For those who are currently seeking employment, especially recent college graduates, it may be nerve-wracking when preparing for interviews. It’s never certain what exactly the interviewer is going to ask, and so you can never be sure how well you’ll do during the interview. There’s only so much you can prepare for before an interview. You can practice some potential interview questions and shop for a new business-casual outfit. It’s also helpful to get some rest before your interview as well.
But sometimes, things can go horribly wrong against your favor. You could wake up late for an interview, not have enough time to dress up professionally, or even under-prepare by not having a clue about what you’ll be interviewed about. What’s worse, is that once you arrive at your interview, you may have that gut-dropping feeling that you know the interview isn’t going in your favor. It’s a lot of unnecessary anxiety. However, this video below perfectly illustrates 3 key tips on saving any job interview.
1) Be authentic.
Regardless of the circumstances, you have the opportunity to earn a job with this company. Think back to the first reason why you chose to apply for a job here. If you can open up about why it is you want to work here, interviewers can see your authenticity, which matters. If you’re authentic, then you’re being yourself.
2) Know the company.
This can’t be stressed enough. Countless times I’ve had my friends unable to tell me about the company they’re interviewing for. If you aren’t able to answer some of the interview questions, that’s fine. But any questions related to what the company does you should be familiar with. If there are things you’re unfamiliar with, make sure to ask.
3) Don’t be afraid to ask questions.
When you’re getting numerous questions asked to you during an interview, you can sometimes forget that you can actually ask the interview questions as well. Asking questions shows curiosity, and if the questions are insightful, your shown curiosity will make a great impression on any interviewer.
Here’s a clip from Pursuit of Happyness (2006), where Will Smith is able to save his job interview by portraying these 3 tips mentioned above.