Take Control of the Job Interview These 5 Ways

John Krautzel
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Appear calm and confident during your next job interview by learning to take control and move the meeting in a positive direction. Confident candidates show their best sides to the interviewer and increase their chances of getting the job. Follow these five tips to assert yourself better during job interviews.

1. Know Yourself

A deep understanding of your own strengths and weaknesses and how they relate to the position to which you are applying helps you keep the job interview focused on how you are uniquely qualified for the position. Start by making a list of your skills and aptitudes. Then, think of how these skills meet the job requirements. Be ready to talk about those special selling points. Don't shy away from your weaknesses, either. Discuss your passion for learning and how you look forward to developing new skills and boosting your leadership qualities.

2. Do Your Research

Research the company thoroughly to ensure you're prepared to discuss its operations intelligently. Take a look at its website and LinkedIn page. Review the annual report and find out as much as possible about the products and services the company offers.

3. Prepare Questions

Asking questions shows that you are curious in general and have a desire to learn more about the position. It also lets the interviewer know that you want a job that meets your needs, not just any job. Decide on some questions before you get to the job interview. It's acceptable to write the questions down and bring them along in your briefcase or portfolio. Focus on the areas you personally want information about. Consider asking about the company culture or how your interviewer feels about the company.

4. Stay Centered

Everyone gets nervous before a job interview, but you don't have to let it show. Choose an outfit that gives you an extra dose of confidence. Focus on your breathing while you're waiting for the interview. Really listen to every question and remark once you arrive. Taking control by actively staying in the moment keeps you from getting caught up in your anxiety.

5. Turn Questions Around

Refocusing questions is a great way to ensure that the interviewer really sees you. When questions are too broad or go off in a direction that doesn't obviously mesh with your personal history, don't be afraid to give a brief general answer, and then add an anecdote that shares information about why you're qualified for the position. For example, use a question about your job history to bridge into a discussion about your extensive management experience.

The best job interviews become conversations where both parties ask questions and give information. Taking control of your job interview shows off your confidence and keeps the discussion focused on your worth to the company and the company's value to you. Be sure to evaluate your strengths and weaknesses and research the company in advance to ensure you're ready to keep the conversation going in the right direction.

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  • karen y.
    karen y.

    Being nervous in exactly what you put on your resume when he asked you two questions

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    Tomasa H.

    What are the most weaknesses people have?

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