Getting an appointment for a job interview after sending out your resume can be very exciting. However, thinking about the interview can make some people get knots in their stomach. But don’t worry! With a bit of practice and preparation, you’ll slay that runway and score a job as easy as pie.
There are four main points you should focus on while preparing for the job interview: your personality, your strengths, your experience and how your goals align with the job position.
Describing your personality
At every job interview, determining whether the interviewee (yes, it’s you) will be a good fit with the company’s existing team is what every interviewer is looking to find out. It means this is time to show them who you are and why they need to hire you. Here are some key-words you should consider:
You should say: “I’m easy-going” or “I’m an easy-going person”.
Or you can use an intensifier like very, extremely, really to add punch, like “I’m very trustworthy” or “I’m an extremely focused employee.”
Describing your strengths
Since you are applying for a job that requires certain skills, it is obvious that the interviewer wants to know what you’re good at. A good tip for you: explain what you can do well, but make sure that fits the job descriptions.
Some common skills managers look for:
- Perform to a deadline
- Work well in an international environment and with people from all over the world
- Speak foreign languages
You can say, “My strength is/are my ability to problem solve/be enthusiastic/speak fluent English.”
Describing your experience
If your previous jobs can bring some valuable experience to the new position, it is beneficial to mention them. Your educational background can also be an important to highlight depending on the job you are applying for.
Here are some phrases you can use:
- I have more than 5 years of experience as an accountant.
- I studied at UCLA in the US for my bachelor’s degree in………..
It is important that you know your CV/Resume well. Imagine how awkward it will be if you can’t answer the questions regarding your CV/Resume. Therefore, be prepared to run through and explain the main points you have in the CV/Resume. If the interviewer asks, use this time to elaborate on what you have and give them some extra points that you can’t put on the CV/Resume.
Describing your goals and why you want this job
You have told the interviewer why you are the key element for this position. Now it’s time to let them know how this job will benefit you. Applicants who know what they want and have clear goals for the future are more attractive to the interviewer.
These phrases can help:
- I feel my skill set is a perfect fit for your team and I can contribute by…
- I’m looking to further my skills in early childhood education.
- I want to further my career in administration.
You should practice saying it out loud at home because having some thoughts in your mind is different from actually saying it, word by word.
Practice, be prepared and make sure you give them 100% of what you have. You can earn the job you dream for.