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Positive Self Talk For Attending Job Interviews

Positive Self Talk For Attending Job Interviews

Employing Positive Self Talk as an antidote for the usual anxieties that precede job interviews has been recommended by teachers, for securing dream jobs.

As a job seeker, the first step you need to take in preparing for job interviews is to equip yourself with Positive Self Talk. A step in this direction is to be at peace with yourself, and be in a perfect mindset for the job interview.

Thereafter, be equipped with facts about the job you’re applying for. Know the company. What do they do? What are the products they sell? What kind of person do they need for the job? Do you match their expectations with regards to educational background, skills and experience? Are you overqualified or under qualified for the job?

Another aspect of Positive Self Talk to adopt for job interviews is to be honest. A trick I’ve learned during job interviews is to always stick to your resume and be honest. If you have no experience or know little about the job you’re applying for, simply say you don’t but that you are somebody who welcomes change and would like to learn all about the job they are offering. Mention also that you are somebody who learns fast and takes challenges quite well. That often works, but at times it won’t.

The interviewer would appreciate somebody who at least has an idea about the job. Imagine what an impression you are going to make if you turn out to be an applicant who knows a lot about their company, right? Show interest too. How? By simply asking a few questions of your own as well. Relevant questions regarding the company, the management system, their expectations, etc would be appreciated. While doing so however, do limit questions about “money”. Although we are looking for a job to earn money, don’t talk as if it’s the only thing that brought you there.

You could do well by learning about the job and the company before the day of the interview. How do you go about researching your company? Here are some useful tips:

1. Surf through the netWe’re so lucky to be living in a world that offers a lot of convenience. You need not do detective work to be able to do your company research. Use technology to your advantage. Most companies have their own websites. With a single click you might be able to learn all that you need to know about “your future job”. Take note of the particulars like their management system, their products, and the important people involved (that’s right, come face to face with your future bosses!). If you know all the right stuff about the job you are aiming for, it would be easier to tell them why you think you would be a great asset to their company (most interviewers ask this basic question). Be sure you have this information handy because there’s nothing more awkward than not knowing anything about the job. It’s like going into battle without knowing what you’re fighting for.

2. Leafing through media filesIt would also be helpful to skim through media files such as newspapers and magazines, even TV ads pertaining to the company you wish to be a part of. If the company gets a lot of media exposure, it may show they’re pretty good at what they do. Keep abreast of their latest accomplishments or recent breakthroughs. You can insert comments about these accomplishments during the interview to show you’re well-informed about what the company is doing. Absorb as much information as you can while leafing through their media files, read as many articles as you can; you never know what questions the interviewer might throw at you. So catch up on the latest news.

3. Inside Job”Talk to somebody you know who’s been a part of the company.Not many have the advantage of knowing someone who used to work or is working at the particular company they’re interested in. So if you have this advantage, use it. Be sure to ask questions that would be of help to you during the interview. Who knows? You just might be having that conversation with somebody who could be your future colleague or co-worker!

4. Be familiar with names and facesGet ahead of the bunch by getting familiar with the persons involved in the company. Be sure you have an idea as to who might be conducting the interview (it’s a plus point when you call the person by his/her name instead of simply “ma’am or sir”). Extend your internet surfing a bit and find out who’s who in the company. Have in mind what their functions or roles are, along with their accomplishments (mention some specific details about that during the interview too). Never neglect to point out how privileged you would feel if you were given a chance to work with them.



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