As we are about to close the chapter on 2023 and look forward to 2024, we hope that there are plenty of opportunities and new paths ahead. Perhaps the new year will bring a fresh career or a change in position where you will need to prepare for a job interview. This part of the job search journey can often lead to mixed emotions, which may include stress and anxiety. Let’s discuss some tips on how you can manage these emotions and nail your next job interview.
Do your research
Prior to applying for a job, it’s a good idea to research the company. Spend time educating yourself about the corporation and what they specialize in, their values, their work culture. Familiarize yourself with the role you are applying for. If you know someone in your network in a similar role, reach out to chat further about responsibilities and expectations. Write down any questions you have as you research so you can ask informed questions during the interview.
Prepare ahead of time
While you don’t have a crystal ball that will tell you exactly what questions will be asked of you, there are common interview questions you can expect. Take time to think about each one thoughtfully and prepare to have some examples ready.
Be as specific as possible when you answer questions. Framing your responses as SMART goals demonstrates your ability to set, measure, and achieve goals. The employer wants to know, and hear firsthand, the ways in which you have succeeded in previous roles; offer specifics, share successes and what lessons you have learned. Conducting a mock interview is another great way to gain confidence and reduce your stress and anxiety.
While it is key to prepare for the questions that will be asked of you, it is equally important to make a list of questions to ask during the conversation. While you don’t have to have a long list, it is a good idea to have at least a few thoughtful questions to pose at the end of the interview. This shows that you have taken the time to prepare and are interested in the position.
Be mindful of nonverbal communication
When nervous, we might not be aware of what our body language is saying. Do your best not to fidget, practice good posture, and try to smile (when appropriate) throughout the interview. Maintain eye contact and try to stay relaxed. Remember your posture and avoid sitting with your arms crossed.
Also, pay attention to your handshake! Nobody likes to shake hands with a wet fish, so practice a strong, firm handshake to make a great first impression.
If imposter syndrome rears its head and adds to your nerves, just remember that you secured the interview! The organization recognizes something in you that they want to explore further. Speak with confidence and certainty, and don’t undermine your successes or achievements. While you might feel boastful, a job interview is your time to shine! Speak about your strengths and highlight the value you will bring to the position and to the business.
If you are considering a career change or looking for a new role in 2024, we would love to help you on your journey. Contact our team, and let’s get started.