How to Ace Your Next Interview By Practicing For It

Practice, baby, practice

So you think you’re not good at interviewing. Well, you didn’t walk too well the first time either.

You learned how to walk, ride a bicycle, play a musical instrument, and shoot hoops by practicing. The only way to become good at anything is to practice doing it. After practicing you’ll do the same thing much better than when you started. That’s because habit becomes second nature.

Just knowing interviewing techniques is not the same as having the habit of performing them when needed.  Of course, you must know some of the tactics first in order to acquire the skill. It’s obvious that simply learning something isn’t enough. You must apply them when you interview for a job. To help you do that, here are three easy-to-use techniques that you can use while preparing for each interview:

Know yourself

You are the product that you’re selling to potential employers. Become familiar with you as the product by briefing yourself with the bullet points on your resume. Practice taking about them.

Discover what the job you’re interviewing for requires

You’ll learn this by asking the person with whom you’ve set up the interview for a job description. What if you’re not able to get the job specs? Ask your interviewer at the beginning of the interview to describe the ideal candidate. Or, simply ask,”what are you looking for in the perfect candidate?” For more strategies on how to get a job description, you might want to read this related article on Your Career Service.

Make the connection with your background. Match the skills you’ve been rehearsing to what the employer is looking for as stated in the job specs. It helps to think about each interview as a matching game with you doing the matching.

Practice talking about yourself. I mentioned this before by suggesting you become familiar with your achievements—the bulleted points on your résumé. I suggest you take it a step further by rehearsing out loud. When you verbalize during practice, the words will flow easier at interviews.

When it comes to practicing anything, writer Ed Macaulay put it this way:

“When you are not practicing, remember someone somewhere is practicing, and when you meet him, he will win.”

You’ll be the winner by getting into the habit of practicing before each interview. You’ll know that practicing has paid off when those techniques you’ve practiced become second nature.

To practice before interviewing might have paid off for me many years ago when I came to the Big Apple in search of a job. Because I knew nothing about preparing for or how to interview, or how to conduct a job finding campaign for that matter, I bombed during those first interviews and often felt embarassed and humiliated.

That’s why I’ve written Your One-Minute Job Finding Coach—to help you avoid making the same mistakes and to  find a job sooner as a result.

This book offers you all of the important job finding techniques that you can learn in a minute each and apply to all areas of your job-search. Follow this link to learn how owning a copy of Your One-Minute Job Finding Coach can help you land a job faster and make money sooner.

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Copyright ©2016 by Ransom (Randy) Place

About the Author

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RANDY PLACE IS A JOB-FINDING and executive coach, writer on career topics, broadcaster, and host of yourcareerservice.com. For twenty-three years, he helped thousands of employees who had been let go from JPMorgan Chase find jobs. And he coached executives at CBS Television, Pitney Bowes, and major outplacement firms in New York on job-finding techniques, communications skills, and selling strategies. An accomplished seminar leader and speaker, Randy has designed and presented workshops on interviewing, telephoning techniques, job-search writing, and sales training nationwide. Randy's groundbreaking nationally syndicated radio series, Your Career Service, has been heard on over two hundred radio stations across the United States. And his articles on career topics have appeared in the Wall Street Journal's National Business Employment Weekly. A former broadcast journalist in New York, he has also been a commercial spokesperson for an array of national and regional advertisers. In addition, Randy was a sales executive at NBC Radio and the New York City sales manager for syndication at Wolper Productions. He holds a Bachelor's in Sociology and Broadcasting from Syracuse University, and a Master's in Journalism from New York University.