by Ethan Paquet
During a job interview, while people are trying to impress the hiring manager, they may be making common mistakes that can lower their chances of getting the job.
During a recent workshop, David Smallman, Career Development Practitioner with Career Development Services (CDS), talked about strategies for a successful job interview.
“It’s all about just being yourself,” says David. “Employers are deciding about investing in you as an employee and they want to get a really good sense of who you are as a person.”
David works with clients to help them reach their goals, whether it is furthering their education, entering the workforce, or looking at a career change.
“Take time prior to the interview to do some research. If you check the company website and search for articles about the company or organization, the information you gain will show that you are truly interested.”
A mock interview with CDS staff by running through common interview questions can help you prepare. It can also help identify which areas you may need to work on. “Be able to talk about your skills and abilities, and the things you thrive or excel at. That is what you really want to focus on during an interview.
“It is important to dress appropriately for the interview. Arrive about 10 minutes early, and do not bring anyone with you. From the moment you walk in, be friendly to everyone you meet. It may be important to impress the receptionist as well as the interviewer.”
Even if you have already submitted a resumé, bring extra copies, along with copies of references or letters of recommendation.
During the interview, it is important to stay focused and engaged with the conversation. “Make eye contact, use open body language, and use the interviewer’s name.”
David says a common question asked is to list some weaknesses. He suggests using an example unrelated to the position that you are working to improve on. “When speaking about yourself, focus on your skills and achievements. Mention success stories and examples of your skills.”
If you work hard to prepare for the interview, you will line yourself up for success. “A job interview is also a time for you to determine whether this is the place you want to be working.”
For more information about Career Development Services (CDS), including upcoming events, workshops, and current job openings, visit www.cdspei.ca.
For tips on overcoming barriers and presenting yourself well during a job interview, visit https://employmentjourney.com/job-search-tips-videos-job-fair-info/