Before you begin your interview preparation, I’m going to give you some advice that doesn’t apply to those who are applying for this post. Because I believe strongly in the power of application and presentation skills these skills are essential. But to be successful at them, you need to learn and practice. This will help bring out your best, and will also help when you go into interviews and present yourself. So let’s start with the basic, and apply it by doing some common sense things to help you think ahead and present yourself well.
Get prepared. Don’t just say what you want to say. Practice your delivery so you can see your words getting off track and fall flat, or stumble over your words, but still put them across. Start reading up on questions that come up frequently and then practice talking about them. These exercises will help get your point across without appearing too nervous. Go to a job interview website and read through their questions first. Then, practice going into the interview and getting ready for it. Make sure you are speaking clearly, giving good answers, and presenting yourself confidently. You don’t want to make mistakes but do your best with all the resources you have, and if you are worried about your lack of confidence the most important thing is to find an interviewer who will pay attention to what you have to say. They will see more potential in you than they would if you were nervous. It is very easy to let nerves get the better of you and talk only when you really are comfortable, but this is not how professional interviewing works. And remember, most people won’t understand a bit of technical jargon if you explain to them what it means and they can only look at the way you deliver and that’s why you need to practice talking at a speed. Do the same for speaking to others, which is usually easier to do for a confident candidate. Just do it as it is written in the question book. Take notes and practice taking notes throughout the day. Your interview is probably one of the toughest assignments you’ll ever do, so spend your time practicing it, even if you only do it once or twice a day. Once your mind wanders or your nerves get the better of you you might not be able to speak at your own pace. Try to keep it consistent. If the interview takes longer then again the following day and again later, repeat the cycle. If you feel like you’re wasting your time by making excuses, that’s a sign that you might be lacking in the necessary skills. If you take much longer than expected to prepare and try to show a higher level of comfort, you probably aren’t going to be very confident in how you are presenting yourself. If you feel anxious about how you will communicate with someone, take any worries that arise after being asked for information or asking for a clarification. Show them your empathy as much as possible. It’s easy to be defensive when you’re nervous. Be courteous and compassionate towards everyone involved and you will come away feeling refreshed and ready to communicate your points. Give them your full attention, and you might be surprised by how many questions you’ll have, and where the best answers would be. If you don’t communicate adequately or take charge of your position then no one will be inclined to listen to you, and it could cause disinterest. Always be aware of your responses and show interest in everything that happens around you. That makes communication much more enjoyable and effective. Ask a lot. Have an original thought. No matter how many times you’ve spoken before you should always ask questions. Of course, there is no rule book on how to ask questions, but I’d recommend using as much relevant information as you can find on the internet in your search engine or on YouTube. Remember, you’ll want to know more than enough to impress the interviewer so ask a few times, but that’s the minimum. The key with asking questions is to use your own experience as well as the information from online sources.
Use your knowledge as much as you can. One of my personal favorites is learning new words. Whenever searching for words and phrases, I look for ones that have been used over and over and over. Find it interesting that we’ve become so accustomed to our daily life that the word “covid-19” isn’t familiar to us anymore. I also like remembering facts about food and drinks and things we eat so I can easily recall these. Also, while learning something try to find resources online to give practical applications such as books, videos, and articles that help. There’s no point learning it because then you will discover how useful it is in real life situations. So take advantage of any opportunities to expand your knowledge and use it to your benefit and your disadvantage. Read a little about topics that help you in the best way possible. My favourite was language processing. I also learned to play piano, guitar, and trumpet, which helped me to develop both my hands and my confidence. If you want to get better at anything there is no better person to learn from than oneself. Learning a topic from another source helps you to expand your vocabulary and your thinking abilities. Many times there is a phrase they use and you can immediately connect with it. An example of someone else’s experience and opinions can be greatly beneficial in improving your own. Another great resource for learning languages is podcasts. Most people enjoy listening to other people’s stories and stories. Asking for ideas from fellow learners also helps. Reading and listening to books is excellent for building a knowledge base that’s always growing.
Take time during the interview preparing. The more you prepare, the better candidates you’re going to represent yourself. Whether or not a client accepts or rejects your pitch or whether or not you are hired depends on you and your presentation skills. When going into the interview, you should try to have a clear head, and not be afraid to ask questions or demonstrate your understanding of the subject. You’ll also want to make sure you answer every question effectively in order to give the interviewer a chance to evaluate you. Speaking is one of the hardest jobs out there for both the candidate and the employer. Not only does it require a certain amount of technical ability, but the ability to interact with others in a non-verbal capacity is extremely valuable in gaining the trust of others. It also requires a degree of presentation and time management skills and confidence that you’re unwilling to lose. Getting better at presentations definitely helps you have the right mindset to succeed in the office environment. Even with all the hard work put in over the years you shouldn’t underestimate how challenging a job interview can be. However, you should never make any sort of excuses for not knowing the basics. In addition to a formal interview you should also prepare two-to-one conversations with the interviewer, especially in stressful situations or if you’re asked questions where answers are required. You should go into the interview dressed and groomed for the day, but don’t wear anything over your clothes unless you are going to the studio for any length of time, unless there’s an emergency. The main reason people hate interviews is due to fear of failure. Failure to perform regularly shows an inability to cope with everyday difficulties. Having self-discipline to complete a project and keeping your priorities straight also goes a long way in helping you perform. Being prepared is the most important factor against unemployment. But the biggest factor is the presentation itself. That is because it is important that you give yourself a well-rounded presentation in front of hundreds or thousands of people, and for that you need to be mentally and physically prepared, not just physically. By that, I mean a high energy level, and a healthy dose of stamina, which helps you to overcome difficult subjects and challenges very quickly. Think about all the different ways you can improve your presentation skills. Watch the greatest minds in the world and learn from them. Learn their tricks, their techniques, and their ways to do things to help you achieve your goals. The number one skill you can learn is presentation. Presentations are a wonderful asset for anyone looking forward to success in whatever field you’re in. I wish all your success, and I’m thankful for the opportunity to learn from them.