You did it – did you? Maybe you got the job or the next interview – and maybe you didn’t. Best thing to do now is to reflect on what happened – both how you felt and how you could grow. We tend to skip the reflection part of experiences, and that’s actually the most important part! Nothing matters if you are shooting scatter-shot into the wind. Check out our tips for reflection, and let us know if you have questions!
We’re thinking about interview skills in this week’s video with The Engaging Educator #YesAndTube. This is the first of a three part series on interviewing – this week, our focus is on BEFORE the interview.
Have you gone into an interview thinking that your prep started and stopped with looking at the company, or maybe refreshing your resume, or finding something interesting the company is doing? You need to not only warm up your voice before interviews, you should practice answering some of the traditional interview questions that come up! Big pro-tip: The question of greatest strengths and weaknesses is a doozy if you don’t prepare. First, figure out your three strengths and three weaknesses. Then, think about how you can spin your weaknesses into a strength. For example, if a weakness is that you take things personally, the spin could be you care so much about your work and the outcomes of it that you sometimes take things personally, and are working on that balance.
A few questions to think about prior to interviews:
Why do you want this job?
What is this company doing that is exciting or interesting to you?
Why you? Don’t talk about your competition, you are the amazing one – why are you the best for this job?
What are your strengths and weaknesses?
How can you spin your weaknesses into strengths?
How does your experience make you the best for this job?
Why do you care?
When you’ve thought about and practiced these answers, also be sure to warm up before your interview! Do some tongue-twisters in the car, call a friend just to talk and warm up your voice, and really think about the words coming out of your mouth!
Do you have any interview tips that work for you? Let us know, and enjoy our micro-tips in this week’s video!