiming Only the Skills You Truly Possess

          Unless you’re proficient in a software program or are fluent in a second language, leave any mention of them off.

          Conversely, if you feel like you must include them, then accurately qualify your level of competence.

          20. Being Honest About Your Role in a Project

          You may think you were the lead person because you did most of the work, but chances are your supervisor thinks otherwise.

          Besides the 20 critical skills to include on your resume, here’re some important notes for you.

          Bonus Tips for Writing a Resume

          You Only Have 6 to 7 Seconds to Impress the Employer

          Hiring managers and artificial intelligence “bots” may spend only 6 to 7 seconds perusing your resume, which means you need it to teem with essential skills, quantifiable achievements, and action words.

          If, in fact, you believe that a “bot” will be analyzing your resume before it even lands on a hiring manager’s desk, be sure to include some of the actual key words from the posting in your document. There’s no reason why you can’t customize your resume to each job posting.

          Another tip: Be sure to show your resume to a few individuals who work in your field, so that you can fine-tune the information as needed.

          Starting at the Top

          The Objective at the top of your resume is optional if you’re seeking the same job you already have, just at different company. However, if you’re switching fields, it’s critical to include an Objective, which is a one-sentence summary of the job you want.

          For example:

          Objective: To become web editor at a thriving news website.

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          If you’ve been in your field for ten years or more, you will probably want to include an Executive Summary. This is a one-sentence takeaway about who you are, including the critical skills you amassed throughout your career.

          For example:

          Executive Summary: Award-winning creative director with over ten years experience managing teams on three continents.

          Depending on your field, you may also want to add some skills as bullet points in the Executive Summary section.

          And what about your Education? If you graduated from college within the past ten years, include your Education just below the Objective section (and forgo the Executive Summary). If it’s been over ten years since you graduated, then include your Education at the very end of your resume. Only cite your grade point average (G.P.A.) if it was exceptional—3.7 G.P.A. or higher, or if you won scholastic awards.

          Ideally, the critical skills you amassed during college, at your previous job, and throughout your career will add up to a riveting portrait of a professional who’s ideally suited for your dream position: You.

          Tailor, Tweak, and Fine-Tune

          If you’re targeting different kinds of organizations, you’ll need customized resumes for each outreach.

          Don’t be afraid to parrot some of the words on the list of requirements back to the company. Many times, organizations will actually use the key words mentioned in the job posting when screening resumes.

          Approach Your Resume as a Skills-Based Story

          Like any good storyteller, lay out the framework at the beginning. Include the skills you’ve mastered and state how you can add value—wording your sentences in a way that reflects the specific job you’re seeking.

          Are you vying for a sales position? Quantify your results: “Responsible for 50 percent of all sales that resulted in $750,000 in annual revenue.” Use your critical skills, peppered throughout your resume, to tell the exciting story of your distinguished professional career!

          Researching the organization that you’re targeting will help you make your examples specific. Does the company cater to a particular audience or clientele? Be sure to note any experiences you’ve had with similar audiences.

          Putting It All Together

          A resume is not a laundry list. It tells a cohesive story. Your story should highlight your qualifications and critical skills in a way that makes a logical, well-constructed case for your compatibility with the organization and its advertised position.

          Packaging your story into the concisely prescribed format of a resume means that it will read as a synopsis — one that will hopefully land you the job.

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