I get so nervous before a job interview!
Nothing derails a potential relationship like insecurity. Thoughts such as “they’ll never hire me”, “I look terrible”, “this interview won’t be good” will telegraph to your interviewer and become self-fulfilling. Concentrate on projecting that you will get the job, that you do look sharp and that you’re going to excel at the interview.
It doesn’t matter if I come across kinda rude at first, does it? After all, people usually warm to me!
Your interview starts the second you step foot in the door. The first impression you give will be what’s remembered – and often will determine whether you’re asked back for a second interview. Dress conservatively and make sure everything’s looks perfect.
I’ve heard that you don’t want to look too eager to get the job, like it’s no big deal. Is that true?
Oh, dear. No. Employers not only want to hire staff who can do the work, but also staff that enjoy what they do and make the workplace a pleasant place to be. In your interview your tone of voice and responses will demonstrate your interest in the position and the enthusiasm you’ll bring to work everyday. Make sure this comes forward.
Job interviewers are there to trip me up and make me feel stupid, aren’t they?
There might be a few out there who are awful, but most job interviewers want to see you at your best, not your worst. The goal of every interview is to identify the strengths and weaknesses of each candidate to determine the right person for the job. You should be prepared to not only explain your successes, but also to explain those times when success was elusive. Prepare ahead of time by identifying difficult questions which might be asked and write concise, accurate and straightforward answers. This preparation will prevent you from being caught off-guard and potentially losing the job.
Is it okay for me to ask questions of them?
Absolutely! Remember: not only is the employer interviewing you – you should also be interviewing them to determine if the company and the position are right for you. By asking questions you’ll leave with a better understanding of the job. In addition, the questions you ask will show your interest in the position and your ability to communicate effectively in stressful situations.
Can I ask how much the job pays?
If you’re interviewing for a position through us, you don’t have to ask! We’ll let you know how much the job pays so you can focus on the fit between you and the company when you interview with them. If you’re interviewing on your own, you can ask, but do so in a casual manner: “What’s sort of compensation did you have in mind for the position?” And if you do ask, be sure it’s after you’ve made a great impression with them.
Will I look weird if I ask them how the interview went?
A better question to ask is what the next step in the process is. That shows you’re interested in the job and you respect their process and their timeline.
Is it okay to send a thank-you note afterward?
In today’s hectic, impersonal business culture a simple handwritten note following your interview will leave a strong positive impression with your interviewer. That said, an email will do the job just fine as well. In the note, thank the interviewer for their time, reiterate your interest in the position and reinforce the key strengths you offer. Be brief and make it well written.