How to Prepare for a Job interview?
Job Interviews are like a nightmare! it can cause a person go back to their first ever Job interview and can cause them to stay stunned with a frozen tongue. So how do we get over the fear of not being good enough in the interview? By preparing and wearing what I always say “Confidence”.
The content on your resume is yours and the interviewer doesn’t know it until you don’t talk about it. Honestly in multiple Job interviews I have not even looked at the entire CV, I am speaking from a manager’s point of view, over the years I have realised that resume is one of the most manipulated things ever.
At the end of the day what you speak in the job interview is what matters. So, when you talk about your job experience make sure you know the background and are honest about it you can exaggerate a little but make sure you have enough back up for your exaggeration.
Now, talking about describing your strengths and weaknesses in a job interview. You may always want to use a sandwich technique this is a term that I have learnt throughout my training career whenever you talk about Good not so good and then good again it creates a great impact on people.
And gets balanced out what I quote here is that you may want to start with your strength’s first, then pick up weakness’s and then talk about your strength’s all over again and say that you are everyday trying to balance out on the weaknesses and working on it effectively (Pro tip : Don’t just say it also willingly go ahead to work on it) take up the criticism, if no one criticizes you do self-analysis, always scrutinize yourself, go ahead and ask for feedback and then work on it.
Please think before responding in the past I had asked someone about their weakness and they said their family is their weakness, it is a great weakness to have as a great person but professionally and I don’t think you must talk about this in an interview.
Now, Assess your weaknesses:
Let’s start with the most difficult: your weaknesses. This is probably the most feared part of the question. Everyone has weaknesses, but who wants to admit them, especially in an interview?
Here are some examples of weaknesses that you might mention:
- Being too critical of yourself
- Try to please everyone
- Do not know the latest software
The best way to deal with this issue is to minimize the trait and emphasize the positive. Select a line and propose a solution to overcome your weakness. Stay away from personal qualities and focus more on professional traits. For example: “I’m proud to be a guy who has a great image. I must admit that I sometimes miss small details, but I always make sure to have someone who has the sense of detail in my team.
Evaluate your strengths:
When it comes time to boast, you must be precise. Evaluate your skills to identify your strengths. It is an exercise that is worth doing before any job interview. Make a list of your soft-skills, dividing them into three categories:
Knowledge-based skills: acquired through education and experience (eg computer skills, languages, diplomas, training and technical skills).
Transferable Skills: Transferable skills that you transfer from job to job (for example, communication and human relations skills, analytical problem solving and planning skills)
Personal Characteristics: Your special qualities (eg, work ethics, honesty, reliable, flexible, friendly, hardworking, expressive, formal, punctual and team player).
Here are some examples of assets that you could mention:
- The discipline
- The respect
When filling out this list, choose three to five of the forces corresponding to what the employer is looking for in the job posting. Make sure you can give specific examples to show why you say it’s your strength if you deepen your research.
Frame your answers:
Write a positive statement that you can say with confidence:
“My strength lies in my flexibility to manage change As a customer service manager in my last job, I have been able to transform a negative work environment and develop a team that is very supportive. weaknesses, I feel that my time management skills can be better stronger and I am constantly working to improve them. “
When confronted with this question, remember that the interviewer is looking for an adjustment. She forms a picture of you from your answers. One answer will probably not prevent you from getting a job unless it’s something blatant. Put your energy into your statement of strength, what you have to offer. Then tell the interviewer that even if you are not perfect, you are working on your shortcomings.
Talk more of your strengths and acknowledge your weakness rest everything else should take care.