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The Confident Job Candidate: A Guide to Interviewing

January 27th, 2017

Congratulations! You’ve written a compelling cover letter, and your skills and experience conveyed on your resume have caught the eye of the hiring manager, moving you right along to the next crucial step of the hiring process: the in-person interview! While your potential new employer is already interested in the skill set you could bring to the position, this is your one chance to make a great impression and truly show why you are the best candidate for the job. Although the pressure will be on, the best way to help yourself during an interview is demonstrate confidence. As you prepare for your interview, follow this quick and proven guide to make sure you put your best self forward:

  • Prepare your own list of questions. While each interview will be unique, one thing you can count on is being asked at the end if you have any questions of your own – be sure you do! Not only does this demonstrate your sincere interest in the company, it is also beneficial in helping you determine if the company will be a good fit for you.
  • Practice nonverbal communication. Although a big part of any interview is answering questions, you will likely be doing a fair amount of listening, too. This is the perfect time to demonstrate confidence. Connect with a firm handshake, make eye contact and sit up straight. Practice posture ahead of time by looking in the mirror!
  • Answer questions appropriately. Your interviewer has already reviewed your resume and has a basic understanding of your background. While they may still ask a few cut-and-dry questions for clarity, the basis of your interview will likely focus on behavioral questions designed to elicit a sample of your past reactions and solutions. Be sure to answer these questions with specific examples to prove your ability and discuss your skills in more detail.
  • Enlist coaching from a recruiter. Recruiters are hiring professionals working extensively with both employers and job seekers daily. They know the ins and outs of the hiring process, what employers want to see, and how to groom job seekers to make a great impression as well as become excellent employees!

Regardless of where you are on your career path, interviews can be nerve-racking. Taking the time prepare and practice ahead of time can greatly boost your confidence prior to walking into your interviewer; however, the best way to make sure your interview skills are on point is to work with a staffing professional. 1st Staffing Group brings more than two decades’ worth of experience to the table when it comes to job coaching professionals throughout Odessa, TX. Contact 1st Staffing Group today to find your next job in Odessa, TX!

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