It’s quite a big deal when you are selected for an interview because not all job applicants are allowed to walk through a company’s door to be considered for an open position. However, once you get to this stage of the game you have to be prepared to the max! The job interview is where most candidates fail when they are trying to get hired.
Here are a few lesser-known but good interview tips you can place in your arsenal to get the job you want:
- Know your job interview strengths and weaknesses and make the most of them. For example, you may be a strong communicator but perhaps you may feel as if your education leaves a little to be desired because your grades were average. Be prepared to answer difficult questions such as why your GPA was 2.3 at a local college and redirect that question to your qualifications and success regarding real work experience. The more you concentrate on improving your weaknesses, the more prepared and confident you will be so you should consider bettering yourself as a lifelong commitment.
- Never ever talk bad about your previous employer! If you put down your previous company or supervisor, it shows you may be a problematic worker and you can probably forget about getting hired. It also shows you may be someone who is negative and full of excuses and alibis; this is exactly the type of person nobody wants to hire. Even if you had a bad experience at your previous job through no fault of your own, be positive and say something such as you felt the need for a more challenging work environment instead of how you had to leave because one worker was driving you crazy.
- Be very careful about what you post on social media. Most every single company looks at this these days before they hire someone. The last thing they need to see is a great job candidate posting half-naked pictures of last night’s party at Smoky’s Tavern complete with foul language and a Rastafarian with long dreadlocks blowing marijuana smoke in your face while cracking up! Always avoid foul language and sexual innuendo when you are exchanging messages and posts on social media. If you don’t, it can come back and haunt you in a big way.