If you want to pursue a career change, now is a good time to improve your interviewing skills. All it takes is a little research and a lot of practice, and soon you will excel at the interviewing process. Next thing you know, the job of your dreams may be yours for the taking.
- Be prepared. Familiarize yourself with possible interview questions. By coming up with a list of topics and types of things an interviewer might ask, you can think through some of your answers and be prepared for anything.
Know your audience. Find out in advance whom will be interviewing you and what her position is, so you can have an idea of what type of information you can provide to help the interviewer make a decision.
Practice. Have friends or family members conduct mock interviews so you can practice answering questions. Ask them to use your list of topics but change the order and word things in different ways, so you get used to listening to the questions and responding to them.
Keep things brief. Practice answering questions in a very direct way so you don't go off track.
Seek Help. Consider using a recruiter to help you find your next job. This job placement professional will conduct an initial interview to get familiar with your background and skills and will also give you some advice to help you do well when you meet with potential employers.
Research. Browse through your local bookstore or library for a book on how to interview well. There are lots of resources out there on this subject so you should be able to find one that appeals to you. One book worth checking out is a paperback available at Amazon.com called Landing the Job You Want: How to Have the Best Job Interview of Your Life by William Byham and Debra Pickett.
Brainstorm. Come up with a possible job description for the position and make a list of what skills you think will be valuable assets for this job.
Market yourself. Try to identify your strengths and weaknesses in light of these skills and think about how to best present your experience so it will fit the bill and be relevant for the company's needs.
Let your confidence show. Perfect your handshake and eye contact. Practice maintaining a pleasant appearance. Although they may sound like easy things, when you are nervous, if you don't have a firm handshake or can't look the interviewer in the eye, you may look less confident and make not make as strong of an impression.
Bring samples. Always have some extra resumes on hand in case more people join your interview, and bring any samples of work you've done (if applicable) that might be of interest to the interviewer.