Expert interviewers know which questions to ask to find out not only about applicants’ skills but also about how they think, how they view the world, and how committed they are to getting the job done while still preserving some sense of balance in life.
However, an interview is not a one-way street. It is an exchange of information, providing you with an opportunity to learn about your potential employer and the position being offered.
It is important to prepare yourself properly for an interview so that you will feel relaxed and confident, and will project your confidence to the employer.
The interview is the most important event in the job search. The thirty minutes spent with the interviewer may determine the future course your career is to take. For this reason, the word “interview” makes many people nervous and insecure.
Keep in mind that you are not asking for a job; you are actually trying to sell your services, a given quantity of useable energy of a certain quality, from which the employer can make a profit. An employer hires you not as a favor to you, but because he/she wants what you have to offer.
An individual goes to a job interview with two objectives: to sell his/her services and to collect information concerning the job and the company. The interviewer also has two objectives: to collect information which will help in predicting the individual’s future performance, and to provide information about the job and company. Both have the further goal of checking personal chemistry: “Do I want to work with this person? Do our corporate philosophies fit?”
The impression you leave with an interviewer should not end when the interview does. Send a thank you note! It is a simple way to stay fresh in the employer’s mind and to show good manners. It is also an excellent opportunity to reinforce a point, bring up anything you forgot in the anxiety of the interview, and again to emphasize how much you want the position.
Use a second paragraph in the note to remind the interviewer who you are. Maybe something was said during the interview that was unusual. This note is a second opportunity to make a mini sales call on the job interview.
Whether or not you get a particular job offer is not fully within your control; however, doing everything you can to portray yourself as a worthy candidate is something you can control.