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You probably tend to give a bit of the same talk at every job interview, but adapted to the job in question. Did you accidentally include the second page of a cover letter that was actually meant for another company? Oops.
Applying for a job isn't easy, we know all about that. But the more effort you put into preparing for a job interview, the easier it becomes. This doesn't just apply to preparing for an interview. It starts with updating your resume and drafting a good cover letter. Think about it yourself. Why are you excited about this company and this position? What can you offer the company? If you explain all this well in a cover letter, there will be fewer questions about it in the final interview.
LIFE EXPERIENCE IS ALSO IMPORTANT
Instead of just talking about your work experience, you can also share your life experience. Many things you experience in your life contribute to skills that are also important in the workplace. For example, think about personal projects or hobbies. Have you ever started your own business or offered a service? Or maybe you've ever organized an event or taught workshops or classes. These can all be relevant experiences to mention during a job interview. Show that you are creative and give examples in which you have used that creativity.
During a job interview you will be pelted with questions, but it is wise to ask questions yourself. This shows that you are genuinely interested in the company and that you have researched them. Also ask more about the position and your responsibilities. Or even what you could do for the company outside of your regular responsibilities. By showing initiative here you show that you are really motivated and that you don't have a 'that's not my job' mentality.
DON'T JUST TALK ABOUT YOURSELF
This may sound a little crazy when it comes to a job interview, but it is really better not to talk only about yourself. If you're going to talk about projects you're proud of, or successes achieved, also talk about the other people who were involved. No success is put down without help from others. Show that you are humble and that you give others the credit they deserve.
ADMIT YOUR MISTAKES
Everyone makes mistakes, there's no getting around that. But there is nothing wrong with that, you can learn a lot from them. Therefore, during a job interview, also talk about mistakes you have made in the past professionally. Explain what you learned from them and how you eventually solved them. This is valuable experience that you will take into your future jobs and tasks. In addition, admitting your mistakes is a sign of maturity.
WHAT CAN YOU OFFER A COMPANY?
Companies don't just want to hear about what you've done in the past, or what you can learn or achieve in a particular position. Also tell what you can offer the company and why. What knowledge do you have that is not (yet) present within the company? Everyone has unique qualities, let yours come forward during an interview!
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