Conquer Your Fears And Have That Job Interviewer Hire You On The Spot

December 12, 2013  |  

You’re looking to land that job but you’re filled with apprehension and anxiety as the interview nears. Believe it or not these are actually indicators that you want to succeed. “[T]hat protection mechanism called fear kicks in to defend you against the pain of failure,” reports Brazen Life (via Business Insider). According to psychologists, a certain amount of nerves are necessary; they help you focus and concentrate. The key is learning to manage your fear.

There is a way to control fear and get the upper hand in a job interview. Create a powerful strategy that will convince interviewers that you’re the only one for the job.

Approach your job interview as if it were a sales pitch. What you’re selling is yourself, so have an elevator pitch ready to go. “Before you walk in the door, you should be ready with a short, punchy sentence or two that not only wraps up your skills, qualities and talents, but also entices the interviewer to listen to more of what you have to say,” reports Brazen Life.

Interview yourself before your actual interview. Ask yourself a series of questions in order to formulate a powerful presentation. Among the questions to ask yourself: What are you really good at in the context of the work you would be doing?  What qualities do you have that will add real value to this company? What’s your greatest strength?

Find a succinct way to illustrate how you are right for the job by examining the job post to see what exactly the role requires. Is the company looking for excellent organization skills? Great people skills?  Center your elevator speech around the job requirements. Have a dynamic answer for the question “What would you bring to this role?”

According to Brazen Life, a strong answer might sound something like: “I’m self-motivated, with energy and enthusiasm for great results. I love working with a team and achieving goals. Being professional, listening actively and being part of the solution are vital when I work in a team, and I believe this is a real strength of mine — the ability to get along with different personalities.”

Traits like these would be irresistible to an employer. Make sure your elevator pitch covers the important elements you know the employer wants. Also, discuss the future of the company and how you can help them get there.  Give the interviewer the chance to see the bigger picture — with you in it.

And the job should be yours.

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