5 Ways to Ace Any Interview

Written by: Elizabeth Harney, Social Media Manager, Skils’kin

 

An eager Front Desk Agent in a big-chain hotel in town, I found myself wanting more. Seeking a challenge and a career, I began applying for positions just outside my skill set. That’s when I saw it – Human Resources Coordinator at Skils’kin. While I knew my resume wasn’t necessarily the most competitive for the role, I couldn’t stop thinking about my future at Skils’kin.  The next day, I was over the moon to accept an interview offer. Did I interview perfectly? No. Did I know all the answers? Absolutely not. Did I think I would get the job offer, a mere 2 hours after I walked out of the conference room? No.

At the time, I didn’t know why they offered me the job. In my next almost two years as a Human Resources Coordinator, I reviewed countless resumes and cover letters, met job seekers, and spent entire weeks running interviews. That’s when I finally learned why my manager gave me a chance after my interview.

1. Be your authentic self

When the stress of the job hunt has you thinking: “I’ll take any job,” it’s time to take a step back. You will likely spend more time at work than you do at home. When you enter your interview, don’t pretend to be what you think the company wants. Show the employer who you are and what you are passionate about. Consider if this company is a place you can find happiness in your work. A successful job placement goes both ways.

2. Don’t be afraid of your weaknesses

Towards the end of my interview at Skils’kin, the hiring manager told me he was going to read out a list of fifteen HR related acronyms and I would tell him what they meant. I didn’t even get half of them right. Instead of completely giving up hope, I admitted: “I know I didn’t do very well on these, but I promise I am a very quick learner and I will learn them all.” I acknowledged my weakness and made a commitment to improve. A commitment to growth and learning goes a long way for hiring managers.

3. Know your long-term goals

It’s okay if you don’t know what exactly you want to do, but you need to know how you’re going to get there. Tell the interviewer exactly what skills you want to grow and develop. Tell them what you want in a career. You don’t need to know which specific job you want in five or ten years, but you do need to know what you want to work on.

4. Research the company

As a former recruiter, I can’t stress this enough. There is nothing more disappointing than asking a candidate their opinions about the company, for them to say they don’t really know what we do. Why would I hire you if you don’t care about our company?

Do your research. Check Facebook. Check LinkedIn. Peek at the hiring manager/recruiter’s LinkedIn. Look for YouTube Videos about the company. Check Glassdoor. Know their mission, their values, and what services they offer.

5. Hype yourself up

We all get nervous before an interview. It is easy to give into the feelings of uncertainty and anxiety. Instead of allowing it to consume you, I challenge you to hype yourself up. Listen to loud music. Search for motivating videos online. Jump up and down. Look in the mirror and say out loud all the things that make you amazing. Tell yourself they would be lucky to hire you, that you are smart, that you are capable.

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