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Tips For Being a Great Interviewee
Tuesday, June 11, 2013

In a job market that has more job seekers than jobs available, those who are lucky enough to even snag an interview know just how precious getting that chance is. An interview is just a peek through the window into a job opportunity. You haven't actually gotten through the door until you know that the interview was successful in either getting you a second interview or, better yet, a job offer.

Getting through an interview smoothly isn't exactly tough, but nerves tend to have a way of taking over when it comes to high stakes situations. Naturally, the idea of being put under a microscope knowing that the end result can only be one of two things: the end or continuation of your job search. If you've struggled with job interviews in the past, these few tips can help you overcome what makes you nervous so that the interviewer can who you truly are:
  • Understand what you ultimately want in life.
Knowing where you want to end up down the road can help you map your steps on the way to your destination. If you work as a retail manager, but have aspirations of owning your own business, start by mapping your way backwards and connect the dots from destination to current location. The best way to succeed in any job, let alone job interview, is to have genuine passion and interest for the position at hand.

Acceptance for a job offer has to be like a marriage. Neither party will benefit if the partnership is founded solely on money and it will soon result in a lose/lose situation. If you and the company are compatible, you can share your future plans with the interviewer and they, too, can think about the best ways the position can help advance you toward those goals.
  • Don't create a persona based on who you think they want to  see.
What you put on your resume and cover letter should be 100% accurately reflective of you. That's the first impression that the interviewer has of you. The only person they expect or want to see is the person they read about in person. A resume and cover letter is your pitch for why they should be interested. The interview is your chance to sell yourself and close the deal for why they should hire you.

Remember that interviewers have gone through plenty of interviews and are well-seasoned in the process. They know that interviewees will be doing their best to impress but that kind of mentality can greatly alter a person's true personality thus making it difficult for the interviewer to pick a winning candidate. It's becoming more commonplace in the hiring process for a candidate to be offered a job because the interviewer took a liking to their personality. With that in mind, go into the interview without a front and you may be surprised at how comfortable it is being yourself around a complete stranger.
  • Realize that you won't have all your questions answered, even after the interview.
At the end of an interview, the interviewer will typically ask if you have any questions. Interviews are all about questions and answers, but much of the post-interview process is very vague. You'll be wondering things like: Are they going to call me?  How long will it take to hear back? Whether the interview went well or not, you can never really know where you stand with the interviewer. Perhaps they did like you and gave you the impression that they wanted to offer you the position. There is a chance, however, that they could interview someone after you who blew them away and you may never know.

Proper interviewing etiquette teaches us not to harass or annoy the interview with follow up questions. The only communication you should initiate with the interview after the interview is a thank you note. You have to stay optimistic knowing that your interview gave you a better chance than many other candidates. Your fate for that job may be out of your hands, but ultimately, you have control over your job search and any future interview that your efforts produce.