25 things you can learn from interviews and finally land your dream job

There are many books on interview skills and you can learn from. By all means look around for what works for you. Disregard anything that you can’t apply and focus on things that you can use that will lead to success.


  1. How well you have done in the past jobs is not important. As long as you have done fine, the most important thing is how well you can tell the stories and highlight your strengths in the job for which you are being interviewed. In your current role develop stories of your successes and failures that you can use to impress the panel for your next interview.


  1. Preparation is the key to success is everything and succeeding at interviews is no exception. Put yourself in the position of the panel and try to predict from the information that you have the type of person they are looking for. This will tune your mind to presenting yourself in a way that the panel can relate to easily.


  1. Anticipate the questions that the panel is likely to ask and prepare and rehearse your answers thoroughly. Repetition is the key to deliberate practice at getting better.


  1. When you are being interviewed it is like speaking to an audience. To do it well you have to enhance and refine your public speaking skills. You’ll get better with practice and a bit of foresight.


  1. You are the product and you are selling yourself. You need to give your sales pitch and then close the sale and ask for the job.


  1. Throughout your career and life you will always be selling something. Work daily on your sales skills. Keeping improving and getting to higher and higher level.


  1. Visualise yourself answering the questions perfectly, brilliantly and confidently. See the panel responding to you favourable and enjoying your answers. Focus on the feeling of being successful at interview and getting that job. Try to relax and then visualise when you wake up in the morning and before you go to bed at night and as often as you feel it is beneficial.


  1. All the phases of the interview are important, the arrival, introduction, meeting various people, body language, dress code, answering questions, asking the panel questions, negotiating terms and conditions and pay, leaving the interview and follow of letter of appreciation for being given the opportunity for an interview. These segments need to be rehearsed and perfected separately and then brought together to make the final picture.


  1. Prepare from the perspective that you are already in the role. In your description and examples you are giving the panel a glimpse of your future.


10. You will then be presenting a future success perspective. Despite the rehearsals and practice you must be flexible and adjust to the situation. Come up with potential deviations from the norm and then practice dealing with these in a confident way. This will prepare you for the unconventional questions.


  1. When you are speaking to a panel member or a person names in the invitation they may be asked about your and what they think of you. The initial contact and informal meetings are also part of the interview or the sales process and need to be planned and practiced.


  1. Amplify your strengths to a point but never lie or over exaggerate. Tell stories that show off your strengths. If asked about your weaknesses then mention ones that could be assets and those where you have learned from and got better.


  1. Always prepare questions that you can ask which highlight your interests in the role and your competence for the role for which you are being interviewed. Have the questions written down and handy so you can look at them before the interview. Do your homework and ask relevant questions.


  1. Research the background expertise of panel members if their names are known. This ensures that during the interview process you can involve them and perhaps give genuine complements. Knowledge of their expertise or activities will make you appear prepared and make you appealing to them.


  1. Be impeccable in your appearance. Take extra care of your hair, shoes, dress/suit, shirt etc. Dress up and look your very best in every way. Have a high standard. First impressions count.


  1. In many cases a presentation is a part of the interview process. Make sure that your visual aids are up to standard and that you can use them easily and are comfortable with them. Be accurate and clear.


  1. Check you environment and make whatever adjustments you need to make before the presentation.


  1. Be confident and if you are not feeling confident then act as if you are confident. Move your body in a confident manner and then you will start feeling confident. Your mind will follow your body. Project this confidence in what you say and how you gesture and move.


  1. Do not make things up or fabricate things because experienced interviewers will see through this and if you questioned in depth you will look student instead of intelligent. Admitting something you don’t know shows honesty and integrity. it builds trust.


  1. Develop your presence and make sure you own the space and you grab attention of the panel or audience. Always be in control of what you are saying and doing.

Interview is an opportunity also for you to learn about the organisation, people, culture and products. Ask intelligent questions to get the information you need. If you are offered the job you will need to make a decision. The better informed you are the better will be your decision.


  1. Arrive early for the interview. Give yourself time to take in the surroundings, acclimatise to the place and relax. Never be late. Always aim to get to the place an hour early even if you do not enter the building but are close enough to get to the place in 5-10 minutes.


  1. Develop a rapport with the panel. Match and mirror their body language, tonality and common phrases they are using. People like people who are like themselves. Always be confident but never arrogant. Be polite and respectful. Don’t talk down to anyone. It’s rude and distasteful.


  1. Be positive about the role and the organisation you want to work for now. Say nice things about your current work place and the people you work with now. Never criticise your current bosses, colleagues, people who work for you or your role.


  1. Always look for and present the positives – Interview is a great learning experience despite the fact that it can be nerve wracking. You learn a lot about yourself, your prospective new employers, market in which they operate and contributions you have made in your current work place. The key to success is to keep improving, learning and persisting until you succeed. Like me you are likely to fail more times than you succeed. The higher your ambition the more failures you will encounter. The more failures you have the more you can learn and eventually you will succeed and prosper. You can have hundreds of failures but you need only one success. Only your successes count, failures will be forgotten.


  1. Share you interview experience with other in the comments section.

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