Your job interview skills should be honed and practiced just like any of your existing skill sets. No professional golfer joined a tournament and easily landed a score in one hole. Even Michael Jordan, one of the greatest players in basketball, believes that everybody has talent, but acquiring the ability to win championship games takes a lot of practice and hard work. If you would like to be seen as someone who deserves the job, you should practice at least once a week to improve your swing and shot so you can land at your desired occupation.
This is the same with your job interview skills. You need to practice in order for you to improve how to formulate your responses and effectively express yourself during interviews. Even if you manage to memorize the proper responses with common interview questions, this cannot guarantee improvement with your job interviews especially if you’re unable to deliver your answers well enough.
Practice is your only Guarantee
Say for example if you want to apply for a Call Center Agent position, you cannot pass the initial interview without prior practice in speaking English and rehearsing how to respond with possible interview questions. Without proper preparation and practice, you will have a hard time passing the initial interview unless English is already your first language.
Without proper practice, you risk of only having a 50% chance of passing your interviews. Practicing increases your chances of passing an interview even if you don’t have any experience answering other questions that recruiters can throw at you. The level of preparation that you can do will always matter.
Practice will also make you feel more confident. It will make the flow of your words better and you will be able to easily answer the question.
Here are some ways for you to practice your speaking and interview skills:
- Learn more about the industry that you are trying to penetrate. If there are courses that you could take, take both free and paid training if possible. Spending a little to acquire new skills is going to be worth it in the long run. In most cases, the paid courses are the ones that give the best lessons and learning through these type of courses will help you tremendously with your interview skills.
- Practice with a friend. It would be better to join forces with a friend who has the same goal as you. It will be easier for both of you to practice interviewing each other because you have the same goal in mind.
- Practice on your own. You could simply answer possible questions that the interviewer might throw at you. Face the mirror if you have to so you can see how you respond to these questions: “Can you tell me about yourself?” and “Why should we hire you?”
You can go through some of the best responses that you can use with job interviews using our previous articles.
Photo Credit: Getty Images