Step-by-step Approach To The Job Interview Process

By: John Stronack

Interviewing for a job is difficult because it requires presenting yourself in the best light possible to people you don't know and letting them decide of your future. Difficult doesn't mean impossible however and whether you get the job or not will ultimately depend on how much you want the job.

You must be prepared to work hard for each interview knowing that all your efforts may lead to nowhere. Wrong! Your efforts will not lead to nowhere because you will improve with each interview. Positive thinking is something that is not emphasized enough. Everything starts in your mind. If you do not believe that you will get the job or that you deserve the job, the odds are that you won't get the job. Positive thinking and confidence will get you the job.

The interview process has been broken down into four stages below. Going through the interview process step-by-step will help you get a better perspective on it and will make what may look as a big undertaking relatively simple.

The Week before the Interview

The job interview is a competitive process. Take the time to review your credentials and research the organization, the position, the industry, and the interviewers' background. Once you have done your research, prepare yourself to answer questions in terms of the substance of your answers and the form of your answers (the image that you project when you answer interview questions). Arriving to the interview prepared will give you an edge over other candidates.

The Day before the Interview

The day before the interview you need to finalize your preparation and visualize the interview day, from the time you get up to the time you walk out of the building. Visualization will help you manage your stress.

The Day of the Interview

Arrive early to the interview and avoid being late due to the traffic, the weather, or some other reason. As the interviewer comes towards you, make sure to greet him or her properly. Be yourself and answer questions to the best of your abilities without stressing too much over your answers. Whether you are hired or not will depend on the overall impression that you leave behind and not on any specific answers that you give. Try to show interest in the conversation as a sign that you really want the job.

The Day after the Interview

The interview process is not over yet. You still have to send out a follow-up letter or e-mail. Again, as with the resume writing and the cover letter writing, your thank you note has to be impeccable. Try to keep your note short and to the point.

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