Why Wingin' It Won't Cut It: The Art of Nailing Your Interview

Why Wingin’ It Won’t Cut It: The Art of Nailing Your Interview

Imagine this scenario: you have an interview for your dream job tomorrow. You’re feeling good about it, but you’re also a little bit nervous. You’ve never really been one to over-prepare, so you figure you’ll just wing it.

But when you arrive at the interview, your nerves get the best of you. You can’t seem to think straight, and your answers to the interviewer’s questions are all jumbled up. You leave the interview feeling defeated, knowing that you didn’t give it your best shot.

This scenario is all too common. Many people think that they can just wing it in an interview and still get the job. But the truth is, interview preparation is essential. When you’re prepared, you’re more confident, more articulate, and more likely to make a good impression on the interviewer.

In this blog post, we’ll discuss the importance of interview preparation and provide tips on how to nail your next interview.

It Is All About Interview Preparation

Interview preparation is the process of getting ready for a job interview. This includes researching the company and the role, practicing answers to common interview questions, and dressing professionally.

Interview preparation is important because it helps you to make a good impression on the interviewer and demonstrate that you’re serious about the job. When you’re prepared, you’re also more likely to feel confident and relaxed during the interview, which will help you to give your best performance.

It Is True The First Impression Really Does Matter!

When you walk into an interview, the interviewer will start to form an impression of you within seconds. This is why it’s so important to make a good first impression.

The best way to make a good first impression is to dress professionally and present yourself confidently. Even if it is a Zoom Interview dress for the interview.  It can be business on top and shorts on the bottom (just don’t stand up)!  Also it is very important to make eye contact with the interviewer, If you are interviewing IRL then it is important to shake their hand firmly (no limp fish or hulk handshakes though), but most of all speak clearly and concisely.

It’s also important to research the company and the role beforehand. This will show the interviewer that you’re genuinely interested in the job and that you’ve taken the time to learn about their company.

Know Your Audience and where Is Their Pain Points 

Before you go into an interview, it’s important to understand the company’s culture, values, and goals. This will help you to tailor your responses to align with the company’s values and create a stronger connection with the interviewer.

You can learn about a company’s culture and values by visiting their website, reading their social media pages, and talking to people who work there. You can also get insights into the company’s goals by reading their annual reports and press releases.

You also need to know where their pain points are or areas where the department or company are looking to improve so you can position yourself as a solution provider

Showcasing Your Skills and Experience

During the interview, you’ll have the opportunity to showcase your relevant skills and experience. Be sure to highlight your most impressive accomplishments and transferable skills.

When talking about your accomplishments, be specific and provide examples. For example, instead of saying “I’m a good salesperson,” say “I increased sales by 15% in my previous role.”

You should also be prepared to discuss how your skills and experience align with the requirements of the role. For example, if the job description mentions that the company is looking for someone with experience in customer service, you could talk about your experience working in a retail setting.  Again remember they are looking to hire to solve a problem.  It can be as simple as they need someone to deal with the increased business or the team lacks a skill set that you have

Anticipate Common Interview Questions

There are a number of common interview questions that you can expect to be asked. By preparing for these questions, you can give clear and concise answers that will impress the interviewer.

Here are a few of the most common interview questions:

  • Tell me about yourself.
  • Why are you interested in this position?
  • What are your strengths and weaknesses?
  • Where do you see yourself in five years?
  • Why should we hire you?

Over the next 90 days I will be doing live streams on linkedIn and Facebook and I will be going over these questions and others and how to best answer them.

The Power of Body Language

Body language is an important part of non-verbal communication. It can convey your confidence, enthusiasm, and interest in the job.

Here are a few tips for using body language to your advantage in an interview:

  • Maintain good posture.
  • Make eye contact with the interviewer.
  • Use appropriate gestures, such as nodding and smiling.
  • Listen actively to the interviewer and engage with them in conversation.

Prepare Your Own Questions

At the end of most interviews, you’ll have the opportunity to ask the interviewer questions. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the company and the role, and to demonstrate your interest in the job.

When preparing your questions, focus on open-ended questions that will allow the interviewer to provide detailed answers