Job interviews can really crank your stress levels up. During the last ten years I’ve sat through enough interviews on both sides of the table to know what works really well. Here are three tips to consider before you head into your next job interview:
- Speak about what you have to GIVE more than about what you want to get
Forgetting that we’re in an interview to sell our skills is one of the most common mistakes we all make in interviews. It’s okay to be honest about what you expect to gain from the position up for grabs, but don’t forget to anchor what you say around what you’re bringing to the table. Before you head into the interview, take some time to think about your best skills and how these make you excellent at taking on the kind of responsibilities attached to the position you’ve applied for.
- Make it more than just about work
Are you passionate about changing lives? Do you think this position will allow you to do this? Does the organisation’s values align with your own? Then by all means say so and say it sincerely. Organisations love to hear that people believe they’re an agent of positive change and your ability to speak about your work in a way that’s connected to a bigger vision shows that you’re the kind of person worth investing in.
- Be honest about who you are
Don’t be afraid to be yourself. Organisations are always on the look-out for people who will fit well into their teams and culture. It isn’t always about having the best academic record on paper or the most professional experience. Sometimes, it’s about being honest about your quirks, relaxing enough to let some of your natural sense of humour flow into the conversation and letting people get glimpses of the real you. Many organisations are willing to invest some time into building the capacity of someone they think will fit well into their team and culture.
I hope you find these tips helpful. If you have tips of your own then feel free to leave a comment below.