Most candidates do not prepare well enough for an interview, and that is a fact that you should use to your advantage. Being prepared well, you can blow most other candidates right out of the water. The interviewer will notice the difference.
It takes some effort and practice to interview well, but the payoff can be big. Personally, I see every single interview as a great learning opportunity. After a while, you will get a feel for the different types of people that are interviewing you for a job. Interviewing for a job does not give you much room for failure. There is no “B, C, D or E grade” – it’s either “A” or “F.” You need to be able to adapt on the fly to be successful, and the better prepared you are, the greater your chances of getting that dream job with the salary you always wished for.
This interview book is a guide—or better yet, a blueprint. Reading this guide is not giving you a guarantee that you will get that dream job. Each situation is unique, and each hiring manager is different. Each hiring company has different steps involved in the hiring process. This interview guide, however, gives you a solid plan of preparation. Think about it like studying for a big test in school or college. Repeat, repeat, repeat!
You do not know the questions that will be asked, but if you are properly prepared, you can know the right answers in bits and pieces and put them together instantly. All you have to do is to assemble them in the right order and put them in the proper context.
Know your own resume inside out. Remember how it was a few years back in a certain job or how it was going to college. You need to be able to reply to any question related to your resume. You do not want to stumble explaining a certain job situation – this would not make a good impression at all.
I have been through many different interviews myself. Sometimes I am amazed how weak some interviewers are and how they waste a great opportunity to really find the right candidate.
Being successful at job interviews as the interview candidate is a great skill to have. All you then need is to define a career path for yourself. Match it up with the right skills and you’re good to go. I think being great at interviews is a skill that you can learn. If you’re lazy or too self-confident, you will not succeed – just the same way you would fail when sitting in your finals in school and not being prepared. Go the extra mile with your interview preparations, and you will succeed.
Best of Luck,