In-person and even video interviews can be one of the most stressful parts of the job process. Once you’ve submitted your resume or application, it’s time to let yourself shine in the interview.
A little preparation and knowing the general field of questions can help calm the nerves when meeting with a potential employer. This is your opportunity to sell your best skills and qualifications and convince an employer why you’re the best candidate for the job.
Agilec’s employment coaches in Barrie offers these job interview prep tips to help you nail that interview.
Researching the company you’re interviewing beforehand for is always a must. There’s nothing that induces a deer-in-the-headlights look than an interviewer asking: “What do you know about our company?” and the job seeker coming up blank.
Conversely, learning about the employer’s history and their core values is a crucial way to signal to the interviewer that you’re serious about the job. Linking your values with the employer will surely impress the person on the other side of the table.
Gone are the typical “name your biggest strength and weakness” questions, which have been replaced with behavioural and situational questions. An interviewer might ask the interviewee about an example where they provided exemplary customer service, or an example of how they resolved conflict in the workplace.
A rule of thumb is to think of four or five examples of when you provided great customer service, assisted a co-worker in the field, or how you fixed a problem. Citing these instances will provide employers with a great idea of the type of worker they’re interviewing for the job.
You might get the oddball question in the interview process, but for the most part, those are just sprinkled in as a curveball and rarely make or break the interview. What employers are really looking for is how you answer those situational questions.
It might sound easier said than done, but be yourself and let your personality shine in the job interview. Nobody knows more about your skills and qualifications than you, so don’t be afraid to sell yourself.
Mentioning specific examples in the interview, like success stories or problem-solving scenarios, are powerful in a job interview and can often push your name to the top of the list.
Turning the tables on hunger in Barrie
A recent study released by Food Banks Canada said that 23 percent of Canadians have been eating less because of the rising costs of food. 61 percent of Canadians also say housing costs are the biggest barrier preventing them from affording groceries.
Agilec Barrie is reaching out to the community to help feed its friends and neighbours during the “Turn the Tables on Hunger” food drive. Non-perishable food donations will be accepted on June 22 from 10:00am to 3:00pm outside Food Basics in Barrie at 555 Essa Road.
Donations will benefit St. Vincent De Paul and the Barrie Native Friendship Centre, who will distribute donations to most vulnerable members of the community.
To learn more, visit Agilec.ca.