After sending out lots of resumes to different companies, it is so nice to hear back from a company who wants to see if there's potentially a good fit. The obvious goal for any job is hopefully to get hired. In order to get hired, there are a few skills to master before setting foot in the door of the interviewer's office. A résumé does some of the work, but a person can make or break their experience based on their presentation. Consider these five helpful skills before embarking upon that first interview.
One of the most valued gifts people can give one another is an attentive ear. In communication, it is so easy to get caught up in conveying a message and miss what the other person is saying. When a person feels like their perspective is heard, they are more likely to return the favor. In an interview setting, it is important to ask questions and really hear what the interviewer is conveying in terms of what the company really needs in an employee and what is really required to fill in the gaps.
2. Organizational Skills
People who are naturally messy covet the skill of being organized. For a company to work at peak performance, it is important to maintain a sense of organization. There are different ways a prospective job-seeker can portray their organizational skills. One of the ways is through their appearance. Being well-groomed doesn't require a ton of money. Some hair gel, an ironed dress shirt and buffed shoes will deliver the message clearly. When a person takes good care of themselves and their appearance, it delivers an air of ease and preparedness. During the interview, pull out a pen and take a few notes. This action communicates to a boss that the job is already being taken care of. There is a sense of attentiveness and interest displayed.
3. Communication Skills
One of the biggest phobias for many people involves public speaking. It is so easy to get tongue-tied and nervous in front of other people. When money, potential job opportunities and career growth are on the line, it can be even more daunting to eloquently communicate. However, it is so important to practice this skill before walking through the door. Certain tricks can help with communicating such as flash cards and rehearsing a bunch of potential talking points. Within communication, some of the most crucial forms are negotiation and persuasion. While negotiation training may not be vital for a first interview, it is important to still start. If a job is offered, it is great to negotiate the compensation package, requirements and expectations for the position. Persuasion, however, is a lot more useful at the first interview because a person must persuade the interviewer that they're worth hiring.
There's nothing worse than talking with someone about a really serious topic that concerns their future and they're totally unprepared. This is what happens in many job interviews. It is very disrespectful to walk into an interview without any knowledge of the company's culture, goals or operating system. When a man is interested in a woman, he seeks to find out all he can about her so they can have some common ground on their first date. He doesn't just show up expecting her to do all the work. He comes in with an arsenal of research and questions. This research shows the woman that the man is interested past one date and looking more towards future goals. The same concept goes for a job. When a prospective job seeker shows up with no real understanding of what the job entails or what the company stands for, it is very difficult to take them seriou
sly. Researching the company and learning more about the company culture is a great start for a first interview. This shows an employer that this person takes initiative and will work to find answers on his or her own.
5. Mental Acumen
For the person who deals with nervous energy in stressful situations, one of the best ways to master a job interview involves conquering the mindset first. Think about mind over matter. Once the interview starts, make a commitment to be present and alert in the room. An interviewee shouldn't mentally stress over all that could go wrong or what they can't wait to do once they leave the office. Be present and engage the interviewer. Engagement helps to draw the person in and helps set a different pace for the meeting.
With practice, preparedness, and the clarity of mind and speech, a job interview is easy to master. These tactics along with a great resume and work ethic will take any prospective applicant very far.