I’ve always heard that there are two types of people: those terrified of first dates and those terrified of interviews. Well, I fell into the category of interview-dreaders. And it wasn’t until I experienced two back-to-back unsuccessful (a.k.a. bad) interviews that my anxiety finally ceased.
In the first interview, I was taken into an office, sat down, and immediately given a test to complete in 10 minutes. The test was about SEO terminology (things like landing pages, meta keywords, and organic searches), and at the time, I knew as much about SEO as I did about the Chinese language. Needless to say, the hiring manager was not impressed.
That interview actually motivated me to get my Inbound Marketing Certification, which I received last month.
In the second, I learned that the job responsibilities were two-fold: editing advertisements and developing new commercial ideas for clients. While I thought I was applying for an editing position, the interviewer made it clear that creative writing would take up over 50% of my work. (Creative writing is NOT one of my strong suits.)
These experiences gave me a deeper understanding of the types of positions and companies that are right for me. And with a couple of bad interviews under my belt, I came up with a list of five things to do to eliminate any pre-interview jitters:
Alora D. Boerner
Freelance copy editor serving nonfiction writers, small business owners, and job seekers.