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:
1. Apply for that job!
Even if you do not meet all of the listed qualifications.
2. Understand the position
So you feel confident in what you are applying for.
3. Practice answering interview questions
To avoid the regret of wishing you said something different.
4. Recognize your strengths and weaknesses
To determine if you are the right fit for the job.
5. Have questions prepared
To determine if the company is the right fit for you.
Don’t be afraid of bad interviews because, just like a bad date, you will learn more about what you are looking for in a perfect match and more about what you have to offer.
Thanks for visiting, and let me know how you prepare for an interview!
Alora D. Boerner
Freelance copy editor serving nonfiction writers, small business owners, and job seekers.