3 Step Guide to Better Interviews
Gone are the days where you can graduate college/university and walk into a job with nothing more than your degree. Recruiters are now skimming hundreds of resumes for volunteer work, internships, additional courses, and anything else that can set you apart from the plethora of well educated individuals. While managing to land a job interview is a feat in its own, successfully getting the job is a whole new ballgame.
Trust me when I say that I have had my fair share of terrible interviews
1. Do Your Research.
So, you have managed to get an interview. Congratulations! Obviously you have the necessary skills, but now you need to learn what it is exactly that the recruiters are looking for. Lucky for you, the internet makes it easy!
- Search the positions on linked in – know what kind of people/experience have that position
- Research background info on the company, know their values/mission and how you could fit
2. Prepare Your Answers and Practice Out Loud
Being prepared may seem like cliche advise, however preparedness is not to be taken lightly.
- Look up questions specific/typical to that job
- Write down potential answers
- Practice reading them outloud to create a more natural sound
- Know what you’re saying and make it authentic
3. Ask Questions.
The number one thing people often forget to do is ask the recruiters questions. While you may feel as though asking questions makes you seem unprepared, recruiters see this as an opportunity to understand your interest in the position. While questions are encouraged, make sure that the questions you are asking about are meaningful and worth the time
- Ask job specific, not general – i.e. what do you forsee as the biggest challenge?
So, you got rejected. It hurts right? Really sucks? Feels not so great? Jobs. Relationships. Everything else that got away. We have all been there. Rejection isn’t easy, but it certainly doesn’t have to be as difficult as we often make it out to be. The way in which you respond to it can determine your future. Are you going to allow it to hold you back, or will you utilize the chance to grow stronger, more resilient, and better prepared the next time?
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1. Reframe the Rejection
The easiest thing you can do when faced with rejection is to slip into the “I’m so stupid” mentality. Approaching your defeat with this attitude is only going to hold you down. If you aren’t there to lift yourself up, no one else will be either. It’s important in these times, to reaffirm the efforts you have made and remember, “I pushed myself to my limits”. By exercising this compassion you can begin to see the new possibilities provided by this misfortune.
2. Do Not Let It Define Your Limitations
A single case of rejection (or perhaps more than one) is not indicative of the end. Not getting the job you wanted, or being rejected by the one you ‘love’ does not discredit who you are as a person or the skills and attributes you have to offer the world. It is not the end.
Remember, one incident or individual is not reflective of all that you have and are.
3. Seek the Learning Opportunity
Rejection doesn’t have to be the end. In fact, rejection can serve as a humbling experience because it reminds you that you don’t know/have everything. With the right mindset, rejection can serve as an opportunity for motivation to do and be better.
Yes. You lost opportunity x or person y, but what did you learn? What can you do differently next time? And what is it that you want?
Rejection is hard and it hurts, but it’s certainly not the end. Revaluate, appreciate, and always persevere.