So you want a new job, or you are applying for a job that you have in mind. You think to yourself, “If only I could work here”. You feel nervous, and start to doubt yourself! (Don’t do that), you’re a boss! Be cool, calm and confident.
First off don’t be nervous (try not to be nervous). Easier said than done. Talk yourself up and have confidence. Tell yourself you deserve this job, and practice positively. Write 10 things down about yourself that you know applies to your work ethic. What am I good at? For example, “I have people skills, I am good with people, and I have good communication”, or “I am hardworking, I don’t leave at in the evening until the job is done”. Think of the compliments you have had throughout your work history, and think of those. Hype yourself up. The more confident you are, the better you will do. They will probably ask you why you think you a great candidate for the job. Write down 10 reasons why you think you should have this job, and why you deserve it.
- I am a great leader, I influence people for the better
- I am a hard worker, and I have not called in sick, in over a year.
- I know what is expected of me, I know what needs to be done, and I do it.
- I am a great team player
- I have people skills and know how to get along with various personality types.
- I have problem solving skills, and can find a resolutions.
- I have job experience for this many years in ___________.
- I get complimented on such and such in my previous job.
You should also write down questions that you would like to ask about the job and company, and be prepared for your interview. You should do some online research about the company online, and read reviews from customers, on google review, and look on Indeed.com and glassdoor.com, to see what you may be in for. This might put your mind more at ease.
You should tell the interviewer how great you are but don’t talk too much, and over do it. Make sure when you speak that you get straight to the point, be clear, but at the same time, answer questions completely, and get your point across. Make it short and sweet. Make it simple. Don’t go on and on.
I remember when I was 18 years old and I was applying for Kohls. I was so nervous, I could barely talk. The manager giving me the interview was rude. I didn’t get the job. Interviewing is a skill. By the time I was 20, I had a great job, I was a supervisor and making decent money. Have a good friend or relative pretend to interview you so that you can practice this skills.
Pretend that the person interviewing you is one of your good friends, so that you can speak, and answer questions confidently. You will be more at ease. Don’t imagine them in their underwear, you might start laughing. Be friendly with her boss that is conducting your interview. Firm hand shake, a “nice to meet you”, and “thank you for having me”.
Sell yourself, but don’t be fake or arrogant. The talking yourself up is for confidence for the interview. Remember this is an appointment for them to meet you, and see if you have the skills to qualify for the job. Assure them that you are more than capable, and will be a great addition to the team. Tell them that you work hard, don’t call off, and get the job done. Basically explain that you will work hard for them, and do what is expected. Explain what you did at your previous job, what you excelled on, and what you can do for their company. Do not forget to make a resume, where you sell yourself as well. Be sure to include if you were a good student, if you volunteer.
They are going to ask you why you are leaving your previous employer. This is a hard one be careful. For example, I am going to a job interview, I am going to say that their location is closer to my house, and I know about their company, and that I think their company is great, and would love to be a part of their team.
They may ask you what your goals are in life, and at their company. Be honest and be ready to answer.
Make sure you are dressed well, on time, and pumped to land your new job.
Try to get an old co-worker, supervisor, or manager to write you a letter of recommendation. This will increase your chances.
If you do not hear back from the employer, call or email back, to see if you got the job. Then they will know you are interested. If you do not land the job, do not let it “rain on your parade”. You must try again to get that job that you want. Build your confidence up again, and write down positive attributes about yourself, and what you contribute to the work place. Tell yourself that you can and you will do this, no matter if this is your 2nd interview or your 10th. It is their loss that they didn’t hire you not yours. You can find something better. Do not get yourself down and out if you didn’t get the job, and that this employee didn’t think you were the best fit, because another place will! Keep on keeping on, do not give up!
P.S. is there really a “dream job”, retiring and traveling the world sounds like a dream for me….