So you are planning to go for a job interview and you are nervous and anxious about what the questions are going to be. Hold on, don’t be tensed and just and relax. At Younghopes, we always aim to make your tension cool down. Here are some facts to consider to give your job interviewer the best answers possible.
First, know these important facts:
- There is no way to predict every question you will be asked during a job interview. In other words, expect unexpected questions–they’ll come up no matter how much preparation you do.
- Treat any sample answers you find, such as in discussion forums, books or on Internet job sites, as guides only. Interviewers can spot “canned” answers a mile away, and if they suspect you are regurgitating answers that are not your own, you can kiss that job goodbye.
- Job interview questions are not things to fear, they are opportunities to excel. They allow you to show why you are the best person for the job, so instead of dreading them, look forward to them! The key is to give better answers than anyone else.
Now, take these actions:
- Make a list of your best “selling points” for the position. What qualifications, skills, experience, knowledge, background, personality traits do you possess that would apply to this particular job?
- In addition to any sample job interview questions you find through various resources, you must develop your own list of probable questions based specifically on the job for which you are applying.
- Write down your answers to likely questions. Study the job announcement carefully. Note the phrases they use when describing the desired qualifications. You’ll want to target these as much as possible when developing your answers.
- Review and edit your answers until you feel they are “just right.” Read them over and over until you are comfortable that you know them fairly well. Don’t try to memorize them; don’t worry about remembering every word.