Posted March 3, 2011 by Adam Toren in City Guides

Job Interview Strategies

Once you have a few interviews set up, you will need to practice your interview skills and prepare. Employers are looking for people who have a positive attitude, who are motivated, enthusiastic and knowledgeable, and who possess excellent communication skills.

The employer wants to know that you understand and have researched the company before you even walk in the door, so make sure you look over their website or other sources before going to the interview. They are looking for people who have a stable work history and who are truly interested in the position. It is also very important to dress appropriately for the interview as first impressions are everything in business. Hygiene is also very important when attending an interview. The most important tactic of all in an interview is to be yourself and be honest about your skills and what you can offer to the company.  Always tell them that even if you don’t know something you will do your best to find out. Be confident, trust in yourself and your work experience. Follow these top 10 interview tips and get the job of your dreams.

Tip # 1: Figure out your Main Goals
State your objective on your resume and make sure you memorize it as well. If your interviewer asks you what you are looking for in a job this will be your immediate answer. Be clear on what you want and state it sincerely to your interviewer. Interviewers want to know that you are clear in what you want from a company or job.

Tip #2: Make sure you Connect the Dots
If your interviewer has your resume in their hand or has had it for a few days or more, they more than likely have seen where you have studied, where you have worked and what courses you have taken. Tell them what you learned in each course or previous job.

Tip #3: Be Honest
Always be honest with your interviewer. If you were previously let go from your last job or fired then tell them. They will respect you for being honest and probably won’t get into any details. Do not show any anger or bitterness about what happened in the past. Move forward honestly.

Tip #4: Have a Game Plan
When your interviewer asks you where you want to be in 5 or 10 years give them an answer that sounds realistic. Even if you don’t really know where you want to be, think of something concise that sounds reasonable. By all means do not say you want their job.

Tip #5: Be Strong
Be confident and express all of your strengths in a positive manner. Your interviewer will want to see that you are not afraid to say what you excel in. This will make you come across as motivated, honest and confident.

Tip #6: Always be Prepared
Make sure you have an idea of what you are going to answer and what you will tell the interviewer. It is a good idea to do some mock interviews with friends or family before you go to the actual interview. If you are prepared you will most likely get the job.

Tip #7: Turn your Weaknesses into Positives
If you have a few weaknesses and you get asked this in the interview, make sure you make the weakness sound like a positive trait. You can say you are a workaholic or that you are obsessive about having a clean and organized work space.

Tip #8: Ask the Interviewer
When you are in the interview make sure you ask questions. Usually the interviewer will ask you if you have any questions at the end of the interview.  Make sure you have thought of a few questions to ask before or during the interview. Ask about the company, history, or anything else that sounds intelligent.

Tip #9: Set Standards
A company wants to hire people that are motivated and who have standards in their lives. They want people who have values and morals. Stand up for what you want and say how much you are dedicated to your work, family and so on.

Tip #10: The Salary Question
Make sure you are paid what you are worth. You can save this question for the end of the interview. You are not the only one being interviewed as you are trying to figure out if you want to work for the company as well. You have every right to find out the salary in the first interview. Always act as though you have many interviews lined up and do not show any desperation.


Adam Toren

Adam Toren
Adam Toren is born and raised in Vancouver BC and loves everything Vancouver BC has to offer. He loves traveling and exploring new and unique restaurants and places around the world.