Interviewing can be a downright terrifying process making you question if you indeed are qualified and the best candidate for the job – which you know, deep down, that you are. Though the task of both phone interviews and in-person interviews are daunting, a simple rundown of how awesome you are helps to easy those nerves. Feeling shaky? Just think about these three points:
- You May Be a Newbie, but You’ve Got Experience: Not all of your applicable experience is experience you earned while being paid. What have you done in the past that utilized the same set of skills necessary for this position? Maybe you volunteered or simply decided to create a project on your own time. That all counts towards why you’re a great candidate, so talk about it! For instance, I volunteered to coordinate dances for my neighborhood recreation center. Let’s say part of the job description that I’m applying for references event coordination. Boom, there’s some experience.
- You Don’t Have to Know it All, Just Be Willing to Learn: You don’t have to be an expert in everything required for the position you’re applying for, you just need to be able to say, with confidence, that you’re willing to do what it takes to learn. Have you ever taken a course or learned a skill on your own time? Express your interest in the topic or skill, and your eagerness to master it.
- If You Don’t Have the Answer, It’s Okay: Especially with questions aimed at your professional future, you don’t have to know all the answers. Reiterate your interest in the position and the fact that this is the general direction you’re looking to take your career, but if you don’t have a goal job title picked out for your future, that’s okay. Talk about the skills and experiences that have led you to this point, what about them you liked and disliked. That gives a general sense of what you want (and want to avoid), without all of the specifics.
Everybody’s at least a little nervous when thinking about upcoming interviews. Just take a step back, think about your prior experience, breathe, and know that you’ve got this. If you’d like to set the stage for the interview before actually having said interview, think about creating a video resume. By doing so you’ve already laid out the groundwork of explaining how amazing you are, the interview is simply a time to get down to the details! If this sounds like something you’d be interested in, check out Jobma today!