5 Ways to Prepare for a Difficult Interview

When you know that you have a tough interview coming up, it can feel like a cloud hanging over your head.  Everything depends on your performance on one particular morning.  Try not to put so much pressure on yourself.  Here are some tips that will help you ace the interview and hopefully get a job offer!

Practice.  Practicing interview questions is the best way to get it right.  Just thinking about the interview isn’t enough; you need to put yourself in a position where you are trying to sell your skills by using specific examples.  You might find it useful to videotape some of these practice sessions to help you identify any body language that you need to correct.

Be positive.  Pay attention to your self talk.  Would you speak to a friend in the way that you speak to yourself?  If you are constantly berating yourself for every little thing, you will show up at your interview beaten down with your confidence shattered.  Instead, tell yourself that you are a skilled professional with excellent experience and that any employer would be lucky to have you.

Research.  Sometimes it’s just research that differentiates the mediocre candidate from the one who is offered the job.  By doing research, you can show the employer that you are knowledgeable about the company and that you would fit in with their organizational culture.

Take care of the details.  It is often said that the devil is in the details and that holds true with interviews.  Even if you are the perfect fit for the job, you could get stuck in a traffic jam, be late for the interview and lose the opportunity.  Before the day of the interview, plan your route and decide exactly what you are going to wear.  The less you leave to chance, the better.

After you’ve done all of your practice, research and planning, you need to let it go.  Even after all of this preparation, it still might not go your way, but if you always put forth your best effort, it will eventually happen for you.

(Written by: Karen Bivand) 

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