Some of the most honest communication happens through expressions and gestures rather than words. The mouth might say one thing while the body is telling a different story. These nonverbal cues help contribute to understanding how a person is really feeling. Knowing how to read a candidate is important in hiring situations.
Putting yourself out there in a competitive job market can be intimidating and stressful. However, if you go in there with the right attitude in showing that you are prepared, professional, and easy to talk to, then it can be a positive experience for both you and (hopefully) your future employer. To set yourself above the rest and have a better chance of securing the job, here are some interview tips on how to be a good interviewee:
Searching for a job and watching the door close in your face time after time can be frustrating. You worked for hours on your resume and thought you aced the interview, but still no job. Don’t give up. Of course, sometimes everything was right, but there were multiple people in your position, and the company could only choose one. On the flip side, there could be some reasons why and a way to improve your chances. Read about the most common reasons candidates don’t make the cut.
Creating a resume can be a daunting task. What jobs should you include? What rules should you be following? Should everything fit on one page, or two?
You just got off the phone with the hiring manager of a job you applied for, and he/she wants to see you for an interview. Congratulations! Making it to the interview stage is something to celebrate, but still far from landing the job. Before you let the real celebration begin, you need to prove you are as good as you sound on paper. When you walk into that room, you want to make the best impression you can from the moment the hiring manager sees you.
Are you able to identify more than just your technical skills in an interview? Employers look for candidates who are not only capable workers but are also cooperative workers. A robust set of soft skills are highly valuable in the eyes of an interviewer. You acquire technical skills through training and experience (operating and driving machinery, set up machine and light facilities, keep daily logs, etc.). Soft skills are transferable skills that relate to communication, personality, and character. Employers value soft skills because you can teach someone how to perform a task, but you can’t instruct someone how to have good character traits.
There’s something extra nerve-wracking about interviewing for a job via online video. It’s hard to replace the intuition you feel when being in the same room as someone, and while you already have nerves wrecking your brain, you could continuously worry about sound, picture quality, and other technical glitches along with the usual job interview jitters.
Going in for a job interview is scary enough even when everything goes right! In the spirit of Halloween, we’d like to share some interview nightmares that you or someone you know might have experienced and some ways to gracefully come out unscathed (and still have a chance at the job).