The good news is, over 200,000 new jobs were recently created due to the uptick in our economy, however, the bad news is, you may still need to find one. People searching for jobs still have to apply and go through the entirety of the job interview process, and then, hopefully, you are offered the position. Employers are certainly mindful of the cost associated of hiring the wrong person for the job, so the job interview is more important now than ever. Fear not, though, as you can take precautionary steps to ace the interview on your very first try.
Toastmasters suggests job applicants spend time researching the company they are interviewing with and practicing answers to anticipated questions.
Two of the most important things to do in a job interview is to be yourself and do your research. Spend some time researching the company you are interviewing for, and practice answers to anticipated questions. You must also remember to always be relaxed during the job interview as well. If you’re right for the culture, you have a better chance of being right for the position.
If you aren’t being authentic, you, or the company, will never know if you’re the right fit. It is equally as important for you to fit in with them, as it is for them to fit in with you. If an interviewer seems uncomfortable with the real you, it may be a good indication that you should keep looking.
As you have probably already guessed, a good first impression is also key. Aim to arrive early, dress appropriately, turn off your cell phone, stay completely focused, and actively listen to the interviewer.
Wait before negotiating
The interviewer will eventually bring up salary. Don’t be alarmed, though, as this is where most job seekers get caught up the most.
Consumer Affairs reports that if the compensation offered falls short of expectations, is it appropriate to negotiate? Many career counselors suggest waiting until a firm offer is extended before broaching that issue.
Paul McDonald, senior executive director at staffing firm Robert Half, says employers are bringing up salary expectations earlier in interviews to streamline the hiring process.
If that happens, a job applicant must be ready to respond. But McDonald advises caution.
“First and foremost, avoid negotiating any part of the compensation package until after you’ve received a formal offer,” he said. “Second, don’t go into a negotiation without practicing the conversation in person with a trusted friend or mentor. Someone who has been in your position can help you prepare for the unexpected and make a stronger case.”
How do you know if the salary offer is fair? McDonald says two things should guide it — the skill levels required to do the job and the competition for people with those skills.
Researching market conditions and finding out what others in similar positions are paid will help you negotiate from a position of strength.
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