You spend the first two decades of your life learning the ropes and gathering as much knowledge as you can by way of your education. Those years have prepared you for what many people call “real life,” where you must face challenges like maintaining a good professional life and balancing your finances. For the former, we all need to start somewhere. When you start applying for work, you will have to deal with different processes, among them, the pre-employment integrity test. Understand that this is not a blow to your integrity. It is, instead, a way for companies to make sure that they are screening the right people, for their own security, something you would likely do, too, if you had your own business.
One of the first steps in getting closer to your goal of being employed is the job interview. This is how a company’s human resources team would get to know more about you. Your resume is there to get your foot in the door, and it is up to you if you want to advance further. Doing well here would, in large part, depend on these three traits.
Confidence shows your potential employers that you are ready and are equipped to get the job done. You should be able to explain in great detail all that you have written in your resume. Do not confuse this for cockiness, though, for that is a trait that is not likely to take you anywhere. Being confident is also about showing that you are prepared for anything, while not being arrogant about it. In terms of appearance, you should look assertive and at the same time comfortable in your own skin. Looking sloppy would only show that you are not taking the interview seriously. Dressing up is how you show that you believe in yourself. Interviewers would sense if you have a shred of doubt in your abilities.
Having the right attitude not only helps in real life but also in job interviews. Having the proper outlook will help you go the distance. The first thing you need to know that as an applicant, there is a chance that you will not get hired. There are other ones who are as good as if not better than you in terms of skills. If you get easily discouraged by this thought, those doubts could show through you and it could get you distracted. If you accept the possibility, you will have more confidence and would be able to plan out different strategies in case an application does not turn out favorably.
When you go to an interview, you are presenting yourself to the company. If you have any secrets or have oversold yourself on your resume, there could be a point where you will feel that you bit off more than you can chew. Being dishonest about your qualifications is a surefire way for you to doubt yourself and put you on the defensive at the interview. You do not want to be in a position where you feel like you are defending yourself instead of showcasing your abilities. After all, companies have stringent background checks, so they are bound to find out if they have received false information from an applicant.
At one point you also will be questioned about your weaknesses. These would understandably rattle you for a bit. Just know that no employee is perfect and the companies understand this. Give your honest answers to these. As long as you are willing to improve yourself, you have the makings of a good employee.
The job that you want is usually not going to be served to you on a silver platter. You have to work on it by preparing for interviews. Know what you are capable of and have the right attitude towards work and life, and you will find yourself on the winning side.