Often when we are preparing for a job interview, we sometimes get too caught up in our appearance, practicing our speech, if we smiled too much or if we smiled too little. We overlook some areas that could actually cost us the job.
Not proofreading your resume
One of the most important factors when it comes to job searching and interviews is how well your resume is put together. It’s all about detail and precision. Did I use the right font? Is the text size too large? Did I go too into detail or did I not do enough? Is the layout professional? All of these questions plus more are what goes through our internal checklist. When it comes to creating a resume, we get caught up in making sure it looks perfect that we forget to proofread it. Proofreading your work is a major step. You don’t want your possible future employer to catch a mistake on a document you created. Proofread your resume to make sure everything is in order and that you didn’t leave anything out.
Not prepared with interview questions or answers
When you enter a job interview, you will be asked a number of questions by the employer. An important part to the interview process, is to be prepared and well educated on your answers. Your answers, along with your attitude and how you present yourself are all very important aspects to an interview. Your answers should be thought out and brief but detailed. When your interview is drawing to a close, you will usually be asked if you have any questions. It is a good idea for you to come up with two or three questions to ask the employer. When you provide them with questions, it shows them of your interest and desire to obtain a job.
Not being able to confidently talk about your skills
Your first impression is key. How you hold yourself, speak of yourself, and answer questions is all being judged by the employer. If they see you can’t speak highly and confidently of your skills, then they may believe you can’t bring much to the table. Having confidence in your voice when you speak on your talents shows the employer that you have the determination to succeed, take constructive criticism well, and you feel you have what it takes for the job. Be confident in what you can do and proud of the skills you have acquired throughout your life. Sharing your skills is a great way for the employer to get to know you.
Why you’re a good candidate
One question you are sure to get is: “Why do you believe you are a good candidate for this position?” You suddenly feel your palms go sweaty and your heart start to race because of the nervousness that just struck you. You can relax. Take a deep breath. Don’t sell yourself short on this answer. This is a great question to really showcase who you are so don’t let it intimidate you. Employers want to pick the right person for the job so be sure to express your skills, what you know, and how you can benefit the company.
Take all of the short tips into account when you have your job interview and you’ll be sure to nail it.