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How to: Interview For The Job You Want

We ALL get nervous when it comes to job interviews.

Even the most seasoned interviewees, at the very least, experience jitters right before. Especially when you’re gearing up for a job you want and know is the perfect fit, anxiety compounds and can make you lose sight of what’s really important — moving forward in your career. Here’s some of my best advice to get you ready to nail an interview, emotionally and physically!

  1. Prepare!! Do your research on the people who work there, the company itself, and the greater industry. While you can’t control how competitive your skillset is with the other candidates, you can control how knowledgeable you are about the company and newsworthy topics in the market. Never underestimate preparation. Coming prepared to an interview will always give you a leg up.
  2. Take the initiative to explain why your experience and skill set, both professionally and personally, are perfect for the role. Be able to discuss your resume with direct correlations to the job description.
  3. Prepare forward thinking ideas and strategy that you believe would benefit the company. You don’t have to get too in-depth about these unless the opportunity presents itself, (which it very well might if interviewing at a start-up!), but be prepared to go into some detail about changes you would implement if you were on the team.
  4. As nerve-racking as it is to stay calm, cool, and collected, remember the person interviewing you has been in your same position. Balance an expression of passion for the role with a “they need me more than I need them” attitude to keep your sanity.
  5. When the interviewer ends with “do you have any questions?,” ask away! Always come prepared with questions to ask.
  6. Dress the part and lean more conservatively in your outfit choice.
  7. Print your resume and bring it with you to the interview. Actually, print like 4 copies. I’m a big fan of using proper resume paper, maybe that’s the fancy side in me. And P.S. your resume should never be more than 1 page.
  8. Follow up with a thank-you email the same or following day. Keep it succinct.
  9. Do not ask about the vacation policy at all during the interview process! Leave that to negotiate if and when you get the offer.

All in all, interviews are without a doubt a nerve-generating activity, but an inevitable part of the job process.  So, I suggest you take destiny into your own hands and learn just how to stay calm and ultimately, destroy the competition!!!

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By Tara Foley

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