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6 Steps To Nailing Your Next Job Interview

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Two businesspeople shaking hands and smiling.At Independence Incorporated, we offer our clients Interview Coaching to better prepare them for the sometimes-tough task of interviewing for a new job. The entire interview experience can especially be taxing on those who are returning to work after a long layoff from the workforce. Our team helps clients with a number of effective interview strategies in order to help them rebuild their confidence and alleviate any anxiety.

For example, it’s important to remember that a good job interview doesn’t just involve the adequate answering of questions. In many cases, it’s helpful to ask questions too. Showing a genuine interest in the job that you are applying for can go a long way with an interviewer. Remember that you’ll often be competing against several other candidates who are vying for the same position. What will help you to stand out from the rest?

Here are six steps to nailing your next job interview:

1. Make a good first impression. You know what they say. You only get one chance to pull this off, right? Be sure that the first time your interviewer lays on eyes on you, he or she is impressed. On InCharge.org, Janet Farley discusses how you can pull this off. “Dress the part. Show up fashionably early for the interview. Wear a confident, not arrogant, attitude and be willing to put yourself out there for closer inspection,” she advises.

2. Practice makes perfect. This is another cliché that is worth its weight in the job interview department. Research the company you’re applying to and show that you are capable on answering questions about the industry. On Forbes.com, Trudy Steinfeld recommends that you “practice with others; familiarize yourself with different interview styles (and) anticipate and practice responses for difficult questions, so you won’t be caught off guard during the interview.”

3. Be sure to study your own resume. Embellishing your skill set on your resume isn’t your best bet. At some point, you’ll need to be able to back it up. Instead, be prepared to discuss the legitimate attributes listed on your resume. Farley offers advice about what to highlight: “What looks interesting and what doesn’t? Where can you add in examples of how you accomplished a particularly daunting task?”

4. Make an impression on those who aren’t even interviewing you. It’s always great to get a recommendation from others – especially those who already work for the company you’re applying to. “Be nice to everyone,” insists Steinfeld, “From the moment you walk in the building, smile, be respectful, personable and professional at all times. You want anyone who interacted with you to remember you in a positive way.”

5. Ask intelligent questions. We’ve already mentioned that this step is an important one in securing your next job. But it’s important to come prepared with the right questions to ask. Farley insists that you avoid asking “amateur questions” that are easy to find the answers to online. “To make the best impression, come prepared with a short list of real questions that can help you make a good decision about the job if it comes to that,” she advises.

6. Don’t forget to follow up. To show your genuine interest in a job position, you can’t just assume that the interview itself is all that you’ll need. Follow up shortly after. “Don’t make the mistake now of sitting by your laptop or phone waiting for that life-changing email or call,” says Steinfeld, “It’s over. You either nailed it or you didn’t. Lucky for you, however, you can still make a good impression by following through after the interview.”

For more information about Independence Incorporated’s Interview Coaching, please don’t hesitate to call us at 204-478-6644 or email info@indep.ca.