How to Win at Job Interviews – Before They Even Start

So you’ve sent in your resume and were contacted for a job interview. Now what?

The job hunt is a nerve wracking time for everybody. Our confidence, happiness, and comfort levels do not stay stagnant in the midst of the job search process. When we get contacted for an interview, it is common for us to feel contentment. You now have your foot in the door, and have to finish what you started in a strong manner.

A common thing to forget during the interview process is that the things you do, think, and say before your interview are all taken into account. How you correspond through email and phone are your chances to set a good first impression for your interviewees.

As you correspond with your potential employers in the time leading up to your interview, you need to remember that your interviewees are people just like all others. These people have feelings of competition, guilt, jealousy, and love. In order to make your interviewees fall in love with you, you need to keep in mind the following.


Match Their Tone and Energy


You will get emails and phone calls to schedule interview in a variety of packages. Sometimes the emails will be congratulatory, and sometimes the emails will be robotic and perhaps a little rude and intimidating. Take the emails and phone calls that you receive as information about the company culture.

If the correspondence from your potential employer is of upbeat nature, then you must make your responses match that energy. When you match the energy of the correspondence from your interviewees, you show that you will fit into the company culture.

Make sure your correspondence is smooth, and take signs from your interviewees for when to lead and when to listen. Show that you can adapt to their tone and energy levels before and during the interview.


Never Be Surprised


You may be applying to the company of your dreams, or you may discover that they company you thought was great turns out to be a dump. Never show what your findings are related to the company that you are interviewing for. Never act like you like you don’t belong (out of nervousness) in a company which seems great, and never think of yourself as better than the company which seems like a terrible place to work.

Never being surprised at the results of your findings on a company is also a sign that you have been there and done that. It is a sign that you will be ready to put in valuable work right away and be an asset to the company from the get-go.


Think From Your Employers Perspective


Setting up an interview is a team effort whether you know it or not. You cannot force somebody to be at a certain location during a certain time, so them completing their end of the bargain well is crucial.

This one is a little broad, but make sure you are always thinking from an employers perspective. If given a choice to select interview times, think about how you would feel interviewing somebody at different times of day. We are hungry before lunch, drowsy in the morning, and inattentive right before the end of the business day.

Know that the people who are contacting you and setting up an interview are doing the same to potentially hundreds of people. Make the process easier for them, send them the information that they need promptly, and answer all questions clearly.

Make it seem like you understand their perspective from the get-go and they will know that you will understand it when the going gets tough in the workplace. Show that you are able to work as part of a team before and during your interview.

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