How to succeed in a job interview

Andres Marinero

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Andres Marinero

Managing Editor for Jobs and Professional Development on LinkedIn News

Date of publication: Mar. 14, 2022

Job interviews are mixed blessings for many job seekers. You may feel genuinely excited to get a call from an employer, but that's often followed by some level of anxiety that the meeting may go badly. You're not alone if you can relate to those feelings. Fortunately, there's a lot you can do to take control of the situation.

I reached out to the LinkedIn community to learn their tips and tricks for getting into a job interview. While I can't present all the tips in this newsletter, you can read them all. by clicking here.

Your mindset matters in a job interview

The first tip is that you need to get into the right mindset before the interview. I don't mean that you have to jump up and down to promote yourself like a boxer (unless you want to). Instead, remember that this is a mutual evaluation. You are interviewing the employer as much as they are interviewing you.

"Sometimes we can get lost in the idea that the company is selecting us. But I like to flip the script and make sure it's also about us picking THEM." wrote Jasmine Escalerawho is a career and confidence coach for women of color.

The key to this part of the process is knowing what you want from an employer. Escalera said to ask yourself a series of questions to find out what will be right for you. Know where you want your career to be in five years. Know what you need to make that happen. Know what support you need from a company to reach that mark.

"Once you have these concepts in mind, you can craft some doponic questions that can help guide your interview conversations and, ultimately, select the right space for you," he added.

Research and preparation will prepare you for a successful job interview.

What you do before a job interview can determine how the conversation goes once you're in the meeting. In addition to getting into the right mindset, you should prepare and do your research before showing up for an interview.

Why is researching and preparing for a job interview so important? There are several reasons, according to Melanie Dennywho is a resume expert. She said those steps allow you to better tailor your answers to position yourself as the solution to the employer's problems. You can impress them by asking more thoughtful questions. Plus, there's a chance you may find that the job isn't right for you.

"Be sure to do your research," Denny wrote. "This doesn't stop at reading the 'about page' on their website, but dig deeper to discover the challenges they face right now, the upcoming changes they may be preparing for, the culture (Glassdoor is great for this), the leadership team, the employees (yes ... you can leverage LinkedIn to learn more about the people who work there)."

Denny also said that doing research and preparation will help build their confidence.

Matt Warzel, who is a job search coach, agreed. "Remember, no matter the video or in person, confidence is key and I think personally the # 1 way to exude that confidence is to be knowledgeable," he wrote.

In addition, you can find interviewing tips on specific companies if they are particularly large or known for their rigorous interview processes. Research can give you a window into what process you are about to enter.

Follow your own pace during a job interview

You should be prepared to tackle almost anything the interviewers throw at you if you have done your research and preparation. Try not to get too nervous or flustered during the conversation. The key is to pace yourself so that you are confident and deliberate in what you say.

"Before answering a question, take a deep breath and organize your thoughts." wrote Tejal Wagadia, who is a recruiter. "This helps calm interview jitters!"

He also suggested that you not be afraid to ask follow-up questions of the interviewers if you are not sure what they are asking during the discussion. However, be sure not to interrupt the interviewer before they finish asking a question.

In addition, Wagadia said it's okay to ask for a 5-minute break if you're on back-to-back interviews at a company.

Finally, the interview is a great opportunity to build a bridge to the next conversation, if you think the employer is right for you.

At a minimum, you should ask about the next steps in the hiring process. Then, it's also a good idea to get contact information for interviewers so you can connect, send thank you notes, and follow up if you don't hear back in a timely manner.

Thank you notes are still good ideas after job interviews

I'm still not sure why thank you notes are a controversial topic in the job search and hiring world, but they are a hotly debated topic online and on LinkedIn. The bottom line is that you don't have to send a thank you note, but it won't hurt your chances. In most cases, it will likely help your odds. Plus, it's just a nice gesture.

Thank you notes don't have to be elaborate or even in physical form. You can send a nice, genuine email thanking an interviewer for their time and interest. If you really want to earn some extra points, you can also show the interviewer that you were actually listening during the conversation.

"You can use what you learned in the interview in your follow-up thank you note." wrote Christopher Lee, who works in program marketing. "Reiterate the points that resonated with them and show how you have those superior qualities they're looking for."

Ghosting sometimes occurs after a job interview.

Ghosting, which is when an employer doesn't get back to you after an interview, sometimes happens to job seekers. It doesn't mean it will happen to you, but it could.

I broached this subject a couple of years ago with Bob McIntoshwho is a career strategist. You can read all his tips by clicking here.

The main takeaway about ghosting during the job search process, and really job search in general, is to not fall in love with a role until you have an offer letter in hand. Too many people think they are guaranteed a job or position before anything is final. Unfortunately, that mentality can derail your entire job search.

The bottom line: until you get what you want, remember to keep going!

Original article shared from: How to succeed in a job interview (linkedin.com)

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