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Interview secrets that will get you the job of your dreams
You probably already know this about me, but I want to be wealthy. You probably want the same. So, what do we do? We budget, we cut back on expenses, and we save. But the savings isn’t growing fast enough. Am I right?
Saving money can certainly lead to wealth and can help you get to a place of financial freedom and peace. But, what if you don’t make enough to save enough?
I decided to write this post for all of you who want to make more money, in the traditional workforce. Of course, there are many other options to make more income online or with a side hustle. But, I hope to help those of you that just want to move up the ladder in your traditional career. Maybe you’ve started applying to a few jobs and maybe you’ve even landed some interviews. Good for you!
You need to know what to say to impress your interviewers, of course.
The interview is the most important part of the entire landing-the-job process. It’s where you get to make your best first impression and show them why they absolutely need you.
Secret #1: Change your Mentality, Build your Confidence
The problem is that many of us go into interviews with the mindset that we desperately need the job and that they would be doing us a favor by giving us a chance.
That’s the wrong mentality.
If you go in with that mentality, more often than not, you’ll either not get the job or if you do get it, you’ll get it for a lot less in salary than you’re worth.
Remember they need YOU, not the opposite
The trick is to keep in mind all of your qualities that you’d bring to the job and how they’d be lucky to have you! They need to see that you’re an asset to them and that they need YOU more. With that mentality, you’ll have more confidence walking in and you won’t be as nervous. Believe me, it works wonders.
I’ve been on both sides of the interview table and I can tell you all the tricks that work and what to stay away from. Here are some common questions that you’ll probably be asked in an interview and some general answers you can use to give you the edge you need.
I’ll preface this by saying I’m not bragging, but I have nailed every job I’ve interviewed for in the past 10 years by using this technique and answering style. I’ve also helped family members and friends do the same. It’s a formula based on what you say and how you carry yourself (and one more super important component that I’ll tell you at the end of this post!)
Secret #2: Know how to answer the questions the right way
Here are some of the questions that are most common in an interview. Make sure to tweak and elaborate based on the specific position. These suggested answers are just to give you a start.
Question: Why do you want this position?
I hope to gain experience in this line of work.
I enjoy this type of work and would love to contribute to your organization.
I’m enthusiastic about learning (whatever the job is) and becoming an asset to your organization.
Question: Tell me a little about yourself.
I enjoy learning and reading.
I love the outdoors.
I’m a creative person; I like to think outside of the box.
*Don’t tell them about your personal issues or any hobbies that they might find questionable. Keep that information to yourself.
Question: What are your weaknesses?
I give everyone the benefit of the doubt, and at times this can backfire.
I’m a little too hard on myself when I make a human error, I hold myself to a very high standard.
Question: What are some of your strengths?
I’m reliable, I’m trustworthy. I have a good work ethic. I learn quickly. I’m organized.
Question: Why do you think you’re right for the job?
I have a lot of work experience that can be utilized in this environment.
I’m a hard worker and I’m always willing to learn and improve my skill set.
I think I would make a great asset to the team.
Question: Do you have any questions for us?
Good questions to ask your interviewers:
- What would you say is the culture of your office/organization?
- Can you tell me what a typical day would look like in this position?
- What type of person are you looking for to work in this position?
Question: What was a mistake you did and how did you correct it?
I made a small error when doing X,Y,Z. When I realized the error, I was able to quickly correct it without any additional repercussions. This error triggered me to put a system in place so that I minimize future errors.
Words or phrases you should always use in an interview:
I believe my skills would be an asset to your organization
I work well with others as well as independently
I am organized
I learn quickly
I’m a self-starter
What you should do after the interview:
Thank your interviewers for their time and tell them you look forward to their decision. Confirm to them that based on your discussion, you feel you’d be a perfect fit.
Secret #3: Send a “THANK YOU” letter/email within 48 hours
This is MOST important thing you MUST do after you leave your interview:
This is important, so please don’t skip this part.
It can literally make or break your chances.
Write a Thank You email, I can’t tell you how important this is to make you stand out above the rest. It takes literally 5 minutes to do and a whopping 70% of people miss this valuable opportunity to seal the deal with the “thank you” letter.
Psst! Want to get my thank you letter template? Enter your name and email and I’ll send it straight to your inbox! It’s the same one that landed me all of my great jobs, and you can use it for your next interview!
Don’t talk about the following things during your interview:
Other interviews you’ve had
Interviews are a very short window for you to make the absolute best impression. Don’t miss an opportunity to edge out the rest. I hope I was able to help you with your interview process. If you’ve used these tips when landing your job, be sure to write to me, I’d love to hear from you!
Comment down below with the tricks you’ve used to get the job you wanted! Everyone wants to know!
Until next time my frugal friend,