Extreme minimalism is all the rage these days as we, as a society, are learning not to hoard materialistic possessions. This is a great thing that will eventually repay our debt to mother earth. Consumerism is a thorn in everyone’s side, whether they know it or don’t. To live like a minimalist, you should know what is useful and what isn’t. It’s more about cutting out unnecessary things rather than torturing yourself by “fasting”. I’ll explain the philosophy of minimalism, and give you tips on how to maximize how minimalist you are.
When you are looking for a job or thinking of getting a promotion, it would help if you could see yourself from the employer point of view. All employers look for certain qualities or personal attributes in addition to the skills that you are required to possess for that particular job. These skill sets and attributes can be grouped into three:
- Personal skill sets and attributes
- Professional skill sets and attributes
- Social skill sets and attributes
Verbal interviews may be the only or last platform where you can sell your attributes to the prospective employer and make the best first impression that will land you that dream job. Interviews are nerve-wracking and may sometimes be the final nail in the coffin, making you miss the grand opportunity of getting a job.
Sometimes luck and the right connections can play a part in landing that dream opportunity, but if these two don’t feature in your quest to land a job, then perhaps you need to have these five tips to ace that interview;
1. Once you get that call to appear before the interviewer, begin carrying out a simple research on the company. The internet is a resourceful well of information and many corporations own websites nowadays, making it easy to get basic information on the enterprise. This will benefit you in getting to know what the company advocates for, give you an idea on the perks available, and give you an advantage of being knowledgeable and not be caught flat-footed.
2. Being confident starts by proper preparation. Apart from carrying out research on the firm, finding the perfect attire for the interview is key. Laying it out before the said day will alert you of any missing buttons or stains and save you time on the D-day, allowing you to be punctual.
Avoid too much makeup and accessories as this may be off-putting and give a false perception of your character, especially if the job pertains to the corporate world.
3. Punctuality will come in handy because you get enough time to ease into the mood and prepare yourself psychologically while being in the actual interview environment. It also gives your future employer the impression that you value and respect.
4. Carry with you a copy of your resume and testimonials, alongside any other documents that you think you may require. Trust me; the extra load may just earn you points with the interview panel, showing that you always prepare for any outcomes.
5. Once inside the interview room, break the ice by greeting the panel and ask if you can be seated. Maintain eye contact with the person asking the questions. When asked a question that you may not have a ready answer for, try to have them ask it again to buy a few seconds to search your brain. Stay calm, remain conscious of the panel, stay true to yourself and try to be as honest as possible in your responses. Always highlight your strengths and try as much as possible to avoid any negative responses that begin with “I don’t” and badmouthing your previous employer.
If given a chance to ask a question but you have none, ask how soon you can expect any feedback on if you made it through or not.
With these few tips, please try to maintain a positive attitude, thank the interviewers for the opportunity and time, and always smile. Keep in mind that the interviewers may have once in their lives, been in your position and may understand if you have the occasional stammer due to nerves.
Above all, try to remember to sit up straight, switch off your phone and stay relaxed and keep in mind that failing one interview may be the practice you need that will lead to your passing the next one.