Is who you know important when you are searching for your dream job? Yes! But since you don’t always know your interviewer, here are some points to keep in mind for building a positive rapport during an effective job search interview process.
If you are intent on finding your dream job, it is essential to have an effective job search strategy.
This includes being savvy with writing resumes.
It also includes giving a good impression in interviews.
Interviews are one of the most stressful parts of a job search. Oftentimes, they bring up feelings of fear and anxiety because of the pressure we feel to make a good impression.
I would like to offer some pointers that may help alleviate some of this stress, and possibly even make interviews fun!
One of the most important things to keep in mind for interviews, and really for all parts of your job search strategy, is that you want to convince your potential employer that you are someone they know, like, and trust.
Interviews are actually very similar to first dates.
Your aim is finding your dream job (rather than your dream partner). You are feeling nervous and excited. You want to be open, warm and likable. You want to create a connection with the other person. And, most of all, you want to be your most authentic, confident self.
In both dating and in interviews, you are building a relationship.
And, since you are likely to spend eight or more hours a day with co-workers, it is preferable that they are people you enjoy spending time with. Hiring managers are looking for people they enjoy being around.
So, when you go for interviews, keep these points in mind:
- Aim to get to know your interviewer and to share the best parts of yourself with them.
- Present yourself as though you are building a lasting, positive relationship based on trust, friendship, and common interests.
- Have fun! Loosen up.
The good news is: Dating can make you a better interviewer, and getting good at interviews will make you a better dater!