Job interviews can be nerve wracking. Career advancement and better opportunities hinge on their success. For some candidates, nervousness becomes so prominent, it often adversely affects their success in the interview. Being really nervous during an interview can cause you to stumble over challenging and often the simplest of interview questions. You might pause awkwardly, use too many filler words, lack clarity in your responses or what we find most common, talk way too much.
Being a ‘talkaholic’ is often a side effect of nervousness that can deter you from landing your next career move. We want to help prevent this from happening to you by providing some of our quick Premier tips to help you offset some of the intensity of interview nerves, giving you a stronger shot at landing a job offer.Being a ‘talkaholic’ is often a side effect of nervousness that can deter you from landing your next career move. We want to help prevent this from happening to you by providing some of our quick Premier tips to help you offset some of the intensity of interview nerves, giving you a stronger shot at landing a job offer.
Keep it Simple: Learning how to keep your answers concise is a valuable skill that can help you improve your chances of a successful interview. As the old saying goes, sometimes less is more. Try your best to answer each question by sharing an example with a brief snapshot that lasts 2-3 minutes. Keeping your answers concise allows the interviewer to ask you more about how you have achieved your accomplishments and overcome challenges. By doing so, the interview will be more conversational, instead of talking AT your interviewer. It may be awkward, but we recommend practicing with a friend or recording yourself in a mock interview to hone in on the craft.
Be Prepared: Know your audience – research the company and practice your answers to the questions you are likely to be asked. Click here for how to answer “Tell me about yourself” If you’re not adequately prepared, you might feel pressure to make up a response on the spot and this may cause you to ramble. Think about the relevant skills and accomplishments you would like to highlight to the interviewer.
Exercise Awareness: Every Hiring Manager has their own unique style and consciously paying attention to their verbal responses as well as their body language is key. By gauging these key components, you can tactfully adjust what you share and how you share. It’s always best to exercise your best judgment.
If by the conclusion of the interview, you feel like there is still more important and relevant information you would like to share, this would be the time to do so. Here is an example:
“The information I shared with you really highlights my expertise in Sephora. However, I have also worked with Ulta and have successfully balanced both retailers consecutively. Would you like to hear about my experience with Ulta as well?”
Focus on what they need to know, not everything you know: In the interview process, its important to focus on key achievements and not every achievement that has been accomplished in your career. The best approach and technique to concise communication during the interview process is aligning your key achievements with the qualifiers of the specific job opportunity.
Make sure you understand specifically what the hiring manager is expecting by defining what key results need to be achieved and focus on highlighting your relative achievements. Try to really hone in on these key points and try to stay the course in doing so. Focusing on everything you bring to the table generally does not benefit you or the hiring manager and often it will take away from the key achievements that will help qualify you.
Good luck on your next interview! Want more advice? Click here for 3 questions you should ask your interviewer. https://premierexecutiverecruiting.com/3-must-ask-questions-for-your-interview/
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