The job search can be a challenging process. When you’ve been looking for a while, you can start to feel let down and even a little angry. If you’re frustrated by your job search, now can be an excellent time to take a step back and figure out some new strategies. If you are getting interviews but not job offers, what can you do to improve your chances of being hired? There are a few simple things you can change that can help you perform better in an interview.
Don’t Try to Give the Right Answer
Candidates often make the same mistake. They answer with something they think the interviewer wants to hear. Don’t stress too much over giving the “right” answer. Instead, focus on providing an honest and genuine response. When you try to match what you think the interview wants, you are likely to make mistakes along the way.
Sell Yourself for the Job
An interview is an opportunity to sell your skills and ability for a potential job. Too many people view it as a necessary evil and will give simple answers, but this is your time to shine. It’s a sales opportunity. Share what makes you unique as a candidate. Tell stories that help the interviewer understand how you’ve succeeded in past positions.
It’s also crucial that you ask questions of your own in the interview. Avoid the wrong questions such as “what does your company do.” Instead, focus on questions that can help you get a feeling for the company itself. A great question to consider is asking the interviewer, “What do you like most about working here?”
Engage in a Conversation
Remember that an interview is an exchange of ideas, not just an interrogation. Don’t answer with simple yes or no to questions. Elaborate and engaged with the hiring manager. This is a conversation, so be active in it and share details and expound on ideas when you can. Show your personality to make the conversation more comfortable, so the employer knows the person they will work with after making a job offer.
Are you looking for your next interview and job offer? Contact the team at ProStaff to learn more today.