If you’ve ever walked into a job interview with butterflies in your stomach and anxiety that felt like it was going to ruin your chances before you got started, you aren’t alone.
Not to worry because we’re going to show you how to nail an interview, how to find jobs that play to your strengths, and how to nail this job interview game.
Finding Jobs That Match Your Skills
Your chances of landing a job interview and getting hired are better, when you are looking for jobs that match your qualifications and skills.
Searching for jobs isn’t easy; especially if you want to cut to the chase, and make sure you are applying for jobs that match your skill strength.
By doing so you’ll save yourself a lot of time and increase the likelihood of being called for an interview and later landing the job.
There are a number of resources available for you. Let’s have a look at a few.
1. Family, Friends, Ex-Colleagues
Don’t overlook the people you know who can be an invaluable source of information when it comes to who is hiring. In these tough economic times many companies don’t even advertise relying strictly on word of mouth.
2. Employment Agencies
Registering with any one of the many employment agencies will give you an opportunity to find employment opportunities that match your skills and experience. Postings can be for full time, part time, and temporary positions.
3. The Internet
Here’s a powerful tool that can help you locate jobs in your local area or half way across the world.
You can find many sites that offer job placement and recruiter services. You can quickly and easily search by job type, job skills, experience, and a host of other criteria that will help you narrow down your search and help you nail an interview.
Headhunters have been matching workers with jobs since long before the internet.
They are in touch with employers on a regular basis and do an excellent job of serving professionals looking to make a career move.
5. Local Newspapers
Newspapers are still a common method of advertising jobs at a local level.
These jobs can be part time, temporary, or full time, and generally for positions located within the geographic area the newspaper services.
Further reading with useful tips: How to find a job
How to Nail the Job Interview Game
Great, the phone rings and you have an interview.
That means you are one-step closer to getting the job. But how can you be sure? Read on to find out how to nail and ace the interview game.
Where to Begin
Research the company, the products, the industry, and just about anything else that’s relevant.
The internet can make it much easier to find information. Most companies have at least a website. Try to find out who will be doing the interviewing and then research them online. Get a copy of the job description in advance.
Finally, think of four accomplishments you are proud of. Memorize them and quantify them in a manner the interviewer will understand. For example, I reduced theft by 40% within 6 months saving the company $40,000.
Tips for Nailing the Interview
- Always wear business attire, cover tattoos, and remove visible piercings.
- Bring extra copies of your resume, a notepad, and pen.
- Greet the receptionist with a smile and warm hello, and everyone else you meet along the way.
- Start with a strong handshake.
- Take a deep breath and watch your body language.
- Always make eye contact
- Laugh if the interviewer jokes, smile lots, and keep your positive energy flowing.
- Watch your English – avoid worlds like “ah,” “um,” “like,” and “OK.” Always use complete sentences and avoid rushing to answer the question.
- Use powerful words like “My goal,” or “I am confident,” which show you are confident.
- Ask questions, but no salary questions during the first interview unless the interviewer brings them up.
Further reading with useful tips: Job Interview advice and tips
“Hit the nail on the head and nail your interview.”