“Interview invitations should really come with a warning: Strong feelings of excitement changing suddenly into dread are imminent upon receiving this invitation.” This statement, made by Lily Zhang, is the summation of the feelings that so many have journeyed through in the job search process. You spend weeks searching and hoping to get a call or some semblance of interest from the jobs for which you have applied, but, when that phone call finally comes, you suddenly find yourself with knots in your stomach. Wait…now they really are interested. What’s next? Now it is time to prepare yourself for the interview and prove that you are the best choice for this job. There are several questions that are commonly asked in interviews that often leave the interviewee stumped if he or she has not done the proper homework.
Zhang discusses such questions in her article, 4 Common Interview Questions (and 4 Perfect Answers). When the interviewer asks you to tell a little about yourself, it is not, in fact, an invitation to share your life story. This is an area where you can easily begin to ramble if you have not previously rehearsed. Another topic that can cause job seekers to stumble is the issue of weaknesses. If and when you are asked to discuss your greatest weakness or a time that you have failed, it is important to speak about such examples with honesty, confidence and optimism. What have you learned from that failure? What steps have been taken to overcome that weakness?
You are not alone in this interview agony. Regardless of any fear that may be evoked within you at the thought of your upcoming interview, you can work to replace your fears with an eager excitement by knowing how to prepare and by practicing until you’ve got those tricky questions nailed. We, at Platinum Resumes, are here to help encourage you along the way and add to your confidence by offering our many tools and tips that have proven helpful to many before you!