Lesson 1: Get Into the Right Mindset For Your Job Interviews

Getting ready for your job interviews consists of learning how to properly sell yourself to your potential new employers. Every successful salesperson knows that it’s impossible to convince a customer (in this case the interviewer) to buy your product (i.e. offer you a job),if you yourself don't believe in your product's value. In other words, it is crucial that you believe in yourself to effectively present yourself during the interview process in a shining light. Of course your product may not be perfect, but no product is perfect. Perhaps your letters of reference are a little out of date or your skills are a little rusty. Forget your weaknesses for now. (We’ll come back to that in the next lesson.) To develop the right job interview mindset, focus on your strengths. Think about your unique qualities and accomplishments. After all, if you have been chosen for an interview, your curriculum vitae has already told a positive story about you.

Visualize yourself in the position for which you are applying. For example, if you are applying to become a store manager, imagine yourself as a store manager. If you are applying to be the chief financial officer of a firm, imagine yourself as one. Think about why you personally chose to apply to for this particular type of employment. Internalize these thoughts so that they become part of you. Think about something you would like to contribute to job. It can be something small. This may all sound a bit corny but it is absolutely essential that you complete this task before continuing. Think about past work or school experiences that demonstrate your potential to succeed at this job or in this career.

Look within yourself in an honest and thoughtful way and contemplate the question: “Why do I really want this job?" It’s not necessary to search the web for sample interview answers to this fundamental interview question. There are no right or wrong answers. The answer lies within yourself. I do not advise you to compose an exact script. You do not want to sound rehearsed. Just internalize your own answer to this interview question. Then when you are asked this question in one form or another, you will be able to answer in a natural but passionate way.

Take Home Message of Job Interview Tutorial, Lesson 1: You must recognize your personal strengths and attributes, develop a positive interview mindset and most important, believe in yourself to establish credibility with the interview team.

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How To Job Interview : A Tutorial

Lesson 1: Develop the Right Interview Mindset
Lesson 2: Role Play as Your Interviewer
Lesson 3: Do Your Research Homework!
Lesson 4: Practice Interview Questions
Lesson 5: Tough Interview Question To Answer
Lesson 6: What To Wear To Your Interview
Lesson 7: Good Interview Questions To Ask
Lesson 8: Interview Tips For Interview Day
Lesson 9: The Interview Thank You Email (or Letter)