Job interviews can be a stressful ordeal. Before you even walk into the interview room you’ll likely be wondering if the employer will like you, if you’re wearing the right clothing, if you’ll say the right thing, or if you’ll just flub the whole thing.
Most interviewees claim they did not get a job they wanted because they were nervous. They knew they could do the job and do it well, but the interviewer didn’t see it. If this is happening to you, and companies aren’t seeing the real you, it’s simply because you are not showing your true self to them.
It’s important to be yourself on interviews. If you pretend to be someone else, or employers do not see the real you, you may—or may not—get the job, but it won’t be too long before you are looking for another one.
Here are 4 Steps for being yourself on your next interview from your friends at Dale Carnegie Training of Mid-Northern Michigan:
1. Don’t Let Fear Overtake You — If you are overly concerned with getting it right, then you will end up getting it wrong. Interviews are a two way street. Employers see if they like you and you see if you like them. If you just want to be “selected” for the job, then you don’t get to shine. Let go of what could happen wrong and focus on what on could go right. Know that you are perfect for the job and simply go in there and show them what you got. It’s OK to be afraid; you just don’t want that fear to get in the way.
2. Be Prepared and Then Let It Go — It’s important to thoroughly prepare for an interview. You want to know about the company, what they do, and what you can do to help them reach their goals. But at some point, preparation stops and you take over. Tell the interviewer about a time you had a challenging situation at work, and how you thought about the solution and came up with a way to solve the problem. Let the interviewer see your creative side instead of just canned answers you walked into the room prepared with.
3. Be Mindful of the Interviewer’s Needs — Everyone wants to be seen as someone who can do a job well. But if the interview is only about you, and you are only concerned about yourself, the interviewer will pick up on this. Take the focus off yourself and instead put your energies on the person you are talking to. Find out about them, what they want and what’s important to them. When you go into helpful mode, your concentration shifts to the other person. This is when the real you comes out.
4. Ask Questions — Interviews are a give and take process. You are asked questions and then you are expected to ask questions in return. Answers to your questions help you feel better about how you will assimilate into the company. Although you may want the job on paper, the company, its policies, and the people who work there are unknown to you. Questions help you get answers that put you at ease. And when you are calmer, the real you can come out.
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