Ace the Interview

Interviews, by far, have definitely got to be one the most nerve-wracking and most high anxiety events that a person has to go through. As anticipation grows, they think of all the most common questions an employer would ask and how to best respond, searching for errors in their resumes, informing references of their current journey, knowing the job description in-which they’ve applied for, and having knowledge of the company they want to be employed with. Mostly because most applicants don't prepare enough due to a lack of resources or information. Spending ample time studying for an upcoming interview has been reported by Veterans to have helped them overcome the interview jitters as they received positive feedback from interviewers, as they answered the interview questions.

To fully prepare for a job interview, Veterans have found that role-playing, effectively answering questions, and listing their greatest strengths landed their dream jobs. First of all, role playing the interview is very important to ensure that you feel unconsciously competent and confident and it is also easy to accomplish. Most people feel a sense of embarrassment when they ask other for assistance in role playing or having pre-interview anxiety altogether. After gaining confidence when role-playing, practicing poise, delivering a handshake, and displaying confidence when in the room is also key. Use a friend or spouse to act as the interviewer. While embarrassing, it will give you practice in overcoming the initial interview jitters. What happens in the first two minutes is critical; these two minutes represent the first impression so you want it to be strong. Practice a strong handshake, poise, enthusiasm and confidence while talking. People who get jobs easily are natural talkers, ask lots of insightful questions, and give thorough meaningful answers. Role-playing will help you gain these qualities. Keep practicing all of the above until everything feels and sounds natural and spontaneous.

Moving forward, it is important to know how to effectively answer questions. Short answers less than thirty seconds are useless. Applicants providing short answers, come across as lacking knowledge and insight. Answers over three minutes are too long and overwhelm the interviewer, which then label applicants are branded as wordy, too technical or boring. Lastly, wrap it up with a good summary by list your greatest strengths and how much of an asset the applicant is to the company in-which they’re interested in becoming employed with. A good ending sets the tone for the rest of the interview. In most cases, Veterans write down a list of their accomplishments, so they can easily recall them during the interview, including dates, times, locations of these great accomplishments which will provide a sense of accuracy.

Taking ample time to study for an upcoming interview has provided many Veteran applicants with the tools needed to overcome the anxiety and land their next career.