Ace That Interview: How You Can Get That Job You Want

Dec 23, 2021 | Lifestyle

Interviews are the bridges between you and your dream job. Some connect you with them and some are awful enough to burn. One always feels both excitement and fear while going for an interview. The credit goes to a series of intense questioning and judging you by the answers. The pressure’s bound to create tension.

But it doesn’t have to be like that. The goal of all interviews is to extract information about your skills and knowledge about the subject. It allows the employer to know you better, not personally but professionally. It all boils down to a single question – whether you’re beneficial to the company or not.

Therefore, everything you say should point towards the fact that you’re a suitable candidate who can enhance the company’s profits by working there.

1. Why are interviews conducted?

The purpose of an interview is for the organization to see if you’re a good fit for them, but it goes both ways. In an interview, you also figure out whether the company is a good fit for you.

Most interviewees spend the whole-time answering questions to please the interviewer. They keep their benefits aside just to get the job. This is the wrong approach. You should carefully listen and answer questions and cross-question if required. This shows your curiosity and interest in the company which puts you in good light.

2.  What should you focus on?

During an interview, there are three main goals that you should focus on:

Your answers should not be focused merely on making a good impression. Interviewing is a practical task to yank out a candidate whom the company can invest money on. Making interviewers laugh by being funny, talking as if you’re too good for them, and showing off unnecessarily never works.

3.  What should I put on my resume?

You can’t go to an interview without your resume. Interviewers look closely at everything you’ve done and achieved along with your education. This is a summary of your knowledge and experience that’s meant to help the interviewer. Some require resumes where you can attach your certificates and talk about all the special courses you’ve taken.

If you’re going for the job of a trainer, you’ll need some certificates of training. If you don’t have them, you can always take online courses that give certificates. Good courses that offer Cert 3 and 4 in fitness online cost anywhere around $150-$200, for example.

4.  What are the common questions in interviews?

For easy understanding, let’s assume that these questions are for the role of a content editor.

 Asking about the experience is common. A grave mistake is talking about everything you’ve done from cheerleading and singing to all small and big jobs and internships you did. Interviewers need to know how your experience can help their tasks. The answer to this question would be…

Answer: “I’ve worked as a freelance content writer for three years, during which I worked with many influential companies in various niches. Then I moved to proofreading and editing. I worked with A. B and C companies who were my top retainer clients. Now, I’m looking for a full-time job where I can concentrate my efforts on one company. I’m sure I’ll apply all the knowledge I’ve gained this year.”

Just as interviewees listen to this, they start pondering on everything they want to do with life. But they’re not interested in all that. This question is strictly professional. So, you must answer accordingly.

Answer: “I would like to be in a higher position like a chief content manager at a respectable organization like yours. By then, I would’ve learned a lot and I’ll be able to handle bigger projects where I’ll guide teams and drive results. I might have a family by then, so I aspire to be a good role model for them.”

This is a trick question. It might seem simple and you’d be tempted to say that you don’t have any. But this can cause them to think that you’re not curious enough. It is a new organization after all and everyone has questions and expectations.

Prepare a short list of questions or queries about the company and the job ask them politely. It always adds weight to your side as they think that you’ve researched well about the role and tasks that come with it. Don’t be afraid and cross-question if required.

In an interview, answering questions will only get you so far. Practice body language and polite conversation so you may avoid any awkwardness. Remember, the interviewer has interviewed many candidates before you and they will do that after you so they understand that people are nervous. So, don’t try to be perfect. Just be confident and speak your mind.


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