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Are you wondering why you aren't landing the jobs you've been interviewed for? Are you going to interview after interview and not receiving "the call"? Are you starting to wonder if maybe you are doing wrong?
If your answer is Yes, then ask yourself the following questions:
- Were you on time and prepared for the interview?
- Did you make direct eye contact (to everyone) throughout the interview?
- Were you confident?
- When the interview was complete, did you ask the employer questions?
- Were you thoughtful with your responses to their questions, did you answer the question they were asking?
After reading these questions, did you find that you may of fell short in some of those areas? If so, then this may be the reason why you are not getting "the call."
By the way, the call = job offer.
To start, employers are looking for employees they can trust to come to work each day, be on time, and prepared for what the day brings. They also want someone who is confident in themselves and their ability to the job.
You can show the employer you are the person they are looking for by showing up on time for the interview, being prepared and making direct eye contact. This shows that employer that you are trustworthy and a confident person.
In another article I will go further into detail on how to fully prepare for an interview and some tips to take with you. One major thing you can do is to practice the day before the interview. Research questions and go over them with a family member, role play.
More often than not, employers are finding that the candidates are not fully answering the questions that are being asked or are giving vert short responses. It is okay to show off your personality during the questioning phase. Also, it is very important to take a moment and think about what you were just asked. It is okay to say, "May I think about this for a second?" Employers would rather you take a few moments to compile your thoughts than for you to just bust out an answer. They will appreciate you taking the time to think.
Another way employers test to see if you are prepared is by asking you the question: What do you know about our company? It's important to research the company before hand and know a little bit about them before the interview.
At the end of most interviews, you will get asked: Do you have any questions for us? This is where you can show case what you've learned about the company and ask them a serious of questions, such as, what do you love most about working here? This allows you and the employer to get to know each other a little more as well. Start building a work relationship with the interviewer and show off your confident personality.
Overall, before you go into an interview, be sure that you come prepared. Study the night before, practice answering questions, research the employer, and write up questions to ask at the end. Show that you are confident in yourself and your ability to the job. Be on time for the interview, be 5-1 minutes early. Last but not least, show them what you know about the position, make direct eye contact, and be engaged!
If you do everything above you will be in the running for the position you are applying for. Set yourself apart from the other candidates.
The next few articles I will go further into the interview process, the do's and don'ts of telephone interviews and how to make sure your résumé is in order.
There will be more!
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