How To Answer Interview Questions With Confidence

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Do you have an interviewing coming up?  Congratulations!  Now what? How do you best prepare with just a short window of time?  How do you answer interview questions with confidence? Reviewing practice questions, researching the company and preparing questions to ask toward the end of the interview is a must.   In addition, you can tap into your own resume to expand and enhance how you describe your strengths and career experiences, increasing your success and confidence in the interview.

 

Your resume is your portal to the career world. Although digital portfolios are increasing in popularity, the conventional version is still the standard in most fields.  If not careful, depending too much on the resume can limit how you describe yourself and the skills you can bring to the job.  When your resume was initially created – brevity was encouraged.  You were instructed to hastily create small paragraphs under each job to describe a large role with many responsibilities.  From these paragraphs you created a story, repeating that same story with each scheduled interview.

 

Maybe it’s time to go beyond the description on the page.  Conducting the exercise listed below could revitalize your career story, potentially creating new ways to describe yourself, how you work, manage or why you make the decisions that you do on the job.

 

How can you do this?  By taking a bit of time to think through each job, using your actual resume copy to guide and remind you what you do (did) on a daily basis.  Try to get as detailed as possible. Make an actual vertical list on paper or laptop.   Apply this same exercise to any projects or presentations that you have completed.  Then, make a list of your skills, strengths and qualities that helped you succeed in each position and on each project.

 

This exercise can prevent you from reciting over-used work examples or descriptions in your interviews.  Responses that once sounded strong and smart may now come across as underwhelming or rote.  Creating a skills list from your resume also brings older experiences that might be difficult to recall to the forefront. Doing a quick run-through helps details become more precise and can bring a new perspective to past projects.

 

There are of course, other areas to practice and prepare for (why you left a previous position, why you are interested in the position or why you’re changing career paths).  This exercise is especially beneficial for the behavioral and experience type of interview questions.  The more comfortable you are with your own information, the more confident you’ll be in your interview. This will allow your personality to shine through, helping you to relax and nail that interview!

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