Getting Over Yourself

June 23, 2014

3 things to focus on in a job interview

Filed under: Tips — Barbara Rocha @ 10:19 am
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One thing definitely not to focus on is yourself. Or on trying to get the job. Because maybe it’s not the right place for you and you (and they) would be miserable if you did get it.

A job interview is a two-way street–you’re interviewing each other to see if it’s a good fit.

So, Number 1, focus on listening to what they’re saying rather than on how you’re going to answer. It makes a huge difference in how you come across and what you actually say.

Number 2, go into the interview expecting to do your best. Worrying about how well you’re going to “perform” will keep them from seeing what you have to offer and make you look timid, uncertain, or inept. Focus on how you might be of help to this organization.

Number 3 be clear that you don’t need this job. You can then focus on if this is a good fit. You’ll ask better questions, give better answers, and be your best self.

Imagine for a moment having a job that you really like and don’t want to leave, but that you’d like to see what else is going on in your field. With that in mind, you make an appointment for a job interview. How well do you think you’ll do in that interview? Will you be easy? Comfortable? Responsive?

Contrast that with your attitude and demeanor in a job interview if you’ve been out of work for a couple of years.

You need to take your attitude from that first scenario into every job interview so they can see you at your best.

Get some support for your interview with this YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJHsSxUSEpE

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