The job interview is one of the hazards of American life that cannot be avoided unless you are the scion of a former American President and CIA head. Failing that, you will at some point in your life find yourself facing the Human Resources Officer that conducts a job interview on which your entire future may hang. (Not really, but it doesn’t hurt to pretend that your entire future rests on giving the best interview you possibly can.) You will find as your read the rest of this article some techniques, tips, hints and secrets to giving that best possible job interview.
When you first enter the workforce people are going to say to you something along the lines of “everybody lies.” This truism is pat for both the interview and the resume. The problem is that it isn’t true. Most people don’t lie and those that do almost always get caught. In this age where every aspect of your life can be known simply by looking over your Facebook or MySpace page, it pays to stick to a truth that you don’t need to work hard to remember. Don’t like during your job interview, but make the truth sound as good as possible.
Many nervous prospective employees tend to forget that the job interview is a two-way street. You should head into the interview with the courage of interviewing them to make sure they are the right fit for you. Ask questions that let you know more about the corporate culture. If you are more of a Facebook type of guy and you find out the company you are interviewing is more of an ATT type culture, it might be best to just muddle through with respect and attention, but with the full expectation that your career advancement likes elsewhere.
Save the Salary for Last
Try not to get into a bidding war with yourself and others you don’t even know until you know exactly what the job entails. A fair salary for what was written in the job ad may not be a fair salary for the work that you just found out is going to be given to you. You can better negotiate if you know what to expect.
There May be Other Positions
If, during the course of the job interview, you come to realize that you are not cut out for the position or that the position really has already been filled, inquire about other employment opportunities. Give the interview a heads-up about your strengths as they relate to the job at hand and inquire about whether you would be a good fit elsewhere in the company.
Learn From the Interview
You should make every effort to learn what you can about the job interview process from the process itself. You may not have gotten that position not because you aren’t qualified or the best candidate, but because you just don’t interview well. Go over mistakes you know you made and try to find mistakes you think you made. Build up on your strong points and head to the next interview armed with the knowledge that you gained from blowing your last job interview.