You may think simply getting that job interview is enough. But do you have a game plan for getting through it, and actually getting the job? Seth Kaufman, psy.d., a certified career coach at Creative Vision Coaching, says you need to ask yourself some hard questions before your next interview:
• Who is the best you?: This is an important question in general, Kaufman notes. Do you come across as an anxiety-ridden person, or somebody who inspires confidence? Think about what makes the best you. That means that you think about not just the nuts and bolts of job interviewing, but what do you want to project as a leader, Kaufman says. Have some examples of the best you to bring into the interview, and the positive energy you show will make a great impression. You should also have a list of what makes you special that you can review frequently, especially before the job interview.
• What are you most likely to be asked?: Write down for yourself what are the interview questions you most likely will get. Kaufman says you should do a self-assessment first about "what questions are you most comfortable or uncomfortable answering." And the more interviews you do, the more you will get a sense of what your strengths and weaknesses are.
• Is this really your dream job?: Kaufman says that this if it is, keep in mind that "nothing sells like authenticity." If you can communicate why you are the perfect fit for the job, this can be a great selling point. Kaufman says that the old saying "If you've got it, flaunt it" is something to keep in mind.
• How do you handle being rejected?: "To really want something, also means you open yourself up to the possibility of rejection," Kaufman says. However, do not let that fear keep you from being the best you in the job interview. He suggests that you should make a written "agreement with yourself" that you will not flip out and "go into a funk" if you are not picked for the job.
Job interviews are not just about getting the position, Kaufman notes. He says they can also be a terrific opportunity for personal growth. So even if you do not get the job, you can learn something about yourself, and be more ready for the next opportunity in your life.