Congratulations! You landed an interview. After the excitement wears off, the nerves and anxiety set in. These feelings increase to an all time high when you’re in the hot seat, but there are a variety of tips to calm interview nerves.
An impressive resume and stellar cover letter can be tossed in minutes if a candidate shows poor body language during an interview.
We all know, to be a successful candidate in an interview you need to be prepared. And being prepared includes having a list of questions that show your interest in the company. But, there are some red flag questions that interviewees should avoid asking at the risk of blowing it all.
What’s more nerve wracking than an interview? A group interview.
So you made it through round one, and you just received a call for a second interview, but how do you prepare? What is a second job interview all about?
Interviews are a tough part of a job search. Your nerves get to you, you have to prep, you have to put your best foot forward and pitch yourself to employers. You’ve come to the end of the interview and you’ve answered endless questions about yourself and why you’d be a good fit for the role, and you’re feeling pretty good about the interview. But what’s next? The employer has one last question for you….
The biggest thing job candidates can do for themselves is prepare at least 3-5 questions for the interviewer. Be prepared for when the tables are turned and the interviewer asks “So, do you have any questions for me?” To avoid struggling through a few questions you can think of off the top of your head, here are some smart interview questions to ask the interviewer hat will impress and give you some kudos for being prepared:
Even for the best of us, interviews can be nerve racking. But we all have to do them and they happen to be the best way for you to gain insight into a company culture and the open position. So what do you do? Prepare.
Do Your Homework
Find out as much as you can about the company from your recruiter, news articles, press releases, annual reports, friends, LinkedIn and other social networks.
Make sure you thoroughly understand the position and how you can contribute by:
- Reviewing your work history, including dates, responsibilities and accomplishments.
- Identifying your strengths and areas of expertise, as well as any areas of opportunity.
- Thinking back to challenges that you had to overcome.
- Writing out specific examples of achievement so that you are ready to present them. Continue reading
Don’t appear indifferent in your next interview. It’s important to have a list of questions to ask the employer and/or recruiter you are meeting with so that they know you are engaged and interested. It’s a fine balance though. You don’t want to go overboard and make them feel like they are under fire. So make sure to keep your list short and to the point.
Here are some example questions you can pick from: Continue reading