Successful Job Interviews

October 2, 2014 | Alessya

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   Job Interview                                                              (credit: redstarresume.com)

 
I hate job interviews. Ok I don't actually hate them, but just thinking about them as I write this blog is causing my stomach to turn and my anxiety levels to rise. Interviews can hold a lot of weight in whether someone is offered a job, yet I find that there is something so unnatural about them. It might be the formality of the conversation, the types of questions asked, or perhaps it's the expectation of being able to remember every work achievement from the past ten years! It's enough to send your nerves through the roof! I believe the key to a great interview is preparation. Much like one would study for an exam, studying up on the company, the position and your own qualifications, will help make the process a lot easier.
 
Thinking of possible questions that the interviewer may ask and practicing responses will get you out of those sticky situations where your mind goes blank. It is important to answer every question you're asked, even if you need to take a minute or two to gather your thoughts. According to CanadianCareers.com, some of the most common questions asked are:
  •  What are your strengths and weaknesses?
  • What are your related skills?
  • What is the biggest challenge you have faced?
  • Why should we hire you for this position?
  • What interests you about our company?
For the full list of sample questions, click here.
 
For more tips on how to go about preparing for a job interview, click here.
 
And don't forget to browse your local library's career collection for titles such as these: 
What To Say In Every Job Interview Answering Tough Interview Questions Knock Em Dead Job Interview


 
 

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