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One of the best things you can do to prepare for a job interview is to…prepare. Take some time before you go into that room to get your body, your voice, and your mind ready for what’s coming at you. It’s a stressful situation; it’s like a performance. No singer just goes on stage for her concert without warming up, and having at least a loose game plan. Neither should you. You should warm-up, loosen up, and have a rough idea of how things are going to go. You’ve got a hard copy of your resume in hand and your appropriately knock-out outfit, add to that a well-spoken and confident demeanor, and that job will be yours.
The first thing we recommend is practicing your answers. You don’t want them to sound memorized, of course; but you want to have an idea of what you want to say. You want to think about these things beforehand so that you a) don’t forget something vital, like your three years of managerial experience and b) don’t include unimportant information like how your mom always said you were the best at doing chores. There are plenty of websites that list sample questions that employers use in interviews; you can search questions that are specific to the position you’re going for as well. Answer these questions out loud. This will warm up your voice, so it doesn’t crack in the middle of your actual interview, and warm up your mind, thinking about your accomplishments and credentials. If you can do this with someone, that’s even better, because an extra set of ears will be able to let you know if what your saying sounds good and seems relevant. This practice will also boost your confidence; you’ll already have a list of what you are good at and what you’ve achieved in the past, and what your goals are running through your head; you’ll walk in confident that you deserve this job.
Next, we recommend getting specific. Think about the job you’re applying for and think about your past experience; make a list of all of the ways your experience is specifically applicable to the position you want. This is especially important if you are looking to change industries. Your previous position may not be obviously related to the one you’re hoping to get, but there are aspects of it that qualify you. If you worked with specific computer programs, that means that you are experienced learning and running software, you will be able to learn a new program quickly. If you ever held a position of leadership, that means that you can handle responsibility and multi-tasking, both of which are applicable for any job. Applying for a job you’re not sure you’re qualified for is a good risk to take, just make sure you know why you are qualified.
Finally, get moving and sell yourself. Get your blood pumping a little bit by jogging in place, stretching or taking the stairs. Of course, know your limits; you don’t want to be sweaty and out of breath for your interview. You do, however, want to disperse that nervous energy and be alive and alert when the interview starts. When you get in there, smile; believe that you know what you’re going to say and that what you have to offer is good enough for them. Tell them why they should be in the business of you. They want to see confidence, they want to see someone who believes that they can do the job they want to fill; even the most qualified people can lose out on a job if they fail to sell themselves in the interview. You got called in to interview for a reason, and this is your chance to show it!