So you think you’re not good at interviewing. Well, you didn’t walk too well the first time either.
You learned how to walk, ride a bicycle, play a musical instrument, shoot hoops, drive a car, and use a computer by practicing. The only way to become good at anything is to practice doing it. After practicing you’ll do the same thing much better than when you started. That’s because habit becomes second nature.
And I’m sure you’ve experienced that while you need to study something before doing it, you don’t really learn it until you do it.
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Therefore, just knowing interviewing techniques is not the same as having the habit of performing them when needed. Of course, you must learn some of interviewing and job finding tactics first in order to acquire the skill. It’s obvious that simply learning something isn’t enough. You must apply them when you interview for a job. To help you do that, here are three easy-to-use techniques that you can use while preparing for each interview:
You are the product that needs to be marketed and sold to potential employers. You market when you write and send out resumes, cover letters, and when you network. You sell at interviews.
So think about yourself as “You, Inc.” Become familiar with you as the product by briefing yourself with the bullet points on your resume. Practice taking about them.
Discover what the job you’re interviewing for requires
You’ll learn this by asking the person with whom you’ve set up the interview for a job description. What if you’re not able to get the job specs? Ask your interviewer at the beginning of the interview to describe the ideal candidate. Or, simply ask the person with whom you’re interviewing,”what are you looking for in the perfect candidate?”
Make the connection with your background
Match the skills you’ve been rehearsing to what the employer is looking for as stated in the job specs. It helps to think about each interview as a matching game with you doing the matching.
Practice talking about yourself
I mentioned this before by suggesting you become familiar with your achievements-the bulleted points on your résumé. I suggest you take it a step further by rehearsing out loud. When you verbalize during practice, the words will flow easier at interviews.
When it comes to practicing anything, writer Ed Macaulay put it this way:
“When you are not practicing, remember someone somewhere is practicing, and when you meet him, he will win.”
You’ll be a a winner much sooner by getting into the habit of practicing before each interview. You’ll know that practicing has paid off when those techniques you’ve practiced become second nature.