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11 Tips to Nail Your Next Interview

Looking for a new job?

Working as unto the Lord includes preparing for an interview. Viewing work as an opportunity to glorify Him should motivate us to prepare well for an interview in the hopes of being remembered at hiring time. 

Consider these tips for making a great impression at your first interview.

  • Eye contact, a firm handshake, and good posture are essential.HOTW_June5.jpg
  • Dress nicely, professionally and modestly. You should avoid distracting jewelry, hairdos, or strong perfume/cologne.
  • Be aware of your body language! Sit up straight, lean slightly forward and keep your shoulders and hands relaxed. Don't cross your arms or legs or slouch. 
  • Use mild hand gestures when you speak and remember to slow down if you're nervous. 
  • Come alert and prepared. 
  • Arrive 10-15 min early with extra copies of your resume.
  • Research the company and industry (and the interviewer if possible). This will help you demonstrate interest with informed answers and pertinent questions.
  • Before your interview, practice explaining what attracts you to the company, how the position fits your career desires, and  how the work of company leaders inspires you. Where you see yourself in 2-10 years? You should be able to articulate your strengths and weaknesses without hesitation. Remember to take notes.
  • Be humble and have a good attitude. Appearing arrogant or too eager says you may be hard to manage, so listen well and do not interrupt.
  • Show appreciation to the interviewer. If the job they're interviewing you for doesn't work out, he or she could still be the link to another company and you may cross paths in the future. 
  • Write and mail a thank-you note within 24 hours (use professional, simple stationary). If you can't mail one, at least email one.  

If you’re faced with disappointments, don’t get discouraged. Remember, the advice in Psalm 27:14: “Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.”

Your culture, skills, and personality simply may not fit the company. See a setback as God’s protection and keep looking. Crown’s Career Direct Assessment can help you find the job that suits you best. It will help you understand how God created you. And it works for anyone - from high school students deciding on a college major to adults late in their career looking for a change.

 

Chuck Bentley is the CEO of Crown, the largest Christian financial ministry in the world, founded by the late Larry Burkett. He is an author, host of My MoneyLife - a daily radio feature, and a frequent speaker on the topic of Biblical financial principles. Follow him on Twitter and visit Crown.org for more help.

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